|Mission Accomplished - James May and
Scalextric secure a new World Record!
On 16th August 2009, Scalextric set a new world record by recreating
the famous Brooklands banked circuit entirely out of Scalextric,
near Weybridge in Surrey. The incredible stunt was recreated
with Scalextric for the BBC television show James May's Toy Stories.
Brooklands opened in 1907 and was the world's first purpose-built
motorsport venue. It hosted its last race in 1939 and now
plays host to Brooklands Museum. James May and 300 volunteers
used approx 20,000 separate sections of track to recreate the 2.953
miles circuit. Scalextric shattered the current record for a
slot car track which was set in Berlin on October 2007 by 2,189.82
metres. Once the mammoth challenge was completed, two
Scalextric model cars, a maroon Aston Martin DBS and a silver
SLR McLaren roared around the newly created track.
Bond, James Bond
Widely recognised as one of the most famous cars of all time, the
sleek Aston Martin DB5 became the very first car of choice for James
Bond in Goldfinger (Sean Connery, 1964); the third spy film in the
iconic Bond series. Goldfinger became the first official Bond
blockbuster. One of the most memorable scenes features Bond being
issued with his DB5 (registration BMT 216A) prior to his assignment.
The DB5, modified by Q, included an ejector seat, machine guns, oil
slick emitter, rear window shield and bulletproof glass.
The Scalextric model typifies the beauty of this iconic car and
includes working gadgets, such as an ejector seat (activated when
passing the special trackside bollard) and manually-triggered rear
shield. The Goldfinger version of the DB5 is the first Scalextric
release in a series of three highly collectable Limited Edition
Aston Martin DB5s from the iconic movies of James Bond.