Tyco Racing with Curve Huggers 1976

1970s Tyco Slot Car Racing

Do you remember the Tyco slot car race sets in the 1960s and 1970s? Curve Huggers? HO Scale race sets? This is one my favorite sets from 1976 JCPenny Christmas Catalog:

Tyco Road Race Empire - Curve Huggers

I never had the Road Race Empire, but I used to dream about it when I was 7 years old while looking through the JCPenny Christmas catalog. $49.88 must have been a lot in 1976. Using the US Inflation calculator, the same track would cost $191.00 today.  I had slot car set in 1976, but it was AFX/Aurora, but I had some of the Tyco cars. The Tyco cars were faster and stuck to the track better than the old Aurora cars. At least until the AFX G-Plus cars came out.

Bicentennial Tyco Cars – 1976

Bicentennial Tyco Cars
Bicentennial Tyco Cars

I had every car in this set. The headlights worked, but they drained juice and slowed the cars. By disabling the lights I could make them 30% faster.

Assorted 1976 Tyco Slot Cars

Assorted Tyco Slot Cars 1976
Assorted Tyco Slot Cars 1976

Of these I had the blue and red #43 stock car and the orange sunburst muscle car. Notice the white rear tires. The white slot car tires gripped the track better and gave the cars better speed and better handling. There were also red rear tires. My uncle had a slot car track that was six lanes wide and he won every race with slot cars that had red slot car tires.

Tyco Criss Cross Lane Changer

Slot Car Lane Changer - Criss Cross
Slot Car Lane Changer

I put at least one of these lane changers on every track I made. It was best to have an odd number of criss cross lane changers. That way no one racer would end up on the outside lane for the entire race. The best part of racing was smashing into each other on a criss – cross piece.

Tyco High Bank Curve Set

Tyco High Bank Curve Set
Tyco High Bank Curve Set

Never had these pieces. But I can imagine how they would offer an advantage to the car on the inside lane. Due to the bank, the car take the corner at a higher speed than a normal track, and since the inside lane is the shortest around the track it would give that slot racer the advantage.

In the days before video games we spent hours on the basement floor racing Tyco slot cars… the olden days… leave your memories of slot car racing in the comments.