STOP PRESS - A 60th Anniversary Announcement!
That’s right, if you can believe it, this is our second ‘Stop Press’ Test Track in as many weeks as the big news just keeps coming! Less than a week ago we lifted the lid and revealed another brand new tooling project for 2017 with the Scalextric McLaren 720S being unveiled, shortly after the unveiling of the real car at the Geneva Motor Show.
Following that huge news, we have another announcement to make which can't wait until our regular edition at the end of the month. The 60th Anniversary Collection is a unique set of cars which have certainly captured the imagination of collectors and slot racers since they were announced in the 2017 range. With only one car currently revealed, we have all the details on the second car that will be joining the Collection!
The 60th Anniversary Collection – 2000s
Here at Test Track we can exclusively reveal that the next car to be unveiled from the 60th Anniversary Collection, joining the Bentley Continental GT3 will be the Aston Martin DBR9 (C3830A), representing the 2000s for Scalextric!
The Aston Martin DBR9 was a clear favourite to represent Scalextric during this period, as the real car not only raced during the 2000s, but the model itself was also released in 2006 (the first being the C2644 Aston Martin DBR9 No. 57). The DBR9 then saw another eight releases before the end of 2009 (and a few more afterwards!), in what proved to be a series of hugely popular and successful models.
The car itself debuted in 2005 and actively raced all over the world until 2011, when the GT1 category ended. Based on Aston Martin’s DB9 road car, the DBR9 keeps several components from its road-going predecessor, but incorporates a number of changes, mainly to keep the weight down. Like many racing cars, the DBR9 did experience some changes throughout its racing life, which included 17 different chassis. 2007 also saw the removal of the two cooling vents from the bonnet of the car.
Out on the track, the Aston Martin DBR9 found success in the LMGT1 category despite finishing behind arch-rivals Corvette in the 2005 and 2006 Le Mans 24 Hour. However, 2007 and 2008 proved to be the car’s golden years as two LMGT1 category wins were claimed by the #009 Aston Martin Racing DBR9.
We hope the Aston Martin DBR9 is a welcome addition to this unique collection and that you too welcome this car representing Scalextric for this decade. As you can imagine, there’s so many models to choose from and some tough decisions have been made!
I must also mention that the images we have for you here are Decoration Samples and a number of changes have been subsequently made. These photographs should give you an idea of what you can expect, but they aren't the finished article.
There’s still another five cars to be revealed over the coming months, and we’ll be sharing all the news as and when we can here in Test Track. Do remember that you can pre-order the whole collection now if you want to make sure you don’t miss out, be that with us here on the Scalextric website or with Scalextric retailers.
Well that’s all we have for you in this special edition of Test Track as the news keeps coming thick and fast. We’ll be back as normal on the last Friday of the month with all the news from our visit to the BTCC, as they prepare for the new season. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for news straight from the BTCC visit, and we’ll have all the highlights in Test Track at the end of the month.
Of course, that’s not forgetting that we’d love to hear your thoughts on the Aston Martin DBR9 as the car representing Scalextric from the 2000s, through the channels linked above, or using our Test Track Forum. That’s two down, with five to go in the 60th Anniversary Collection and there’s likely to be a few surprises along the way (pleasant surprises I’m sure).
Well we best wrap things up, leaving us to say we’ll see you at the end of the month and until then,
The Test Track Team
P.S. Don’t forget that our historic British Touring Car Championship competition is still running until 29th March. Don’t miss out on your chance to win some signed models by two legends of the series. The full story was covered in February’s Test Track blog where our Head Researcher Simon got to have a chat with Andy Rouse and Tim Harvey.
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