1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 from Scalextric
December 13, 2013
|Product: Ford’s Mustang was the Boss of Trans-Am racing in the early 1970s with the likes of Parnelli Jones and George Follmer winning regularly to put Chevy, Plymouth and AMC on notice.|
Scalextric has been mining that popular muscle-car vein with its fast and furious 1:32 slot-car lineup for several years. Racers in my slot-car group have been buying Scalextric Mustangs and Camaros for years because they are fast — period. They also stir memories of Trans-Am races from the golden age of muscle and pony-car racing, the 1970s.
The latest Scalextric offering is a Grabber Green 1970 Mustang fastback driven in part of the 1972 Trans-Am season by little-known Mike Folsom with Libre Racing International. The team’s results were nothing exciting, but this slightly turquoise-leaning green Mustang was a hit with fans. One reason: It was the only Grabber Green Mustang created by the factory for racing.
It also looks great in action on a slot- car track.
Performance: Housed in one of Scalextric’s best chassis, with a sidewinder motor configuration, this 1970 Mustang runs great straight from the box. The 18,000-rpm motor gives it super straight-line speed. When I first ran it against an earlier Scalextric Mustang, using that original car’s silicone tires, the Grabber Green rocket was 0.4 seconds quicker per lap. That’s all the proof I need of this being a performer.
Then there’s its look. The color itself is unique and easy to spot on the track. I like the black chin spoiler and the funky, psychedelic, 1970s-looking No. 25 on the hood and doors. The black racing stripe that Ts off the hood and runs down the sides gives the car a racy appearance.
Scalextric does its usual fine job of detailing, with good logos (Goodyear, Castrol and STP, to name a few) that reflect the original car’s look. Mike Folsom’s name is stenciled on the car’s roof, and in back there’s a black trunk lid spoiler, too.
The car also features easy-change pick-ups, a good selling point for slot-racing newcomers. Be sure to explain how the magnet in the car’s Magnatraction system can easily be moved around to enhance performance.
Need more to make this one race out of the store? Check out the black-and-silver racing wheels that make this one of the best-looking Mustangs a slot racer could want to drive. Your customers will feel confident they’ve got a competitive car right out of the box.
Marketing: This is for serious 1:32-scale slot-car racers, most likely Baby Boomers who recall the great Trans-Am Ford Mustangs from the late 1960s and early ’70s. You can sell them additional magnets for traction and a set of silicone tires, which will keep the car’s rear end from coming around during fast laps.
There are more expensive slot cars available, to be sure, but for pure fun and excellent out-of-the-box performance, Scalextric’s Mustang lineup is hard to beat.
Product: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (Libre Racing International, Mike Folsom)
Stock number: C3318
Availability: Hornby America
BOTTOM LINE • Unique bright color
• Fast and worry-free
• High quality