As I entered the latest Proxy series and hosted a round of it at my Club, I thought I had better introduce myself properly.
Been around the block a few times, just turned 69. I got my first Scalextric set for my 11th birthday, and by my 14th had joined a Club at Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Stayed involved with slot racing, mainly through the ECRA period until about 1980.
I joined the Met. Police in 1971, and joined the North London Society of Model Engineers (slot car section). Met some great friends who I still see every now and again even though I am back up in my native North East.
While at North London I won the ECRA F32 Nationals in 1975 and was a member of the National Team Championship winners (North London) in 1975 and 1976. We also set a new world record for a 24 hr race, becoming the first slot car to cover 300 miles in 24 hours.
I moved back to County Durham in 1978 and for the next 20 years, apart from odd visits to friends I hardly did any racing.
Got back involved in 2013 with the NERCS Club in Washington, Tyne and Wear, and am enjoying a late life renaissance.
I am not greatly skilled in car construction but do enjoy dabbling and am looking forward to the next proxy series whatever that may be.
live in Sunderland, North East England, and race at North East Restoration Club Slots in Washington. First set was Scalextric Cooper set with battery pack power (about 1960, I think) and been interested in Scalextric/slot cars for past fifty odd years. Recent revival with NERCS and, due to member Gerry Fitzsimon, interest in scratch-building and Proxy GP series. Other interests...RNLI lifeboats, real classic cars (Jaguar & Alfa Romeo) and R/C model boats. Cheers, Jim.