Club hopes success will be a racing certainty

A new slot car club being launched at West Allotment Community Centre.  Pictured are (l-r) Paul Fletcher, Stephen Owens, Arthur Forster and Brian Scott.
A new slot car club being launched at West Allotment Community Centre. Pictured are (l-r) Paul Fletcher, Stephen Owens, Arthur Forster and Brian Scott.
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A NEW club is hoping to help give a new lease of life to a toy which has fallen out of fashion over recent years.

Scalextric is no longer a favourite among children – thanks to the popularity of newer toys such as computer games consoles – but Tyneside Slot Car Club, set up by a group of five friends, is out to reverse that trend.

Based at the West Allotment Community Centre, it held its first meeting on Monday, attracting a turnout of more than 20.

Club secretary Stephen Owens, of Holystone, said: “We hope the club will appeal to everybody, not just kids and men.

“We’d encourage women to come along as well.

“Although some people will take it seriously, it’s just a bit of fun.”

There are different classes to race in – classics, F1, saloons, modern saloons – with races taking place between cars in that category while all cars involved are to the 1:32 scale.

Stephen, who lives in Holystone, and his friends spend a whole weekend working solidly on building their 20ft by 8ft four-lane track, which includes electronic timers and lap counters.

They plan to hold two race nights a month starting at 6pm – a ‘testing’ session on the first or second Monday of the month, with a championship night on a Wednesday two weeks after that. Talks are also underway for potential endurance races of up to four or six hours.

Membership costs £2 a night, with all money used to cover overheads.

And even before their first meeting, plans have been mooted to build more tracks, including one for rally Scalextric cars.