• Michael GILLESPIE┬ábegan collecting slot cars in the mid 1990s, although he had had a large Airfix Slot Car circuit in the early 1960s.
  • He went to see his first motor race at the 1964 British Grand Prix which was held at Brands Hatch and followed both the international and national motor races in the following years.
  • In 1969 he became involved with Timekeeping and Lap Charting for the RAC, British Automobile Racing Club, British Racing and Sports Car Club as well as for many other UK motor racing clubs. He was trained by the legendary Roland KING-FARLOW who had been a Chief Timekeeper since the pre-WW2 Brookland races. During the following 10 years he officiated at almost 30 Formula 1 Grand Prix, F2, F3, F5000, and 1000Kms / 6-Hour Endurance Races, as well as rounds of the British Saloon Car. Championship.Circuits have included Brands Hatch, Castle Combe, Crystal Palace, Silverstone and Thruxton.
  • In addition he was responsible for the results service for the Tour of Britain Race/Rally held in the early 1970s.
  • On 4th-5th July 2009 Michael particpated in his first (and only!) slot car event - the inaugural Mini Mille Miglia held in Castello Delle Forme, Umbria, Italy. Sir Stirling MOSS kindly accepted an invitation to be the Patron for the event. Against strong competition from international slot car enthusiasts (France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, UK and USA), Michael came 1st and 6th in the main Time Trial Event - only 4/100 th second off the Target Time of 35 seconds. His prize were two Ferrari 312PB F12 3.0, Chassis Numbers 0880 and 0884, which were the 1972 Targa Florio winning and Test cars - unfortunately they were both 1/32 too small !!!
  • Today, Michael has a unique collection of over 150 1/32 scale slot cars, mainly representing Sports Prototypes, that have been raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours as well as other major international endurance races around the world. The earliest car is the Bentley Speed 6 that took part in the 1930 Brooklands Double 12 Hours, and the latest is the Audi R18 e-Tron TDi which won the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours.
  • In total there are 31 x Porsche, 20 x Ferrari and 10 x Audi.
  • The unique feature of the collection is that each has been fully documented with, where available, identification of the original chassis number and the competition history of each of the real cars. In addition, there are photographs of the drivers and the original racing cars.
  • The models are kept in display cases with the original boxes kept separately. With few exceptions, the models have only had "delivery mileage" to ensure that the motors and transmissions etc are in working order. They have not been raced.

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