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Getting Started in 1/32 Slot Car Racing:



(Carrera 1/32 Slot Car Set)

Welcome! In this section of our web site we are going to introduce you to the exciting hobby of 1/32 slot car racing.  1/32 slot car racing is a very exciting and fun activity that you can enjoy by yourself or with your entire family.  This hobby offers realistic racing action with cars that look like real race cars from the past and present.  1/32 slot cars are big (5" to 7") and they are very realistic looking when they are on the shelf in their display cases or racing around your track.  Many people around the world have found 1/32 slot car racing to be an exciting, fun, and inexpensive hobby for all ages.

What do you need to get started? Getting started in 1/32 slot car racing is very easy.  All of the sets that we offer come complete and ready to assemble and race.  When you purchase a set from our company you will receive everything that you need to get started.  Add an additional half hour of time and you are off and racing.  You can purchase a complete 1/32 slot car set starting at well under $100.00.  This can be the end of your investment in 1/32 slot cars unless you decide to add additional track and cars to your layout. 

How Involved can you get? Like any hobby you can get as involved as you like.  In 1/32 slot car racing you are able to upgrade the cars with better tires, motors, gears, or even build your own cars from kits.  You can also expand your track layout by purchasing additional track pieces and accessories.  There are tons of extra track pieces that you can use to expand any of the 1/32 slot car tracks we offer.  You are able to expand your track to any length, any size, and you can make your track up to six lanes wide with certain types of track.  There is also advanced timing and counting accessories available so that you can time and race your cars.  Remember that any 1/32 slot car will work on any of the tracks that we offer.  This means that you can run a Fly car on a Ninco track or a Ninco car on a Carrera track.  This further expands the possibilities that you have with your 1/32 slot car track.

What track is the best? The next question that you may be asking yourself is what track should I purchase to get started in this exciting hobby?  The answer to this question is really based on what you want out of your 1/32 slot car set.  We typically recommend Ninco and Carrera tracks because of their size and because of their quality.  These track are both of very high quality and have characteristics that make them stand out above the rest.  If you want a set that will provide you years of racing action I recommend that you consider one of these two types of track.  Just in case you are still not sure about what type of track that you want we will give you a little bit more detail on each type of track below.

Track Measurement Comparisons:

 

Track Type: Track Width: Lane Spacing: Slot Depth:
Carrera: 7 3/4" 3 7/8" 1/4"
Ninco: 7 1/16" 3 17/32" 1/4"
Riggen: 6 15/16" 3 1/2" 1/4"
Bachman: 6 15/16" 3 1/2" 1/4"
Scalextric: 6 1/8" 3 1/16" 3/16"

 

 

 

 

--- Carrera 1/32 Slot Car Track ---

 

Carrera Track  7 3/4" Wide  3 7/8" Lane Spacing

 1/4" Deep Slot

Carrera Exclusive track is actually 1/24 scale track that comes with 1/32 scale slot cars.  This track allows you to run both 1/24 scale slot cars that you race at a commercial track and 1/32 scale slot cars.  This track is the widest available with the widest lane spacing.  This track is very stiff and when you add the included clips the seams are almost invisible between straights.  With this track you are able to expand up to 6 lanes and the high banks and bridges are top quality.  This track would be your best option if you plan on having a track that will last for years as a high quality raceway. 

--- Ninco 1/32 Slot Car Track ---

 Ninco Track  7 1/16" Wide  3 17/32" Lane Spacing  1/4" Slot Depth

Ninco track is one of the best 1/32 slot car tracks on the market.  This track hooks together very well, has a lip that keeps the rails in place, and also has a very wide variety of parts and accessories that you can purchase for the track. This track also has an adapter track that you can use to hook it to Scalextric/SCX track.  When you purchase a Ninco track you are getting a track that is wired with brakes and you can also get a terminal track that will let you run a separate power pack to each lane with out difficult  wiring.  This track also has aftermarket companies such as Parma coming out with a wide variety of high performance aftermarket parts.  You can expand this track up to 6 lanes wide.  If you want a track that is very easy to expand that has more accessories then you could ever want then this is the track for you.

--- Riggen 1/32 Slot Car Track ---

 Riggen Track  6 15/16" Wide  3 1/2" Lane Spacing  1/4" Slot Depth

Riggen track can be classified as a classic.  Riggen track has been around for years and still maintains the quality that the top quality newer tracks offer. Riggen track is a very stiff track with a smooth track surface.  If you have this track now then I would recommend sticking with it.  This track hooks together very well, all of the 1/32 slot cars will work on it, and it also has mounting holes on the sides to mount it to a table.  The only downside to this track is that you can only build a four lane set with it and extra accessories are limited.  Other then this the track is top quality and ranks very high on our list.  This track is great if you like really stiff track and you are going to make a simple layout.  

--- Bachman/Strombecker 1/32 Slot Car Track ---

 Bachman Track  6 15/16" Wide  3 1/2" Lane Spacing  1/4" Slot Depth

This track is similar to the Riggen track as far as surface and stiffness.  This track is also a high quality track that from long ago.  This track has adequate lane spacing and width making it a good track for a 1/32 slot car set.  The only downfall to this type of track is that it is no longer manufactured.  A lot of the track still exists so if you do have this type of track you might consider keeping it and purchasing additional track pieces.  Bachman and Strombecker track are the same thing and connect together.  

--- Scalextric 1/32 Slot Car Track ---

 Scalextric Track  6 1/8" Wide  3 1/16" Lane Spacing  3/16" Slot Depth

Scalextric track is the narrowest of the 1/32 slot car track that is available.  This track also has very narrow lane spacing.  If you already have Scalextric or SCX track Ninco makes an adaptor track to upgrade to the larger track size to increase the size of your layout.    This track and Scx track are interchangeable.  You may also have to cut down a few of the guide flags on certain 1/32 slot cars to run them on this type of track.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this section on 1/32 slot car racing.  Remember that all of the 1/32 slot car sets that we offer are 100% complete, you do not need anything else to run them.  1/32 slot car racing is an exciting hobby and we hope you are a little more educated on the topic.  If you have any other questions please feel free to email us or give us a call at (419)898-2333.  Shipping is free on all orders over $75.00 so most of the 1/32 slot car sets we offer will be free of shipping in the USA and actual cost for shipping on all foreign orders..  

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