I'm not a collector of slot cars and didn't have any interest in them for over 20 years prior to starting this website. The last slot car I owned before this was back in 1987. I remember saving up UPC labels from TYCO products to send away for my 25th anniversary chrome slot car.
Sadly that picture is not of any car I own. After 1987 whatever remnants were left of my affair with slot cars ended up in a box in my closet. In 1992 When I left for college my parents decided my room was too cluttered and threw all my personal belongings out that were in boxes. I joined everyone else who's parents had thrown things away. The big event that boxed all my slot cars to begin with was getting into remote control cars. I raced remote control cars professionally for many years and was a sponsored driver at one point. College put a stop to that as I entered the computer field and future careers.
In the mid to late 1980s when I did have a vested interest in slot cars I had my share of track sets. The 440X2 cars stand out in my mind since I remember them taking up most of my play time. I also had the Aurora Lazer 2000 set which to a 8 year old was mind blowing fun. Then there was two mystery track sets that I could never figure out.
The two mystery sets were from the early 1970s and were not originally mine. When my parents bought our first house in 1979 the previous owners had 3 boys that had just moved out of the house for college. The original owners were selling to downsize and decided to give my parents some of their children's toys. My parents then presented a few boxes of used toys for me to play with in our new home. Inside one of the boxes was my first slot car track set. I was 4 years old and excited at the prospect of playing with some moving toy cars. What I didn't know at the time was my new slot car set was in fact two slot car sets, and they were slot-less sets. I had no idea what a 'TYCO' was nor what an 'IDEAL' was, but I was frustrated that none of it worked. I didn't know at the time that both sets were in fact broken and missing parts, and of course no directions or instructions.
That little car above is what started it all. It was the only car I was able to cobble together at the age of 4 to use on my cobbled together Tyco track. It never lane changed it simply ran around the track in one lane until the contact shoes wore out and it ceased to move again. I didn't know it was only a JAM car, didn't know it didn't even belong on a Tyco track, all I remember is flicking the controller switch for the steering function wondering what the heck the button did and never finding out. Eventually the broken slot-less tracks became ramps and roads for my matchbox cars to drive on. Section by section track would break and eventually the entire set of used race track and cars ended up in the garbage. A complete mystery to me quickly replaced with new slot car toys, but it always stuck in the back of my head as a mystery I would need to solve one day.
Life moved forward 32 years; One night googling for lost items from youth I came upon what a slot-less car was, how they worked and before I knew it I was the proud owner of a 34 year old broken toy again. The rest is this website.
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