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I'm about to embark on making some American-style Midget Racers for use on a home oval track.

What a shame they didn't make the journey across the Atlantic, although they did seem to make it to the Antipodes.

There seems to have been a thriving Stock car scene providing stadium racing based on Ford Populars amongst others in the UK, and whilst not as glamourous as the Midgets, they might make an interesting spectacle as slot racers.

Has anyone any experience of building some of these?

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Thanks for all the helpful posts.

Lovely mini stockers, John,but I had in mind the pre-mini generation, before extravagant roll cages and such; when the guys still wore shirts and ties under their boiler suits.

Julian Boolean you've hit the nail on the head with all the Ford Pops. They may not be beautiful but they have a certain period charm.

I guess they look a bit like what are sometimes referred to as "Jalopies",but I suspect that the various resin bodies of American prototypes would be too big.

... Unless anyone knows different.

If no-one has modelled this generation of stock cars, does anyone have a scale drawing of a Ford Popular, that they would be prepared to post?

Regards to all,

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Depends what you mean by "gentlemen", Julian.

Of course this isn't/wasn't racing for the "Toffs".

But some of us are just about able to remember the world when men in most trades, and even those in unskilled work turned up in collar and tie,even if they took them off whilst actually working.

Megadeth T-shirts and the ubiquitous polo shirts are really a quite recent phenomenon.

I also remember transport Caffs, where the proprietors sported a neat line in yellowish-grey vests - these seem to have disappeared along with the shirts and ties!

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Yes, thank you. It's exactly right.

Knowing the wheelbase(Wikipedia) it should be straightforward to produce scale outlines from which to make a casting blank.(Note the easy confidence of the completely ignorant!)

But I've got these midgets to sort out first.

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