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February 2015 Issue

  • Quick Slicks New Compounds
  • SCC Canada Proxy Race
  • A New Discussion Board
  • Unpainted Mazda 787B
  • GST5 Coupon Code
  • Piranha Slot Motor
  • CB Design Classic Steel
  • Track Braiding Tools
  • Wheel Size Chart
  • Michigan 24 - 2015 Race
  • Clearance Items
  • SRC 2015 & QC
  • Slot.It 2015 Releases
  • New Car Releases
  • And Much More...

Slot Car Corner Canada

We offer high-quality products for 1/32 slot racers. Our reputation is built around great service and our customers often become friends. We're passionate about slot car racing and we want to share our enthusiasm with you.

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Quick Slicks Silicone Tires - Two New Compounds


Quick Slicks are high-performance silicone tires for 1:32 slot cars. They are designed to be an easy, affordable upgrade to improve your car’s performance. And we're introducing two new compounds.

The first (existing) compound will now be called SoftFirm and Extra-Firm are added to the Quick Slicks product lineup, to help you get the maximum performance for YOUR track and YOUR car.


Why THREE different compounds for Quick Slicks Tires?
In most forms of 1:1 racing, there is no one “best” tire compound for all track surfaces, configurations, race conditions, car setup, race strategies and driver preferences. This is true for slot car racing as well. Just like 1:1 racing, there are many variables that affect slot car tire performance – track configuration, track surface, track power levels, car/motor type, chassis setup and driving style are just a few examples. With this in mind, Quick Slicks high-performance silicone tires will soon be available in several compounds to let YOU determine which compound is best suited for your specific requirements.
 
Quick Slicks are “Made by Racers for Racers”. They were designed and tested extensively by actual 1:32 racers in real-world race events. Our testers include world champions, national champions and world-record holders. We have also engaged more casual racers and enthusiasts as part of our test program.



The Track Record Is Broken
A week ago, I hosted a race on my track. Our friends from the Northeast US came to race with us. The car had to be a Slot.it Porsche 956/962 and any silicone tires were allowed. This was a perfect venue to test our different compounds and some other brand silicone tires. The new Quick Slicks Extra-Firm compound won the race in the end, followed by a car equipped with the Quick Slicks Soft compound. But more importantly, the track record fell by 0.2 seconds, going from 5.345s to 5.167s. This is what we call real-world testing.
 
In order to assist you 
in identifying which wheels or cars fit a given Quick Slicks tire, we offer an exclusive Quick Slicks Tire Selector, easy to use. Still not sure which Quick Slicks you need for a particular application? Drop us an email and we’ll do our best to assist you.

* The Extra-Firm compound will be in stock before the end of February. The Firm compound will be ready a few weeks after that.
 
 

 

 

SCC Canada Proxy Race - 2015


In January's newsletter, I made a suggestion for an all-Canadian proxy race, using Canadian products (MR Slotcar cars, CB Design wheels, Paul Gage tires), for Canadian racers on Canadian tracks. The idea took off fast and the first ever SCC Canada Proxy Race is now officially happening.

In less than two weeks, we had a full grid of 26 participants, rules were made available, six tracks were designated as hosts, from Vancouver BC to Québec QC, a discussion board was created and it already generated hundreds of messages. Racers all across the country are now actively testing and tuning their Mazda 787B and many participants discovered a great running car in the process.

If you missed out on registering, you can ask to be put on the waiting list, in case some racers cancel their participation in the next few weeks. First come, first serve.

The deadline for sending the cars in is April 3rd, 2015. The first round will happen soon after in Québec and the cars will then travel to the west, making a stop in most provinces in between. Follow the preparation and the race right here at www.canadaslotcar.com.



Discussion Board - Slot Car Racing in Canada
Since we created a discussion board for this all-Canadian proxy race, why not use it for a more general purpose. All Canadian slot car racers are welcome to join in the fun to create a stronger Canadian slot car community, organize events, share tips, etc. REGISTER NOW AT www.canadaslotcar.com.
 

Proxy Race ?
If you're not familiar with proxy racing, here's an article that explains this great concept.

 



Unpainted White Kit - Mazda 787B - STILL AVAILABLE !


The SCC Canada Proxy Race participants bought most of our inventory of MR Slotcar Mazda 787B Unpainted white kits at a great price. Instead of the current retail pricing of $69, they got their car for only $49. Fortunately, we were able to get our hands on the last batch of those white cars and we're offering them to you at the same low price, until all inventory is gone.

They come ready to be painted, with all transparent parts and other accessories already removed from the body. Of course, the chassis is also complete, with all mechanical parts ready to race.

We also have many parts available if you want to tune the car to your own preferences. Many Slot.it and Slot Car Corner parts are also compatible with MR Slotcar cars. If you prefer not to paint the car yourself, the black Test Car is also still available at a great price.


 
 


GST5 Coupon Code - Suspended


Unfortunately, the current situation with the Canadian dollar, the price increase from some distributors and the shipping costs associated with sending orders all across the country are putting great pressure on SCC Canada's all-around profit margin, which is now between 1% and 2% only.

In order for me to be able to continue operating this business and serving you all with great service and products, I have to suspend the use of the GST5 coupon code, which was created for you to save the equivalent of the GST. I'm sorry to have to do this but it's a step towards returning to a reasonable profit margin.

Despite this, I think that SCC Canada's pricing is still perfectly reasonable. And one thing's for sure, the quality and speed of our service will not be suspended!

For your information
Today, February 13th, the exchange rate is around 1.25, before the bank conversion fee of around 2-3%. That means that if you buy US$100 worth of products in the US, you will pay around CA$128 (and that's before shipping, customs fees and taxes, etc.).

 



Our Piranha Motor Is A Huge Success


Since we announced the availability of our own Piranha Slot Motor at the end of 2014, you have been buying this motor in droves. The low price, coupled with a quality motor, a very smooth power curve, power comparable to other motors costing more than twice as much and pre-attached silicone wires, are all factors that have contributed to this success.

The 21.5k short-can motor is perfect for all kinds of tracks. Not too slow on a fast track, not too fast on a more technical track, it's an all-around great motor that you have to try if you haven't had the chance yet.

Don't be left behind, take a bite out of the competition!

 
 



CB Design Wheels - Classic Steel Series - Now in Black


Along with another shipment of various CB Design wheels, we have received brand new black wheels in the Classic Steel series, in 15x7, 15x8, 15x11 and 17x8mm sizes. Black wheels always transform a car for the better.

And of course, they're always quality CB Design wheels, that you've learned to know and love these past few years. They're made right here in Québec, and will give you performance, good looks and tight tolerances for a vibration-less ride.





 
 
 


Double-Sided Tape and Special Router Bit


If you're looking to create your own wood track, you will need some special tools to get the job done easier and faster. And we've just got a new shipment for two of those useful items.

The special router bit will route the gains where the copper braid will be glued (braid recess). Once the slots are routed, it's very simple to route the gains with this special router bit. Once the braid recess is ready for the braid, you will be able to use double-sided tape. In the past, track builders used contact cement for gluing the copper braid in the gains. It was messy, difficult and left a strong odor for days. With the double-sided tape, it's so easy, you'll wonder why you didn't build your track before.

We have all you need to build your track. Start your project now !

 
 

 

Wheel Size Chart - Now with Insert Size


Our exclusive Wheel Size Chart gives you the dimensions for all our wheels, from the tiny 14x6mm to the big 17x11mm wheel (width, diameter, center rib, etc.). Recently, we've updated this chart with the insert size. With this dimension, you will be able to choose the right insert to use with our CB Design Insert Wheel series. Keep in mind that we use the same inner diameter for inserts that Slot.it uses for its «small» and «large» hubs. Any insert that fits the Slot.it wheels will fit the CB Design Insert wheels.
 
Click on the chart below for a list of all our Reference Charts, including this one.

 

 

The 5th Annual Michigan 24 Endurance Race Is Coming Soon


March 21-22 will be merged into one extra-long day for all racers taking part in the 5th edition of the Michigan 24 endurance race. Once again, our good friends from Cloverleaf Racing will host this wonderful event on the Cloverleaf Raceway, a 5-lane 122-foot track. 6 teams will participate and try to get the trophy out of the hands of Slot Car Corner Racing Team, which has won the event every year since its debut, breaking the world record for distance three times doing so.

Modern GT and LMP cars (1/32 scale plastic chassis) are eligible for this race, equipped with silicone tires (any brand) using any motor.

Team Slot Car Corner will once again have 5 drivers on its roster: Steve Sawtelle, Mike Chiocchio, Georges Hamel, Kurt Moser (replacing Dickie Pearson) and Christian Gingras (yours truly). Of course, we're always using this race as a test session for many of our slot car products and the 2015 edition won't be different. We will use our newest Quick Slicks compound for tires and we're confident they will give us the opportunity to once again beat our own world record.

Those races are always a real test of endurance for man and machine but they're always a lot of fun and a great learning experience for everyone. We're looking forward to this one and we'll keep you informed on the results.

 
 

 


Clearance Items - Great Deals !




Super Tires added rounded shoulders on their most popular models. Slot.it has released a revised LMP Screw Mount Guide and now has lightened spur gears. We have bags of older Slot.it tires that need to find a good home. This is where our Clearance Items section can be useful for you. You will find great deals if using the next-to-last version of a product is not essential to your project.
 

 


Slot Racing Company - 2015 Announcements & Quality Control


Slot Racing Company (SRC) has been building unique slot cars and they want to continue on that path for the next year. 2015 will be the year of the Classic F1's for the Spanish manufacturer and many enthusiasts are anxiously waiting for those releases.

Clicking on the image on the left will reveal the 2015 Catalog from the company. In this catalog, you will find, along with new liveries for the current Porsche 914, Matra MS670 and Lola T600, a wonderful lineup of F1 cars from the 70's, including the Ferrari 312T4, the McLaren M23, the Renault RS10 and the Hesketh 308. Also, the BMW 2.8 CS and the BMW 3.0 CSL will be added to the manufacturer's range before the end of the year.

Quality Control

Some of you are also aware that despite releasing great and unique models, with wonderful detailed bodies, quality control has not always been the strong point for SRC cars. Their chassis design is simple and can result in good-running cars but sometimes, a little bit of work is needed to make them perform well. I've had a nice and long email exchange with the new CEO of the company and I clearly made him understand where they needed to improve to become a great manufacturer. He was genuinely interested in what I had to say and promised me that we would see a big difference with the next releases. If SRC can pull it off, I think they can become very successful with the range of cars they're working with.
 

 

Make Your Choice From Our Large Slot.It Inventory


As time goes on, we're always adding to our already impressive Slot.it inventory, by far the largest in Canada. If you're looking for spare tearproof parts, EVO6 chassis, gears, guides, motors, transparent parts, electronic accessories, HRS parts, motor mounts, axles, conversion kits, tires, wheels, inserts, etc., chances are good we have them in stock. Modify your cars to make them faster, easier to drive or just plain more fun. We have what it takes. And if we don't, just ask us and we'll be able to add the missing part to our inventory pretty fast.

Slot Car Corner Canada is definitely THE place for Slot.It products in Canada. No doubt about it.
 
 
NEW CARS FOR 2015

Slot.it recently made public their car lineup for the next year. The big news is the introduction of a new Classic DTM line of cars, from the 90's. There will also be an Audi R8, arguably the most successful car in the history of endurance racing. Of course, new liveries of existing series will also be released. An exciting year for Slot.it, no doubt about it!

(click on the picture below to download the 2015 brochure)
 

 

THE CARS THAT WERE ADDED THIS PAST MONTH

Here's a list of new or back-in-stock cars that weren't on our shelves when our last newsletter was sent out in January. Some of those cars are not yet in stock but will be soon. We also have gotten back in stock a lot of other cars from Slot.it, Racer and SRC.

We also hope to receive the first MR Slotcar McLaren F1 GTR cars in the next few weeks, starting with the «Contender» series. Let's cross our fingers.

Of course, we also have a lot more cars in stock so feel free to browse our inventory to find the one that will catch your eye and/or make you the next race winner in your club! Click here for the complete list.
 


Slot.It - Nissan R89C - Le Mans 1989 - #23


(brand new model from Slot.It, will be in stock this coming Monday)

For the 1989 season, rather than relying again on chassis built by March, Nissan had developed the R89C model in conjunction with Lola. The car featured a kevlar and carbon-fibre based monocoque chassis fitted with Nissan's new twin-turbo VRH35 3.5L V8 DOHC engine which was mounted in a stressed installation for better chassis rigidity, delivering up to 950bhp.

Despite Nissan's efforts, the 1989 World Sportscar Championship season was rather unsuccessful for Nissan, as their cars lacked reliability and speed. The beautiful R89C was only able to score points in three races and finished the season in fifth place in the championship for teams.

At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, three R89Cs were entered into the race, none of which reached the finish line. Car #23 was driven by M. Hasemi, K. Hoshino, T. Suzuki. Once again, Nissan had chosen '23' for one of its official cars. The reason is that number 23 can be read as "ni san" in Japanese, and this is why Nissan frequently enters a car numbered '23' into motorsport events.
 


 

Policar - Lotus 72 F1 - Hockenheimring 1970 - #2


(pre-order status)


Policar, working with Slot.it, will soon release their first Classic F1 and it will be very popular, judging from the reaction on various discussion boards. You can pre-order your very own Lotus 72, as it raced in 1970 with the Gold Leaf colors for Team Lotus. April 2015 is the expected release date.

Please note that the current pricing can change, depending on the exchange rate on the release date.
 

 

Slot Racing Company (SRC) - Lola T600 - #00 - Daytona 1982


(now in stock)
 
 

 
 
Don't forget, shipping is only $5 anywhere in Canada, whatever the order and the number of cars and/or parts. It's time to add to your collection.
 

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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