Slot Car Book List from Scratchbuilt.
The items in this list are compiled from either my own collection, seeing it advertised in a magazine in my collection, seen by me for sale at an slot car mechanic auction usually ebay.
I distinguish these from by the presence of an author's name.
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This is the book that introduced a whole generation to slot car racing, because it was allowed into the school libraries.
My pals and I spent the whole library hour poring over each picture!
There were girls on the cover, too - but they never showed up at any track I visited.
The book covers every aspect of racing slot cars on the early commercial tracks.
Chapter 4 is titled "Scratchbuilding", and shows step-by-step the soldering together of a 1965-era space frame.
This book is a vintage slot car collector's must have item.
Philippe de Lespinay Vintage Slot Cars 1999, 96 pp, 80+ beautiful color photos.
De Lespinay was a 1960s professional slot car slot car mechanic full-scale, too!
He remembers everything about that golden age!
My softbound copy of VSC is well-thumbed.
A Popular Mechanics Book.
Covers slot car mechanic and slot racing in the early days.
Club tracks with scenery, in the model railroad style.
A to Z definitions of many slot car terms, occasionally ironic or eccentric, but mostly good.
A useful purchase for the vintage slot car collector or scratchbuilder.
Available, like many Ford Publications, from the classified ads in the back pages of Scale Auto Racing News Magazine.
Roger Gillham Scalextric: The Story of the World's Favourite Model Racing Cars 2002, Hardcover, 192 pp.
I don't know much about this one, but see it at Rod Green Scalextric: Cars and Equipment Past and Present 2002, Hardcover, 208 pp.
I don't know much about this one, but see it at compiled by: Roger W.
Covers all scales, every manufacturer.
Every vintage slot car fanatic should own this book, which covers all aspects of the history of slot cars from 1900 to about 1965.
Coverage stops just at the dawn of the golden age.
The only omission I see is Gilbert from the early 60s.
Hertz wrote a dozen or more books and hundreds of magazine articles, under multiple pseudonyms, about model railroads, model cars, slot cars, and antique American toys.
This book has many hard-to-find facts and photos about the early years.
The scratchbuilder will see about 10 hand-made or kit-built chassis by Luis del Rosario 60s Manager pickup tyco shoes car slot Elmsford Racewayand photos of vintage scratchbuilding parts from Polk Hobbies, Auto World, Dynamic, Ulrich and others.
Glad I snagged mine revised and enlarged a while ago!
See a review in Auto World Catalog 1967, p 8.
Laidlaw-Dickson Electric Model Car Racing slot car mechanic, 127 pp, illus.
Seen only in an online library card catalog.
A-Z articles on technical modeling subjects, includes some slot car entries.
Seen only on ebay.
Laidlaw-Dickson Model Car Rail Racing 1967?
Deisel and electric racing cars, track plans.
Seen only on ebay.
Small xeroxed zine, from Ford Publishing.
Great collection of 1960s articles by Paul Plecan, many of which appeared in the major model and slot car magazines.
Definitely of interest to the scratchbuilder.
Space frames, brass plate frames, and mid-60s pre-can motors.
My copy is softbound, from ebay.
Ed Radlauer Slot Car Racing 1968, 32 pp, color pictures, hardbound.
Written for 9-14 year olds, but don't dismiss this book.
I was 9 years old in 1968, and it captures exactly how I felt!
Robert Reed Know About Model Roadracing 1966, 96 pp.
Skillfact Library, softcover book, A 1966 basic reference for new enthusiasts, introduction to the hobby of slot car racing, including info on scales, tracks, scratchbuilding, kit building and repairs.
Schleicher has published slot car books each decade.
This is his first, and I remember it well, from my local library, in the mid-60s.
Many photos and specs of full-size cars, charts and labeled schematics, covering every aspect of building and tuning your mid-sixties slot car.
Also, routing and landscaping your home track.
Starting clubs and holding meets.
Every vintage slot car collector should have this book.
Robert Schleicher Radio Control and Tabletop Model Car Racing Schleicher writes slot car book number two.
This might be it, at Robert Schleicher Racing and Collecting Slot Cars 2001, 128 pp, 200+ color photos.
Many top models with beautiful bodies, detailed and to scale, if that's what you like to see.
My copy is softcover.
Robert Schleicher The Slot Car Bible Fall 2002, https://money-spin-games.website/slot-car/slot-blade-cable-car.html pp.
Not yet available, but you can pre-order it at Vic Smeed Simple Electric Car Racing 1965, UK, Scratchbuilding and racing slot cars.
Wheels, tires, gears, chassis, pickups and bodies, tracks, scenery, wiring, tools and everything else.
Smeed was long-time editor of Model Maker, a magazine which mid-wifed slot and rail car racing into existence.
See a book review in Auto World Catalog 1967, p 8.
Vic Smeed The World of Model Cars 1980, London.
Mostly about plastic model cars, with sections slot car mechanic slot cars.
Seen only on ebay, need more info.
Unfortunately, like other similar books, it was already out of date by the time it was published.
For the scratchbuilder, see a 1965 space frame soldered on an adjusto-jig!
Cliff Wheeler Slot Car Mechanic 1-6 Date slot car mechanic />Six small xeroxed books on improving your slot car racing, from Ford Publishing.
The Answer Man various authors Best of the Answer Man, vol 1 Date 2000?
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