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HO Slot Car Racing - Frequently Asked Questions FAQ Frequently Asked Questions This page is a compilation of questions I'm most frequently asked by new or returning racers.
I have a "Brand X" race set.
Can I use "Brand Y" cars?
Any brand of HO slot car will run on any brand of HO slot car track.
Tomy however offers the best range of repair items and after-market speed parts.
Auto World cars will also run on any brand of track but keep in mind that their ThunderJet 500 and XTraction product lines are modern reproductions of vintage Aurora slot cars from the 1960's and 1970's.
If you want the kind racing experience you had when you were younger, then these cars are great, but they will not be competitive when raced next to a modern magnet car.
See the section for a sampling of the HO slot cars available for purchase.
Can "Brand X" track be combined with "Brand Y" track?
Each brand of HO slot car track has its own proprietary connector system, but track adapters are available to connect different track systems.
See the section for a complete discussion of the various track systems available.
My local hobby shop told me Tomy is out of business.
I hear this comment far too often!
Unscrupulous dealers often tell potential customers this so they can sell them the small Life-Like sets they have in stock.
Tomy acquired the assets of the Aurora company over 25 years ago and has been manufacturing some of the best slot cars, track and accessories ever since.
Tomy continues to introduce new products every year.
Don't let anyone tell you that Tomy is not the best there is.
See the section for examples of the boxed race sets Tomy offers.
Can I use Parma Hand Controls without rewiring my track?
Parma hand controls can be used with the standard power tracks and power packs sold in boxed sets.
However, if you use standard power tracks you can not connect the red brake wire.
The red brake wire would create a dead short due to the common negative power rails shared by both lanes.
Modern slot cars with their strong traction magnets brake well enough when you get off the power anyway, so the brake circuit is rarely missed.
See the section for a complete discussion of the various Parma controls available.
How can I improve the performance of my box-stock slot cars?
This is the first thing you can do to improve the performance of any slot car.
See the and pages for details.
How can I identify the kind of chassis my vintage Aurora slot cars have?
Aurora T-Jets have bodies that are fastened at the front and rear of the chassis with two small screws.
The type of slot cars chassis look almost identical.
Aurora was experimenting with magnetic downforce and by placing the magnets closer to the rails it was thought that they would exert a greater magnetic attraction to the type of slot cars steel power rails.
Aurora made two other chassis in their long.
When Model Motoring was first introduced to the market in England and the US the chassis used a vibrator mechanism instead of a true DC motor.
These cars were popular in England and with early American hobbyists, but they were never sold in any great quantity and are quite rare today.
In Aurora's final years they offered what was called the chassis.
This was the last new chassis design to come out of the Aurora shops before they were sold to Tomy.
This chassis did away with the pancake-style motor and gear online my play car yard games in favor of an inline motor and monocoque chassis design.
Can I restore set transformers slot car old vintage Aurora slot cars?
A good supply of New Old Stock NOS parts are available to repair all of the older Aurora slot car chassis except the vibrator.
Tires, pickup shoes and motor brushes are the most commonly replaced parts.
With age the rubber tires on the original cars will have hardened or disintegrated.
Modern silicone rear tires will not only never harden again, but they will also improve traction and handling.
Pickup shoes with deep grooves worn into them should also be replaced.
See the section for diagrams of the various Aurora chassis and parts available.
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Auto World cars will also run on any brand of track but keep in mind that their ThunderJet 500 and XTraction product lines are modern reproductions of vintage Aurora slot cars from the 1960's and 1970's. These cars are not nearly as fast, nor do they have the magnetic downforce of a modern slot car. If you want the kind ...
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