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The Vickers Vigor Tractor
Victory's Vickers Vigor Tractor is a lovely, weighty model, beautifully detailed but sadly one of the most difficult of all Victory products to find. Powered by two Mighty Midget motors - one driving each track, the model moves and steers on its rubber tracks just like the real thing and includes accurate working suspension. The real tractor was none too successful and the model appears to have fared little better despite a press release in early 1962 which claimed it was one of Victory's most popular models. This model was used as the basis for many of the tracked vehicles in the Thunderbirds TV series including the Mole and Firefly.
The Vosper Turbine Yacht
shipping magnate and archrival to Aristotle Onassis was responsible for
commissioning this super cool luxury speedboat from Vosper.
Sadly, although no one knew it at the time, these would be the last models in Victory's large scale promotional range.
More Roadway Bits
added two more items to the roadway range this year. A double supply power unit (providing two independent 12 Volt 1 amp
supplies to run the track and accessories like traffic lights at the same time)
and a scenic bridge (MR510). A simple five-piece kit made of pre-coloured
cardboard held together by interlocking tabs and clip-on grey plastic balustrades.
The design is slightly different to that shown on the instruction sheet in that
the bridge carries advertisements for KLG Spark Plugs on the sides and the only
mention of VIP anywhere is on the box.
The design is slightly different to that shown on the instruction sheet in that the bridge carries advertisements for KLG Spark Plugs on the sides and the only mention of VIP anywhere is on the box.
The MR510 Scenic Bridge
Despite all the minor tweaks and improvements made during the previous three years, Victory's Roadway 'Set A' had remained fundamentally unchanged and sales throughout Christmas 1959 saw a marked decline. By mid-year the Board had decided that the time had come to completely revamp the system to try to meet the growing competition.
Although Victory had yet to abandon it's original roadway concept altogether, it had become clear that there was a huge demand for Formula One - Grand Prix type models. Something that would be next to impossible to produce with the existing VIP motor and chassis design. There had also been much criticism of the VIP track system for being over complex, unrealistic and not least very, very heavy.
Rather drastically it was decided to scrap all the original tooling for the track and to produce a new motor/chassis design from scratch. How did the new track and cars turn out? Well you'll have to turn to 1961 to find out.
From Roadway to Raceway - 1961