What And How We Race

Despite being named Molesey Scalextric Club, we race 1:32 scale slot cars from many other popular manufacturers too. In fact, these days we focus more toward the race oriented brands such as NSR, Slot.it, Sideways and Scaleauto, primarily because these cars are usually built to finer tolerances and with better quality components than, say, a Scalextric car, and as a consequence provide a much more level playing field for enjoyable racing.

Our race classes

Our year is divided into two six-month seasons, racing a variety of classes per season, with each class racing for two consecutive weeks in rotation.

Currently we’re racing these four classes, details of which can be found at the bottom of this page:

  • NSR Formula 86/89
  • Sideways Group 5
  • NSR Classic
  • Molesey GT

Nearing the end of each season, classes are reviewed and members vote upon which they wish to continue and which, if any, they wish to replace. Sometimes we’ll bring back a class that has been raced before, occasionally we’ll start a new class if a particularly exciting new range of cars has hit the shops. We do, though, try hard to keep the cost of participation as low as possible, so entirely new classes are only introduced sparingly.

Our race formats

Our club-night races are usually run to one of two formats: a lap-based race where drivers cover a fixed number of laps, or a time-based race where drivers race for a fixed amount of time.

Drivers are divided into two groups, one of which races while the other marshals. Where possible, drivers are placed in a group with others of similar speed. This way everyone, regardless of ability, has the opportunity to enjoy close racing.

Our lap-based format sees each driver racing six heats, one heat in each lane. Heats are usually 15 laps, but occasionally this varies. The race result is determined by the total time each driver takes to complete all of his heats; quickest time wins.

Our time-based format sees each driver racing six heats, one heat in each lane. Heats are usually of between two and five minutes duration. The race result is determined by the total distance each driver covers over all six heats; greatest distance wins.

There are no bonuses for winning a heat, and no dropped scores, so even if you win one or more heats, it’s no guarantee that you’ll win the race overall. A particularly bad performance in one heat can quickly drop you down the leaderboard, so consistency is key.

To help marshals re-slot crashed cars as quickly as possible, coloured adhesive ‘lane tape’ matching the colour of the car’s lane is stuck on a prominent part of the car’s bodywork; you can see it on the cars in the photo at the top of this page. To the purist this rather spoils the look of the car, but no better solution has been found by any club, anywhere, so that’s what we use!

Our current classes

NSR Formula 86/89

A generic single-seater in the style of F1 cars raced between 1986 and 1989. Teams included:

  • AGS
  • Arrows
  • Benetton
  • Brabham
  • Coloni
  • Dallara
  • EuroBrun
  • Ferrari
  • Ligier
  • Lola
  • Lotus
  • March
  • McLaren
  • Minardi
  • Onyx
  • Osella
  • Rial
  • Tyrrell
  • Williams
  • Zakspeed

Sideways Group 5

Spectacular extensively modified production-based cars which raced between 1976 and 1982. The FIA’s Group 5 ‘Special Production Cars’ rules restricted the width of the car and required only the bonnet, roof, doors and boot lid to retain their original shape, so cars were built with standard body widths but wide wheel arch extensions.

  • BMW 320
  • BMW M1 Sauber
  • BMW M1 Schnitzer
  • Ferrari 512 BB LM
  • Ford Capri Mk III
  • Ford Escort Mk II
  • Ford Mustang
  • Lancia Beta Montecarlo
  • Lancia Stratos
  • Nissan Skyline
  • Porsche 935 K2
  • Porsche 935/77A
  • Porsche 935/78
  • Porsche 935/78-81
  • Toyota Celica LB Turbo

NSR Classic

Iconic GT and sports-prototypes from the mid 1960s to early 1970s, plus Porsche’s 917/10 Can-Am and Interserie car.

  • Ford GT40 Mk I
  • Ford GT40 Mk II
  • Ford Mk IV
  • Ford P68
  • Porsche 908/3
  • Porsche 917/10
  • Porsche 917 K

Molesey GT

A class for any 1:32 scale hard-bodied GT-type slot car that is or has been commercially available in the UK. The car used must have had a 1:1 road car version made at some time in its history.

Bodies must remain unmodified, but 3D-printed chassis are allowed and motors, wheels, tyres and other parts are almost free choice except for restrictions to motor rpm and wheel diameters.

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