James May introduces his favourite toys, including Corgi and Matchbox cars and then tries to beat the measured mile land speed record with a Scalextric car.
The Black Capri and the white BMW shown in the advert were my first Scalextric cars.
Below is an advert for Scalextric from the 1980s that I found from trawling through youtube. I can remember the advert from when I was growing up. I can also remember writing to Santa at Christmas asking for the starting gantry!
How to build a Scalextric track in under 30 seconds…
James May’s toy stories makes the longest Scalextric track in the world. The track was a record breaking 2.75 miles!
A compilation video celebrating Scalextric’s 50th birthday in 2007. The video includes coverage on BBC Breakfast and evening news!
Scalextric made a “miniaturized” spoof version of BMW’s highly successful “Be water” advertising campaign. In the original advert, it is Bruce Lee who speaks to camera in English, in Scalextric’s version his lines were spoken by a young Chinese boy. In the new spoof version the three shots of the car at first glance appear …
Zoo magazine made the longest Scalextric Track in the world. See the construction of the biggest slot car racetrack ever built! I love the intro: “I never thought I’d get into the Guiness Book of Records because I’m pretty lazy…but I’ve been given loads of money…”