I am not sure what attracted me to the Golf, maybe it was the colours and graphics or the wheels. Anyway you pays your money and...
Those of you interested in all the 1:1 stuff can surf for "1000 km Nurburgring 1977". There is even one picture of the real car (link).
It arrived in the usual plastic display case prominently describing the "Calibrated Components" So what do we get?
It is when one opens the box and turns the car around in ones hands that the initial enthusiasm is dented. Why? Well one has to look closely at the best pictures I could find of this car which are on a Spanish site. Things you will notice in these pictures.
The blemish above the front wheel arch where the tampo is smudged and the featureless driver is sitting too low and looks like a 12 year old ninja.
Notice the RH rear wheel arch is glued on higher than the left.
Notice the blemish above the other front wheel arch and the little piece of
moulding flash under the rear wheel arch.
I have a habit of running my cars on a test bench before the track. In this case it was a good idea. The gear mesh was so tight that the “calibrated” rear axle would barely turn. Then one notices that the front axle has more slop that a bill posters bucket and that the chassis is not centred in the body as the front mounting post is bent slightly.
If you want to buy one of these and simple go racing you will be very disappointed.
OK well I’ve paid for the bloody thing so might as well make the most of it. Off with the body. Hmm. The three mounting screws, one front, two rear are shouldered and have no threads at the top. I reset the gear mesh using the plastic bag method but it was still bad, so out came the AutoSol, Some claim this is too abrasive but it is what I use. The motor would not turn the wheels at 1.5v and barely at 3v. So I used 4.5v. Normally I would run the gears until the motor note changes and stays constant. This car was so bad I left it a bit longer. Well at least the wheels run true. Readjust the gear again and the mesh is quite nice. Hmm. The wheels are quite nice too.
Now to the front axle. It has massive side to side and up and down slop. It
needs some axle shims just inside those black ends of the front hubs. Hmm. Why
manufacture the silver wheels with black ends? On further investigation and
judicious use of an Exacto knife those black ends turn out to be preinstalled
friction fit axle spacers. Well I never…..That’s a first for me. OK that is an
Hmm.. These wheels and tires are quite nice. Maybe the rears are a bit wide for scale as they are wider than the front but……This slot car is rear wheel drive.
While the motor was running-in at 3v for a while, I addressed the chassis/body misalignment. I should mention here that the motor was held in with two screws.
I dunked the front of the body in the office hot water pot, stuck a drill down the mounting post and used a little English. All is Ok now. Damn those wheels are cute. Deep rims with gold inserts. The rear tires are a strange size so replacing then with aftermarket ones may not be possible. I tried 19x10 P6 but they were too loose and HobbySlot ACR-021 wouldn’t fit as they won’t fit over the 6mm rib. Fortunately, like my other Spirit cars, the tires have enough adhesion for me.
On to the track. It looks very pretty. The proportions are good the ‘70’s sharp
edges of the Golf are nicely reproduced, the colours are bright, the tampo
printing is nicely detailed, it doesn’t appear to have clear coat but I’m not an
expert on that. Even after a few rollovers and tumbles the mirrors are still
intact. Did I mention how nice the wheels are?
So what have I ended up with? All the advertised stuff plus fully adjustable front end, motor mounting screws, 3 body mounting screws designed to make the body float, nice wide grippy rear tires.
So what about all those niggling flaws I mentioned at the beginning. Who cares? It is a very striking car that is fun to drive albeit a bit noisy. Exactly what one races it against is unknown to me. But the body does comply with Euro rally 25gm minimum.
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