Monday, 29 February 2016

Rear wing for vintage Scalextric Electra Javelin and Powersledge cars

This rear wing is a direct replacement for the vintage Scalextric cars listed below.

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Wings_and_Spoilers/Wing_Rear_C3_C4_C5_C6_C8_C9_C10_C11_C13_C23_C24/Wing_Rear_C3_C4_C5_C6_C8_C9_C10_C11_C13_C23_C24.htm

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Wings_and_Spoilers/Wing_Rear_C3_C4_C5_C6_C8_C9_C10_C11_C13_C23_C24/Wing_Rear_C3_C4_C5_C6_C8_C9_C10_C11_C13_C23_C24.htm



Ref.
Description
Colour
C3 Javelin Special
White
C4 Electra Special
White
C5 Europa Vee
White
C6 Panther
White
C8 Lotus Indianapolis
White
C9 Ferrari V8
White
C10 Super Javelin Race Tuned
White
C11 Super Electra Race Tuned
White
C13 Tiger Special Sports
Black
C23 Scalletti Arrow
White
C24 Team Car MkII
White




 Another great product from Scalextric Car Restorations






Sunday, 28 February 2016

New Scalextric rear tyres for vintage Scalextric Race Tuned F1 and Offenhauser


These new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
These MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall.

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
24.5
Inside Diameter
12.0
Overall Width
8..5

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Rear_Race_Tuned_F1_and_Offenhauser/Tyres_Rear_Race_Tuned_F1_and_Offenhauser.htm






Ref.
Description
Fitment
C58 Spanish Cooper Climax with Disc Wheels   Rear
C62 Spanish Ferrari 156 V6 with Disc Wheels   Rear
C63 Lotus 21   Rear
C63 Spanish Lotus 21   Rear
C79 Offenhauser   Rear
C80 Offenhauser   Rear
C87 Vanwall   Rear
C88 Cooper   Rear
C89 BRM P25   Rear
C90 Ferrari 156   Rear
CF1 Spanish Cooper   Rear
CF1 Spanish Ferrari 156   Rear



MAX Grip tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations



Saturday, 27 February 2016

New Scalextric rear tyres tires for vintage Scalextric PowerSledge cars, Europa Vee etc.

The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are treaded and have the words SCALEXTRIC RACING written on the tyre sidewall.
Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
24.0
Inside Diameter
12.5
Overall Width
11.5

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Rear_Europa_Vee/Tyres_Rear_Europa_Vee.htm






Ref.
Description
Fitment
C5 Europa Vee   Rear
C6 Panther   Rear
C8 Lotus Indianapolis   Rear
C9 Ferrari V8   Rear
C14 Matra GP   Rear
C19 Scalextric Team Car   Rear
C24 Team Car MkII   Rear
C36 Honda GP   Rear
C37 BRM   Rear



 Another great replacement tyre from Scalextric Car Restorations

Friday, 26 February 2016

New Scalextric rear tyres tires for Vintage Scalextric Formula Junior cars


The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have no writing on the tyre sidewall.
Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
22.0
Inside Diameter
12.0
Overall Width
7.5

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Rear_Formula_Junior/Tyres_Rear_Formula_Junior.htm




Ref.
Description
Fitment
C58 Spanish Cooper Climax with Disc Wheels Front  
C62 Spanish Ferrari 156 V6 with Disc Wheels Front  
C63 Lotus 21 Front  
C63 Spanish Lotus 21 Front  
C72 BRM   Rear
C73 Porsche 804   Rear
C77 Ford GT40   Rear
C79 Offenhauser front engine Front  
C80 Offenhauser rear engine Front  
C81 Cooper   Rear
C82 Lotus 25   Rear
C85 BRM   Rear
C86 Porsche 804   Rear
C87 Vanwall Race Tuned Front  
C88 Cooper Race Tuned Front  
C89 BRM P25 Race Tuned Front  
C90 Ferrari 156 Race Tuned Front  
C91 D type Jaguar Race Tuned Front Rear
C92 Porsche Spyder Race Tuned Front Rear
C97 Aston Martin DB5 007 set Front Rear
C098 BRM P25 Power and Glory Front Rear
CF1 Spanish Cooper Front  
CF1 Spanish Ferrari 156 Front  


 More great tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations



Thursday, 25 February 2016

New MAX Grip tyres tires for vintage Scalextric FWD Mini and type 1 C7

These Scalextric tyres tires were used on all the early Scalextric Mini Cooper cars


The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall.

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
14.5
Inside Diameter
6.0
Overall Width
6.0
http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Mini_C76_C7_Type_1/Tyres_Mini_C76_C7_Type_1.htm

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Mini_C76_C7_Type_1/Tyres_Mini_C76_C7_Type_1.htm



Ref.
Description
Fitment
C7 Mini Cooper - type 1 (narrow wheel arches) Front Rear
C76 Mini Cooper - front wheel drive Front Rear

 Another MAX Grip tyre from Scalextric Car Restorations



Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Scalextric villain from the James Bond 007 Aston Martin DB5

This remanufactured plastic moulded Scalextric villain from the James Bond 007 Aston Martin DB5 is painted just like the original

This villain character came with the James Bond 007 set from 1967 and 1968. This villain sits in the passenger seat of the C97 Scalextric Aston Martin DB5 and is ejected through the sunroof when a small lever on the side on the car is moved. The spring loaded passenger seat then sends this villain flying out of the Aston Martin. Just like in the original James Bond film Goldfinger.

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Driver_Heads/Villain_James_Bond_007_Aston_Martin_DB5/Villain_James_Bond_007_Aston_Martin_DB5.htm
http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Driver_Heads/Villain_James_Bond_007_Aston_Martin_DB5/Villain_James_Bond_007_Aston_Martin_DB5.htm

Another great product from Scalextric Car Restorations

 

 

 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Windscreen for the vintage Scalextric B1 Typhoon

 This windscreen is new and a direct replacement for the standard Scalextric vintage Scalextric B1 Typhoon windscreen. It is moulded in clear plastic.

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Windscreens/Windscreen_B1_Typhoon/Windscreen_B1_Typhoon.htm
http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Windscreens/Windscreen_B1_Typhoon/Windscreen_B1_Typhoon.htm




Another great Scalextric spare part from Scalextric Car Restorations


Sunday, 21 February 2016

New MAX Grip Scalextric tyres tires for vintage Scalextric AC Cobra and Ford GT40


The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
21.0
Inside Diameter
12.5
Overall Width
6.0


http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Ford_AC_Cobra_GT40/Tyres_Ford_AC_Cobra_GT40.htm




Ref.
Description
Fitment
C77 Ford GT40 Front  
C78 AC Cobra Front Rear

More great MAX Grip tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations

Saturday, 20 February 2016

New MAX Grip Scalextric tyres tires for vintage Scalextric Mercedes 190 SL etc.


The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall.

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
18.0
Inside Diameter
12.0
Overall Width
6.0

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Mercedes_190_SL/Tyres_Mercedes_190_SL.htm

Ref.
Description
Fitment
C1 Alpine Renault Race Tuned Front Rear
C2 Matra Jet Race Tuned Front Rear
C75 Mercedes 190SL Front Rear
C75 Mercedes 190 SL James Bond Front Rear
C75 Spanish Mercedes 190 SL Front Rear
C83 Sunbeam Tiger Race Tuned Front Rear
C84 Triumph TR4A Race Tuned Front Rear
C94 Mercedes 190SL Race Tuned Front Rear
CFGT Mercedes 190SL Spanish Front Rear

 MAX Grip tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations.

Friday, 19 February 2016

New MAX Grip Scalextric rear tyres for vintage Scalextric C55, C58, C62 and C63


These new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
These MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres have no tread pattern and have the word DUNLOP written on the tyre sidewall at 2 locations.

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
25.0
Inside Diameter
12.5
Overall Width
6.0

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Rear_Dunlop_Large/Tyres_Rear_Dunlop_Large.htm 


Ref.
Description
Fitment
C55 Vanwall   Rear
C58 Cooper   Rear
C62 Ferrari 156   Rear
C63 Lotus 21   Rear

 MAX Grip tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

New Scalextric tyres tires Dunlop for vintage Scalextric Ferrari Berlinetta and Aston Martin DB5


These new Scalextric tyres are direct replacements for the original tyres fitted to the vintage Scalextric cars listed below. They are available in standard grip and MAX Grip versions.
The new standard grip tyres give great performance on the classic Scalextric track yielding the grip we all seek. This increased grip is especially good if the classic Scalextric cars are used on the modern smooth Scalextric Sport track.
The standard grip tyres are smooth treaded and have no writing on the tyre sidewall.
Our new hand made MAX Grip tyres give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are smooth treaded and have the word DUNLOP written on the tyre sidewall.

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
22.5
Inside Diameter
12.5
Overall Width
6.0

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Ferrari_C69_Dunlop/Tyres_Ferrari_C69_Dunlop.htm




Ref.
Description
Fitment
C54 Lotus 16 Front Rear
C55 Vanwall Front Rear
C56 Lister Jaguar Front Rear
C57 Aston Martin DBR Front Rear
C58 Cooper Front Rear
C59 BRM P25 Front Rear
C60 D-Type Jaguar Front Rear
C61 Porsche Spyder Front Rear
C62 Ferrari 156 Front Rear
C68 Aston Martin DB5 Front Rear
C68 Spanish Aston Martin DB5 Front Rear
C69 Ferrari GT Berlinetta Front Rear
C69 Spanish Ferrari GT Berlinetta Front Rear
C097 Vanwall Power and Glory Front Rear
C288 Aston Martin DBR Front Rear
C289 Aston Martin DBR Front Rear
CFGT Aston Martin DBGT Spanish Front Rear
CFGT Ferrari GT250 Spanish Front Rear
E1 Lister Jaguar with lights Front Rear
E2 Aston Martin DBR with lights Front Rear
E3 Aston Martin DB5 with lights Front Rear
E4 Ferrari GT Berlinetta with lights Front Rear
E5 Aston Martin DB5 Marshal's Car Front Rear




 More great tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

New MAX Grip Scalextric tyres for vintage Scalextric Auto Union C type


These new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
These MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a lightly grooved tyre sidewall.

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
30.0
Inside Diameter
17.0
Overall Width
9.0

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Auto_Union_rear_AUR/Tyres_Auto_Union_rear_AUR.htm 

Ref.
Description
Fitment
C71 Auto Union C type   Rear
C96 Auto Union C type Race Tuned   Rear

Another great MAX Grip tyre from Scalextric Car Restorations

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

New MAX Grip Scalextric tyres for vintage Scalextric Bentley 4,5l, Alfa Romeo 8C and Bugatti type 59


These new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
These MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a grooved tyre sidewall with small "DUNLOP" lettering in 2 places..

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
27.0
Inside Diameter
18.5
Overall Width
6.0

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Bentley_Alfa_Romeo/Tyres_Bentley_Alfa_Romeo.htm




Ref.
Description
Fitment
C64 Bentley 4,5l Front Rear
C65 Alfa Romeo 8C Front Rear
C70 Bugatti type 59 Front Rear
C71 Auto Union C type Front  
C95 Bugatti type 59 Race Tuned Front Rear
C96 Auto Union C type Race Tuned Front  
C241 Alfa Romeo 8C Front Rear
C242 Bentley 4,5l Front Rear
C305 Bentley 4,5l (Power and Glory) Front Rear
C306 Alfa Romeo 8C (Power and Glory) Front Rear

 Another great Scalextric tyre from Scalextric Car Restorations

Monday, 15 February 2016

New MAX Grip Scalextric tyres tires for vintage Scalextric Formula Junior cars and Austin Healey 3000

The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall.

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
20.0
Inside Diameter
12.0
Overall Width
7.0

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Formula_Junior_Healey_3000/Tyres_Formula_Junior_Healey_3000.htm







Ref.
Description
Fitment
C66 Cooper Front Rear
C67 Lotus Front Rear
C72 BRM Front Rear**
C73 Porsche 804 Front Rear**
C74 Austin Healey 3000 Front Rear
C74 Spanish Austin Healey 3000 Front Rear
C81 Cooper Front Rear**
C82 Lotus 25 Front Rear**
C85 BRM Front Rear**
C86 Porsche 804 Front Rear**
C93 Austin Healey 3000 (Race Tuned) Front Rear
CJ Cooper (Spanish) Front Rear
CJ Lotus (Spanish) Front Rear
CFGT Austin Healey 3000 Spanish Front Rear
** Used on later cars


More great MAX Grip tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations.



Sunday, 14 February 2016

New Scalextric front and rear tyres for the Vintage Scalextric Mercedes 250SL

These new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
These MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall.
Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
18.0
Inside Diameter
9.5
Overall Width
7.0

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_C32_C33_Mercedes_250SL/Tyres_C32_C33_Mercedes_250SL.htm




Ref.
Description
Fitment
C32 Mercedes 250SL Front Rear
C33 Mercedes 250SL Front Rear

8353 Spanish Mercedes 250SL Front Rear











Another great tyre from Scalextric Car Restorations.












New Scalextric tyres tires for Scalextric Fiat Cinquecento cars

These new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
These MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall.

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
17.0
Inside Diameter
13.0
Overall Width
5.5

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Fiat_Cinquecento_FC2/Tyres_Fiat_Cinquecento_FC2.htm

 
Ref.
Description
Fitment
C2869 Fiat Cinquecento Front Rear
C2934 Fiat Cinquecento Front Rear

Another great tyre from Scalextric Car Restorations

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Scalextric windscreen for the vintage Scalextric B2 Hurricane

Announcing the remanufacture of the windscreen for the Scalextric B2 Hurricane.

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Windscreens/Windscreen_B2_Hurricane/Windscreen_B2_Hurricane.htm

http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Windscreens/Windscreen_B2_Hurricane/Windscreen_B2_Hurricane.htm




This Scalextric B2 Hurricane windscreen is new and is a direct replacement for the standard Scalextric item.

Another great Scalextric item from Scalextric Car Restorations.

Friday, 12 February 2016

New Scalextric tyres tires Dunlop for vintage Scalextric Ferrari Berlinetta and Aston Martin DB5

These new Scalextric tyres are direct replacements for the original tyres fitted to the vintage Scalextric cars listed below. They are available in standard grip and MAX Grip versions.
The new standard grip tyres give great performance on the classic Scalextric track yielding the grip we all seek. This increased grip is especially good if the classic Scalextric cars are used on the modern smooth Scalextric Sport track.
The standard grip tyres are smooth treaded and have no writing on the tyre sidewall.
Our new hand made MAX Grip tyres give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are smooth treaded and have the word DUNLOP written on the tyre sidewall.

Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
22.5
Inside Diameter
12.5
Overall Width
6.0

 
http://www.scalextric-car.co.uk/Parts/Tyres/Tyres_Ferrari_C69_Dunlop/Tyres_Ferrari_C69_Dunlop.htm
 

Ref.
Description
Fitment
C54 Lotus 16 Front Rear
C55 Vanwall Front Rear
C56 Lister Jaguar Front Rear
C57 Aston Martin DBR Front Rear
C58 Cooper Front Rear
C59 BRM P25 Front Rear
C60 D-Type Jaguar Front Rear
C61 Porsche Spyder Front Rear
C62 Ferrari 156 Front Rear
C68 Aston Martin DB5 Front Rear
C68 Spanish Aston Martin DB5 Front Rear
C69 Ferrari GT Berlinetta Front Rear
C69 Spanish Ferrari GT Berlinetta Front Rear
C097 Vanwall Power and Glory Front Rear
C288 Aston Martin DBR Front Rear
C289 Aston Martin DBR Front Rear
CFGT Aston Martin DBGT Spanish Front Rear
CFGT Ferrari GT250 Spanish Front Rear
E1 Lister Jaguar with lights Front Rear
E2 Aston Martin DBR with lights Front Rear
E3 Aston Martin DB5 with lights Front Rear
E4 Ferrari GT Berlinetta with lights Front Rear
E5 Aston Martin DB5 Marshal's Car Front Rear

Another great tyre from Scalextric Car Restorations
 

How best to resurrect your old Scalextric set

Abstract

Frequently the older Scalextric sets are rescued from long term storage. This article shows that in six simple steps a typical Scalextric set can be brought back to life and enjoyed once more.

Introduction

Scalextric sets produced from 1960 through to around 1990 can be temperamental at times. This is particularly noticeable when the Scalextric set has been in long term storage. Numerous fault can occur even when the set is not in use as well as faults induced by the storage conditions. Damp and high humidity can cause corrosion and mould growth, dust can coat everything and materials can age, for example the shrinkage of plastics over time.
This article lists six simple steps that when followed will ensure an old Scalextric set can be brought back to life and offer great enjoinment more. The six steps are:
  • Completeness of the set
  • Inspecting for damaged parts
  • Resurrecting the track
  • Checking the power supply and controllers
  • Resurrecting the cars
  • Upgrading the cars

Part 1 - Completeness of the set

Any Scalextric set or layout needs to have all the necessary parts in order to operate properly. In this first section we'll consider the completeness of your old set and generate a list of items you'll need to source to get your set up and running again.
If you have an original boxed set then the contents will be listed in the relevant Scalextric catalogue or in the instruction sheet that came with the set. If your Scalextric set is one with many added accessories, cars and other parts then it's a case of checking against the generic list given below.
  • Power supply
  • Hand controllers - at least 2 off
  • Track - a good range of straights and corners
  • Barriers
  • Track support pieces for bridges and banked corners
  • Cars - at least 2 off
If any of the above are missing then sourcing suitable parts will be necessary. Make a list at this stage as other parts may be needed later, just because something is present doesn't necessarily mean it will work.
With the track you should ensure that paired or matching track pieces are present in the correct quantities, for example if you have a long chicane then you'll need both an "in piece" and an "out piece". Also if you have a cross over you'll need to ensure you have two of these, that is if you want to race 2 cars. Match these track pieces and keep them together for now.
Every item should be checked briefly for any obvious damage or missing parts, for example hand controllers with no attached wires. Items found to be unusable should be put to one side and added to the list of parts required.
At the end of this section of resurrecting your old Scalextric set you'll have two piles of parts, one where the parts look OK to be used and one where the parts cannot be used. You'll also have a list of missing parts and damaged pieces that you need to source.
You can, of course, start sourcing the missing and damaged pieces of your set immediately or wait until after part 2 where we'll inspect all the parts for damage and draw up a complete list of what's needed.

Part 2 - Inspecting for damaged parts

Part 2 of this guide on resurrecting an old Scalextric set takes a closer look at the quality of the items you have in your set. In part 1 you may have discarded some components as clearly damaged and in this part we'll examine the remaining pieces in a little more detail to identify any parts that are also damaged.
Let's start with the power supply and controllers. Check the power supply for any visual defects, missing or incorrect mains plug top, exposed mains wires, damaged mains wire insulation. If there are any doubts about the mains side of the power supply then consult a qualified electrician. On the low voltage side of the power supply (transformer) check that the connection studs and thumbscrews are present and undamaged. If all looks good then the power supply can be testing by connecting a 21W car bulb to the output of the power supply. The bulb should illuminate brightly and consistently.
For the hand controllers, visually inspect each controller housing and ensure the operating lever moves through its full displacement smoothly and returns to the fully off position. Inspect the wires for damaged insulation and confirm the connection plugs and eyelets are present and undamaged. Connect the hand throttles to the known good power supply and the output of the controllers to a 5W car bulb. The bulb should not illuminate with the hand controller in the off position. Slowly operate the hand controller and the bulb should illuminate ever more brightly until full throttle is achieved.
With the power supply and controllers working correctly it's time to inspect the track pieces. Firstly check that the plastic connection lugs are all present and correct, then check for visible corrosion on the steel track rails (orange / brown rust marks). Light corrosion can be removed with a track polishing pad but deep pitting will be difficult to remove and a replacement tack piece will be needed. Check that the conductor rails wrap around the plastic end lugs such that each track piece electrically connects to the next, then check the flatness of the track. Many older track pieces tend to bow in the middle giving very a uneven running surface.
Some of the specialised track pieces, e.g. crossovers, have small wires underneath to electrically connect the track rails together. Visually check these are present and are making good connections.
Finally, your Scalextric cars. Inspect the cars for any obvious missing or damaged parts Obvious faults to look for are:
If the car looks complete then the first test is to turn the driven wheels by hand. The wheels should turn the axle and the motor armature. Feel for freedom of movement and for binding of the drive system. Any binding, however slight, should be investigated.
The easiest way to check the functionally of a car is to connect together the power supply, one hand controller and one piece of track. Place the car on the track and with one hand lift the driven wheels off the track surface slightly. Then apply a very small amount of power with the hand controller. The motor should hum slightly and the driven wheels should turn slowly. With some of the older cars the motor will hum but the wheels may not turn, this is normal.
Then apply around one third throttle and the motor pitch should increase and the wheels turn faster. If the wheels do not turn then stop this test as there is a fault which will need to be investigated. Listen for a repeating clicking sound from the car. If this is heard then stop the test as there may be a fault with the drive gears. Further investigation will be required.
With the driven wheels turning freely on one third throttle the next step is confirm the condition of the electrical connections. Still at one third throttle, pivot the car around the guide pivot slowly in one direction until the end stop is reached, now back in the other direction until the other end stop is reached. If the motor hesitates during the test then the wiring and connections will need further investigation.
These checks and tests will give you a good indication of what parts of your Scalextric set are damaged and need to be replaced or repaired.

Part 3 Resurrecting your track

Now that all the damaged parts of your old Scalextric set are identified it's time to start to get things into working condition. In part 3 of this guide we'll look at your track and get it into full working order. There are a couple of common problems with old Scalextric track:
  • Dull and rough metal track rails
  • Bow in the track surface along the track piece length
  • Narrowing of the slot between the track rails
  • Dirty and dusty track surface
Let's start with the dirty and dusty track surface. Just like a real race track, the surface of your Scalextric track is vital for grip and the performance of your cars. Track that has been stored well may need nothing more than a wipe over with a damp cloth. However, very dusty track may need a good scrub with an old nail brush in warm soapy water. We recommend adding washing-up liquid as this will also remove any oil and grease deposits. Dry the track quickly to prevent any further corrosion of the track rails.
With the track clean the next step is to flatten out any bowing or kinks in the running surface. This is accomplished by gently bending the track back to a flat level surface. While doing this you may find that the track rails buckle into the slot, blocking the slot. This is normal and should not be considered a problem at this stage. The important point is to get the track as flat and level as you can.
Now that the track pieces are all clean and flat we can take a look at the slot between the track rails. Some track pieces may have a narrowing of the slot especially towards the ends of the track piece. This is usually caused by the steel rails not being crimped well to the plastic track moulding. Tightening of the crimping will resolve this. Then, you may find that the slot narrows at the very end of the track piece where the next track piece will electrically connect. This is resolved by pushing the track back into shape with a flat blade screwdriver. The same technique is used for any localised bucking along the slot length, simply push the buckle out of the way to open up the slot.
Finally the running surface of the track rails need to be polished back to bright, shiny metal. This will give better electrical connection to the car giving higher speeds and better acceleration. Also, there will be less rolling resistance to the car and far less ware on your pick-up braids. The track polishing pad is ideal for this task bringing your track rails back to shiny metal easily. Even light corrosion can be removed but deep pitting will be difficult to remove.
By now your track will be ready for use with a good, clean track surface and bright shiny, smooth track rails. Time to design your layout ...

Part 4 Checking the power supply and controllers

Part 4 of this guide on resurrecting your old Scalextric set takes a closer look at the power supply and controllers you have in your set. In part 2 you may have discarded some of the power supply and controller components as clearly damaged and in this part we'll examine the remaining pieces in a little more detail to identify any parts that are also damaged or not functioning correctly.
Let's start with the power supply. Check the power supply for any visual defects, missing or incorrect mains plug top, exposed mains wires, damaged mains wire insulation. If there are any doubts about the mains side of the power supply then consult a qualified electrician. On the low voltage side of the power supply (transformer) check that the connection studs and thumbscrews are present and undamaged. If all looks good then the power supply can be testing by connecting a 21W car bulb to the output of the power supply. The bulb should illuminate brightly and consistently.
The power supply should emit a quiet humming sound and if this sound is louder than expected then the transformer itself inside the power supply is at fault. If the humming sound is excessive then the whole power supply may need to be replaced. Repairing or replacing the transformer can be carried out by a fully qualified electrician.
Some of the earlier power supplies are also fitted with a manual reset button which switches off the output of the power supply if there is a short circuit in the output or if too much current is drawn. This can be checked by deliberately connecting together the output terminals for a short duration. The output protection device should then disable the output of the power supply. The reset button can then be pressed to re-energise the output of the power supply. Later power supplies also have this protection device which automatically resets itself after a few seconds.
Various replacement powers supplies are available if needed.
For the hand controllers, visually inspect each controller housing and ensure the operating lever moves through its full displacement smoothly and returns to the fully off position. To do this operate the trigger slowly to the full power position and then release it very slowly until at the fully off position.
Inspect the wires for damaged insulation and confirm the connection plugs and eyelets are present and undamaged. Connect the hand throttles to the known good power supply and the output of the controllers to a 5W car bulb. The bulb should not illuminate with the hand controller in the off position. Slowly operate the hand controller and the bulb should illuminate ever more brightly until full throttle is achieved.
Replacement hand controllers are available if needed.

Part 5 Resurrecting the cars

Part 5 of this guide on resurrecting your old Scalextric set takes a closer look at resurrecting your old Scalextric cars. In part 2 you should have inspected your cars for any obvious missing or damaged parts. The obvious faults to look for are:
If you haven't carried the inspection of your cars as covered in part 2 of this guide then you should do so now before preceding with the process below.
  1. Carefully take your car apart to the major components. Some Scalextric cars are held together with screws, some with sliding clips and some where the chassis clips into the body.
    Note: Some cars are difficult to unclip the body from the chassis, if in doubt then contact us for further information.
  2. All the plastic parts (body, window moulding, chassis, driver plate, wheels etc.) can then be cleaned in warm soapy water. Use a nail brush or similar to remove all the dust and dirt. This will most likely also remove any water slide decals that have been added to the car. The plastic mouldings may have become brittle with age so support them while applying pressure with the nailbrush. Once the plastic parts are clean rinse them off with fresh water and dry thoroughly. Some of the cars from the 1960s tend to have a white powdery mould growing on them. This can be removed through repeating this cleaning process until all the mould has gone.
  3. Once clean and dry inspect the plastic parts for for any damage. Parts not suitable should be discarded and replacements sourced.
  4. The motor should have a small drop of lubricating oil on each bearing and then be tested at full speed for a short period of time and at race temperature to test the bearings, the armature windings and the motor brushes. If the motor fails any of these tests then replace it as it would be of little use under race conditions. The open frame RX and Formula Junior motors can sometimes be repaired, see our article "How to service the RX motor in your Scalextric car" to find out more.
  5. The wiring to the motor should be checked and repaired as necessary. If you are in any doubt about the condition of the wiring then replace it as a damaged conductor can be hard to find and can ruin a good car.
  6. The white plastic motor pinion gear fitted to cars from the late 1970 through to the late 1990s can crack and become loose on the motor shaft. Check for this and replace the motor pinion gear if you are unsure.
  7. Check the condition of any other electrical items fitted to your car, usually lights. On some cars the lighting circuits are polarity sensitive as they are fitted with LEDs which are polarity sensitive. Replace blown or damaged bulbs.
  8. Reassemble the bearings, spacers and wheels onto the axles. If the wheels are loose on the axles then a small drop of super glue will keep them in place.
  9. Refit the axles to the chassis. They should be a secure fit and rotate freely.
    Note: For the rear axle the large flat disc of the contrate gear should be on the RIGHT of CENTRE as viewed from the UNDERSIDE of the car. If the rear axle is fitted the wrong way round the car will go backwards.
  10. Refit the motor and all the other electrical items to the chassis / body of the car. Use new pick-up braids and new pick-up pins (if pins are used on your car). The old pins, especially if crimped to the wires can be a common cause of open circuit wires. There are 2 sizes of pick-up pins are available, 1.75mm and 1.95 mm, if you are not sure which you need then contact us.
  11. Fit new tyres to the rear (driven) wheels unless your original tyres are in very good and grippy condition. Front (non-driven) wheels can take visually good used tyres. Give all the bearings and gears a drop of oil to enhance performance and prolong their life. Check the gears for smooth and free operation. If you feel any resistance then contact us for further information.
  12. If all is well then put the chassis on the track and ensure the car is OK electrically and goes in the right direction. If the car goes in the wrong direction then swap over the wires at either the guide OR the motor.
  13. Refit all the parts back into the body, windows, driver plate etc.
  14. The assembled upper body can now be re-fitted to the completed chassis. Carry out the tests from part 2 of this guide once more to confirm the car is functioning as well as can be expected. Run the car on the track confirm the tyre grip.
  15. Finally, the ancillary or decorative parts can be fitted, e.g. bumpers, wing mirrors , spoilers etc. and decals.
With the cars, track, power supply and controllers all working correctly it's time to race and have some fun.

Part 6 Upgrading the cars

Part 6 of this guide on resurrecting your old Scalextric set takes a closer look at upgrading your old Scalextric cars. In part 5 you should have restored the cars so that they run like they did when they were new. Unfortunately that means they are no match for the modern range of Scalextric cars and suffer all their original handling and performance problems.
Upgrades to a Scalextric car essentially fall into one of two categories, those that are totally reversible and those that are not totally reversible. The upgrades that are totally reversible are the best to start with as you can undo the upgrades and get your original car back. These upgrades are:
  1. Just as with a full size car, a Scalextric car relies on its tyres (rear tyres) for traction, braking and cornering. Simply put, the better the grip of the tyre the better the performance of the Scalextric car. For many Scalextric cars there are higher performance tyres available. The very best results are obtained with our max grip series of tyres.
  2. The next step is to increase the power of the motor. If your car has an RX open frame motor then use an adaptor kit and fit a Johnson motor. If your car has a Johnson motor then again use an adaptor kit and fit a Mabuchi motor. If you already have a Mabuchi motor fitted then consider one of the latest and more powerful versions of the Mabuchi motor. If you are not sure which motor you have then use our free Library of motors to identify your motor.
  3. Adding weight to your Scalextric car can make it more stable in the corners and accelerate more quickly. Weight over the rear driving wheels will reduce wheel spin by increasing the friction between the tyres and the track. For the Engineers this is simply a case of F=┬ÁN. Adding weight increases N and therefore proportionally increases F, the friction. Use Bluetac and steel ball bearings to put the weight where you need it.
  4. The Scalextric cars from the 1970s and 1980 had a tendency to tip over in corners due to a floating front axles. This effect can be reduced by replacing the current axles with wider ones which increases the stability of the car in corners allowing corners to be taken at higher speeds.
The upgrades above can be carried out to most older Scalextric cars and can be adjusted and removed as necessary. The upgrades that are NOT reversible are the next to try. Which, if any, of these you try will result in permanent alterations to your car which may affect its value. If you are unsure DO NOT proceed with these upgrades:
  1. Adding a magnet to your Scalextric car will give an instant performance increase if fitted in the right location. Remember that the magnet will also give the car an increase in rolling resistance and so can be overdone. Use magnets only with Mabuchi motors for best effect. The best place to fit a magnet is just in front of the rear axle between the rear axle and the motor. This will give the best grip for the rear tyres.
  2. By lowering the guide the centre of gravity of the car is lowered too. This will give your car more stability in the corners. Note that it is not possible to lower the guide on all Scalextric cars.
  3. With most of the older Scalextric cars the front axle is allowed to move up and down. This allows the car to traverse the banked corners and obstacles in the track. If your track is mostly flat then the front axle can be fixed in location giving a great increase in cornering stability. The front wheels should be placed so that they just touch the track with the weight of the front of the car still on the guide blade.
There are, of course, many other upgrades you can make to your Scalextric car to improve its track performance. The points listed here are the more common ones and the ones that can make a big difference to the car with the least amount of effort. For other ideas and some test results have a look at what happened as we upgraded an old Scalextric C52 Ford Escort RS1600.
This concludes our series on how best to resurrect your old Scalextric set. We hope you've enjoyed this series of articles and found them helpful. If you have any feedback please let us know.

About the author

Gary Harding has been working with Scalextric cars for over 30 years and now operates Scalextric Car Restorations in the UK. Scalextric Car Restorations is a Worldwide internet based business that offers for sale high quality Scalextric cars and Scalextric spares and parts from the 1960s to the present day. All the restoration work is carried out to the highest standards with the highest quality parts available. Only the best cars are selected and the final result is a car that is genuinely like new.
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