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Slot Car Heaven in Lehigh Acres

Over the past 40 years, Matthew Graham managed to collect more than six thousand slot cars, and he displays, repairs and tests them all out from the comfort of his home in Lehigh Acres.

Matthew’s “slot car heaven” is home to a variety of slot cars. One of the slot cars dates back to 1957. He finds his cars in flea markets, on eBay, Craigslist, and his favorite store — Hobby Lobby.

So what else does he do with all of these cars? He races them.

Matthew holds monthly slot car races at his home, which is open to the public. People can bring their own cars, or Matthew will supply them so they can race on his 20-foot-long racetrack built in his living room.

“Oh yeah, I’ve got a need for speed,” Matthew said. “There’s no question about that.”

But his ultimate dream? To sell his slot car ideas to the toy company, Mattel, Inc.

Matthew’s patented a number of his creations, including a tug of war game between two cars. He said he hopes to help change the face of slot cars so everyone can enjoy them, no matter their age.

Additional reporting by Jalyn Henderson