Here's some pictures of the very first wooden track that my brother and I, and half the kids in our neighbourhood built (under the watchful eye and guidance from my father) in the mid 60's. The photo's were taken with a brownie box camera (high tech at the time), but obviously not able to compete with todays technology.
I was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, and for Christmas of 1963 my Brother and I were given our first slotcar set. It was a standard figure 8 which we set up on the living room floor, and there it stayed for about four months, until my mother couldn't take it lying out any longer. My father then got the idea of building a wooden track on our front verandah at home. The track was made with what we call Masonite and copper tape. We used a jig-saw to cut the slots, parted the Masonite about 3mm and then braced the track from the underside with 25mmx25mm batons. The track surface was painted black and then covered with very fine granite dust while still wet. Gave a very realistic road surface, but was like sandpaper and ate tyres at an alarming rate. Landscaping was done with fencing wire covered with old bed sheets soaked in plaster. Grass was wood saw-dust dyed green/yellow and the rocks were exactly that, taken from the garden.