Coventry City of Culture gets iconic Scalextric car


Coventry is getting its own collectable Scalextric car to mark its year as UK City of Culture – inspired by a very special model that was made in the city.

A Jaguar XJ-S touring car that qualified for pole position in the 1982 24-hour Spa-Francorchamps European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) race – and won the 1984 edition – has been reimagined as a 1:32 scale Scalextric car emblazoned with Coventry City of Culture 2021 livery and will soon be available for keen collectors to buy.

It is the first time that this model, made famous by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) for its appearances at the famous Belgian circuit, has been memorialised in the form of a Scalextric car in an extremely limited run of just 1,000 models.

It features a carefully arranged skin design to reflect Coventry City of Culture Trust’s core message: Coventry Moves.

A bird’s eye view of the car, originally a 5.3 litre V12 manufactured from 1975 until 1996, reveals the letters, C, O and V, with arrows on the wings and doors to mirror the city’s forward momentum and the Coventry 2021 brand.

It also includes references to Coventry’s Two-Tone culture and its transport heritage, with black and white tiles on the side and a spoked wheel emblem figuring as the O in “Cov”. The number plate also reads COV 2021.

Laura McMillan, Director of Audience Strategy at Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “It’s been fantastic to work with Hornby to design a car that signifies the city that moves.

“Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture will be one to remember and I hope that whether you’re a keen Scalextric collector, or someone who wants to own a piece of Coventry history, you can get your hands on one of these limited-edition pieces before they sell out.”

The limited-edition Coventry 2021 TWR Jaguar XJ-S Touring Scalextric can be pre-ordered here and will be delivered in early 2022.

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 started on 15 May 2021, running for 12 months. The 365-day cultural programme will reflect Coventry as a diverse, modern city, demonstrating that culture is a force that changes lives. Coventry is known internationally as a city of welcome, a city of activists and pioneers, peace and reconciliation, innovation, and invention, and now a City of Culture.

Coventry is the city where movement began, from innovation in the transport industry to a history of welcome, it has moved people for centuries. For a whole year, Coventry will celebrate with events, music, dance, theatre, and large-scale spectacle. As well as these big celebrations, it will show its unexpected side, with more intimate experiences and ways to get involved in every neighbourhood. And it’s not just Coventry. This epic celebration will also witness the entire region getting involved and benefitting from the opportunities that being City of Culture brings.

Coventry 2021, co-created with the people of Coventry, is delivering long-term social, economic and cultural benefits.

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021’s Principal Partners are Coventry City Council, West Midlands Combined Authority, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery Community Fund, Warwickshire County Council, Spirit of 2012, Coventry University and the University of Warwick. Its Major Partners are Coventry Building Society and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Its International Partner is the British Council. Its Regional Partner is Coventry Building Society Arena. Its City Champions are Coventry College, Exasoft, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Orbit Group, Patrick Trust, PET-Xi and Severn Trent. Its Transport Partners are Avanti West Coast and National Express. Its Loyalty Partner is TRG Arts, and its Honorary Partner is the Positive Youth Foundation. Its Delivery Partners are Coventry Business Improvement District, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, EnV and West Midlands Police.