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The Motorific slotcar series by Ideal Toys was a single-track system with self-contained battery-powered cars and simple inexpensive slotted plastic guide track, produced from about ~1967 onwards.
The sheer number of different sets and vehicles produced by Ideal suggests that the system may have been popular, perhaps as a cheap "mail order catalogue" product.
With only one lane, the racing element in the "Racerific" sets seems to have been supplied by a large clockwork timer, and the fact that track was just a simple plastic mechanical slot-guide means that some of the sets were able to come with a large quantity of track and special sections, which on the largest set(s) included a large number of junctions, a hump, a wiggle and a loop section. "Remote control action" advertised for the larger set(s) seems to have amounted to remote switching for a junction.
The cars could be used with the Motorific system with a plastic guide peg fitted behind the car's front bumper, or (without the peg) as stand-alone battery-powered toy vehicles.
Browsing eBay turned up the following sets – there may be others:
- Motorific Wildcat Racerific
- Motorific Racerific Survival Run XL
- Motorific Fury Racerific
- Motorific Super Fury Racerific (4680-5) – as above with extra track and features
- Motorific Racerific Tornado (4601-1) - very large set
Motorific Action Highway
- Motorific Action Highway – includes construction vehicles
- Motorific Action Highway Midnight Special – includes construction vehicles with headlights, for use in low light
Motorific Torture Track
- Motorific Dearborn Torture Track – smallish
- Motorific Alcan Highway Torture Track – largeish
- Motorific G.T.O Torture Track – fairly huge
- Motorific Automatic Action Service Centre – Garage with forecourt petrol pumps and two bays ... a first vehicle stops at the pumps until a second vehicle arrives.
- Motorific Jalopy Showdown
- Motorific Race Rally – a carry-case fixed with pop-studs, that unfolds to produce a green patch with two racestands and a lake.
- Mini Motorific Sprint Racing 100
- Mini Motorific Sprint Racing 150