Random set of the day: Motor Speedway

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Motor Speedway

Motor Speedway

©1987 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6381 Motor Speedway, released in 1987. It's one of 24 Town sets produced that year. It contains 205 pieces and 5 minifigs, and its retail price was US$23.

It's owned by 2932 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


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27 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

Seeing this and the airport set, I really am mourning the passing of base plates being included in obtainable sets...

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By in United States,

I loved this set when I was a kid

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By in Canada,

Oh man this brings back memories! This was one of the first LEGO sets I ever got. It was back in communist Eastern Europe where LEGO sets were hard to find and even harder to afford. My mom took me to a LEGO/toy expo and this was the set I picked out to buy with the money my dad sent back from the West . I still have most of the pieces from this set including the cool baseplate.

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By in Australia,

One of my first ever sets when I was a kid. So much fun.

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By in Australia,

Another beautiful classic Town set. I don't think it's the best speedway they ever put out, but I can definitely see the appeal.

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By in Germany,

That was the very best era of LEGO. Totally would buy again if it was available.

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By in United Kingdom,

WOW! Blast from the past! This Lego set is one of my earliest memories, when I think of my first sets it was this and 6645 Street Sweeper, very nostalgic

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By in United Kingdom,

Own it and rebuilt it recently. Missing the camera man minifig though :(

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By in Australia,

Nice set! This an Victory Lap Raceway were one of my favs

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By in Spain,

I had it!!! OMG! Warm memories. Now it's going to be a nice day.

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By in United Kingdom,

I always loved this set as it seemed so 'modern' compared to some of my earlier LEGO sets - the camera man, the car jack and the commentary booth were like nothing I had on other sets. It was also about the time I started to get into Formula 1 so that probably helped a bit too!

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By in United Kingdom,

One of my all time favourite LEGO sets purely for nostalgic reasons, but such a playable set as well!

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By in Australia,

Agree, I miss the dedicated baseplates/roadplates. What was the last set to have one? Maybe the Pharaoh’s Quest Pyramid?

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By in Australia,

Miss the base plate inclusion! Recently returned to Lego after a 20yr absence and had bought the service station. We didn't have a lot growing up and the service station from 83/84 was one of only two larger sets I had and I loved it! The new service station was a real disappointment in that it didn't have a base plate :( While it had some great new additions and detail, the old set was (at least in my memory's) better. I was 23 when I sold my small collection and entered the dark ages as they seem to be called, so remember that service station set very well. Mum said at 23 I was too old to still be playing with Lego, but now at 43 my room is overflowing with them lol!!!

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By in United States,

Great memories. This one, and the Big Rig Truck Stop, were two of my last sets as I reached high school. Still have them in my collection.

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By in United States,

@mcjaco Big Rig Truck Stop was the best! I would add it and Motor Speedway together to make a long straight run of track, and then ran my tiny racers over to the giant sheet of white construction paper, which made up the base of my downtown area, to complete the race course. Fun times :) I've rebuilt Big Rig Truck Stop and have thought about rebuilding Motor Speedway and several of those tiny racers to create a go-cart track for my modern LEGO city... Now to find the time, and space in my basement lol.

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By in Russian Federation,

I love how there's 2nd and 3rd car, but no #1.

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By in United States,

@Obijuan Dunnobi: The $23 RRP for this set equates to $50.84 in 2018 dollars. For that price I'd rather get a set like https://brickset.com/sets/75912-1/Porsche-911-GT-Finish-Line and skip the baseplate in favor of vastly more building. Besides being big and specialized, baseplates were far from inexpensive even back in the day.

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By in United States,

Wow, great random set of the day. Much like the other posts this one brings back many fond memories from my childhood. I was 8 at the time, and my older brother and I already had a full Lego town (taking up 3 card tables, plus a full space collection under the tables). I remember making room for this set in the town and racing cars all around the loop.

I also LOVE the link to the other 24 town sets released in '87, and just realized how many of those sets I own and still love playing with my kids. Great era for Lego, and so glad my mom kept them all.

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By in Denmark,

I wonder if it was a test on how the market would react to a set like this, as LEGO released the much bigger set 6395 Victory Lap Raceway (two baseplates and 13 minifigs).

I remember studying the sets in the catalogues, though I do not recall that I ever wanted them. But it does not mean I do not get nostalgic when I see these sets ;o)

EDIT: Oh, and funny to think that this set was a relatively big set - with 205 bricks ;o)

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By in United States,

@Aanchir - The Brickset listed RRP for sets from the 80's and 90's is not reliable. I remember that set being $15, not $23. But your point is still valid...baseplates drove up the price of sets quite a bit. Especially the big raised ones.

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By in Canada,

I loved this set, especially the camera and it's film roll, which I often used as a pizza back then. The new removable wheels were also an appreciated novelty in town sets.

My brother and I received two copies of this set and Blacktron's 6954 Renegade at Christmas (I'd guess 88 or 89), thanks to a miscommunication between my parents and grandparents. As I was about 10 and my brother 4 (on top of being way less into LEGO than me), I was slightly disappointed to receive a less diverse offering (I didn't complain, though. Especially given that these sets were awesome and that, in theory, I was getting only two of those sets myself), but I became quickly aware that receiving multiple copies of one set did open new possibilities I've never considered before.

To this day, I'm a big fan of buying multiple copies of sets, when I can afford it, of course. It makes for larger, more realistic (and somewhat ironically, diverse) settings.

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By in United Kingdom,

Still got this set in my loft.

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By in United Kingdom,

I had this set when younger. I think it must still be at my parents house some where. I loved the blue car jack :D

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By in United States,

@Aanchir--are you using only inflation when you make those calculations? If so, I don't think that gives the full picture. In the USA, at least, wages have not risen at the same rate as inflation (especially after the Great Recession), so the price difference isn't as stark as it would be when you look at inflation alone. The price of the set has about doubled if you just look at inflation--but average household income hasn't even come close to doubling since 1987. In addition, I believe that, even if the Brickset prices are accurate, Lego included sales tax at this time. So it would be closer to $44 in today's dollars if you go by inflation alone.

That's not to say that one style is better or worse than the other, of course. Everyone has their own preferences (for towns, my tastes tend to be towards the easy modularity that baseplates and a consistent scale afforded--but some of the details on the newer stuff is really cool!). I just don't think that plugging the numbers into the inflation calculator presents an accurate depiction of the cost of a set.

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By in Australia,

^ Not even mentioning that the joy of the baseplate increases play value immensely and gives you somewhere to put all those little bits and pieces that are either going to just get lost or wind up dumped in the bottom of a crate. As a kid, having baseplates so you could actually set out a city (and thusly have all your cars and trucks on display), was the best thing ever.

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By in United States,

I believe that for the older sets, Brickset uses the Shop at Home catalogs. These prices are not fully reliable in my opinion. There was a normal retail price that almost all stores would have. But at that time, Shop at Home had FREE shipping. To balance this out, they factored shipping costs into the prices of the sets ahead of time for any set listed in the Shop at Home catalog. So, those prices from Shop at Home would always be noticeably inflated from what the set would have been purchased for at any retail location.

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