The NASCAR racing has never been popular in Spain, probably neither in other European countries. It surprises me that Scalextric still launched this model in 1998, being the first NASCAR racer in the whole history of the brand.
Tecnitoys somehow decided to bid on this new cast, maybe as an attempt to check what would be the response to such an exotic racer, and in 1998, they launched references 6020 and 6021, the Chevrolet Montecarlo in “Du Pont” and “Cooper” decorations.
The “Du Pont” version is much more colourful and nicer to the eye, while the “Cooper” colours are much more elegant. There would still come a third version which is referred as “55 mph” in 1999 with the reference 6030.
Those are the only three models that share cast. Tecnitoys would present a few years latee (in 2006) an improved cast for this model, with 8 different decorations between that year and 2008. I am not sure if they were ever sold in Scalextric boxes, or only in SCX boxes for the foreign markets. Probably they made good sales in the US and other countries where the popularity of this championship is bigger.
The car is ultra-light (cames with an SRS2 chassis) and the body is hollow and missing every unnecessary detail. Despite this, I think the NASCAR cars are actually like that maybe it is even an accurate reproduction of the real car.
FACTS AND FIGURES
- Name: CHEVROLET MONTECARLO “COOPER” (Ref. 6021)
- Scale: 1:32
- Year: 1998
- Company: Scalextric Tecnitoys (Spain)
- Size: approx. 13 cm