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Author Topic: Who remembers tethered model racing cars  (Read 1185 times)
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frankxhv773t
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« on: 29 September, 2016, 10:16:02 PM »

I saw this on e-bay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232097615750?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

At $6,000 I shan't be buying it but what a wonderful toy. At first glance it looks a bit like a 1:43 white metan kit but when you read the description it is actually almost 16 inches long.


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« Reply #1 on: 30 September, 2016, 06:46:25 AM »

Fascinating, I was expecting a battery powered electric motor, not a petrol one. How did these work then? On the end of a cable, or did they just run round in circles?
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« Reply #2 on: 30 September, 2016, 11:08:48 PM »

It was the motoring equivalent of control line aircraft so there was a central anchoring point with cables out to the car. They ran in a circle and I presume the goal was to do the fastest circuits. I think they were popular up to the 1950s when slot car racing really took over.
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« Reply #3 on: 04 October, 2016, 05:26:26 PM »


I've read about them.  I think the "off" switch is a rod sticking up like a car aerial to swipe with a hand or bridge.

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