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The bounder was on it like lightening, perhaps too eagerly, stumbling as his hand went up to meet the ball it cracked on his wrist rather than landing in his eager hand.
My brother and myself plus a couple of mates would spread ourselves on the living room floor, those not actually ‘racing’ were the marshals, it was their job to place the cars back on the circuit if they came off … We both thought it was the best thing since sliced bread ! When their inventor, “Freddie” Francis (who sadly died of cancer in 1998), added an electric motor to these models they became Scalex -electric or Scalextric cars.
Not sure if our parents agreed with that especially after about 3 hours of non stop racing ! These were first shown at the annual UK- Harrogate Toy Fair in 1957, the first set contained metal models of a blue Maserati and a green Ferrari and were an instant hit with the dealers.
The set could be made up into a figure of eight with a bridge under which ran a chicane.
The cars were the Jaguar D types, one green and one blue with a head and shoulders driver-in, manufactured from moulded plastic. racing car models of Minimodels Ltd, which was a clockwork powered race car system that first appeared in 1952.