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Hi All,
can any one help me try and identify a couple of cars I had back in the early 70's
The first had a Porsche 917, I think a 917/10, body was in white plastic which was quite flexible. Open cockpit and moulded vents on front wheel arches. The chassis was brass with either a side or angle winder layout. Came as a complete RTR model.

The second was I think by Parma it was a pressed steel one piece chassis and had an inline motor. From memory the front and read axle mounts were'nt that wide, I the sides of one and fitted it with a lotus wedge shaped Indi 500 body. The chassis took a vac body which was held in place buy 2 metal bars which were 'S' shaped at each end.

Sorry no photos to help

Not a lot to go on I know
 

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Actually, plenty to go on...

That Porsche sounds like the AJ's/Twinn-K model that was actually made somewhere in Scandanavia (Norway?)... they were trying to launch a new 1/32 class in about 1974, but it never really took... They were anglewinders and there was also a plastic chassis version. Can't remember the actual name offhand. Think the other car was a CanAm McLaren.

The second one sounds like one of the standard Parma 1/32 cars, perhaps a "Womp-Womp", which was 1/32 but had wide front and rear tracks, with huge sponge tires - a very popular low-cost class for commercial racing at the time. But I think they also did some steel chassied home cars, which might have been the ones you had...

Don

PS: moved this to Vintage, since we're talking about old cars.
 

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The second car could also be one of the ex-Russkit RTR models using the Rattler chassis, that used the Russkit body clips that were later used on all the subsequent Parma cars. When the first batch of brass chassis was exhausted, Ken MacDowell had a batch made in zinc-plated steel. The bodies were that of an SCCA open-cockpit Corvette and the McKee "wedge" Can-Am car. The early cars used the Russkit 27 motor with the five vent slots. The last ones received a Parma body of a "Lotus" type 72 F1 car.
 

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Thanks for the info Guys.
The picture of the AJS looks spot on.
Found a picture of a Parma Womp-Womp and again spot on.
I used the AJS and 2 Parmas at our school racing club, The AJS was used on Monday open racing, any type of car and lots of beginners so the flexible body was good when you got knocked of and the chassis was strong.
I used the Parmas on the Wednesday meetings, we had 3 classes, 1/32 open wheel, 1/32 closed wheel and 1/24th. One Parma was used with a Porsche 917 Vac body . The other chassis was cut down and fitted with a Lotus 56 and use in the open wheel class as most other cars were Scalextric and a few airfix the Parma was just about unbeatable.
In the 1/24th scale I used the Mclaren posted already in this section. As the track was 3 lane each with its own transformer but limited power the 1/24th cars motors keep tripping the transformer cutouts. I fitted the car with the motor from one of the Parmas and never tripped the power. A case of 1 tortoise and 2 hares and the tortoise won nearly every time (You can't win if you're not moving).

Would love to get hold of them again.

Did Anyone else here go to Cecil Jones?
 
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