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Vintage Racing Resource
In an attempt to share with others a "scratch-builders' resource" I am working towards developing an online reference index of the various articles within each issue of a number of vintage automobile magazines i have collected over the past decade.
I will be developing a category within my blog labeled "Vintage Racing Resource" - a temporary destination where, along with this reference index, original photos, magazine articles and newspaper coverage related to historic motor racing and classic automobilia will periodically be posted.
The content within these posts is meant solely for personal reference / interest and is not to be used for any means of commercial gain or profit. If any material posted herein infringes upon a rightful party's copyright please contact us and said content will be removed immediately.
Hopefully this will allow others to track down information on a particular car or race which they may have interest in or are attempting to model (or simply provide a few minutes of enjoyment browsing through some fantastic old cover images and articles!).
(in progress - patience please!)
a bit about myself
Hi all - i am an architect residing and working in Vancouver BC Canada. Here is a little blurb about my interests and how i became re-aquainted with slot cars.
Although born in 1971 just after the glory days of slot car racing some of my fondest memories are of racing tycopro / afx ho cars with my father and brother in the mid '70's.
About 8 years ago i discovered vintage slot cars - this time in 1/32 scale. I was looking to find a momento for my brother - a '68 charger rt for him to display on his tv set (he had just purchased a fully restored 1:1 vesrion from Salt Lake City - a real beauty!). At any rate, as this was well before the large die cast model craze the only '68 charger models were the odd hot wheels or matchbox diecasts, or old plastic model kits. Then i found an eldon slot car - a white dodge charger (1/35?) ... and ever since i have casually been collecting vintage slot cars and accesories (mostly in 1/32) - a great hobby to focus on when work gets to be too much!
My interest in the history of slot cars - models / makes and manufacturers has grown in parallel with my passion for vintage automobiles and racing. When i first moved to Vancouver BC from southern Manitoba I was fortunate to have stumbled across a great local automobilia store. I quickly became a regular and got to know the owners very well. In the early years the store proved a treasure trove of vintage motorsport literature which i couldn't get enough of - and before i knew it i had amassed a fairly serious collection of automobilia literature - which i continue to read and re-read.
Most recently i have also become quite interested in the 'scratch build' game. This forum has been a wonderful resource for learning about frame and body building techniques. As time permits i look forward to trying my hand at creating some of my favourite cars that currently aren't available.
At any rate - thanks for taking a few minutes to read my ramble - as time permits i look forward to sharing some of my interests / collections / projects with others through this blog - as i have mentioned to a few of this forums members before - the genuine comaradarie and spirit of sharing within the hobby is very impressive!
Regards - R. Baron
hi all - this is just another 'catch up' post with some snaps of a variety of vintage 1/32
i have picked up over the last year or so ... its been a while since i've posted much
so figured i would post them all at once (i have a bad habit of losing track of the cars
and as i have written before - easier for me to come to my blog for reference than to
go try and find the cars in boxes etc!!!)
ok, first up a very nice strombekcer mercedes 154 - some of us were trying to decide if
this shell is the same as the mrrc 1/32 merc ... i like the strombecker version - the soup bowl helmet driver
is one of my favs in 1/32 and this big old slot, for me, captures the car's spirit and power
another one i was curious about for some time ... the Doyusha Jaguar xk120 - i think it came in
metallic blue as well as this metallic red (which i prefer) - i think this is, as is the tokyo plamo slot
version, or the sanwa static version .. a theft of the original aurora 1/32 model kit body - tokyo plamo
included a giant 1/24 cox like head on a tab - no interior tray if i recall - doyusha seems
to have 'borrowed' the monogram interior and molded it in (again, i have replaced
the 'monogram' kit head with my preferred soupy ) ...
i also like the extra chrome bits doyusha decided to add - particularly the wheel inserts and front grille -
and theirs seems to be a bit sportier with a sloped back windshield too! and gotta love the odd
sheet of various decals too - skull and cross bones!?! aaaargh!
next up another great old sanwa static kit (same as the tokyo plamo slot version ... but i much
prefer this box art!!) - a bit toyish and crude but i like, and not any other choices in 1/32 other
than a proto slot resin lump from several years back if i recall - kit comes with a black interior tray
... and lets guess who i have added as the pilot !
now a less common hawk ferrari body kit (several years back i picked up hawk's chaparral in the same
zip lock baggy with art header car and bits ... haven't seen another and this is the only one i have seen
for the ferrari too?? circa '65 i think) - anyhow will need to find the hawk chassis but just love this
little ferrari car too (kit has the chrome wheel inserst - i just forgot to put them in the photo)!
here is the only scalextric i will likely own (well maybe i will get a c jaguar someday ...) - what can
i say, i like the tigers, and was always curious as to why these seemed to be highly sought after -
charming in its own way ... tempted to swap out the driver but think i will leave this one alone ...
not sure if like this one's proportions better than aurora's static or not ...
and finally for this installment, an odd one for the bunch !!! dare i say an eldon - but i will explain -
i did not have a nice vintage '69 camaro in 1/32 (not sure anyone else did one ...?) and i came across
this rarer metallic green one complete and unmarked (those are glare marks in photos), and with the
side pipes that came in a set, with a '69 candy red mustang - you could put two sets of side pipes and
hood scoops / blowers on the cars - came in set on a chrome tree - not as commonly seen ... not sure
if the rears are original at that size - but it worked for me - someday i will put a revell driver in there too
thanks for tuning in - hope you enjoyed!
Hi all - a post on some lesser known (at least over here in Canada) 1/32
German slot car items
i took a liking to these on a number of levels - being an architect / designer by trade
i find toys with unique or well executed design of particular interest and for some
strange reason i also like 'transport' vehicles of all varieties too
Back in the late '60s / early '70s Stabo ran a line of slot car products similar to the
Carrera Uni132 offerings
Here we have a 'tipper truck' and auto transport in 1/32 as well as a couple of neat Herpa
track side kits commonly used with the Stabo and Carrera set ups (the tower kit came with
a package of Herpa bystanders - the best one the guy shown here selling ... cigarettes?)
and the pit stop garage came with a package of Carrera pit mechanics - not sure if they were
sold with the figure packs tucked in - if so an extra nice touch for little johnny)
The two trucks are from the Stabo 'Mobil' line (their work truck series that they offered at same time
as a limited racing and sports car collection). The trucks are LKW Mercedes '608' models.
In keeping with the theme, as we couldn't let them ride without a load ... they are carrying a
couple of old german friction cars yet to be slot converted - the red one obviously a porsche
(from Dux) and the white some type of vw (a bulgarian copy of Dux version) - nice little cars
in their own right! the building kits from Herpa are well thought out and would certainly be a nice
addition to your trackside scenery -
... don't try passing on the track - those side view mirrors won't allow - drivers in the cabs are in the same
style as the herpa and carrera figures and windshields are of a light vac form type plastic
ok to show off some of the engineering - the tipper truck is designed so that all 4 sides of the bed can
be unlocked and hinge down
and as you would expect of a 'tipper truck' the bed can be raised to offload to either left or right side
the transporter (exactly what does that german say on the side?) has tail ramps and a wind up winch system
for loading and offloading
here you can see the rope winch and 'crank tool'
i believe that if powered and on the track - by throwing a series of switches - the trucks' functions could be
assisted remotely ... very cool - per the direction sheets below - again - who can tell me what the german
text is going on about !
as you can see - some VERY serious German Engineering going on under here !!!
and a photo of the Stabo Mobil range
and the herpa 1/32 building kit range
all in all some great stuff from back in the day that i thought many of you might not have seen, but might
hi all - here is another impulse buy off of ebay -
i have always been curious of the older carrera 1/32 cars - particularly those they did as
ready to runs with prepainted clear plastic bodies
they don't turn up in north america all that often and i hadn't seen one in the flesh
a chap listed this one on ebay as a fleishman but i recognized it as a carrera so picked it up
really, i was a sucker for the very nice detailing - especially the tail pipes
i don't imagine too many of these cars that were raced, kept their pipes or roll bars intact for long
at any rate the detailing is well done - i think this one is missing a driver's mirror - i will find one
in the parts bin to add back in
nice wheels and interesting chassis engineering as well
- a heavy metal pan with the quirky carrera guide / pick up
a bit 'aged' but i like the vintage feel all in all
and a nice subject as i don't recall many other lotus 40s (i think that is what this is!?) in 1/32
Hi all - here is one i know nothing about ... but really really like!! my new 'favorite ferrari'!?!
It came from Bulgaria through a 'make an offer' sale on ebay - i had noticed it
over the past few months and found it curious - but was worried that it might be
significantly smaller than 1/32 and not go well with all of my other stuff
I didn't know much of the ferrari p5 - but really enjoyed its wild styling and this
versions honest and simple toy like charm - go go speedracer!!
it looked to be in ok condition - so, since it had been listed with no apparent attention for
some time, i sent the seller an offer about half of what he was asking - still a reasonable amount
and to my surpise and pleasure he accepted without countering - so the curiosity was on its way
it arrived in its orignal packaging - simply stuffed in a small brown 'bubble envelope' with no further
protection but luckily it fared the journey without incident.
when i popped off the case i was really happy with what i saw - and having inherited from my dad the
desire to pull things apart ... i set about taking this one apart
many of you will likely recognize it and know who made it and when (if so please do let me know!?!)
in my opinion it is really quite a nicely designed and thought out toy -
i noticed that the main body is of the polypropolene variety (appropriately in bright red) and needed only a quick rinse off
all of the bits are 'clip on' pressure fit .. no glue! - i like that
i thought it clever that they sat the interior tray on TOP of the main body and nested the glazing over that
the driver head is well done - and (not sure if intentionally) left a bit loose - will give him the neck snap action
around the tight corners as he bobbles around
a unique plastic chassis and motor set up simply snaps on at one point from underneath (and the fact that the interior tray
sits atop the mount point would hide that always unsightly stress mark so many of the old cars suffer from over time)
ackerman type steering unit then simply clipped into the main chassis - and it has a clever little clip channel to accept the two
lead wires in a tidy manner
don't know much of motors but this one is quite different to my eye in its set up
accurate twin tail pipes clip in at the end - and hadn't been lost either
front light bank is also a nice pressure fit piece
and the rear detailing is also very nicely done (apart from a couple missing hood indents at front, and slightly off
rear wheel well openings - this appears to be a nice and relatively accurate rendition of the p5
checking on line photos i don't see any reason for the two rear mount holes on top of the body back - i suspect they were
for some sort of fictitious race wing or gas caps?? hopefully someone can point me to a 'complete' car or ad of one so i can
see what goes in there ...
all in all a very nice litte effort with a unique charm - here a parting shot alongside an old monogram chappy set car to
give a sense of scale
so - please - tell me more - who made this one and when???
could it be the likes of polistil or fleishman from late '60s or '70s ?? or something from our comrades in the mother country?
whichever - nice work!
i've already got ideas to incorporate it into my track / diorama along with its case bottom which i also find neat for some reason -
thanks for reading
Hi all here is one i had fun with today -
as usual a bit of a picture overload - the camera really does show / emphasize way more
detail than the eye / brain picks up
when i look at this one 'in hand' the edgers around the decals don't show up at all and the
metal flake is much less noticeable too!
i have had this 'vintage' lancer '68 / '69 roadrunner for nearly 10 yrs and always wanted to do something with it-
typical of lancers, very nicely proportioned and just enough detail
- i think it was likely from the '80s, a lancer repop of their original 1/32 body - this one is in lexan but still nicely done
what i liked about this one is it came with a repop black interior tray - clearly taken from the simple but effective
imc stocker interior - i think it works nicely
i had a spare imc rollbar so in it went - not sure if i will paint it or not
in the spirit of the great imc stockers, and to have something for their '69 chargers and torinos to race against on the
high banks i decided today to give it a go - still exploring what i might do with clear bodies to bring them to a level
of detail i would be happy with
sprayed in green because 1) dad had a dk green '70 satellite (base version of the roadrunner) which i recall riding around in for my earliest car rides and 2) lexan takes spray cans better than acrylic from my airgun ... and of the 'candy' choices it came down to blue or green - blue would be too Richard Petty, and so many cars are blue - so green it was and i like!
pull together a hodge podge of old decal sheets (funny i am still using some decals given to me a decade ago by Russell Sheldon as a kind gesture from afar before i knew anything of slot cars - again thanks Russell ), roll out the pactra trim tape and my favourite el cheapo stick on numbers -
and now we have a 'what if' '69 plymouth road runner stocker ready to earn its Darlington Stripes
(here just temporarily sitting on a static kit imc torino cobra chassis - wheel base is close, but
not quite correct!
if anyone can point me in the direction of lancer's sister car the '68? charger that would be wonderful - or if anyone has one to donate for repops even better!! would be nice to have some to run against the roadrunners
by the way the imc charger in blue is a spare body i have - and would gladly trade for a nice one in yellow or red
if anyone out there wishes -
more experience gained and lessons learned ... and one more from the project box a little further along!!
yes its toy like but thats the way i like them