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Pro Racing In The Sixties

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In the collection of cars legated by Bruce Paschal to the Marconi Foundation for Kids Museum in Tustin, California, is this beautifully 1967 car built by Terry Schmid, then a member of Team Checkpoint in the USA. The car has been partially restored (actually just cleaned up) and a Champion mill has been temporarily installed, as the original motor is being restored.

Exquisite workmanship and clear thinking abounds, like these axle washers to lower the friction of the front wheels while cornering.

Lubrication holes on the rear axle bearings for quick pit stops.

Looking at this car and comparing to the immense piles of amateur hand-built garbage from the same period often seen on E-pay, one understands why these guys DID get the magazines attention then: like Pete Hagenbuch, Dick Dobson and Gene Wallingford in the midwest, they were the best.

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Beautiful car, much appreciated, Mr P. Always a few tricks still to learn from the old masters....
'Never live up to the standards of the past? People whose standards we'll never match?' Forgive the misquote, Mr P., but have you met my kids?
They beat me at everything already. I can retire peacefully knowing that the world will be a better place in their hands. If I can just suppress my frustration a little longer... Perhaps I should take up a hobby in which they have no interest whatsoever...

I hope no-one under the age of thirty is reading all this....
Fabulous work Mr P., and thanks for putting all these up... and putting up with all us wet liberals.

I'm slowly getting attuned to the subtle differences in these chassis- I dropped out just about 71-72 I guess. Your 'diamond' chassis- that's because of the diamond shaped front axle, I guess? And there was a substantial toe-in on those wheels, right? I couldn't quite make out the third rear axle bearing in the photo, but I'm intrigued about your comment on 'axle tramp'.
Neat drop arm hinge on that 612 chassis- any particular thinking on that?
Please go on with these, Monsieur; I'm hooked on these lovely pieces of engineering, and the more detailed the commentary, the happier I'll be.
Most grateful.
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