The Sloshed Slotcar Racing Co
Here are some tracks that we
have raced over the past 6 years. The older ones are in my dining room
and the more recent in the Little Ship Club. The track was bought over
10-15 years mainly over the last 5 years on eBay. I have bought sets
and sold off the cars and standard curves (9" radius) and loop tracks.
I now have over 1000 feet!
track above was at home on 12th
November 2004, the crossovers were used
to try and make the lane lengths similar and to ensure that each lane
had the inside lane on the tightest bends. Note the cardboard supports
under the straight to the left between two banked curves, these and a
corner banking support were built in an attempt to make the banking
supports less fiddly than the standard Tomy items. They work well and
are lightweight, the only trouble is that they take up a lot of storage
space as they do not fold flat! Note also the lap counters, made from
two standard two lane Tomy items with a leg cut off each, and the
remaining legs glued to a piece of plywood. They were better than
nothing but electronic lap counting is the way ahead!
thing to note is the tire mark on the baseboard, that was from when I
stripped the old Guzzi down in the dining room, so that was before
The track above was built in December 2004 using Aurora flexi-track as a section of hill climb, it also had crossovers, ans Aurora double crossovers and sideswipes. It wasn't a great success and the track was changed to the photo below for the race day. The spiral down at the top of the hill climb worked well and was used in a later track. I started to realize though that getting all these hazards on eBay did not mean that I had to use them all in the same track!
track above was as it was raced on 30th December 2004. The hazards made
the track tricky to drive but took a lot of learning so there was a lot
of work for the Marshals. The chair on the left of the photo is a
marshaling seat accessible only by crawling under the table. As
drink-driving is a large part of our meetings, sometimes a marshal can
get stuck in the corner post for a while! Some drivers wanted faster
more competitive racing so the tracks after this one started to have
The track above was raced in Nov 2005 great speed with all the banking but the crossovers caused a few problems. The corner crossovers are old Aurora Q lock items with Tomy to Aurora adapters fitted, these are actually quite tight bends, the main problem though was all the arguments when drivers took each other off, who did get there first?
The bridge is made from corrugated cardboard, yes I ought to get out more! The 4 lane track supports are older Aurora items bought from the USA on eBay.
You may notice that there are power boosters at about mid race length, these are standard Tomy start straights with standard plugs from spare hand controllers and transformers cut and wired together to give the power to the furthest point away from the transformers. This arrangement works well as there is quite a bit of resistance in all the track connectors between each piece of track. This track was 55’6” long (nearly 17m) and the first time the power boosters were used. Also the first time out for the Tomy electronic lap timers.
The track above was raced in March 2006, 57’4” long (nearly 17.5m) much faster and with no hazards. This is the track that was videoed by Steve (yes he ought to get out more too!) Plenty to think about though with 6” rad bends and the chicane to trip up the unwary. The lap timers are great, not only an improvement in terms of ease of use to the Tomy overhead lap counters that were cut about to use for 4 lanes, but with timing to 1/100th of a second and fastest lap times too, we started adding extra points for the fastest lap to try and stop drivers touring around the track to save from coming off, and nobody likes slow racers! It was the first time out for a wizard Storm, amazing car. I now have six of them and will build a six-lane track in June 2006 to see what they can do!
June 2006 six lanes and loads of fun! (Except for the marshals!) 35’11” (nearly 11m) long with equal lanes. Three lap timers and a new six-lane bridge. However no power boosters yet, I need to convert some more start straights to connect the center two lanes but at only 36 feet the power drop was not too bad. The blue lane ran a bit slow unfortunately I think it was a duff transformer, but was unable to sort it out on the night, at least everyone had to race on blue so it was fair.
Three lap timers linked with mini jack leads from audio equipment. These were expensive in the 80’s when they came out, and sell on eBay for over £60 but are well worth the cash. The six-lane bridge and track supports are made from corrugated cardboard and PVA glue again, this time with advertising (yes I defiantly must get out more or get a job on Blue Peter!) The bridge base has corrugations running at right angles to the track and the sides with the corrugations vertical, making a very strong structure.
Power to each lane from a separate transformer saves the “power surge” when one car comes off and keeps things fair.
Power to the middle two lanes is from two pairs of start straights cut and wired together to allow for standard Tomy plugs on transformers and hand throttles.
The wizard Storm cars are amazing, but take a bit of getting used to, not quite flat out all round but almost!These cars were doing lap time two thirds of the
Tomy Super G+
All tracks are
designed on AutoCAD I have built up a
library of track parts for 2, 4 and 6 lanes and can insert them a
the track plan drawing. Many years ago I uses to draw them all by hand,
took an age! If anyone remembers the Grand Prix circuits at my old
King Street 70 feet plus 4 lane tracks, great fun! I don’t have the
but have bought a 6x3m marquee for the garden (yes eBay again), so
year we can race on something a bit longer. King Street tracks were all
floor, which is not as easy as up on tables as it is now.
Maybe the next thing to do is to link the lap timers to the laptop, it would save on chalk! Those with sharp eyes will notice that I won (well it is my toy after all!)
The track above was raced on Friday 13th October 2006, loads of banking for flat out speed and some twisties, it was very, very fast! A very good turnout with 22 drivers! A record. Many thanks to Deane from the EAHORC who turned up with a box full of cars. You can see the EAHORC website via this link
They race in a less disorganized fashion than we do!Unfortunately the track above was taken down before I could take any photos. The high level section worked very well and did not obscure the track below or behind much, but it did have a very long fast section!
Above, the start with three linked lap timers, I have a couple more of these so we could have more lanes!
Looking West from Copse to
maggots and Becketts, I had at last fixed the power boosters for the
middle two lanes!
Looking North West from Copse
Looking North with the new Aintree Corner in the foreground
Looking South at Club and Vale corners with Stowe in the background at the end of Hanger Straight.
Looking South at the new complex
A great track with a good turnout of drivers, although some of the regulars were away on holiday at that time of the year. A few new faces too!
It has taken nearly two years to get my act together and race but we did so on Saturday 26th May 2012 the day before the Monaco Grand Prix on a six lane Monaco circuit with lane lengths of approx 90 feet. Take a look at the photos below!
There is a slight missalignment at the Lowes hairpin but that is due to the camera on my phone, the track was sound!
The start with Tabac and the swimming pool complex in the foreground
I think that we will have to try and make the next race night this autumn. I will post some details up on here as soon
as I have them. If you would like to join in and race or help set up the track please let me know
If you have any questions please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year!