Motor racing memories, good and bad, were revived ahead of the Australian Grand Prix
The 2015 Formula One season roars into life with the first race on Sunday at Melbourne’s Albert Park.
It reminded me how, when our two young sons were young, they used to set an alarm so they could watch the race live. Only problem is, being Down Under on the other side of the world, the race is in the middle of the night!
So about 3am two excited boys would switch on our TV in the bedroom, climb into our bed and elbow my wife and I every time we showed signs of nodding off.
Motoring racing led to a love to building Scalextric circuits around the living room, as we became more adventurous and acquired more track, but it was nothing compared to Sky Sports F1 expert and Norfolk racing driver Martin Brundle’s design for the Ultimate 2015 circuit brought to life by Scalextric – the biggest layout the slot car track experts have ever created.
Commissioned by Sky Sports, the only place fans can watch all 20 Formula One weekends live, the 9m by 9m track features parts from all 20 circuits on this season’s FIA Formula One World Championship calendar.
The track is made up of 177 pieces and is 45 metres long. It features the best corners, chicanes and sections from the 2015 F1 calendar that fans can watch live on Sky Sports F1 throughout the season, including:
Italy and the Ascari Chicane.
Monaco and the Casino Square.
Canada and the Wall of Champions.
Silverstone and the Copse.
Abu Dhabi and the Marina Complex.
Mr Brundle said: “The team challenged me to design my dream circuit using sections from the 20 F1 races in 2015, all of which will be live on Sky Sports F1. I immediately wanted a figure of ‘8’ like our beloved Suzuka, and could only dream of driving a series of corners such as scaling the mountain up to turn one in Austin before falling through the ‘Senna S’ of Brazil and towards Silverstone’s fearsome Copse corner. And that’s just a small section. Now amazingly, we’ve built a model and so I will revert to my childhood for many laps. It’s going to get competitive.”
Scalextric’s latest creation is a bespoke commission for Sky Sports. The track pieces making up the Ultimate 2015 Circuit will be available to buy from www.scalextric.com priced around £1,000. The slot car experts looked to their revolutionary Arc One (app race control) design as the inspiration for the Ultimate 2015 circuit. A wireless slot car system it connects to a handheld smart device, such as a smartphone or tablet. Users download the free Arc app, then connect via Bluetooth to the new Arc powerbase, bringing the real and virtual worlds together for the ultimate in racing fun.