Hundreds of Scalextric fans expected to descend on Havant

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FANS of motor racing toys are being invited to a nostalgic event.

For the second year running, Scalextric enthusiasts will gather in Havant – the birthplace of the toy.

The event takes place just a stone’s throw from the former Fulflood Road factory, at Havant Leisure Centre, from 10.30am on Sunday.

Robert Learmouth, one of the organisers, said: ‘In Hampshire there’s a very important reason to be extra proud of this extraordinary British toy.

‘That’s because Scalextric was invented by Fred Francis for his Minimodels company at New Road in 1957, with production remaining in the town until 1970.

‘In celebration of this fact the first-ever Havant Scalextric Swapmeet was held last year and was attended by over 300 people.

‘This included a number of former Minimodels employees and our guest of honour, Diana Francis, widow of the inventor Fred Francis.

‘Our visitors enjoyed it so much we are doing it again this year.’

Dealers, collectors, clubs and organisations from the UK and abroad will occupy 52 tables, crammed with models from the earliest Havant days through to the latest releases.

Mr Learmouth added: ‘Models you may be able to see include Havant cars like the 1950s tinplate Ferraris and Maseratis and classics like the 1960s Formula Juniors, Vanwalls, Healeys and Mercedes.’