100 best gadgets ever: The Engineering Age

Scalextric (1957)

Starting life as a clockwork racing system, Scalextric only gained popularity when creator Freddie Francis switched to electricity as a power source. He had spawned a 1:32-scale toy monster, and within months couldn’t keep up with demand. He sold the business to Tri-ang, who switched his pricey metal cars for plastic ones. Even 60 years later, very little has changed.

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