How relevant is good old-fashioned slot racing in the era of endless Grand Prix computer simulation games? Is it just old-fashioned and not any good at all? The game of Scalextric has hardly changed since it first burned miniature rubber in 1957 yet its attraction is as strong as ever.
Half the fun is setting up the track, and creating something thatÂ’s as fiendish as Monte Carlo yet as fast as Spa. Even if accurate Grand Prix mapping isnÂ’t on the agenda, there are enough track pieces to set up something more exciting than a bog-standard oval.
Of course the cars fly off when you go round too fast, but thatÂ’s the point. YouÂ’ve got to drive them like their Formula 1 equivalents, carefully but at full throttle wherever you can, only you wonÂ’t be getting several million dollars a year or supermodels hanging on your every word. But it is a game of skill, it is as good as you remember it and you can have cracking races. One word of warning Â– donÂ’t set it up in an office full of twenty-something males when thereÂ’s work to be done.