Searching tips

By default the search engine tries to locate pages which have exact matches for all of the words entered in your search query. If that fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens a short message is displayed at the top of the search results indicating this has been done.

Note that each page is only returned ONCE regardless of how many occurrences there are on that page. You need to go to the page to see if a number of separate matches are on that page.

Avoid using plurals in search phrases, make use of wildcards (see below), for instance:
truck? not trucks
mini? not minis
controller? not controllers

Avoid using abbreviations, make use of wildcards (see below), for instance:
merc* not merc to return mercedes
scalex* not scalex to return scalextric

Remember that most model types (for instance Porsche 917) have multiple variants (e.g. 917K, 917/10) and because the search works on whole words by default, all the matches may not be returned. Wildcards also solve this:
917* not 917 to return 917K
*512* not 512 to return F512S

In addition, there are several ways to modify the default search behaviour.

  1. phrase search
    The search engine supports three types of phrase search.
  2. + and - qualifiers
    If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page.
    If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page.
    Example: +always -never
  3. * wildcard
    If a query word ends with a * all words on a page which start the same way as that query word will match.
    Example: gift*
  4. ? wildcard
    If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position.
    Example: b?g
  5. boolean search
    You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These operators MUST be in capital letters.
    Example: (contact AND us) OR (about AND us)
All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r* 

Common Search problems

These are search keys that get used frequently but don't return the expected results:

Fails Works Returns
512 *512* F512S, F512, 512S
917 *917* 917/10, P917, 917K
Controllers Controller* Controller, controllers
Merc Merc* Mercedes
Minis Mini? Mini, Minis
Scalex Scalex* Scalex, Scalextric
Trucks Truck? Truck, Trucks
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