There’s something about the name Scalextric that puts a glint in a man’s eye.
Even Babe Daddy looked impressed when I mentioned that we’d been invited to a blogger event showcasing the latest from the world’s leading slot racing brand.
Our little lads go nuts for anything on wheels so they were in their element at the event, held at Cupcake members club in Parsons Green, where each family got to test out the new Scalextric Start set for age 5+ featuring characters from Disney Pixar Cars 2 (£99.99).
The track is surprisingly easy to build, with seven metres offering nine alternative layouts and comes with two variable speed hand controllers.
Jed’s a little young for this set (they also do a Micro Scalextric for ages 3+) and it took a few goes to figure out how to stay on course. But both boys were whizzing around in no time and each took part in a ‘grand tournament’ at the end when the organisers built a giant track for the kids to race on. Fast, furious fun.
The team kindly sent us a Start set with Cars 2’s Lightning McQueen versus Francesco Bernoulli to keep and the babes have been honing their skills. Jed has learned to corner like a champ and as a fellow novice, I have to say it’s brought out my inner speed freak too.
Scalextric in the Noughties offers way more than your Dad’s dusty attic collection.
There’s slick racing for rookies with the Start Pro Racing Series (around £74.99) that allows head to head action over 49 circuits with lap counter. Or check out the ultra cool James Bond set (£109.99) featuring classic Aston Martin cars from the spy legend.
And if you really want to blow the budget, don’t miss the brand new Digital Platinum set (£499.99) that lets ‘drivers’ race up to 6 super cars simultaneously with multiple gaming modes and the power to switch lanes at the touch of a button to block or overtake.
Sounds like mayhem.