People invited to race Scalextric cars on 100ft track at Clover Hill Village Hall near Norwich

Norwich Slot Racing Club at Bowthorpe.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Slot Racing Club at Bowthorpe. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A village hall in Bowthorpe is not the most obvious location for a high-speed race between a Lamborghini and a Porsche.

Norwich Slot Racing Club at Bowthorpe.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Slot Racing Club at Bowthorpe. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

But on Saturday it became just that as the Norwich Slot Racing Club invited people to test out their own Scalextric cars on its 100ft-long track.

The club's open day, held at Clover Hill Village Hall, challenged visitors to achieve the fastest lap time.

Member Ken Mason, 64, said the event aimed to get more people involved in the sport, which was once popular in the 1960s and 70s.

He said: 'The skill in slot car racing is to go as fast as you can around the track without coming off.

Norwich Slot Racing Club at Bowthorpe. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich Slot Racing Club at Bowthorpe. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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'It's like any other car race meeting, in that you have a series of heats and then the finals to determine the winner.

'We realise it is just model cars, but it's still really good fun.'

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The Norwich club has been going for more than 10 years and meets every Monday evening at the village hall to race on its four-lane track.

Around 10 to 12 people of all ages regularly turn up to take part.

Norwich Slot Racing Club at Bowthorpe. Left to right, Stuart Freeman, Danny Turner, Josh Freeman and

Norwich Slot Racing Club at Bowthorpe. Left to right, Stuart Freeman, Danny Turner, Josh Freeman and George Freeman. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Mr Mason said there are six different racing classes members can compete in, depending on their type of slot car.

The model vehicles are guided by grooves around the track while their speed is controlled by a remote.

Mr Mason added: 'Part of the fun is tuning up the cars before you race, and you can buy different types of tyres or take weight off to make them go faster.'

He said the cheaper models cost around £25 to buy, while some of the high-end cars can be up to £100.

Norwich Slot Racing Club at Bowthorpe. Left to right, Stuart Freeman, Danny Turner, Josh Freeman and

Norwich Slot Racing Club at Bowthorpe. Left to right, Stuart Freeman, Danny Turner, Josh Freeman and George Freeman. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The current lap record for the club's track, which is electronically timed to three thousandths of a second, is 5.918 seconds.

However, a standard Scalextric car would be expected to take around eight to nine seconds.

Mr Mason added: 'It's a great sport because it combines tuning your cars and then racing them – all in a very friendly and sociable atmosphere.

'We hope teenagers in particular will enjoy it rather than sitting alone playing computer games'

The club’s open day, held at Clover Hill Village Hall, challenged visitors to achieve the fastest la

The clubs open day, held at Clover Hill Village Hall, challenged visitors to achieve the fastest lap time. Photo: Norwich Slot Racing Club - Credit: Archant

The Norwich Slot Racing Club is based at Clover Hill Village Hall, Humbleyard, Clover Hill, Bowthorpe.

People under the age of 16 wishing to attend must be accompanied by an adult.

• The open day at Bowthorpe takes place until 4pm today.

The club’s open day, held at Clover Hill Village Hall, challenged visitors to achieve the fastest la

The clubs open day, held at Clover Hill Village Hall, challenged visitors to achieve the fastest lap time. Photo: Norwich Slot Racing Club - Credit: Archant

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