PowertrackNEWS         May 2017

2017 Date for diary!

 13/14 May 2017. National Slot car Exhibition/slot car festival where we will have a powertrack stand/display.  Message me if you are going. Thanks. Andy
Link:
http://thorl.weebly.com/schedule-201617-season.html
It shows map etc. I think some will be travelling from great distance!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/matchboxpowertrack/

FOUND : Ex Lesney Factory, Rochford....Lanechanger and spares.  Also later type race and chase controllers with black switch. Found in a PP2000 set

 

Tyres:
Currently working on tyres, need to have a good soft grade silcon tube in black. Looking at getting Front tyres (2 sizes) and rear tyres made.

 

Powertrack UK Sets

I try to take my collection with an eye on quality and an eye on making sure I have all the sets I want. Some like the Copter Chase are extremely rare, I was lucky enough to find one of these with a sealed helicopter!

 

They vary greatly...... from the Powertrack 1000 set right through to the larger Speedtrack and later Powertrack Plus Sets. Of course there are European and US sets and all have their place.  Rarer are the Japanese Speed Racing cars and sets. The later Proops and Counterlane cars and sets. These are the standard sets that can be found. I will be adding the paperwork for each set in electronic format in due course, after I have scanned and checked it.

 

All UK sets came with a track cleaner and a dark red rubber (pictures to follow) These were generally stuck with tape on the plastic inner box

 

  • Powertrack PT-1000 - Grand Prix (Launched 1978) RRP in 1979: £14.99.

Set comprised: 1 x Orange/White McLaren F1, 1 x Ferrari F1, 8 x 90 degree 9" Curve, 1 x 9" 6V Track Terminal, 1 x 9" Straight, 2 x 6" Straight. 6v 'Grandstand' Battery Box and 2 x Hand Controllers. 8 Crash Barriers, Barrier Sticker Sheet, Set Booklet/Maintenance Sheet/Disclaimer & Bridge supports.

This is Powertrack's only UK Battery powered set. The cars do not have headlights.

PT1000, PT2000, PT3000, PT4000 booklet
1000 to 4000 Booklet, colour
PTrack1to4000_booklet.pdf
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ServiceNotesParts.pdf
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ServiceCentres.pdf
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TrackCoatingInfo_Sticker.pdf
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  • Powertrack PT-1500 - (Launched 1980) RRP in 1980: £19.99?

Set comprised: 1 x Orange BMW 3.0CSL, 1 x Light Blue Fiat 131, 8 x 90 degree 9" Curve, 1 x 9" 6V Track Terminal, 1 x 9" Straight, 2 x 6" Straight. 6v Power adapter and 2 x Hand Controllers. 8 Crash Barriers, Barrier Sticker Sheet, Set Booklet/Maintenance Sheet/Disclaimer & Bridge supports.

The cars have headlights, probably the last UK set Matchbox produced as 6v Powertrack. Rare set to find

PT1500 Assembly Clean and Maintain
Trial of my paperwork down section
Powertrack_PT1500_Assembly_Clean_Maintai[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]
  • Powertrack PT-2000 - Monza (Launched 1978) RRP in 1979: £19.99.

Set comprised: 1 x Green Porsche 911, 1 x White Chevrolet Corvette, 8 x 90 degree 9" Curve, 1 x 9" 6V Track Terminal, 1 x 9" Straight, 2 x 6" Straight. 6v Mains Transformer and 2 x Hand Controllers. 8 Crash Barriers, Barrier Sticker Sheet, Set Booklet/Maintenance Sheet/Disclaimer & Bridge supports.

One of the most popular sets Matchbox produced with 2 of the most ubiquitous cars. 

  • Powertrack PT-3000 - Super Sport (Launched 1978)RRP in 1979: £29.99.

Set comprised: 1 x Jaguar XJ Series, 1 x BMW 320i, 9 x 90 degree 9" Curve, 2 x 45 degree 9" Curve, 1 x 9" 6V Track Terminal, 5 x 9" Straight, 2 x 6" Straight. 6V Mains Transformer and 2 x Hand Controllers. 12 Crash Barriers, Sticker Sheets & Bridge supports.

Quite an expensive set when released that put it in direct competition with Scalextric. 

  • Powertrack PT-4000 - Le Mans Set (Launched 1978)RRP in 1979: £39.99.

Set comprised: 1 x Porsche 936, 1 x Renault Alpine, 11 x 90 degree 9" Curve, 1 x 9" 6V Track Terminal, 2 x 45 degree 9" Curve, 11 x 9" Straight, 2 x 6" Straight. 6V Mains Transformer and 2 x Hand Controllers. 12 Crash Barriers, Sticker Sheet & Bridge supports.

A premium product but at the time the track layouts supplied eclipsed most rivals. 

  • Powertrack PT-5000 - Indianapolis (28 ft) Launched 1981, RRP was £34.99

Set comprised: 1 x Silver Triumph TR7, 1 x BMW 320i, 8 x 90 degree 9" Curve, 1 x 9" 6v Start Finish Track Terminal, 2 x 45 degree 9" Curve, 3 x 9" Straight, 2 x 6" Straight, 1 x Banked Curve  4 x 45 degree 9” banked curves with  (with supports). 6V Mains Transformer and 2 x Hand Controllers. 12 Crash Barriers, Barrier Sticker Sheet, Banking edge stickers, Set Booklet/Maintenance Sheet/Disclaimer & Bridge supports.

This is one of only 3 sets launched in the UK after the original Matchbox launch of 1978. (The others were Race & Chase & PT-8000). 

Powertrack 5000 Info Booklet
5000_booklet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]
  • Powertrack PT-6000 - Race and Chase (American Cop Car) (Launched 1979) RRP £29.99
    Set comprised: 1 x Police Car, 1 x Corvette Stingray, 6 x 90 degree 9" Curve, 1 x 9" 6v R&C Track Terminal, 1 x Tip Bridge 9", 2 x 9" Straight, 4 x 15" Straight, 6 x Aprons, 4 x LH End Pieces, 2 x RH End Pieces. 6V Mains Transformer and 2 x Hand Controllers with reverse switch. 4 Crash Barriers, Barrier Sticker Sheet, Set Booklet/Maintenance Sheet/Disclaimer & Bridge supports. 
    Far and away the biggest selling Set in the UK. Stole a march on any other slot racing system and even Scalextric were slow to catch up.
Race and Chase Booklett
Race and Chase
RaceandChaseBooklet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.8 MB]
Service Sheet
Race and Chase Service Sheet
RaceandChaseService_Red.pdf
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  • Powertrack PT-8000 - Siverstone - This set featured 4 lane racing (Launched 1981) UK RRP in 1981: £79.99

Set comprised: 1 x Porsche 911, 1 x Triumph TR7, 1 x Fiat Abarth, 1 x VW Scirocco, 16 x 90 degree 9" Curve, 16 x 45 degree Curve 12", 4 x 45 degree 9" Curve, 2 x 9" 6V 4 Lane Track Terminals, 6 x 9" Straight, 4 x 15" Straight, 4 x 6" Straight, . 6V Mains Transformer and 4 x Hand Controllers. 16 Crash Barriers, Barrier Sticker Sheet, Set Booklet/Maintenance Sheet/Disclaimer & Bridge supports.

 

The ultimate Matchbox Powertrack set still fetches good money on E-bay. Although prohibitively expensive for a slot racing set, it undercut Scalextric's 4 lane set by nearly £40. This is the only Powertrack set worldwide that employed 12" outer curves to enable 4 lane corners. 

The cars listed are those that appear on the box artwork and are generally proven to be sold with the set. The silver/red TR7, Gold VW, Green 911 and Light Blue Fiat. However, Matchbox often replaced at least one car depending on immediate stock levels. The blue Porsche 911, dark blue Fiat Abarth, yellow Escort, red Escort and red & White Scirocco are all known to be substitute cars. The car most often replaced appears to be the Gold Scirocco, hence its rarity.

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Powertrack 8000 Booklet
PT8000_booklet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.3 MB]

Japanese Speed Racing set

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