Hobbies: Spin-Out on the Slots

The air shimmers with tension in the crowded room. All eyes are focused on the action at the tables. The players hunch over the board, sweating with strain; and when they leave, whether in victory or defeat, their hands shake for minutes.

Is this some glittering casino, where fortunes change hands on the turn of a card, sending dinner-jacketed bankrupts out onto the beach to blow their brains out? Far from it. This is the U.S.'s latest mania: slot-car racing.

Slot-car racing seems to have been invented in England, but it might have...

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