Slot Car Awesomeness – The Brooklyn Heights 500 Circuit

Slot car set - Photo 1 by Brian Cleary

Slot car set – Photo 1 by Brian Cleary

When my fiance Brian learned that I’ve never owned or even played with a slot car set, he took it upon himself to get me the best and biggest slot car racing set he could find. I got it in the mail a few days ago while I was home for the day. So, I decided to take a few hours, and put together the forty feet of racing track. To give an idea of scale, the standard figure eight set comes with eight feet of track. My amazing set had tiered lanes, switch areas, a loopty-loop, and a cork-screw. Pretty much the wet dream of any toy car racing set-up.

Slot car loopty loop - Photo 2 by Brian Cleary

Slot car loopty loop – Photo 2 by Brian Cleary

After I managed to put all the pieces together, which was no easy task, a few friends of ours came over to join in on the fun. Before long, our cars were zipping around the track like well-oiled machines. Controlling the cars speed with the control switch was strategic. Go to fast and the car spins off course and flys into a wall (which is fun to watch), go to slow and your car can lose power and stall. Dirt and animal hair can reek havoc on the car’s performance as well. So we found it was important to clear away anything trapped under the cars and to warm up the cars first before every race. Best of all, the track uses a wall outlet for power. So no blowing through hundreds of double A batteries.

Slot car starting line - Photo 3 by Brian Cleary

Slot car starting line – Photo 3 by Brian Cleary

Slot car pit crew - Photo 4 by Brian Cleary

Slot car pit crew – Photo 4 by Brian Cleary

Our dog leo provided an extra level of difficulty while racing, but overall seemed very mellow about this large foreign structure that was built underneath the kitchen table. He seemed very fascinated. His head was constantly darting around to follow the movement of the car.

Slot car set - Photo 5 by Brian Cleary

Slot car set – Photo 5 by Brian Cleary

Since we live in a small city apartment, we’ll have to take it down soon. We’ve gotten great use out of it so far and will ‘pay it forward’ to another soul that has not had the rush of racing slot cars.

If you would like to try this amazing set for yourself, here is a link to the one we have.

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4 Comments on “Slot Car Awesomeness – The Brooklyn Heights 500 Circuit”

  1. seniorhiker says:

    This is so neat. It looks as if you had lots of fun.

  2. Lego Fun says:

    There are some mighty fine loops going on … well impressed, although better not show my 4 boys. Their last obsession has lead us to set up our own business – vintage Lego. So who is the overall winner in the slot car championships???

    • nmbpro says:

      The overall winner of the slot car championships would have to be my friend Brendan. He has a small slot car set at home. So he was the most experienced out of all of us.


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