Slot Car Racing, like any other hobby, can range in cost. In my teen years, I am pretty sure any money I made working after school jobs went into racing. Hobbies can be expensive but Slot Car Racing is rather inexpensive. Compared to other extracurricular activities, an hour of Slot Car Racing is relatively cheap. If you have your own car and control, an hour of track time at Motown Raceway is $8.00 (prices may vary depending on the track). Walk in without anything and $12.00 will get you a rental car, control and an hour of track time. To properly maintain your car, you will have to occasionally replace your tires, braids and other parts as they wear out. Depending on your Slot Car, most of the parts are relatively cheap.
Competitive Slot Car Racing can cost a bit more. A race entry fee is typically around $7.50 which gets you a lot of track time for the money. A typical race will get you 30 minutes of open practice to share with the other racers and 8 heats that last about 3 to 5 minutes long.
Slot Car Drag Racing is no different. Depending on the drag car it can be relatively inexpensive but I have seem some pretty elaborate drag cars that I know have some decent money into them.
The best way to see if Slot Car Racing is for you is just to stop in and give it a try. Considering the rising costs of everything around us, Slot Car Racing is still an affordable hobby.