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slot car racing YouTube: Jussi Kämäräinen
YouTube: Jussi Kämäräinen

Remember slot cars? Many of you may have fond childhood memories of sitting on the carpet at home, holding the steering wheel/gas trigger, and watching those little souped-up slot cars fly around the family room race track. But, nobody had slot cars like the ones at the European Slot Car Racing Championship held in Helsinki, Sweden.

You’d need a high-speed camera to get a decent picture of this insanity!

I don’t know how one even gets into professional slot racing, but it’s clear that it takes laser focus. Well, that and a whole lot of free time.

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3 Must-Have Slot Car Racing Playsets

With Christmas right around the corner, a slot car racing playset would make the perfect gift for any big time racing fans on your list. While there a number of different slot car sets out there, here are just three that are available for purchase on Amazon.

1. Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

This is what slot car racing in the 21st century looks like. With easy slot car track set-up, several game modes like Battle Race and King of the Hill, and a whole host of expansion options, the Anki Overdrive Starter Kit especially touts its top-notch AI gameplay technology, which allows users to control their cars via compatible mobile device.

For all your techheads out there, each car comes equipped with “an optical sensor, dedicated 50MHz CPU, and two high performance motors for precision maneuvering with one-millimeter accuracy.” Yeah, this is definitely some cutting-edge stuff.

This was specifically made for kids, but after seeing these cars on the track, you’ll want to get in on the action, too.

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2. Scalextric American Racers 1:32 Slot Car Race Track Playset


This set comes with 16’4″ of track and four different layout options and is perfect for either beginners or slot car racing fanatics.

With this specific set, you have the option to race either a classic Camaro or a Corvette C6. It really doesn’t get much more epic than that.

3. DMXSLOTS Exclusive Slot Car Racing Package

If you’re looking for a more old-school slot car racing experience, the DMXSLOTS Exclusive Slot Car Racing Package should be right up your alley. The race set, which comes equipped with four cars, four remotes, and 18 feet of slot car raceway track, uses patented rotating pin technology that allows for seamless lane changes and better performance.

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Family game night just got turned up a notch.

This post was originally published on December 21, 2018.

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