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  1. I noticed a price hike well before Covid but wouldn't surprise me if they hiked it up again. Just a few years ago it was quite reasonable.
  2. Placed my first overseas slot car order since Covid less than 7 days ago. Found a couple of cars I had been looking for and they were at the right price and in stock, seemed too good to be true. Had been looking for one of them for nearly two years, hadn't been in stock in any of the local stores. They arrived this morning from Electric Dreams in EL Segundo, California, to Sydney NSW. Everything was packed really nicely, by someone who cares by the looks of it. Jewel cases in good condition, cars look good (haven't opened the cases yet) Just adding... shipping was a bit pricey at about US $43 but its comparatively not bad at all compared to typical shipping prices from the US these days and was offset slightly by the price of the cars. If I had only ordered one car the shipping would have been US$25.
  3. Thanks Gazza, preserving the history of the mountain for our viewing pleasure. Interesting that David Parsons takes the opening shot, probably the most underrated endurance race co-driver we have seen!
  4. Johnno, would that be Carreraslots.com, the retailer in the US (Minnesota, I think?)
  5. I have thought about this thread in terms of the motor racing angle for a day or two before posting my own thoughts, so here goes. Can't promise they will make much sense to anyone else though! I think the problem that Supercars are struggling with is the ability for your average punter to relate to it. I notice that some seasoned motor racing fans talk about the early days of Supercars as being the golden days or the best era of supercars. Well remember it was really the continuation of the ATCC without the diversity of 4cyl, 6cyl, other makes and unfortunately, anything but a V8. At first, when the Supercar formula was in its early development (1992, 1993) which seemed pretty exciting and I seem to recall argy bargy brewing between various business interests and a bit too much influence from the promoters, but perhaps that was a little bit later. The racing was good I thought while the BMW M3's were still a threat on the smaller, tighter tracks, but I do remember going to the NSW rounds of the ATCC thinking it was a bit boring watching only three makes plus Colin Bond's toyotas which unfortunately didn't have much of a chance. So the Supercar formula we know about but I think all it had going for it was the personality dramas which bored the crap out of me and I had to stop watching it. The endurance races were OK I guess because you had some part time drivers and some different strategies which when added to the mix makes it very interesting. (Unfortunately though, the efforts by some of the "professional" drivers to thin the fields out and relegate some of the lesser prepared teams to a second tier category also helped make it more of a race by numbers and make it even more boring. At least some of those drivers got a chance to have a go at the enduros) Well it seemed to be popular still (though I couldn't understand why) and I gave up on watching it for maybe 10 years because it was as interesting as watching Taxis on George St in Sydney. Some business risk taking by Kelly Brothers and GRM and whoever else was involved that meant new makes were included made it interesting and I watched it on TV again but my local tracks were gone so I never got to see it in the flesh again. TCR I find I can't watch, too many hatch backs and FWD, they don't seem like racing cars to me, I know I should be open minded and give it a go but I tried and I tuned out really quickly. Back to the hey day of sedan racing... Big crowds, lots of sedan based categories, the big guns of the time (Gheogans, Moffats, the Holden contingent etc) all ran in several categories, Sports sedans, Improved Production, Series Production and the ATCC, they were running in several categories, my old man had kept race programmes from 1971, it seems racing was in its heyday, even Sports Cars had a large following. What do we have now? Larger population and less people interested (it seems) so what is wrong? Is it because people can no longer relate? GT3 and GT4 I reckon has something for car enthusiasts but maybe its harder for average people to relate since they are cars that a lot of people would likely not ever buy. What about sports sedans? Could supercars base their competition on a sports sedan like model, allowing more diversity of chassis and engine configuration rather than all the control engines and chassis that just makes all the cars too much like each other. I don't know, maybe it would just be a money wins races problem.
  6. Just received a parcel from California that was sent USPS about 7 weeks ago. According to the tracking, it was stuck in LA for about 6 of those weeks. Guess I am lucky it came at all considering the challenges at the moment.
  7. Occasionally I get lane changing issues running smaller bladed cars on Carrera digital. People have shimmed them up or glued extra bits of plastic on, I know people add aftermarket guide blades, but I've never done this. For analog I have never had a problem, in fact my fastest car is a Scalextric mini which uses standard guide on Carrera track.
  8. Hi, For those on facebook, one of my favorite groups is "Old Motor Racing Photos - Australia" (which also features some NZ photos on occasion) There are 20,000 members in that group and it is becoming quite a large archive of interesting photos from last century (up to 1978 as the group specifies) Next week on Wednesday, it is slot car photos day... This is quite unusual, Bob Williamson, who runs the group (an ex Bathurst driver on a few occasions) has decided that is what it will be next week. There are quite a few ex drivers in that group, such as KB, AJ, John Bowe, many many others as well as period photographers, historians, and journalists. And even a racer David King, whose mini was sposored by Scalextric in the 70's, you may have even seen an official Scalextric release of his 1:1 car which he still owns. So if you have created something special, here is the chance to put it under their noses. If anyone has some photos of interesting slot cars of Aussie race cars built before 1978 then find the group and post it. (it won't be approved until next Wednesday) Bob is quite specific that only Aussie (or NZ I would expect would be OK too) race car liveries prior to 1978 will be accepted for this one. If anyone is shy and don't want to post it themeselves, then I would be happy to send it in for you and make sure you are credited for your photo. I also see this as an opportunity for some exposure for our hobby to an audience of historic motor racing fans. Cheers, Steve.
  9. Wow, my brothers and I had a set with "Brock and Johnson " cars, I think they were supposed to be Sierras, but actually looking nothing like Sierras, looked a bit like the form pictured here, though the "Brock" car was a Mobil-like livery, so must have been a later release, late 80's I guess. I seem to recall them being quite disappointing, I remember someone pulled the Brock car apart "to see what is wrong with it" but I don't think it ever went back together again. We still have it somewhere. That SD1 #17 liveried car is just wrong!!! Will have trouble getting that out of my immediate memory! A bit of a laugh though.
  10. What track system or will it be routed? As this gives me an idea of the smallest radius that will be used. Overall layout is a tad smaller than mine actually. 12 reminds me a bit of the straight and turns 1,2,3 of SMSP (Eastern Creek). I kind of like 11 and 12 and also 9 if it was simplified a bit by removing one of the esses to create one larger loop at one of the ends.
  11. Interesting thread. I am running Carrera and do both digital and analog home racing with my kids. My current layout has a section that has been teased a bit to make it meet up and so has a number of sections with a gap of about 1.5mm between track pieces on the inner lane. I could add a 1/4 straight in between the curves and make it meet up nicely but that would break up my nice big 180 degree curve. So the gaps remain and I truly don't notice them when running the cars. I have to adjust them a bit before each session but once I cut out some borders/shoulders from a bulk lot of second hand foam board I am hoping that it will hold everything in place a bit better and I may not even need to tweak it between sessions. Might tack a few sections with a tab of hot glue, will see how it goes. Here in a Sydney garage so it gets hot here in summer. Identify with the parenting issues and time constraints but yes, its important to spend time with kids while they still want to as well! Chas I like your ideas for portable and easily put away tracks. Damn that is so annoying that you cannot obtain something like a hinge at this time. Maybe some "essential worker" could drop a few off in your letterbox on their way to work or something. Here in Aus I've seen all sorts of contempt for the shut down guidelines so a little sad that you are stuck for something as simple as a few hardware items.
  12. Hi Chris, What hockey team do you follow? Steve.
  13. I'm amazed at how funny it is to me still having seen so many of those episodes several times over. Will miss Tim Brooke-Taylor, what a legend.
  14. Anybody in Sydney got a couple of Carrera R3 30 degree curves they would be willing to trade? I only need two. Unfortunately money is tight but I have a couple of Carrera digital decoders that I have available for a swap if that is of any use to anyone. Many thanks, Steve.
  15. Happy belated birthday Munter, sorry I had locked myself out (forgot my password) and thanks to some help I'm back.
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