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READY TO RACE: Getting some practice in ahead of the opening of the Atrium’s giant slot car track this weekend are (from left) Dean Woods, Josh Worpel, Dave Willis and Tom Smith. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 170914GOD01IT’S hosted dinosaurs, segways and even an ice-skating rink, and the Atrium is about to reveal its latest school holiday trump card.
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A 25-metre slot car track, one of the biggest in NSW, will be unveiled tomorrow as part of the Tamworth shopping arcade’s annual September holiday program. The two-lane Scalextric track is a throwback to a bygone era, when slot cars were king in arcades and lounge rooms across Australia.

Atrium owner Bruce Read said, while many of today’s kids may have only seen cars racing on a screen, they will quickly embrace the old-school game. He said the track would also offer a nostalgic flashback for adults.

“They’ve been around for a million years but what they’ve done, just as they have with Lego and Barbie, is evolve with the market,” Mr Read said.

“They’re now all digital and the performance is far better.”

The track will be open for eight days from tomorrow, with a competition day offering nearly $1000 in prizes from Toyworld on September 28.

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