This toy maker from Chicago, Illinois, was the first in the USA to follow the Scalextric’s footsteps. They had been making 1/24 and 1/32, electric-powered scale models, and many had been converted to slot racing use by pioneering enthusiasts. Strombecker entered the slot racing business in 1959. The Dowst Manufacturing Company, makers of the famous Tootsietoy die-cast toy line, acquired Strombeck-Becker in 1961.