STOP PRESS - New Jaguar E-type Twin Pack for 2018!
With the 2018 ball now officially rolling, we just couldn’t wait to bring you more news and this weekend offers the perfect opportunity. Perhaps the most special event in the UK classic motor sport calendar, the Goodwood Revival began today, offering attendees a chance to step back in time. With the Goodwood Revival celebrating the glitz and glamour of motor sport in the 1950s and 60s, we thought this would be a great time to tell you about a Scalextric 2018 Twin pack that celebrates a car which roared round Goodwood Circuit during its heyday.
With so many legendary cars, and drivers, racing at Goodwood during the 50s and 60s, you’ll be forgiven for needing us to narrow it down a little more. But first, let’s look at the event itself which is something truly unique in motor sport and a real treat for anyone who can make it to Chichester in September – or rather anyone who’s able to secure tickets!
Back in the autumn of 1998, motor racing returned to Goodwood for the first time in over 30 years. What was once an integral part of the British racing scene, Goodwood enjoyed the best motor racing had to offer from 1948 to 1966. Boasting attendance from some of the top drivers of day, the circuit saw some epic battles and cars now considered classic all over the world.
With greats such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn and Jim Clark taking part, to name but a few, Goodwood will be forever associated with this special time in motor racing.
Goodwood Revival recreates and celebrates this fact for a weekend every year, stepping back in time to enjoy the romance and glamour of this special period in motor racing. With everyone in attendance dressing for the period, and a ban on modern cars within the circuit on race days, Goodwood Revival is unlike anything else in the racing calendar.
Rob Hall's 1961 Jaguar E-Type gives us an idea what 1960 Goodwood might have been like
Offering attendees the chance to see parades of classic cars, as well as watch them take to the track for a number of races, Goodwood Revival showcases motor sport is its younger days, when it was perhaps a little more naïve and rebellious.
Whilst tickets for Goodwood Revival are sold out, there will be plenty to enjoy for those of us who aren’t able to attend. It’s an event that oozes class and shows off some of the finest machines ever produced for motor racing.
Hopefully you can see why we’d not only want to release cars from Goodwood’s heyday but to also announce them over this weekend. It’s great to take part in this event, in a very small way, with our own slice of 1960s British racing.
New for 2018 - Legends Jaguar E-type 1963 International Trophy Twin Pack
Scalextric is celebrating this special time in motor sport with a Legends Jaguar E-type 1963 International Trophy Twin Pack - Limited Edition (C3898A) due in 2018. Using the already popular new Jaguar E-Type tooling, we’re looking back to the 1963 Sussex Trophy that pitted a great British car against the might of the prancing horse from Italy.
With legend Graham Hill driving the No. 47 Jaguar E-Type, with Roy Salvadori in No. 48, they battled it out with Mike Parkes in his Ferrari 250 GTO. Racing for 15 laps around Goodwood Circuit, in front of packed grandstands, these powerful GT +2.5 class cars vied for supremacy, cutting through some of the slower class runners.
In the end, Graham Hill in No. 47 emerged victorious taking the chequered flag and racking up another victory at this famous circuit. Mike Parkes claimed second in the Ferrari, with the second E-Type and Roy Salvadori following in third.
These Base Samples were recently received by the Development Team and allow them to check the colour
Having emerged from the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a class winner, the Ferrari had been the favourite for the Sussex Trophy, and claiming the top spot was an unbelievable result for the E-Type. Arguably the best GT Sports car Britain has ever produced, it proved that as well as being easy on the eyes, it was also stunningly quick and a match for anything in its day.
The new Jaguar E-Type tooling was announced by Test Track in October last year
We hope this Twin pack is a popular selection for those of you who enjoy classic cars and the Legends limited edition series. As you can see, things are really starting to warm up for 2018 and we have so much more to tell you about.
A word of warning, much like the last edition of Test Track you may notice that the last Friday of every month time slot is moved slightly as we press on with 2018 news. There’s nothing better than announcing something at a unique time (like we’ve done here) or waiting till we have the right amount of news to tell you about, and models to show you. We do hope you’ll forgive us but keep an eye here on Test Track as we’ve got big news coming up.
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We’ll see you again soon, and until then,
The Test Track Team
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