LUTON SLOT CAR CLUB

Bedfordshire’s Premier Slot Car Racing Club

Raceway - Bushmead Community Hub, Luton, LU2 7SF

Slotstox - 227-229 Bedford, Road, Kempston MK42 8DA

Email ~ lutonslotcars@btinternet.com

or call Nick Thrower on 07900 227222

 

LSCC is fully registered member of BSCRA

What does it cost to get started?

Basic equipment starts are about £50-60 each for a 1/32nd and 1/24th scale standard car.  These are ready to run and will allow you to compete in all LSCC classes except Formula One.  Cars eligible for F1 are a similar price but completely different rule-set and design.  In addition, you will need a hand controller which can range from £75 upwards.  There is always second hand kit around at much cheaper prices - ask for details of anything you need.  The club maintains a set of club cars so your first few weeks will cost you virtually nothing.

What skills do I need to do the hobby?

Key skills are a good driving aptitude.  You will also need to maintain the cars so need a level of basic engineering skills including soldering and metal work.  Artistic skills can be applied to bodyshell paintwork but this is not essential.  As you progress, you will learn about chassis design, motor maintenance and general preparation of the car including tyres, bodyshells etc.  

What sort of people do the hobby?

In general, anyone who enjoys driving Scalextric could enjoy this.  You will need an amount of engineering and car preparation skills.  It helps if you are a keen competitor to get to the higher levels but many people do it simply because they enjoy the challenge of preparing and driving high performance machinery.  

What sets these cars apart from Scalextric style cars?

One key fact to remember is that these cars are not intended to be models of full size racers.  They are a technology in their own right and are generally hand-built from laser cut steel which is designed to twist and bend to handle the massive cornering forces which are higher than a modern F1 car. Everything about the car is geared for performance.  The car sits less than 0.5mm from the track,  motors are massively more powerful than Scalextric and drive the car through wide sticky sponge tyres.  Bodyshells are the only part of the car that is above ½ inch high and are made from very thin and strong lexan plastic and only bear a passing resemblance to the full scale model.  The bodyshell is designed to exert maximum force from the airflow over it.  To give an idea of the performance difference, these cars will lap a Scalextric car 3 times on our track.

Do I need to pay to race?

Yes.  You should join the VRC which is approx. £42 per year and we will charge you a weekly race fee to cover track repairs.  See the home page for race fees. This is on top of equipment that you buy.

If your question is not answered here, email it to me and I will try to answer it.