Al Penrose has been a
scratch builder of slot cars since 1959. Over the years he
has always made up the odd set of wheels for some car he was
making when the proper ones were not available or to his
liking. With the resurgence of 1/32 home set scale racing,
brought about by companies such as Fly and to a lesser
extent Ninco, he became more active in the commercial
aspects of the hobby including owning a raceway.
These beautiful new cars from Italy, Spain and the UK had one
major weakness, their often non-concentric plastic
wheels. Although some manufacturers such as the Italian
company Slot.it began to produce metal wheels, no company as
yet produced the high quality scale wheels that met Al's
critical standards and so BWA was born.