For me, anyway, this is the one of the greatest Christmas presents that was, and wasn’t. When I was maybe seven or eight I remember getting a slot car race track set for Christmas. I still remember it – Strombecker, with an orange Can-Am Chevy-Lola and another blue Can-Am race car model I can’t identify. (Isn’t the Internet wonderful?) Anyway, I remember my dad and I playing with it for hours. At some point, it wore out or I broke it. When I was a little older I moved on to a Tyco HO slot car set that I played with into my teens.
Last year, wandering around the mall at Christmastime, I saw a Carrera slot car set on sale and bought it. This year I took it out again and we’ve been having a really good time with it. As I have discovered, in the world of ‘serious’ slot car racing, the Carrera GO!! 1/43 scale series is considered a beginner’s set (though a good one). Even so, it was apparently good enough for a world record try for the longest slot car circuit, and more parts and accessories are readily found on the Internet.
It’s amazing how much fun our daughters and I have had watching little model cars go around and around – a little competition, a lot of time together. Not bad for so little an investment.