Slot Racing History

ECRA / BSCRA Origins

Laurie Cranshaw's Cars

Laurie Cranshaw was one of the small group of people who set up organized slot racing in the UK in the early 1960s. We are still enjoying the fruits of his efforts today.  He was also an innovative car builder, and perhaps surprisingly a few of his cars survive. My thanks to John Moxon for the photos

Organized slot racing in the UK has it's origins in rail guided cars.   Like many early slot racers, Laurie made the transition from slot to rail.  Here's a couple of Laurie's rail cars - a   Ferrari and a  Mercedes


The Harvey Aluminum Special slot car modeled on the car s raced in the 1963 Indy 500.  This car was popular with slot racers because of its wide body and low wide tyres.  It has a space frame chassis, as did the real car.  Number 82 only seems to have appears in  testing,   the cars that raced at Indy were 83 and 84, the plans in Model Cars magazine show 82.

Harvey Aluminium

Harvey Aluminum Special

Harvey Aluminum Special

This Lancia Ferrari features a die cast chassis with home made steering.  Unfortunately the original motor is no longer with it

Lancia Ferrari

Lancia Ferrari

Here's a Maserati 250F and a brace of  sports cars

Maserati250F  FerrariTR   Ferrari  Ferrari chassis

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