What were the tops sellers for 2019 and a look at Phillip Island
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2019 top sellers
It is always interesting when we look back on the year and this years top sellers were:
* Scalextric 
The top seller was the C4025 Bathurst Commodore. This was not a surprise as Craig Lowndes is always a favourite.
We have only had this model for 3 weeks and it surpassed every other model this year. The CA44A Mercedes 190E is a new model for and the finish on this model is outstanding.
* Sideways 
The Huracan range from Sideways has been very successful and therefore not a surprise when we see the CAR01F topped the list for 2019.
* Policar
The classic CAR06A Ferrari 330 P4 was the standout from Policar in 2019.
* Pioneer
The Hot Rods Legends have been on Pioneers pipeline for some years now and with the release of these models in the past month no surprise to see the P063 as the top 2019 model.
* Thunderslot
One of the newer ranges in the 1:32 market Thunderslot is really taking off with the beautiful, both visually and on the track, classic cars they are offering and therefore not a big surprise to see the Bruce McLaren driven CA00301SW McLaren as the top 2019 model.
* Carrera
We have been supplied a great variety of models for 2019 and the 27608 Porsche 911 in a 956 livery is the standout this year.
A fantasy livery tops the 2019 list for NSR with the 0087SW Porsche 917K.
* Revo
There are some very interesting models being released from Revo and the RS0028 Toyota Supra was the top seller for 2019.

The 1:24 range has continued to increase in interest during 2019.
* Carrera 1:24
We receive the most feedback on the Carrera 1:24 models from in store customers and the top selling model for 2019 is the 23870 Ford Zakspeed.
The classic BRM098 in British Racing green takes out the top seller for BRM in 2019.
New from NSR
Just before our Christmas closure NSR advised us of the new models due to arrive in January.
The other exciting news from NSR is the new Formula NSR 86/89 currently in production and due for release soon.
The Formula NSR 86/89 takes origin from the Formula 1 of the late 1980s, and is a generic model based on the cars of that era, without reproducing exactly any particular model.
A completely innovative project, in full NSR style, they advise they have developed the car to be ultra-high performance on the track, with attention to aesthetics and detail. It is undoubtedly the birth of a new NSR era and a new category.
We would like to sincerely thank all those who have supported Armchair Racer during 2019.
We receive a lot of feedback and appreciate all comments received.
2019 has been a great year and from what we can see so far 2020 is going to be even better.
Happy New Year!
Show and Tell

Hopefully you have a little time off over during the Christmas/New Year period so this weeks SHOW AND TELL is a little more lengthy than usual.

It comes from Jason, who worked with us at Armchair Racer for many years. In the past we have written about Jason as he created his own job at Armchair Racer as our first birthday party host. He worked for us during his high school years and while he was at University and Jason is now the Operations and Events Coordinator at Phillip Island Circuit.

When Jason visited us some weeks ago, we asked him to let us know about the circuit and slot car track on the island, so we hand it over to him:

As Australia’s premier permanent, Phillip Island Circuit is a 4.448km (2.7 mile) thrill ride of a race track situated on an island just off the southern coast near Melbourne. The 12-turn circuit features a long main straightaway, hair-raisingly fast turns, tight hairpins and dramatic elevation changes, including a precipitous drop from Lukey Heights to the tight Turn Ten (MG Corner).
The facility is open all year round and regularly hosts world class auto and motorcycle racing including; the Australian V8 Supercar Championship as well as the Australian MotoGP and a round of the World Superbike Championship.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre is your chance to experience the iconic venue in the flesh. This is where you can get behind the controls and experience the fun of racing on Australia’s largest four lane Grand Prix Slot Car Track.
Our original track built was a proper 4 lane 1/32 scale replica of the Grand Prix Circuit, equating to a running lane length of 139 metres. However due to the expansion of our History of Motorsport Museum, we had to part ways with this track back in 2014.
Fear not though the slot car circuit has been replaced by a new and smaller version built in Melbourne. This high quality 4 lane CNC routed timber track is fully equipped for racing including; race management software and overhead screens for timing and lap scoring, adjustable variable power supply to match user skill levels, as well as infield landscaping which adds a realistic touch, providing guests the ultimate slot car racing experience.
The track is available for hire with prices starting from $8 per person or $22 for families per session. For more information please visit Phillip Island Circuit.

Below are some photos of both the old (pre 2014) and new (2014 to current) tracks plus an aerial view of the circuit.

If you have anything that you would like to add to our Show and Tell segment please email
Our New Year trading hours will be:
Monday 30 December - 10.00am to 3.00pm
Tuesday 31 December - 10.00am to 3.00pm
Wednesday 1 January - closed
Newsletter offers
This weeks newsletter offers are:
Scalextric C3404A 1956 Vanwall  - was $75 - save 20% - now $60 CA21E Lancia LC2 1986 - was $79 - save 20% - now $63
These offers are valid to Thursday 2 January 11.59pm Sydney time and must be collected/shipped within 7 days of order. 
For further information on our full range please head across to our web site 
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