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Built primarily to compete in next years 'Nercs Flat Cap Trophy for Classic Saloon Cars', this Peugeot 403 has been put together using a resin shell from Pendles. Although around 20 or so 403s raced during the mid 1950s to early 1960s, there is little photo evidence available apart from 2 or 3 pictures from the Mille Miglia; Targa Florio and Australian racers. Therefore, I decided to paint it in my own colours; Halfords bermuda blue seemed a reasonable period shade, so I went with that. The running gear is a std PCS chassis (in accordance with the Flat Cap Trophy regs); motor; NSR 21k; slot.it 26 crown & 10z pinion.











Thank you for looking.

Dave
 

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Datto. All working class shipyard workers & miners from the Northeast of England wore flat caps until very recently. A lot of us also raced pigeons & Greyhound dogs.
As NERCS is situated in the region it`s a good name to give the series.
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Kev.
 

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QUOTE (loosesalute @ 29 May 2011, 11:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>A lot of us also raced pigeons & Greyhound dogs.

Blimey! Did you ever win?
Kept you fit - no doubt!

Lovely car - right up my street. Thanks for showing us.

My guess would be that the wheels are from the Carrera Classic Nascars. Not strictly correct as the 403 saloons had three stud wheels - but we can always qualify that by imagining that the beefier 5-stud Estate and Commercial running gear was fitted for competition
 

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Superb work Dave, please bring it to Colchester for me to see. Please spill the beans about the wheel inserts they look really good.

I've got some nice amber light lenses which would make the car a bit more French, let me know if you want a pair and I'll take them to Colchester for you.

Thanks,

Pete
 

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QUOTE (Datto @ 28 May 2011, 21:52) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Nicely done! The red seats are a nice touch.

But what is the 'Nercs Flat Cap Trophy for Classic Saloon Cars'?

First of all, my apologies for not replying to everyone's comments and questions before now. I've been experiencing a few problems accessing the site in recent days, which I think may be issues to do with my pc.

The 2012 Flat Cap Trophy has been devised in response to an increasing interest in self built cars at the North East Restoration Club Slots. The rules of the series have been kept reasonably uncomplicated so as to encourage members to take part and enjoy having a go at building their own models. As the club sits above a classic car restoration workshop, it seemed appropriate to theme the series around pre 1969 classic saloons. The 'Flat Cap' title is a North Eastern 'firmly tongue in cheek' take on the full size 'Top Hat' classic race series.

The Peugeot is one of several models I'm planning to build for the series; scheduled to form part of the NERCS 2012 Championship Calendar.

The wheel inserts were acquired from a very helpful young man by the name of Steve Francis.

Yes, Pete, I will bring the 403 to Colchester.

Many thanks for all the positive feedback - always greatly appreciated.

Dave
 
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