53-year-old warehouse worker spends £10,000 to build 165ft Scalextric track

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When Tony Sivyer’s well-meaning partner bought him a Scalextric set years ago, it sparked a passion in him.

But Elaine Broomfield could not have known that her gift would one day lead to a huge track taking pole position in the spare bedroom of their Dorset bungalow.

Warehouse operator Mr Sivyer, 53, spent six years and £10,000 building the 12ft by 8ft layout inspired by his love of motorbike racing and the Isle of Man TT course .



Warehouse operator Tony Sivyer, 53 (pictured) spent six years and £10,000 building the 12ft by 8ft layout inspired by his love of motorcycle racing and the Isle of Man TT course


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Warehouse operator Tony Sivyer, 53 (pictured) spent six years and £10,000 building the 12ft by 8ft layout inspired by his love of motorcycle racing and the Isle of Man TT course

There are 165 feet of track with 37 bends on the circuit with a ‘Monaco Grand Prix’ tunnel, a replica of the Dunlop Bridge at Donington Park – and 200 cars.

Mr Sivyer, who watched YouTube tutorial videos to make it to Bournemouth, said: “I’m very grateful that my girlfriend understands my passion so much, even though she raises an eyebrow every time another delivery [of cars] come!’

Miss Broomfield, 59, who has worked with Mr Sivyer for 29 years, joked: “Tony is in [his games room] all the time… it suits me not to see him too much!’

The incredibly detailed track has floodlights, crash barriers and advertising signs.

There are safety marshals scattered around the track, the race director waving the checkered flag and spectators seated in different stands.

He even had a 1:32 scale plastic model of himself made that sits on the side of the course.

Now complete, Mr. Sivyer spends hours playing his track as he stood in a small cut-out section in the middle of it.

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Mr. Sivyer got his first Scalextric set as a kid, but quickly grew bored of the game because he couldn’t control the cars.

However, when Miss Broomfield, an accounts administrator, brought him a Scalextric motorcycle some 20 years ago, a passion was ignited.

He said family and friends who saw the track were “amazed” by its size and that it had captivated the Scalextric community as well.

Mr Sivyer said: “My parents bought me a Scalextric track when I was a kid, but I got tired of it pretty quickly because at that age you can’t control cars.”

“However, about 20 years ago my girlfriend bought me a Scalextric motorcycle game because she knows I love motor racing, and it went from there.

“The project took me six years and I think it cost £10,000 in cars, bikes and courses.

“I was inspired by the Isle of Man TT course and wanted an uphill and downhill track with lots of tight corners, to make it a challenge – a rider’s track.

“I’m not very good at engineering so it was a challenge and I watched YouTube videos to help me.

“During lockdown I was furloughed so I spent 9am to 5pm everyday working there.

“I’m thrilled with how it turned out and when my family and friends see it, they’re amazed.

“I’ve posted pictures on Scalextric groups and got fantastic feedback.”



However, when Miss Broomfield, an accounts administrator, brought him a Scalextric motorbike some 20 years ago, a passion ignited.


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However, when Miss Broomfield, an accounts administrator, brought him a Scalextric motorbike some 20 years ago, a passion was ignited.



  He said family and friends who see the track are


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He said family and friends who see the track are “amazed” by its size and it has captivated the Scalextric community as well.

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