Pitlane Slot Car Club members Jack Watson (14), of Abbotsford, and Graeme Saxton (58), of Concord, put cars on the club track in Fairfield. Photo by Craig Baxter.
The secret to winning a slot car race is knowing when to slow
down to avoid accidents, Pitlane Slot Car Club member Graeme
''And don't race the person beside you. Race your own race.
That's got me through.''
Mr Saxton said he had been racing slot cars since he was 5.
He is sitting second on the leaderboard at the Fairfield
A slot car cost about $100 and could reach 60kmh on the
four-lane track at the clubhouse in Martin Rd.
The 32m track was altered when the club hosted the 2013
national championships, he said.
''We had a nasty wee kink and no-one from out of town could
drive it, so we straightened it up and made it smoother.''
The 16 members practised one Monday night and raced the
following Monday night.
Over the years he had collected boxes of racing vehicles and
accessories, including trucks, supercars and caravans.
He made his own hand controllers, including tig welding
aluminium and building circuit boards.
Children often joined and their fathers became the more avid
But the ''elderly retired ladies'' who raced were the most
''They barge in with their elbows out,'' he said, laughing.
Youngest member Jack Watson joined the club about three years
Racing slot cars was more enjoyable than playing computer
games, Jack said.
''You're actually doing it and you can see what you're
A good racer was a consistent racer, Jack said.