NINCO 'Austin Healey Snetterton'
By Dave Kennedy

How much motor is too much motor? The Austin Healey "Snetterton" begs that question. Since Ninco has retired the venerable NC1 many Ninco Classics fans have been asking themselves will a Classic with another motor still be a Classic? Let's take a look.



First all the tampo printing on this car is fantastic, no fade, no runs in the paint...nothing. The closer you look at the car the more appealing it is. The only detail I'd change was the vents on the side of the car are printed, I'd like to see them photo etched metal of even small plastic vents.


Aside from that nothing takes away from this nicely proportioned, nicely executed slot car. One detail I love that this car has that many don't is simulated tape across the front lights, sure it's a small detail but I think it adds a great deal to the overall look of the car.



Often you can open up a slot car and think to yourself that there's something glaring that will slow this car down of will have to be replaced (that is if you're a "fiddler" like me) nothing was in "need" on this car, nothing left me wanting something else be in place of the stock parts. The chassis holds down this motor and bearings tightly, which is very important when you have a motor as tourqey as this NC5. So having said that, does this car have "too much" motor? If you're comparing it other Classics with NC1's it surely will outclass them. While having such a powerful motor does make the car much faster than the other Classics, the motor itself does not make this car undriveable so in that respect it's not "too much".


On Ninco track this car rips, you can hang out the tail of the car easily, all that power is at hand whenever you want to release it. The combination of powerful motor and strong button magnet make this car a formidable Classic, and unless you re-motor your old Classics, they won't touch this car. I did lots of laps on my track, nothing took away from the enjoyment of driving this car, there was no gear whine...nothing, just a smooth quiet and very fast lap.


There is only the one position for the button magnet, just in front of the motor as usual for Ninco car. On behalf of the magnet racers out there, I'd like to see Ninco make second position for their magnet somewhere else in the chassis.


So after laps on my Ninco track I took the little British racing green coupe to my wood track, what a pleasure. In it's totally stock form (not even weight added) this car tore up my wood track. The tires stuck well, the car still ran as smoothly as if it was being held down by the magnet, and there was not a hint of hop that so many NC5 powered cars have.


In the case of the newest Ninco Classic, the Austin Healey Snetterton, this is a car that anyone with a weakness for 60's sports cars or a Classic's collection should have...but watch out for this little green monster!


Dave Kennedy
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