Launched in 1957, Scalextric was the brain child of Bertram
Fred Francis, the talented inventor behind a range of mechanical tin
toys. The first Scalextric cars were tin too and powered by a small
electric motor, instead of the more common clockwork cars of the time.
This new toy took off and by 1958 Francis had sold his idea to Tri-ang,
who looked to invest. Tri-ang produced newer cars in plastic and the
range of vehicles offered started to expand.