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You may be wondering why a guy in Houston Texas has been waiting for Hunter for years...

I grew up near High Wycombe. I came out here in '98, started 1/32 slot car racing as soon as I could. I owned 6 Hunters, or other variants of the Rootes Arrow series. I am on a mission to build cars my family owned into slot cars. Some are easy: MG1300, MGB, Spitfire, Imp, 2CV. Others are tougher: Ginetta G33, '66 Lincoln Continental, GT6, Bond Equipe, Scimitar GTE, and until now, the Hillman Hunter/Humber Sceptre/Singer Gazelle/Sunbeam Arrow.

Anyway, I got introduced over the net to this guy Chris who makes resin shells of some of these unusual ordinary cars:

60's cars

SO if anyone is looking to make a Marina, or Toledo, or a Dolly Sprint, check him out. I don't have any connections to this guy, in fcat I guess he is a competitor, but I like what he does, and he lives in High Wycombe! Small World!
 

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Wow, A hillman Hunter! I used to play Bass in a band and our Guitarist used to have a hillman hunter, All four band members could fit in with the drum kit and amps strapped to the roof. Many late evenings after gigs were spent pushing the damn thing along trying to get the engine to turn over. That was when I lived in Surrey though... I now live in High Wycombe!

Sorry totally off topic, But I had to share my irrelevant coincidances.




(russ, where abouts nr Wycombe did you live?)
 

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Hi Russ

The Hunters were great cars until the tops of the struts rusted!....A model of the London/Sydney car would be nice.

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Alan
 

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The strut tops never seemed a huge problem in the one I've had experiance with - the main issue was dodgy trim (door handles would fall off etc.) and the damn engine.
 

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Ah, another plug for Chris!

And what a nice site! Who built dat den?
 

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Wankel - Hi mate! Did you build Chris' site then? It's nice, and I like what he is doing. There is a definite need for someone to be doing these cars, and not just other obscure stuff (Pegaso BiSiluro for example).

Goldfish - I moved to Bledlow Ridge when I was about 2 or 3, stayed there till I was about 18, went to college, Mum moved to Sprigs Alley (between Bledlow Ridge and Chinnor) so I guess that was home. Lived a bit in Marlow, Reading and Sonning Common before coming out to the States in late 96. Went to school at John Hampden.

Strut Tops - Not a problem when you are trying to make a fast Hunter! I welded repair panels on top of the existing ones to strengthen them for harder suspension. I used stiffer springs at the front, Estae springs with extra clamps at the back, and Spax all round. I used minilites (per the race version). I had a roll cageg made for the car and welded in, and a pair of seats that came out of works Imp. The cars was seam welded and had sheet steel welded in where the back seat was as a firewall. Battery was inside the car as were fuel and brake lines. The engine had a Holbay head, hollow pushrods, lightened and balanced crank/flywheel, Holbay one piece tuned length exhaust manifold, and 40DCOE webers. The car wasn't fast like the RS Escorts, but it wasn't bad, and it was a great drive, super-predictable. It was going to be a replica of the no75 car, but I left it behind and it rotted while no one looked after it, and then I sold all the bits. I have a 97 Vette now so 350BHP, 0-60 in 4.7 and 175mph top end effectively eliminates the need for an old banger!

Anyway, loved the Hunter series, and I owned a long string of them....
 

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Wait up, you went to John Hampden? Ditto. Are you related to Scale Auto Something-or-rather?

Chris. Yes, I did the original of his site.
 

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We were often punished by having to travel in an uncles Hillman Vogue.

Not the worst punishment - except it was a 1970'ish modelin dire need of repair and rebuilding - and I am talking about being dragged around in it in 1982


The all time least favourite outings though, were in my aunts 1964 Beetle.. me, my sister, mum, 2 cousins and aunt. 1100cc of brute force and rear brakes that needed to be doused with water after they would seize up a couple times a day...


By far the most robust of the odd balls was a friends mum's Ford Anglia... that thing even survived 2 generations of learner drivers. It would not die - no matter how badly we all abused it.
 

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'64 Beetle? Double bass, two guitars, fiddle, mandolin, driver+ three musicians trying to make a living. Terminal neck cramp a disadvantage on stage. I think we inadvertently invented the shoegazing trend, lately adopted by whinging young grunge bands.
 

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W.Ickx - Yes, and still a member of JHOBA! I left in ....er.....81 or 82

I am co-owner of Scale Auto Racing which is probably the biggest shop in town. Also founded HSARC which is probably one of the biggest clubs over here. Doing what I can to spread the word


How do you know Chris? Are you a basement dweller or did you race anywhere (Hurley etc)?

Paul - 1970 Vogue was the Arrows series, like the Hillman Hunter. Unlike the Hunter the Vogue only came with the 1725cc motor I believe, whereas you could get the Hunter in 1500 or 1725cc....
 

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Russ, it seems strange to me why you would question why anyone would make a model of a Hillman Hunter? I mean after all what did it achieve in the world of cult status? Yes I know it won the London-Syndey marathon, and I did see the said car do couple of laps at Silverstone before the '69 British GP. However I still own a car that as far as I know has never been made in 32nd scale as a slot car or body and has a huge following............................a '57 Chevrolet!
 

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Hi Lobster,

Which 57 Chevvy?

Its not about cult, in fact the very fact that it isn't cult is part of the attraction!

My main thing right now is trying to build slotcars of cars owned by me and my family. Whey Hunters? My first car was a Simca 1100, but it was horrible other than as a learner car. My next car my grandad gave me - a Hunter 1500GL Estate, GRD975L, dark green. It was a great car till some bimbo in am Escort ragtop smashed into it. I was very proud of the car. Grandad dug out the owners manual and sent it to me. he died before I got it. Inside there was a message from him. Been a Rootes fan since then. Owned something like 4 Hunters, and three Humber Sceptres.

Part of slot racing for me is fantasy. I ran my Hunter at Castle Combe a few times, but other than that didn't get to race much. I slot to race the cars I want to race. I wanted the C5 vette, but not as badly. I've driven my C5 fast, its not the same, trying to recover my youth maybe? Midlife crisis maybe?

Thing about the yank-tanks is that the US market is only just opening. And great though some of these cars are, the Europeans who love them are a small group too. I used to go to US car meets with my brother who had a 66 Lincoln Continental (try that on small Bucks roads or at Castle Combe!!!). They were a lot smaller than a Rootes Group meet...And neither were anything close to the MG meets!!! And we haven't had one of those in slot version either!

Anyway, a few weirdos who like odd cars make the world a little more interesting!

BTW the Hunter is still in production......
 

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Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! :curled up in foetal position:

Hillman 8loody Hunter. I had an Estate version fitted with the twin carb motor out of a wrecked GT (and the wood dash). Worst car I ever owned, no, come to think of it the GT was the worst car I ever owned. Can't for the life of me remember why I bought the estate....I hated that stupid lame oil guzzling fire catching excuse for a motor.

I do remember swapping it for a refrigerator.


Whew, sorry for the rant there guys, seeing a slot version of that thing provoked a psychotic flashback.

BTW, Chrysler Australia imported those ....things.... GT's, 660 Royals and there was even a Hustler variant for the young people.......



Cheers

Steve
 

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Steve, thats a real shame!
Seeing a slot car version just makes me smile. My expiriences were pretty good (then again I was mainly a passenger, who didn't worry about the day to day running of the thing, only drove it once or twice when fellow band mates had drunk too much). Admittedly, the situations wern't always funny at the time, but looking back - good old days!!!

 
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