Scalextric adds another dimension to slot car racing with the revolutionary new ARC AIR Powerbase.

Scalextric Arc Air PowerbaseThe ARC AIR Powerbase is designed to enhance your existing Scalextric track. With the vibrating wireless hand controllers you are free to roam around the track, and the ARC app allows you to add an interactive dimension to your racing.

State of the art game-play features presents drivers with the option of recreating adverse weather conditions and race incidents with the added ease of wireless controllers.

The controllers contain a rumble pack which alerts you to race features such as if your car needs to pit or the weather changes, plus a braking button for more control. Never miss a pit and customize throttle profiles to perfectly suit your hand controller to your racing style.

If you’re unlucky enough to experience a race incident, make sure you get to the pits as soon as possible!

As if seven race modes (such as drag racing, tournament and endurance) weren’t enough, ARC AIR has a brand new race mode – Arcade. A fun and fast race mode. Pick up powerups to influence your opponent’s race, slowing them to a crawl. Time it right though and you can grab some invincibility to carry on racing at top speed.

Choose whether to the let the weather influence your race. Racing conditions might worsen or improve and you have to make sure you have the correct tires. Visit the pits quickly to avoid tire blowouts.

Fine-tune and customize the acceleration characteristics of your car by selecting from 5 pre-configured acceleration profile graphs. Combined with the added ability to limit the maximum power, you can completely customize your own hand throttle characteristics to suit your particular racing style.

Calibrate your car with the free downloadable ARC app to take full advantage of the race events. Track and personalize your laps and race times, as well as fuel and tire information and then share your race statistics with friends on social media.

Choose to upgrade your existing Scalextric track with an ARC AIR powerbase priced $109.99. More info, & Available to pre-order from

Scalextric ARC AIR – Unboxed and Tested (C8434) – Video by FamilyGamerTV

Enter to Win a Scalextric Supercars Race Set!

Scalextric Total Supercars Race Set

To celebrate the upcoming release of the ARC AIR Powerbase, Scalextric is giving away a Scalextric Total Supercars Race Set!

This is an exclusive offer for Old Weird Herald readers! Just fill in the form at the right and Submit to enter the contest.

One lucky OWH Reader will win a Scalextric Total Supercars Race Set – retail value $179!

1:32 Scale Lamborghini Aventador vs Audi R8 LMS

With over 21 ft of track, & can be easily expanded with Scalextric expansion track & accessories.

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  • Closing date for entries is 11.59am on 22nd April 2016, any entries received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • The Promoter takes no responsibility for entries which are not received.
  • The prize promotion is not open to employees of Scalextric or of any subsidiary or associated company of Scalextric or to employees’ family members.
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  • Prizes will be sent within 14 days of the competition ending.
  • The decision of the Promoter is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the prize promotion.
  • Entry constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • No purchase necessary

Slot car racing sees a local revival

Star-Herald – Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014 12:00 am

Slot car racing had its heyday in the 1960s, but it’s slowly coming back.

The powered miniature cars are guided by grooves, or slots, in the track that they run on. Slot car racing became a popular fad in the 1960s, with sales reaching $500 million annually. At one time there were 3,000 public courses in the United States alone, with one in Scottsbluff at the Elks Lodge. The fad then seemed to fade away by the 1970s. The hobby is making a comeback with the baby boomers who started the trend nearly 50 years ago.

Scottsbluff resident Daryl Payne has a 91-foot track that resembles a full scale race track, complete with computerized timers.

Along the Front Range of Colorado, the hobby is alive and well among members of the Front Range Vintage Slot Car and Historical Racing Club.

Each member of the club has a one-of-a-kind track that the club races on every month from the fall through spring racing season. Club members commute all along the Front Range to race at the tracks and keep time of their races. Payne said he has been part of the hobby for the past 14 years and got interested after the first issue of Model Car Racing magazine came out and discovered that people are still into the hobby.

Read full story with pics here…

For more information on the Front Range Vintage Slot Car and Historical Racing Club, visit

by Robert Sorokanich


These tiny little speedsters are Anki DRIVE, the awesome 21st century take on the classic slot car. They use your iPhone as both a remote control and an artificial intelligence brain, so you can race against human or a computer opponent. And did I mention these cars also have laser guns and tractor beams?

Raytown International Raceway Bracket Bash in the News

Raytown International Raceway (RIR) hosted it’s Big Bracket Bash race on Saturday, February 22, 2013 offering $1000 grand prize and $500 to the runner up. Winners of the semifinals received a $150 payout  and the quarterfinal winner received $75. Races started at 9:00 a.m. and continued long into the evening because of the 304 cars that were entered that day.

Read full article here: Raytown International Raceway’s Bracket Bash Payout Draws from Out of State

Valley News

Photographs and text by Geoff Hansen

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Luis Smith, of Claremont, N.H., far right, and five other drivers compete in a heat race in the RockAuto Islip Modifieds division at Smith Scale Speedway in Charlestown, N.H., on March 23, 2014. Racing from February to November, the league is open to the public. “It doesn’t cost anything to race,” said owner Steve Smith. “We even feed you.” (Valley News – Geoff Hansen)

Charlestown — It’s race day at Smith Scale Speedway. Instead of arriving in trucks and trailers full of tools and tires, competitors bring their equipment in a tackle box.

It’s time for slot car racing.

The race cars are 1/32 scale — that’s about 6 inches long, or two to three times the size of a Hot Wheels or Matchbox car — and are operated with hand-held controllers by racers ranging in age from 9 to 60.

Steve and Adele Smith have been hosting slot car races in their one-car garage since 2009. Before that, they rented space in downtown Charlestown to host the races. Steve Smith, who grew up with slot car racing in Astoria, N.Y., said he purchased the six-lane oval track from someone who was getting out of the business while the two of them stood in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Happy Holidays!

Santa loves slot cars too!

To all of my fellow slot car racing friends – many of whom I have met in person, as well as those who I have met online – wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year’s, and a Joyous Holiday Season!

However you celebrate – may you enjoy good health, great food, safe travel, and most of all, the many blessings of sharing the holidays with your family and friends.

Best wishes for the Holiday Season – and all the best in the coming New Year!!!

Paul Kassens
Old Weird Herald / Slot Car Talk

Well… it’s been in the works as a spare time project for about a year now… but the Old Weird Herald web site is finally launched – live and online!

These past few weeks I have been working day & night to finally get it ready to launch, and just when I had it ready to roll out the red carpet… I broke something, and thought I was going to have to completely rebuild it. After completely reinstalling the whole thing at least 3 times, I finally figured out what was wrong and got it fixed!

We’ll still have OWH Slot Car Talk for all the benefits a forum has to offer, but it’s also nice to have a main web site where articles and resources can be more easily found, that wind up getting lost or buried on a forum.

The new web site is powered by WordPress, which makes it easy to update and maintain, plus offers tons of whistles and bells, plugins and widgets, to add features and functions as well. It makes navigation and reading much more ore organized, while automating all the geek stuff, making my life just a little simpler.

It also serves as a hub for various resources of OWH, so they are much easier to find and use:

Old Weird Herald
Old Weird Herald – for articles, resources, and info.

OWH Slot Car Gallery
OWH Slot Car Gallery – tons of photos of slot cars, tracks, race events, and racers.

OWH's Slot Car Raceway Directory
OWH Slot Car Raceway Directory – an all new revamped Raceway Directory! Now with added features, like category based search, so you can narrow down your search by scale preference, or to find drag or club tracks.

OWH Slot Car Talk
OWH Slot Car Talk – Slot car forums – still under the separate roof, but right next door just a click away.

Please check out the NEW Old Weird Herald web site, and take it for a spin!

It’s far from done, with much more to come, but the groundwork is done, with much more cool stuff in the works.

While you’re at it, if you like what you see, and if you enjoy checking in on the OWH Slot Car Talk forums for slot car news, info, and socializing with fellow slot car enthusiasts, then please consider hitting the ol’ “Donate” button and making a contribution towards helping keep Old Weird Herald and Slot Car Talk online.

The server bill is due every month, and there are still many software and hardware items on my wish list that are needed to continue to maintain and grow the web site. While I’m living on peanuts for pesos here in the islands,  I truly enjoy sharing my slot car hobby with fellow enthusiast here online. Unfortunately my server hosting company is operating under a slightly different economic model – and back on a much steeper side of the exchange rate. They still like to get paid in American $.

Please help support Old Weird Herald & Slot Car Talk by making a donation today. Consider it as a subscription or dues – and as always any and all contributions are greatly needed and appreciated!

Just hit the “Donate” button on the right sidebar on the main page, or at the bottom of the Slot Car Talk forums.

Thanks to all who contribute, and let me know what you think of the new web site!

Paul Kassens
Old Weird Herald / Slot Car Talk