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Happy Canada Day to Everyone... Have Fun!
Summer Time... Enjoy !

The sun stays up longer and most of us can take some time off from work during the coming months for some well-earned vacation time. For some, it means that slot racing takes a back seat until Fall. For others, it just means more time to finish those projects we all have waiting on the shelves without having the time to complete them. Whatever's the case for you, we hope you have a great summer, with family and friends. Enjoy it while it's there... And if you tune or build slot cars during those rainy days, you know we have all the parts you need, right here!

Goodwood Festival of Speed - We'll Be There

For us at Slot Car Corner Canada, the summer months also mean some time away from home. We'll have the privilege of attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK in July with some great slot racing buddies and we can't wait to get there, seeing all those race cars from all eras and types of racing. Since we'll be away from July 5th to July 17th for this extraordinary event, all orders placed during this period will be shipped July 18th. The website will be up and running to accept your orders while we're away.

Our Slot.It Inventory Is Still Growing

More and more of you are aware that Slot Car Corner Canada is THE place to shop in Canada for Slot.It cars and parts. To better serve you, our inventory has again increased in variety and quantity in the last few months. More gears in stock, more cars in stock, more motors, wheel inserts, tires, body kits, chassis, motor mounts, axles and everything else.

We got recently some brand
new pinions for those smaller 1.5mm motor shafts found in recent F1 cars from Scalextric and all other cars that use the Slim Long Can motors. Some of our own M/T Racing motors also use this smaller motor shaft. If the number of sleeve tubing we sell are any indication, those pinions are sure to become very popular.

Also in stock are new
wheel inserts for your builds: Audi R18, Chaparral 2E, GT40, Mazda 787B and many others. We also have lexan cockpits for most cars and new EVO6 chassis for some of them. Also in stock is the Decorated Body Kits for the Lola Rebellion, if you want to use anything else than a Flat6 motor in an anglewinder configuration. The body comes pre-painted and assembled, with a chassis and guide. You can then choose the motor and the running gear of your choice to build the car (wheels, axles, gears, etc.).

Finally, we have some European Championship Kits for the Mazda 787B. In the box, you will find everything to build a very competitive car, as the rules for this championship allow in 2013. Buying all those high-performance parts separately would cost you a lot more than the kit pricing. Of course, you'll have some work to do to get all those parts together but that's all part of the fun, isn't it?! Get a winning car in a box !

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New Cars in Stock    

Here's a sample of all the new cars we got since the last newsletter was sent out. Maybe you missed some of them, maybe you have to prepare a new class of cars in time for your next slot car season. 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 - in stock:
From Slot.It - soon to be in stock: From FlySlot - in stock: From FlySlot - soon to be in stock:
From SRC (Slot Racing Company) - in stock: From Racer Sideways - in stock:

The Many Faces of Motor Lead Wire

Obviously, we offer our Motor Lead Wire so we're a bit biased. That said, it wasn't a matter of just finding some wire hanging around on the workbench, cutting it into 3 foot lengths, sticking it in a bag with an SCC label and offering it for sale on our website. Like all of the SCC products we offer, there was a lot of upfront design and testing that took place. Here are some of the design criterion we used to evaluate and test our SCC Silicone Motor Lead Wire.
  • Gauge (o.d.) - For 1/32 RTR cars, most motors generally draw no more than about an amp of current (and then only very briefly when the car is at a dead stop and you pull the controller trigger to get it moving). As such, there are a wide range of wire gauges with sufficient "ampacity" (maximum safe current carrying capacity) for most 1/32 RTR motors. As the wire gauge gets "bigger" (lower numerically), the overall diameter of the wire (strands + insulation) also increases. Smaller gauge wire (higher numerically) has a smaller o.d. but can be more difficult to work with and less forgiving (e.g. there may be fewer wire strands to start with which means less wiggle room when stripping insulation and inadvertently nicking/cutting strands). Larger gauge wire generally has more "spring" than smaller gauge wire - this is important for racers who configure the motor lead wire to help self-center the guide whenever the car deslots.
  • Stranding (flexibility) - In general, for a given gauge wire, more strands of finer wire will be more flexible than fewer strands of thicker wire. For example, stock (think stiff) motor lead wire typically has between 7 and 21 strands. In comparison, our SCC wire has 168 strands!
  • Insulation Material (flexibility) - Silicone is generally more flexible than PVC and other common wire insulation materials. Silicone insulation is also generally more expensive. Most stock motor lead wire has PVC insulation.
  • Insulation Thickness (flexibility + o.d.) - In general, for a given gauge wire and insulation material, the thinner the insulation the more flexible the wire. For example, take 2 lengths of identical 24 AWG motor lead wire (just the copper wire) - one with silicone insulation that is .010" thick, the second with silicone insulation that is .015" thick. The silicone wire with the .010" thick insulation will be slightly more flexible.
  • Overall Wire o.d. (wire gauge + insulation thickness) - On many cars, there is a very limited amount of space between the front (underside) of the body and the guide/motor lead wire. Carefully shaping and routing the motor lead wire can help to reduce some interference but in some cases, as can compensating for the interference by loosening the front body mounting screw more than you might want to. In these cases, a motor lead wire with a smaller overall o.d. can eliminate (or at least further reduce) the interference altogether while allowing for a full/wider range of front body mounting screw adjustment. The 2 design elements that affect overall wire o.d. are wire gauge and insulation thickness.Insulation (heat) - Silicone wire is much more forgiving (resistant to heat) when soldering motor lead wires to the motor tabs. PVC insulation has a tendency to melt.
  • Bare copper vs. tinned copper - For a given gauge wire with the same stranding, wire with bare copper strands will generally be more flexible than wire with tinned copper strands. Practically speaking, can this difference be measured? Probably not (at least, not with any measuring device/apparatus we have at our disposal). Nonetheless we prefer motor lead wire with bare copper strands.
As you can see, flexibility and o.d. are key requirements for motor lead wire. If the motor lead wire impedes guide movement and/or prevents proper adjustment of the front body mounting screw, it will have an adverse effect on a car's performance. Given the above criteria, we worked with a wire manufacturer to produce a motor lead wire that met our specifications. Is this overkill for motor lead wire? It depends. For the casual racer, they may never replace the stock motor lead wire and the above criteria is of little interest (and that's OK). For more serious racers, we've done the hard work for you!

Our own SCCC Motor Lead Wire is available here.
SCC Hardware and Tuning Parts

Here's a small sample of everything we have to offer in our SCC Tuning Parts section on our website. You'll find axle spacers, body screws, set screws, guide spacers, body post repair kits, axle stops, motor pod hardware kits, oval-point set screws, motor retaining screws, bushing alignments kits, car braid, motor lead wire, bronze bushings, lead sheets and much more.

If you do some tuning to your slot cars (and who doesn't?!), you will find what you need right here. We use them every day for our own cars so we know they work and make the cars faster and more fun to drive. Do it too !

Exchange Rate and Shipping Costs

As you probably have already guessed, we buy most of the products we offer from US distributors in US dollars and they are shipped across the border by the United States Postal Service (USPS) 98% of the time. For almost two years now, the exchange rate was around parity and we have been selling Racer and cars and parts at the same price as they are sold in the US (even if the banks are adding a 3% charge on the exchange rate).

Unfortunately, the Canadian dollar has taken a 5¢ dive recently and it looks like it may stay there for a while, even going down some more as the US economy is getting stronger. Furthermore, since January 2013, USPS has doubled its shipping rates to Canada (almost tripled in some cases) and we've been absorbing those new rates since.

If our dollar doesn't get back up there soon, Slot Car Corner Canada will have no choice but to adjust its pricing accordingly to be able to continue offering you superior products and service. We know it's not good news for you, our wonderful customers. But every Canadian retailer that does business with US distributors has to face the same reality. Sadly, Canadian distributors in slot racing are very rare... Thanks for your understanding !

Georges and Christian In The News

In April, Team Slot Car Corner broke the world record for distance in 24 hours with a 1/32 scale slot car. We told you all about it in this newsletter's April edition. Since then, some media in Québec were informed of this and the two Canadian drivers on the team (Georges and myself, Christian) got some attention from the and from Radio-Canada Première chaîne (CBC Radio One's french-language equivalent).

There was a nice write-up at, from the main daily newspaper in Québec City, Le Soleil. At first, the reporter thought that she was going to do an article on grown men playing with toys. When she heard about all the tuning we did and how serious our fun was (!), she changed her mind and the article became something about grown men having fun while getting serious about their slot car tuning and driving. It's really a fun read... Google Translate does a pretty decent job at translating it if you can't read French.

Christian also got to speak about his passion of slot cars on coast-to-coast national radio (Radio-Canada Première Chaîne), with host Catherine Perrin. This media attention will certainly bring some new comers to our wonderful hobby.

SCC Candy is Your Ticket to Race Wins

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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