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"It's made by Airfix - so you know it's good!"

The Airfix Motor Racing slot car racing system was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1963.
In 1963 Airfix bought Model Road Racing Cars Limited, a manufacturer of slot cars located in Boscombe, Hampshire, England.


Airfix Motor Racing disappeared in the early 1970s after the 7th Edition Catalog.

Racing sets, cars and accessories produced by Airfix are manufactured to 1:32 scale.
One of the main attractions of this firm's range is the excellent variety of reasonably priced static car kits which are comparatively easy to motorize. These are in great demand among members of the model car clubs and some highly competitive racing models have developed in consequence. A feature of the Airfix miniatures is the swinging front axle and Ackermann-type steering which can be purchased as a separate unit - a most useful component that is now used extensively by scratch builders.

Among the notably prototypes included in the Airfix range are the pre-war C-Type Auto Union and W125 Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix cars. Excellent replicas of the Vanwall and 250P Maserati, as well as several 1.5 litre F1 machines, plus an interesting selection of production saloon models are also available, thus catering for all tastes.

An exciting introduction this year is the Clubman range of models in kit form. These incorporate a new, powerful 3-pole motor which is particularly fast. All chromium parts in these kits are reproduced in chrome-plated nylon. First in the series is the F1 BRM, followed by a Ferrari and Aston Martin DB5.

Ideally suited for home use are the complete Airfix slot car racing sets which can always be extended by fitting extra track sections available separately. Other attractive accessories include Grandstands, Racing Pits, a Timekeeper's Hut and Press Box to add to the realism of a layout. Last, but not least, is the set of Spectators and Track Officials which provide a life-like aspect to any circuit.

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Interesting Airfix Dates

  • 1962 First real Catalog issued (there had been earlier leaflets)
  • 1962 Airfix expands by acquiring a number of companies :
    • Semco Limited (makers of rubber dolls and toys)
    • Crayonne Limited (later manufacturers of bathroom accessories)
    • Model Road Racing Cars Limited - MRRC
  • 1963 Short-lived Airfix Corporation of America formed
  • 1971 Award-winning blister packs start to replace the classic Airfix plastic bag
  • 1971 Airfix expands again by acquiring Meccano from Line Brothers, who had gone bust. Meccano was bought for £2,740,000. The very famous Dinky range of metal die-cast toys was also bought in this year. At this time, Airfix were the foremost British toy manufacturer.
  • 1977 The start of a complete repackaging program to remove all displays of violence from the box artwork
  • 1977 the then circular Airfix logo changed on an oval design
  • 1981 - Airfix goes bust. The kit range was very profitable, but Meccano and Dinky were in deep trouble. Airfix was bought by Palitoy, a part of the American General Mills toy group. Kit production was moved to France. Models started appearing with "Made in France" on the boxes. General Mills also owned MPC and so many MPC kits begin to be marketed under the Airfix logo (especially the MPC range of US car kits). The Managing Director of MRRC (who was the founder) buys the company from the Airfix Receivers. MRRC still exists as an independent company today - based in Jersey.
  • 2000 John Gray dies
  • 2006 BBC news : Hornby snaps up Airfix for £2.6m. Model train maker Hornby is to buy fellow UK collectibles business Airfix for £2.6m ($5m). Hornby will take control of the Airfix model kit company from administrators at Airfix's parent firm Humbrol. Humbrol went into administration in the summer, and the deal also includes the firm's paints and accessories business. Hornby made the announcement as it unveiled a pre-tax profit of £1.4m for the six months to 30 September, down from £2.5m for the same time last year. "We are delighted to have acquired Airfix and Humbrol, both of which are iconic brands in the hobby market" said Hornby chief executive Frank Martin."The strategic fit with Hornby is excellent." In 2005, the Airfix and Humbrol brands had combined sales of £6.5m. Grant Thornton, Humbrol's administrators, said the deal was in the best interest of the Airfix brand. "This transaction provides the best opportunity to preserve and develop what is an iconic brand" said joint administrator Keith Hinds. Hornby said it will move the distribution, sales and marketing of Humbrol and Airfix to its own site in Kent, and outsource the manufacturing and assembly arm. Humbrol's existing plant in Hull closed when it went into administration with the loss of all jobs but a skeleton crew.


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Product History

Airfix produced slot racing cars with front-wheel Ackermann steering.

Later, Airfix made conversion kits so that their non-motorized Airfix 1/32 scale kit cars (such as the E-Type Jaguar, Mini Minor, Sunbeam Rapier, Ford Zodiac, MG1100, Lotus Cortina and Vauxhall) could be made to slot race. The first set had Ferrari and Cooper cars and an 11 foot figure-of-eight track, all at a cost of 4 pounds 19 shillings and 11 pence.

Always in the competitive shadow of the Scalextric brand, the Airfix version attempted to compete by partnering with the Model Road Racing Company (MRRC) higher-end range of cars and accessories, but eventually the venture was abandoned.


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Available Racing Sets

  • MR7 Cooper and Lotus F1
  • MR10
  • MR11 Cooper and Ferrari F1
  • MR15 Lotus and Porsche F1
  • MR125 Mini-Coopers
  • MR185 Cortina and Viva Saloon Racing
  • MR205 Monte Carlo Rally
  • MR300 Banked Turn version


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Excerpt From Hobby Magazine

Excerpt from a 1966 Hobby Magazine
"Racing sets, cars and accessories produced by Airfix are manufactured to the popular 1/32 scale, and one of the main attractions of this firm's range is the excellent variety of reasonably priced static car kits which are comparatively easy to motorize. These are in great demand among members of the model car clubs and some highly competitive racing models have developed in consequence. A feature of the Airfix miniatures is the swinging front axle and Ackermann-type steering which can be purchased as a separate unit - a most useful component that is now used extensively by scratch builders.

Among the notably prototypes included in the Airfix range are the pre-war C-Type Auto Union and W125 Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix cars. Excellent replicas of the Vanwall and 250P Maserati, as well as several 1.5 litre F1 machines, plus an interesting selection of production saloon models are also available, thus catering for all tastes. An exciting introduction this year is the Clubman range of models in kit form. These incorporate a new, powerful 3-pole motor which is particularly fast. All chromium parts in these kits are reproduced in chrome-plated nylon. First in the series is the F1 BRM, followed by a Ferrari and Aston Martin DB5.

Ideally suited for home use are the complete Airfix slot car racing sets which can always be extended by fitting extra track sections available separately. Other attractive accessories include Grandstands, Racing Pits, a Timekeeper's Hut and Press Box to add to the realism of a layout. Last, but not least, is the set of Spectators and Track Officials which provide a life-like aspect to any circuit.

A member of the Airfix Group of Companies is the well-known firm of Model Road Racing Cars Ltd, of Bournemouth. This, the longest established concern in the business, has catered for model car builders for many years and is one of the pioneers of commercial electric model car racing. They provide a wide range of parts for constructing 1/32 scale cars, including two of the most potent motors at present on the market. These are the well proven MRRC 3-pole and 6-pole Ball Race Motors. Both are used, together with a 5-pole unit, with great success by scratch builders in many parts of the world. An excellent range of brass bevel gears, tyres, wheels, robust steering units and other useful components are also produced by this firm.

To MRRC ltd., goes the credit for introducing the first proprietary four-wheel-drive model; this, their Mercedes-Benz W154, fitted with the 6-pole Ball Race motor has proved extremely popular. The MRRC Mercedes is also fitted with the 3-pole unit - a version that has developed into a very successful contender in club events all over Britain. Further proof of the potential of the MRRC 3-pole motor is provided by the fact that the British National Championships were won in 1964 and 1965 by cars fitted with this unit.

The year 1966 has also seen the introduction of a MRRC four-wheel-drive Indi-Novi Ferguson, similar in layout to the Mercedes. A 3-pole version of this model has also been produced, and for the first time the firm is branching into the field of 1/24 scale with a powerful model of the renowned Maserati 250P Grand Prix 2.5 litre F1 car.

The new controller produced by MRRC Ltd. is another welcome addition to their range this year. It will take a load of up to 30 amps and is fused and wired for Dynamic Braking. Operated by thumb pressure on a plunger this "Hi-speed" controller is already proving its worth under gruelling tests in club events".

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