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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


 | Category: Vintage Revell 1/32
entry 27 Oct 2007, 20:18
For this installment of Vintage Revell 1/32 ... the obscure Revell Rally Set and its wonderful Triumph TR4 and Sunbeam Alpine - circa 1965 from Revell UK.





The following 3 images were lifted from the web several years ago - i cannot recall from which site...

I first became aware of this set upon seeing an ebay auction around 8 years ago.
At the time i saved these images from that listing in a much larger format - as i recall the set was complete and unplayed with -

- why i didn't bid on it i have no idea, as i have not seen another since!
(if any of you know of other examples, or if you were the successful bidder please contact me !!!
I would love some more photos and scans of the set paperwork please!).

Somewhere down the line i unfortunately lost the larger images - but at least we still have the ones here.





Shortly after that ebay auction, by coincidence i had surfed across some Revell UK paperwork which also made mention of the Rally Set
(again I forgot the site and only after a few years by luck passed by again).

This time i emailed the site's author to see if i could get some larger images - but no reply ... again, at least we have the ones here.



Fast forward a few more years, interspersed with the odd ebay listing for one car or the other in rtr format (i believe each car came in red or light green) - usually incomplete and well used condition ...

and another auction for an interesting Revell UK booklet (listed out of Australia - and succesful bidder in France - for alot more money than one would expect?)

- only time i had seen it listed, but kindly another slotforum member had one which they copied and sent over
(thanks again dgersh! still looking for something nice to send back in turn...)

- from which we get the following information on the Rally Set ... (will post a link to pdf file of full booklet in future).









Fast forward a few more years, still only seeing a couple of Alpines or Triumphs show up for sale
- and for significant $$$ - along with the occasional unsuccesful search for more paperwork / reference info etc. etc.

... then a chance encounter with two new ebay listings - like new examples - one complete triumph rtr (repro windshield)
and a unique body kit or 'spares' version (in less common darker green) of the alpine
- with the correct shorter chassis made only for these two cars - both from the same seller.

some ebay luck and shortly after they arrive from the UK safe and sound (thanks again very much John!),
so after several years i can see them first hand and they certainly do not disappoint!!!

From the get go, without ever having encountered other than in images these two cars had captured my curiosity
- not sure what it is but they are right up there with my Cox Cheetah as favorites in my collection!

Their simple detailing is great - molded in drivers, fins for the Alpine, detailed hub caps unique to each and
in my opinion the Triumph has perhaps the nicest front grille of any vintage 1/32.





















Just need to get some proper roundels and numbers on the alpine and they are ready for some laps!





So there you go - hope this 'compilation' of the limited info i have found to date has been as interesting for others as for myself
- and that the images may perhaps be useful in reference ...
for others looking to learn more about a couple of obscure Vintage Revell 1/32s and their set from 'across the pond'

cheers, Ron...

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Both cars were manufactured in Herts and they were injected in both maroon and bottle green.

Please Manito, a request: Can you please compare if that green bottle is the same green that your Ferrari 250 GTO and then say if it's the same color or not?. Thank you.

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Such cars do not appear in any other catalog I know that this is not that of Revell_GB of 1965 or the Revell_GB 1966.

Marketed by GB addition, I have evidence that came to market in the U.S. (although to date I have not found any Revell_USA catalog in which they are listed).

I have heard comments from collectors that I have not been able to verify if true, who say there was a collaboration between Revell and Airfix about these 2 models, but have not had the opportunity to compare both models on hand for both brands, I would ask please someone who has the opportunity to have on hand to give his opinion.

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The 2 models were sold into Rally set as the official reference R.3050. RTR in box and also marketed as jurisdiction and as body box as a spare in his blister, and R.6261? and R.3850 respectively. TR4 Triumph R.3851 and R.6262 for Sunbeam Alpine.

I can completely scan all sides of the TRT box Triumph TR4 with reference r.3850 if someone wants.


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post 3 Oct 2011, 21:36
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jose

yes i have each car in both colors - red and green

revell alpines and tr4s

and the green color of the ferrari is in fact the same as used on the lighter aston green, but not the same as on the uk rally cars -
the alpine and tr4 are a lighter grey green

cheers, Ron
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