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January 7, 2014

Slots: Scalextric 1969 Ford Mustang BOSS 302

by Mark Savage

This Mustang is Boss of the slot trackmustang green1

Ford’s Mustang was the Boss of Trans-Am racing in the early 1970s with the likes of Parnelli Jones and George Follmer winning regularly to put Chevy, Plymouth and AMC on notice.

Scalextric has been mining that popular muscle car vein with is fast and furious 1:32 slot car lineup for several years. Racers in our slot car group have been buying Scalextric Mustangs and Camaros for years because they are fast – period. They also stir our memories of Trans-Am races from the golden age of muscle and pony car racing, the 1970s.

The latest Scalextric offering is a Grabber Green 1969 Mustang fastback driven in part of the 1972 Trans-Am season by little known Mike Folsom with Libre Racing International. Team results were nothing exciting, but this slightly turquoise leaning green Mustang was a hit with fans. One reason, it was the only factory-Grabber Green Mustang created by the factory for racing.

It also looks great in action on a slot car track.

Performance:
This racer’s 18,000 rpm motor gives it super straightline speed and being in one of Scalextric’s best chassis, with a sidewinder motor configuration, it runs great, straight from the box. When I first ran it against an earlier Scalextric Mustang, using that original car’s silicone tires, and the Grabber Green rocket was 0.4 seconds quicker a lap. That’s all the proof I need of this being a performer.

The Boss really sticks to the track when you add silicone tires.

The Boss really sticks to the track when you add silicone tires.

I have to admit I have the Smokey Yunick version of the same care, all black with a gold roof. It looks racier but this one performs better though.

And the Grabber Green Mustang is unique looking and easy to spot on the track, a plus for us older guys whose eyes and reflexes could use a little extra help. I like the black chin spoiler and the funky psychedelic ‘70s look No. 25 on the hood and doors. The black racing stripe that Ts off the hood and down the car’s sides gives it a racy appearance too.

Scalextric does its usual fine job of detailing, with good logos (Goodyear, Castrol, STP, to name a few) that reflect the original car’s look, plus Mike Folsom’s name stenciled on the car’s roof. In back there’s a black trunk lid spoiler too.
A good selling point for slot racing newcomers, the car also features easy-change pick-ups, coming with two extra. Plus the magnet in the car’s Magnatraction system can easily be moved around to enhance performance.

I also like the black and silver racing wheels that make this one of the best looking Mustang slot cars offered yet.
This racer is for serious 1:32 scale slot car racers, and us Baby Boomers will surely like it as it makes us recall the great Trans-Am Ford Mustangs from the late 1960s and early ’70s.

If you buy one remember that an additional magnet MAY help it perform a bit better, but be sure to get some silicone tires to keep the car’s rear-end from coming round during fast laps. They make a huge difference.

There are more expensive slot cars available to be sure, but for pure fun and excellent out of the box performance, Scalextric’s Mustang lineup is hard to beat.

FAST Stats: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
(Libre Racing International, Mike Folsom)

Maker: Scalextric
Scale: 1:32
Stock No.: C3318
MSRP: $54.99

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