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Toys (recreational artefacts) - Scalextric set '60'

Scalextric set '60'

  • Object:

    Toys (recreational artefacts)

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1964 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lines Bros. Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Formed plastic

  • Museum number:

    B.109:1 to 11-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 17 []

Fred Francis set up his company Scalex in the 1950s. By 1958, he was unable to keep up with demand for his product and so it was sold to Tri-ang, a subsidiary of Lines Brothers. Tri-ang then ceased business and Scalextric eventually was produced by Hornby in the 2000s.

Scalextric continues to be a popular toy and during the 2000s there have been large amounts of product tie-ins with films and people such as James Bond, A Quantam of Solace and a car model of F1 driver Lewis Hamilton's McClaren Mercedes. Technology has also had a large impact on the development of the toy which now operates digitally.

Physical description

Boxed electric car racing game. Interlocking parts of track formed of plastic have a metal groove which the car runs on via an electric current and hand controllers. The set is intended to be a mock up of a real racing track, as depicted in pictorial form on the front of the box, complete with chequered design "Shell" sponsored racing barriers.
The set also comes with green plastic brackets that can be used to raise in a bridge formation in order to make varied track configurations in which to race the cars around -there are 3 suggested layouts marked on the box.
The red racing car comes with a number 5 on the side and working front and rear lights.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1964 (made)

Artist/maker

Lines Bros. Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Formed plastic

Dimensions

Width: 51 cm, Height: 9.5 cm, Depth: 35 cm

Historical context note

Fred Francis set up his company Scalex in the 1950s. By 1958, he was unable to keep up with demand and so the production rights were sold to Tri-ang.

Descriptive line

Scalextric motor racing set '60' set, made by Minimodels Ltd (Tri-ang), England, 1964.

Materials

Metal; Plastic; Cardboard

Techniques

Forming

Categories

Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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