New member here, based in Scotland, UK. Like many, I suspect, a combination of Coronavirus lockdown, inspirational diecast racing youtube videos, and a childhood love of matchbox and hot wheels model cars have led me to this site, and I am very impressed by what I have found. Such a well-run and organised forum, crammed full of useful information, and everyone seems so nice! - no hint of the unpleasantness that can sometimes creep in on other forums. Bravo!
With a couple of young kids (4 and 8), I already have a fair amount of orange track and accessories, but have always been faintly disappointed by the offerings from Mattel. So many of their sets are gimmicky and seem to frustrate rather than encourage the designing and building of two or multi lane racetracks. An example being just how hard it is to find a simple retail, standalone two-lane mechanical finish gate that isn’t 30 years old. It’s great, therefore, to see you guys stepping in to the breach and filling those gaps with ingenuity and creativity, and coming up with set ups that realise the potential of these little cars.
So, inspired by all of you, I’m looking to take my track building up a new level. Rather than go for the (incredible) living diorama look, however, I have slightly more limited aspirations and am thinking of building a modular system of curves on a series of small tables of various heights that can be easily taken out and put away and rearranged into a variety of downhill twisty, slalom-type courses. Need to give this further thought, though. Will keep you posted!