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.