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  • #16
    Originally posted by Mark F. View Post

    Here's what the clamp would look like: <images removed for quote>

    Attached to track: <images removed for quote>

    It can easily be taken apart. The spring holds it together: <images removed for quote>

    I received this in a set when I was about seven or eight years old. Mine came with a blue Lotus and some other track accessories.
    Aw yeah...great images...takes me back...order me a gross!

    I have one blue Lotus Europa (wearing SF wheels), so maybe that's where mine came from too. Don't have any memories of the set as such, but definitely had yellow track, red joiners, and the red clamp, but no memory (until now) of what car may have been included. All three of my Lamborghini Marzals (shown on the SF-1 Speed Set box art) were recent obtainments.

    Here is my original (kid years) Lotus Europa with the new track.

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    - Jeff
    Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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    • #17
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      Threads like this one make me...
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      Well...
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Douglas View Post
        While you got a lot of great models Jeff, the prize to me is that old boxed Matchbox track set. According to my guide these race track products were made between 1970-1979 mainly, with a couple sets or items being offered as late as 1983, your set being the first in the list SF-1 Speed Set, 1970. For as long as they were around, I haven't really noticed them at shows or markets around here over the years.

        It surprises me Mattel didn't jump on them about offering this product back then, being it is practically a copy of HWs track, but apparently Matchbox was able to continue making the track sets for some years.
        Doug - re-reading your post, I checked The Encyclopedia of Matchbox Toys - 3rd Edition by Charlie Mack, and verified the SF-1 Speed Set was indeed released in 1970 (p.307). It was the first of 22 such "SF" track sets issued that year! I'm curious what guide you used, and/or what is your go-to guide?

        The Matchbox Superfast track, and accessories were probably different enough from Hot Wheels to get around copyright infringements, but they clearly "borrowed heavily" from Mattel. For example, Matchbox had the SF-20 Superbooster track accessory as compared to the Hot Wheels Supercharger (see link for good photos).

        I had a young uncle (1942 - 2014) who kept me well stocked in Hot Wheels track items at birthdays and Christmas (including the Supercharger), but the Matchbox Superfast track items were not on my radar (with the exception of the set that provided the basic yellow track, the red joiners, and red clamp). If memory serves correctly, the Hot Wheels products were ubiquitous, while you had to hunt for the Matchbox items.
        - Jeff
        Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Mark F. View Post

          I received this in a set when I was about seven or eight years old. Mine came with a blue Lotus and some other track accessories.
          Any idea where in Canada these Lesney products were made?
          - Jeff
          Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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          • #20
            Originally posted by atombaum View Post

            Doug - re-reading your post, I checked The Encyclopedia of Matchbox Toys - 3rd Edition by Charlie Mack, and verified the SF-1 Speed Set was indeed released in 1970 (p.307). It was the first of 22 such "SF" track sets issued that year! I'm curious what guide you used, and/or what is your go-to guide?

            The Matchbox Superfast track, and accessories were probably different enough from Hot Wheels to get around copyright infringements, but they clearly "borrowed heavily" from Mattel. For example, Matchbox had the SF-20 Superbooster track accessory as compared to the Hot Wheels Supercharger (see link for good photos).

            I had a young uncle (1942 - 2014) who kept me well stocked in Hot Wheels track items at birthdays and Christmas (including the Supercharger), but the Matchbox Superfast track items were not on my radar (with the exception of the set that provided the basic yellow track, the red joiners, and red clamp). If memory serves correctly, the Hot Wheels products were ubiquitous, while you had to hunt for the Matchbox items.
            LOL, Same exact guide and page I referred to Jeff....The only reason I was checking is because I originally thought they were a rare find, since I'd hardly ever seen any around in all these years, so I just assumed since the race track idea was an entirely new creation of HWs about that time, that I thought MBX was given a cease and desist order or something early on, and learned from the guide I obviously was quite wrong in my thoughts.
            It was most likely what you said, they were probably different enough...

            It's great you had an uncle to help feed the childhood need for speed, I remember my folks buying me toy cars for special days, and sometimes an accessory type item, but don't remember any relatives getting us presents, there were 10 of us, so it was probably too expensive for them to do that.
            Doug

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Douglas View Post

              LOL, Same exact guide and page I referred to Jeff....The only reason I was checking is because I originally thought they were a rare find, since I'd hardly ever seen any around in all these years, so I just assumed since the race track idea was an entirely new creation of HWs about that time, that I thought MBX was given a cease and desist order or something early on, and learned from the guide I obviously was quite wrong in my thoughts.
              It was most likely what you said, they were probably different enough...

              It's great you had an uncle to help feed the childhood need for speed, I remember my folks buying me toy cars for special days, and sometimes an accessory type item, but don't remember any relatives getting us presents, there were 10 of us, so it was probably too expensive for them to do that.
              I was surprised to see so many "SF" track sets in the Mack guide. I'll probably be on the lookout for a better SF-1 box, and an early red clamp. I'm 99.44% sure I've ignored many of these boxes in the past, so will slow down, and look closer next time.

              Yes, my uncle knew it turned me on, so that turned him on I guess. I got lucky, as nobody else really understood the need for speed.
              - Jeff
              Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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              • #22
                well theres a TV News Truck I don't have
                Mission Impossible
                a Star Car one?

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by atombaum View Post

                  Any idea where in Canada these Lesney products were made?
                  The address given on Canadian packaging was usually in Rexdale, Ontario:




                  It looks like the building is still there. Seen from Highway 27:




                  Entrance from Baywood Road:





                  It seems they recycle vinyl there now:

                  The postal code is still the same: M9V 3Z3.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Mark F. View Post

                    The address given on Canadian packaging was usually in Rexdale, Ontario:



                    It looks like the building is still there. Seen from Highway 27:

                    Entrance from Baywood Road:

                    It seems they recycle vinyl there now:
                    Interesting, and amazing it's still there.

                    I believe I saw a YouTube video that said the Lesney buildings in London (England, not Ontario) were razed.

                    It may have been this video, but since it's over 1.5 hours in length, I can't verify right now.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcfXTVlXMqs
                    Last edited by atombaum; 08-17-2022, 06:40 AM.
                    - Jeff
                    Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by atombaum View Post



                      Figure 7. According to the box inventory illustration, this box has three more sections of yellow track than original specification. Obviously, someone just stuffed extra sections into this sad box. It also came with two red sections of track that have no i.d. Any ideas who made them? They look like the orange Hot Wheels style.
                      Just found this photo. The two sections of red track in the SF-1 box is likely Johnny Lightning.

                      - Jeff
                      Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by atombaum View Post

                        Interesting, and amazing it's still there.

                        I believe I saw a YouTube video that said the Lesney buildings in London (England, not Ontario) were razed.

                        It may have been this video, but since it's over 1.5 hours in length, I can't verify right now.

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcfXTVlXMqs
                        yes you did to make way for the London Olympics 2012

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by atombaum View Post
                          It may have been this video, but since it's over 1.5 hours in length, I can't verify right now.

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcfXTVlXMqs
                          Interesting film. Leslie Smith and people who worked at the factory are interviewed about their jobs.

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