James May of BBC Top Gear set to Break Scalextric Record

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JAMES MAY SET TO BREAK SCALEXTRIC WORLD RECORD
AT BROOKLANDS

July 09 - Leading slot racing brand, Scalextric, owned by Hornby Hobbies Ltd, are set to create a new world record by recreating the legendary Brooklands motor racing circuit near Weybridge in Surrey. This innovative project, which will be attended by Guinness World Records, will be shown on a new TV series on BBC2 presented by James May called James May’s Toy Stories.
The plan is to build a full-size racing circuit on the original 2.75 mile track entirely out of Scalextric track. Brooklands was the world’s first purpose-built motorsport venue when it opened in 1907. The circuit hosted its last race in 1939 but now Scalextric will build a full-size racing circuit on the infamous original track. The circuit, which will be built at the Pendle Slot Racing Festival on Sunday 16th August, will require the laying, using and dismantling of around 20,000 track sections as well as being able to get power and control to all sections of the track.
Upon completion Scalextric will have two teams then race two cars around the track in the greatest slot car race of all time! One team will consist of members from the local community whilst the other team will be made up of Scalextric club members and enthusiasts. There will also be exclusive opportunities for people to win the chance to participate in this unique race!
The James May’s Toy Stories series will celebrate childhood pleasures and dreams whilst also turning these very dreams into reality. With this in mind, Scalextric, an iconic brand for many during their childhood, has sought to turn fantasy into reality by recreating the Brooklands race track.
Paul Chandler, Scalextric Marketing Manager, commented: “This is a huge and exciting project for Scalextric and one which will certainly represent a milestone in the history of the brand.”
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James May of BBC’s Top Gear

 

Brooklands Museum will be staging the premier slot car event of the year on Sunday August 16th 2009. Set in the iconic surroundings of the birthplace of British motor sport & aviation there will be attractions for all the family to enjoy. For those of you that have never visited Brooklands before this is an ideal excuse. Brooklands is unique, it was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed in Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 and played host to many famous races & speed record attempts for over 30years until the onset of the 2nd World War in 1939 when the circuit was was requisitioned by the Government and was devoted to production of Vickers and Hawker aircraft including the Hurricane fighter plane and the Wellington Bomber. When peace returned everyone lived in high hopes of the racing track’s eventual recovery but the changes turned out to be too severe. Hangars had been erected on the Track and camouflage was used heavily in the form of tree planting and canvas houses to obscure the undesirable target shape around the Vickers factory. The government could not see their way to releasing Brooklands until 1949 and consequently the shareholders of Brooklands (Weybridge) Ltd voted in favour of selling the track to Vickers Ltd and motor racing at Brooklands became no more than a memory.

Today parts of the origional circuit including the banking are still visible and many of the origional buildings, garages & hangars have been restored and house an amazing collections of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and Vickers/ BAC-built aircraft, including the only Concorde with public access in South East England.

The Slot Car event is being supported by a host of manufacturers, distributors & retailers, not least Hornby Hobbies who will be in attendance with Roadshow vehicles of their 3 main brands, Scalextric, Airfix & Corgi presenting the latest range of products and the opportunity to race on the Scalextric track layout. Airfix will also be organising a kit building competition to keep kids, big & small occupied!
Scalextric also invite you to try your hand at driving a Slot car up the historic test hill track, over 350 feet of track will be laid on the hill with an average gradient of 1in 5.027 and a gradient for the top third of 1 in 4 ! If that isn’t difficult enough you will have to stop half way up and perform a hill start!

A big attraction will be the swapmeet organised by the NSCC where a gathering of Europe’s top traders will have a stunning array of Scalextric and slot car equipment from past & present available to buy, sell or swap.
The Brooklands feature race will take place in the chequered flag room, where the world’s top slot car builders and racers will gather for a prestigious race meeting for 1920s & 1930s replica Brooklands race cars, each built to exacting standards and raced on a specially built circuit for the day. The event is being sponsored by MRRC who will be producing a special edition car to mark the event. If you don’t want to compete in the race but would like to build a Brooklands Slot car we will have a display table for your exhibits.
The Getslotted Dragstrip is sure to be a fantastic attraction for both spectators & competitors. Set under the iconic Concorde exhibit the track will run directly under the fuselage to a finish line between the front wheels. The event will be split into 2 sessions, the morning session is a demonstration/spectator event organised in conjunction with members of the ESDU - UK (European Slot Drags Union) who will be racing a selection of 1/32 & 1/24 scale cars capable of completing the distance in as little as 1 second. In the afternoon session you are invited to bring along your fastest cars and drive them down the 41-foot scale ¼ mile track. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest runs from our sponsors The Hobby Company who distribute Carrera in the UK. A charge of £1 will be made for 3 attempts at the drag strip. Proceeds will be split between the The Brooklands Museum Trust & Getslotteds nominated charity

There will be many other attractions on the day including display tracks from Slotforum & MHSC and book signing sessions by Roger Gillham, Tony Condon & Dave Chang. Plus a few extra suprises are planned that will make this event one not be missed.

Admission on the day will be via the Brooklands Museum entrance, we have negotiated special discounts with Brooklands which enables NSCC, Racer & Airfix club members a discount on production of their membership card. For those of you that would like to spend a day wandering around the museum Brooklands have made a fantastic 2 days for the price of 1 offer. Tickets bought in advance from the museum will be valid for the weekend allowing visitors a full days admission to the museum on both Saturday & Sunday
There will be something for all the family to enjoy! Have a wonderfull day out and don’t forget to bring your slot cars with you !

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