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REALLY sorry, but am not privy to all the latest info like the wise and helpful LindenChase
Hopefully some FG members will be there & be kind enough to share their pics with us ....
On August 16th the BBC programme will be filming their record attempt at creating the worlds longest Scalextric track around the route of the famous Brooklands banked circuit. Just one problem - only half of it still survives!
This exciting record attempt will see up to 20,000 pieces of Scalextric track laid down end-to-end to retrace the formerley glorious and brath-taking high-banked circuit around nearly three miles of the Surrey countryside near Weybridge.
I spent four hours yesterday with James May and the production team at the Phoenix circuit filming for the October series on his favourite toys.
Just wanted to say that having been involved with TV people before and the angle they worked I was very impressed by James and Rebecca and Paul the Director. None of the filming of every aspect of slot racing was a mickey take. Quite the contary, as James is clued up and serious about the subject. He gave stacks of his time to our club members, raced with them, did all the autograph and photo taking stuff as extra but got stuck in like a regular slot racer. He even won the production crew race!
So, doom and gloom merchants, you may have to revise your ideas because he may act the fool on Top Gear but he`s switched on and commited to this.
I asked him how it was going for the Brooklands event and he was very positive. Impression I got was that he`s more worried about what he called `council issues` than anything else.
Can only be good for the hobby in my humble opinion. There is a lot of obvious affection for the bloke and having met him and spent time with him I can understand why he will draw a big audience.
I spent Saturday in the loft with James May and a large film crew filming the Slotraccoon collection and talking about the history of Scalextric and how it has changed over the last 50 years with examples of all of the major innovations. I found James May to be an extremely interesting and interested chap with lots of enthusiasm for Scalextric. They filmed for about four hours - but I dare say that will only make 10 minutes footage in the programme.
All of the stunts for the series are quite extreme but have no doubt that the Scalextric track around Brooklands is being taken very seriously and plans are welll advanced. Solutions for several of the big problems such as river crossing, road crossings, pond crossing and going through hundreds of differently owned properties have been thought up and then tested and there is a "secret" testing lab trying to find answers to the others. Perhaps it is a shame that the stunt will be the focus of the programme and not all of the other interesting things that they have been filming (not just me!) and I am sure the programme will make a big deal over nothing but that is the nature of TV these days. If it generates any additional interest for Scalextric then a small amount oof it will rub off on our bits of the hobby and that is a good thing.
The whole Brooklands event is shaping up to be a great day out. The NSCC swapmeet has attracted lots of traders with new and collectable slot cars and the hillclimb, which I am running on behalf of Hornby, should be fun. With all of the other activities too is should be a marvelous event and I hope that you all support it and come along.
Sounds like fun, but I really find it hard to believe they will be able to build a 2 story house out of Lego in one day.
Maybe they are going to put the structure up (or hope to) and finish the rest later.
Well Dorking is a cab or bus ride from Gatwick Airport.
Gatwick is an hour or so flight from the Netherlands (Amsterdam) on eayJet.
Just sayin ..
I'm really looking forward to this show, does anyone know roughly when it will be on the telly.
Bearing in mind filming isn't finished yet it will probably be quite some time though!
Are the Lego and Mecanno bits the last ones? If so, I'd guess in 4-6 months. Isn't that about how long it took for the space show?