Over 50 Years
of Model Car Racing Supply
2 Hartley Crescent · Merseyside · Southport
Merseyside · PR8 4SG · United Kingdom
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The Birth of Betta & Classic...
In the early years, back in 1956, when model car racing was in it’s infant stages the norm was to
race not slot cars but rail cars, which ran on rails rather than in a slot. These cars were made by the
purist scale model maker, whose interests were to scale looks rather than to achieve out and out speed!
In those early years bodies were made out of balsa wood by individuals spending many hours making miniature
replicas of the cars they most loved. Some were obviously made to a very high standard, whilst others
remained to be very average to say the least, depending on the individuals abilities.
So came about the first real sighting of a pure 1/32nd scale body shell produced in England and made by a
certain - now world famous individual named ‘Charlie Fitzpatrick’, the founder of shells. He
was able to make models of immense quality and using his skills in fibreglass moulding was able to produce
for the first time ever, scale replicas of many, many racing cars for the rail racer and as slot racing took
over the slot racer.
As competition became more and more serious the need to make cars go that little bit quicker became more and
more apparent. Bodies began to appear on the market made from a thin plastic material, at first being
manufactured by the Americans. These early bodies were not quite up to the standard of the scale looks of the
fibreglass bodies, but never the less they were much lighter, so increased the performance of the cars.
So, Charlie, realising the performance of these plastic shells decided to keep up with latest technology and set
about designing a machine and a method of producing these shells to the usual high standard that was now to be
expected from the classic slot car works. And so was born the very first vacuum formed slot car to be produced by
Charlie under the name of Betta Bodies.
Since then slot racing has gone from strength to strength, we are now offering over 800 body shells and a full
comprehensive stock of slot car accessories, a firm proof of our early ability at Betta & Classic to be the
world’s number one manufacturer and distributor of model slot car racing shells.
If you have any questions about any item listed in our catalogue or web pages or any general slot car problems,
please do not hesitate in contacting us at Betta & Classic, ask for Ian Fitzpatrick...he will be only
too pleased to oblige.