Your Own Private Florio

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dreamt of having my own private racetrack. A few dozen acres in the countryside that my friends and I could spend years circling around. Sadly, it is but a pleasant fantasy. I can see now that there’s nothing standing in the way of my dream, I just have to reduce scale.

Slot Car Forum member JMSWMS has assembled a truly remarkable 1:32 scale digital slot car track that evokes the spirit of the Sicilian country roads that make up the Targa Florio. His attention to detail is absolutely incredible, everything from the texture of the cliffs that made the Targa so fantastic/dangerous, to the types of vegetation that dot the Sicilian countryside, to the stone abutments that mark the way; this is an impressive work of art.

Take for example, this representation of the Church at Campofelice. This section through town has long been a popular spot for photographers to show the immediacy of racing cars rocketing through the villages of Sicily. JMSWMS captures the spirit of the landmark perfectly. Of course, liberties have to be taken when recreating the Targa—even at the 1:32 scale that slot cars use, the 45 mile Circuit di Palermo would be nearly 1.5 miles! But this ring around the fountain square and away from the church makes the track feel like the Targa, which is even more important.

Take a moment to dig into this thread at the Slot Forum, in which JMSWMS records his inspiration, research, and build process for a bit of insight into this amazing piece of work. This really has me inspired to create my own scenic slot car track.

As a bonus, JMSWMS shot a fun, if anachronistic, short movie of a police car chasing a Porsche 906 through the track.

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  1. Hemmings Auto Blogs » Blog Archive » Four-Links – electric vehicle history, flipped delivery mystery, Targa Florio slot car track, El Cutlass

    […] * I haven’t messed with slot cars in years, but I may just have to start looking for old slot car tracks at garage sales now that I’ve seen the incredible track that Slot Forum International member jmswms built. He wanted to replicate scenes from the Sicilian roads that make up the Targa Floria, and since mid-2006 has put a lot of effort and time into it. His post on the project spans 52 pages on the forum, and each photo astounds you with his skill, so clear a couple hours and let it all soak in. (via) […]

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