Kids Car Racing

04_15_Scene_In Brief_Kids Car RacingOn the third floor of Houjie’s Rainbow Mall, a set of winding mini-car tracks bedeck the walkway. On weekends, slot car competitions attract dozens of children and parents. Guided by a groove, or slot, in the track, these, now powered, miniature autos date back a century with casual get-togethers or more serious racing competitions. The shop, an authorized Carrera dealer, opened last June and offers an alternative entertainment for kids. “Many families only have one kid. With this competition, everybody plays together, they get more excited,” said store manager Chen Min. The winner from this and another shop in Dongguan will attend the provincial competition in Guangzhou and enter a national tournament in October.

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