Motorific (Ideal Toy Corp.)

The first sets, brought out in 1965 by Ideal, were called 'torture tracks', for example, Dearborn Test Track, Alcan Highway Torture Track, etc. There was a variety of cars from the beginning. These were powered by AA batteries. The early cars had the option to free run on a floor, and their wheels could be placed in a variety of positions, allowing for circles, straight line racing, etc. Also, a pin could be installed on any car. This pin would engage the groove that ran down the center of each track.

A very entertaining slot car set was the Motorific Line made by Ideal. These came in a variety of sets, separate cars, trucks, boats (called Boaterifics) and accessories. What was different about Motorific was that each car or truck was powered by two AA batteries. There was no contacts in the track. Hence, track assembly was VERY easy, although you could not control the speed of the car.

There were really three different types of sets:

Motorific

These were the first, originally designed as 'test tracks', with a variety of tests that are performed on the car, as if it was a large proving ground. Tests included horsepower test, steering test, spring test, and crash test.

Racerific

These used the same track as Motorific, but they added a timer and additional items to each set. The idea was to compete with others to see who could get through the course in the shortest amount of time, or in a rally scenario, who could come closest to the handicap time.

Highway Sets

In about 1967, Ideal released the Action Highway line. These sets featured the wider yellow track. The old cars could run on this too, but the new track would not connect to the old track. Reminds me of how Tyco used to change tracks and create compatibility problems. However, the yellow tracks were also a breeze to connect, they just lay together and simply lock down. Although the fit is sloppy, the cars pass along fine, and there is no road contacts to worry about.

Trucks came in each Action Highway Set.

Source: http://www.prestonmarketing.com/toys/motorific/motorific.html (offline).

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Comments (12)
Kelly - November 18, 2021
I have a few sets that are complete but i am unable to find any other sets the same as them and ive searched everywhere. im hoping someone here will know something about them.
*Motorific Build up kit No:1 princes highway
*Motorific Build up kit No:2 Giant pacific highway
*Motorific Build up kit NO:3 G.T.O
ill leave it there for now dont want to push my luck.
Gary - September 25, 2021
I have a couple of sets - not sure how complete they are. Whirlwind Racerific and motorific Highway 101. Anyone interested?
John - April 16, 2021
I have 15 chassis and they all look great but none of them work with new batteries. I have checked the shiny contact points on the On/Off switch and battery slots but cannot get any to run. There is no dust or debris on the chassis or motor. Any ideas why they won't work after only 55 years?
Doug - February 3, 2021
I have all motorific and action highway parts. I also have rebuilt chassis and complete sets
Cool collection!
Danny - November 14, 2020
hello john , see attached im 55 this year and had the Motorific car since my 7th or 8th Birthday day , sadly a family member played with it !! I would like to restore it , can i get a new chassis , and can i buy the stickers
I am sorry Dan, but I have no idea where to get parts or decals other than acquiring other cars on eBay for parts.
Andy - August 28, 2020
Hello again, I have a friend with a 3D printer. Here is a picture of new pin for the Highway trucks, like my orange tow truck. If anyone is looking please feel free to send my email address.
What a great solution Andy, thanks!
Andy - August 27, 2020
Hello, I have what appears to be 4 different styles of the "Motorific" cars. The two truck was my first back in 65, I have recently bought the minis. What are the other two? They have different pins, tires, and chassis. The white Chaparral and red pick up chassis are the same length but they don't interchange. Any ideas? Thanks
Steve - April 5, 2020
have parts wish to build a set.
Chad - December 12, 2019
Where can I get some motorific slot pins?
Try this link, maybe a few will pop up: Motorific pins.
Hank - October 8, 2018
I just bought an intersection and collapsible bridge on Ebay. I did not know that the pieces were bigger than regular Motorific sets. Did Ideal ever make an adapter for the regular track,or do I have to buy an Action Highway set with the orange track??
Yep, the Action Highway tracks were wider to accommodate the larger trucks that came in those sets. I've updated the text on my webpage.
Martin - June 13, 2018
Can anyone give me some info on a Chrome "Custom Cars"65 Mustang .I picked one up recently and cannot find any info on it. Thanks for your help.
Doug - January 18, 2015
Does anybody know where to get replacement tires for motorific action highway trucks?
No idea if these are universal, but you could try this search: Motorific tires.