Sunday, November 20, 2005

Holidays mean racing cars

The holidays are upon us once again and in the Gaisford household that means racing. When I was a kid, my Father purchased a Marklin Sprint race set. It was a 1/32 scale slot car set that was made in Germany by the well known model train company Marklin. Since then, Marklin has discontinued the product but I have managed to purchase enough (on eBay) to build a small track for my own family. Here are shots of recent tracks:
Dec. 2002 4 lane track

Dec. 2003 "the family" track. This is the track my Father still keeps for when the extended family gets together to race.

January 2004, a simple track my boys can race and stay on the track

March 2005, another simple track that included the small play table

November 2005, our current track. The boys prefer the simple tracks because they can race better on them. Last night my oldest boy beat me for the first time. He was quite happy as you can imagine.

These are the "old school" cars. They are all Marklin Sprint cars and have not been made for over 20 years. They are slower than the new cars but still a lot of fun to race because they have no magnets and make a lot of noise.

There are several companies that make cars today (as well as track). I prefer Ninco cars, they seem to be built the best and most of their models look good.


Tom von Schwerdtner said...

Nice to see someone found a use for VHS tapes.

Anonymous said...

12:20 LA Time:
Brings back many happy memories of four boys and a dad who loved to compete against eachother.

Craig Kohtz said...

I'm getting a slot car track soon for my birthday (right after Christmas). I can't wait! Problem is, I have no room to put it in! They take up a lot of space. No matter, I'll figure something out. Thanks for the pic's!

Anonymous said...

Dude thats awesome biotch

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