The Story of Scalextric
The famous racing game was manufactured in Havant for more than a decade after being invented by toy maker Fred Francis, who moved his Minimodels factory from Mill Hill to Hampshire in 1954. The toy was an instant success and its popularity led to the development of a much larger Minimodels factory in Fulflood Road, Leigh Park. Minimodels was a major employer from 1961 until the factory’s closure in 1970, at which time it employed 1,200 people.
Working with local people and Scalextric enthusiasts, The Spring researched and collected a fantastic assortment of interesting stories which have been compiled into a documentary film and book. This work was supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Trustee Steve Murray said: “As we mark the 60th anniversary of the brand appearing in shops, we are delighted to be able to record Havant’s key role in its international success and hope that by celebrating the past, we can promote civic pride in the present”.