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Happy Holidays to Everyone

In a few days, most of us will have some time off work and will be able to spend some time with family and friends for the Holidays. You'll probably also have time for this wonderful hobby that is slot racing. Get those cars off the shelves and race. Share your passion with someone else and make them a part of our friendly slot car community here in Canada. And most of all, have fun!

You'll see that this newsletter edition is in large part dedicated to our famous CB Design wheels. Apart from our reputation for great service, those wheels are the products we're most proud of at Slot Car Corner Canada. And they're also made in Canada, which is something to be even prouder of.

Winners Of Our Â« Christmas Giveaway »

Congrats to Réal Drolet and Gary Ioi ! (details below)

Between November 16th and December 16th, for every $50 you spent at Slot Car Corner Canada, you got one more chance to win one of two great cars. The draw has taken place this morning and winners have been notified by email that they've won a beautiful slot car.

The first car to be awarded was the
Jaguar XJR12, in beautiful Racing Green, sponsored by Suntec. The lucky winner is Réal Drolet, from Trois-Rivières, QC. Réal has bought over $250 worth of slot car stuff in the last month, all with his December 4th order. He came back to slot racing 3 to 4 years ago and has since built a very nice 3-lane wood track in his basement.

The second car to be given away (the
Nissan R390 GT1, sponsored by Clarion) will be shipped to Gary Ioi, from Toronto, ON, who also has been a long time customer of Slot Car Corner Canada and a successful racer in the GTA, winning many enduros and races in the club he's part of. Gary placed three orders in the last month, for a total of $225. Both cars have been shipped to the lucky winners and should get there just in time for Christmas.

Thank you to all our customers who have participated in this first ever «Christmas Giveaway». It has been such a success that we'll surely repeat the experience next year.

The CB Design Wheels Family is Growing - Adding 14 mm Wheels

CB Design Wheels have always been considered the best wheels on the market, as many proxy race results and numerous endurance race results can attest. They have been a big part of the story when Team Slot Car Corner broke the 24-hour world record for 1/32 plastic chassis cars in May 2011 and again in April 2013 and have also been the wheel of choice for many proxy race winners in the last 3 to 4 years.

They come in many great designs and sizes but most of all, they have been made for racing hard. Perfectly round and concentric and also having very tight tolerances, they will make a smooth running car out of almost anything you can put them on. They also can withstand hard crashes without bending or distorting, like some other wheels do and they also are hubless, which means you get more room under the car body to put wider tires on the track, to get more traction.

We just added smaller wheels to the family (see to the left of the picture). The 15x7 wheel was already popular for classic and older cars and our customers wanted smaller wheels for their projects. We're happy to introduce our smallest yet, the 14x6, 14x7 and 14x8 mm wheels. For now, they're available as insert wheels only but we'll add them to some other CB Design families soon, the Classic Steel being the next on the list.

To see which tires (Super Tires or Paul Gage) fit on those new wheels, just download our Wheel-Tire Chart and you'll be able to get the look and the traction you're looking for on those smaller cars from your collection. We especially recommend Paul Gage tires for those new wheels, as we worked closely with Paul to have many tires ready at launch. They're all in stock now. Of course, all our existing wheels are still available.

New Paul Gage Tires

Paul Gage has been working non-stop in the last few months to create more models of its urethane tires, for our new 14mm wheels and also for other sizes. The last additions to the list are skinny tires for a vintage look on classic cars (20062V, 21062V and 22062V), a tall tire with a wide center rib (22107) and new taller tires in the SE series (21073SE, 22083SE, 22105SE).

The big news (in every way!) is the extra large new tire (22168FF). This «monster» will fit many applications, especially older F1 cars that will look the part with huge tires at the rear (see picture above). We're sure you'll find other uses too (let us know!). We already have most of these in stock and the most recent ones are on their way and will be here any day now.

CB Design Wheels Win a 3rd Consecutive SCOTY Award

For the third year in a row, Slot Car Corner wins a SCOTY Award for its CB Design wheels. Home Racing World is a great place for slot car enthusiasts to hang out and share their passion with fellow slot heads. Each year, they choose the best among the best in different categories in the slot car world. We already know our own CB Design wheels are the best on the market, and again this year, Home Racing World agrees. Harry Wise is the great man behind HRW and we thank him for his support and enthusiasm.

What's even better about all this is that CB Design wheels are designed and made right here in Canada, by a very good friend of Slot Car Corner Canada. We can be very proud of that fact. Thank you Claude for making the best wheels for 1/32 slot car racers !


Colored CB Design Wheels

You probably already know that some designs/sizes of our famous CB Design wheels have been available in different colors for the last few years. The picture at the right shows how the colors look on our wheels. Black and gold wheels have been somewhat popular, while blue and red wheels are more like «novelty» items that fewer racers have installed on their cars (here at SCCC, we think the cars that have blue or red wheels are faster than the other cars on the track... but maybe it's just a perception!).

Unfortunately, for reasons we explain below, colored wheels are being discontinued. Blue and red wheels are in very limited quantities right now so grab them while they're still in stock (they could be worth a lot in the future!). Gold and black wheels, while already out in some designs/sizes, are still available in greater quantities, even if production has been stopped a few months ago. If you want to be sure to get a specific model, grab them now!

Why stop the production of colored wheels?

1. The anodization process has been difficult for our manufacturing partners. On such small parts, it's not easy to repeat the exact same recipe with each production batch. Our gold wheels have been affected the most by this problem, with some shiny and saturated wheels, and others much «duller» and matte. We had to sell some wheels as «clearance items» and others had to be sacrificed completely. Since Slot Car Corner and Slot Car Corner Canada both have quality as their #1 priority, we couldn't continue on this path of inconsistence.

2. With so many designs and sizes in the CB Design family, inventory management was quickly becoming a nightmare. At one time, we had over 90 different combinations to keep in stock. We suspect that even Walmart or Target don't keep that many combinations of a single product in their inventory.

There you have it. We know that for some customers, those colored wheels were nice to have. We liked them too. But decisions had to be made. And we decided to go with quality first. More designs are also in the oven for the future so stay tuned. CB Design Wheels are looking ahead to a bright future... all in silver !

Over time, while we go through our remaining inventory of colored wheels, it's possible that some of them will find their way to the Clearance Items section on our website. This could be a great way to get high-quality wheels at a reduced price, if you're willing to get slightly different colors...


Meet The Entire Family

To complete this CB Design special section of the newsletter, we want you to meet all the members of the CB Design family of wheels, in addition to the Insert Wheels you saw earlier. Remember, they're all hubless, CNC-machined to very tight tolerances, are perfectly concentric and can withstand hard racing and crashes. They're all race-proven and race-tested, and we do the testing ourselves during the many endurance events we participate in (mostly 24, 12 and 6-hour enduros). The Racing Wheels are also lighter than the other members of the family, to get this competitive edge you need. If you've never tried a CB Design wheel, you're missing out on something great ! It's THE most important change you can make on a slot car to get more speed and driving fun out of it.


See What's In Stock At Any Time

In the last few weeks, we've been working hard to give you more information while you browse our website. You could already see how many cars we still had in stock, and it was also possible to get that information for some other products. Starting now, you'll be able to see what's available for shipping at any time, for every product we have in our inventory. This will eliminate frustrating situations where we had to tell you after you ordered that we were out of this or that.

Of course, we try to always have everything in stock but believe us when we say that inventory management is not an exact science ! And please remember that if something you want is not in stock, don't hesitate to contact us and we'll tell you exactly what's happening and when it will be back on our shelves.


Taxes : Can't Escape Them But...

Up until this year, Slot Car Corner Canada was still in its infancy, happy to be a small part of this great Canadian slot car community, and serving slot car enthusiasts from coast to coast with as much simplicity as possible. Our level of sales was not high enough to warrant registration to the sales tax system. But our great products, our superior service and most of all, word of mouth from our wonderful customers, made us grow to the point where Slot Car Corner Canada is now a «real» company to the eyes of the government, meaning we'll have to start adding sales tax to all orders from Canadian customers starting January 1st, 2014.

But have no fear because we also have that covered. By entering the coupon code GST5 at checkout, we'll take care of the 5% GST for you, leaving only the provincial tax for you to cover (if applicable). We think that will be a nice transition into a new era for Slot Car Corner Canada.

New Cars in Stock    

Here's a list of some of the new cars we got (or will get very soon) since the last newsletter was sent out. Maybe you missed some of them (because you have not subscribed to our Facebook page!). Or maybe you just want to run one of those beauties on your track, just for fun. Whatever the reason, they're all waiting for you !

From Slot.It :
From SRC (Slot Racing Company) :
From Racer Sideways (Group 5 Cars) :

Slot Car Corner Canada has everything for your slot cars but did you know that we also carry a full line of products for building your track and driver stations? If you need plugs, adaptors, alligator clips, potentiometers, relays, track call buttons and colored panels, we have everything in stock. We'll soon begin the process of rebuilding Circuit du Grand Rocher at our headquarters so again, you can be sure that we test and use what we sell.

Our controller holders are also very popular for driver stations. If you're tired of knocking your controller on the floor or are always looking for a safe place to put them down, look no further. With the optional mounting bracket, they can be easily installed on any track. We just tweaked their design so they fit even better than the first generation for all controllers on the market.

You'll find everything you need in the Driver Station section of our website.

Our Best Wishes Go to Robert

Sometimes, even people you've never met in person can be special to you. Slot Car Corner Canada has a special customer in Edmonton, AB. Robert has been a slot car enthusiast and collector for a long time and he used to buy almost every car that and Racer released, along with tires and parts. Lately, Robert has been having health problems and that meant he had to put aside his passion for a while, concentrating on getting better. Robert, our best wishes go to you and I sincerely hope to be able to meet you in person one of these days. Get well soon!          Christian

Made in Canada

We're located in Canada and we should be proud that many of the products that are sold on our website are made and/or designed in Canada. Slot Car Corner Canada has even been instrumental in a lot of those products. To make them more visible, we now have a special section if you want to show your support for Canadian slot racing products.

Join us on Facebook  

If you have a Facebook account (who doesn't?!) and you have not joined our page yet, you should do so right away. You'll get all the news as they happen. New cars, new items in stock, store news, special promotions, etc. Why wait for the newsletter every month when you can get the information as it comes out?

Do you have SCC candy in your slot car box ?

The SCC Candy is now a well-known addition to all our orders and we've seen some racers keeping some bags in storage for big race nights. By swallowing the recommended dosage before the start, you'll build the momentum needed to win the race, even against the fastest racers in your club. Try it, you'll be amazed at how it can work to your advantage!

If you have ordered from Slot Car Corner Canada before, you know our priority is to provide great service to all our customers. We like to think every one of them is a friend and we do everything we can to make sure you become one. And we'll start by serving your slot racing needs to the best of our knowledge and ability. We like to read your comments and that's why we invite you to join us on Facebook. Don't wait for the newsletter, get the news as they come in!

Slot car racing is a great social hobby! Hang out with friends, have fun and smile. And if you visit our beautiful Québec City, don't hesitate to drop me a note, we might be able to share a cold one around a track and make even more friends. In the meantime, just have fun!

Christian, Slot Car Corner Canada
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