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Newsletter July 9th, 2013

July 9, 2013 by  
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New items in stock

BSR031/1 Ferrari 250GT Scaglietti #170

BSR031/1 Ferrari 250GT Scaglietti #170 – $214.99

BSR031/2 Ferrari 250GT Scaglietti #417

BSR031/2 Ferrari 250GT Scaglietti #417 – $214.99

Carrera 23785 Aston Martin DBR9, Digital124

Carrera 23785 Aston Martin DBR9, Digital124 – $77.49

Carrera 25197 Celebracers race set

Carrera 25197 Celebracers race set – $189.99.  The #50 Porsche 904 will be available this year only in this race set.

Carrera 25199 Rolling Thunder race set

Carrera 25199 Rolling Thunder race set – $189.99

Carrera 27433 Cobra roadster, kandy red/gold

Carrera 27433 Cobra roadster, kandy red/gold – $36.69

Carrera 30650 Cobra roadster, kandy red/gold, Digital 132 – $54.99

Carrera 30654 Porsche 917-30 CanAm, white #5, Digital 132

Carrera 30654 Porsche 917-30 CanAm, white #5, Digital 132 – $54.99

 

Pacific Northwest Historics, 2013

We trust that all our readers had a great 4th of July weekend.  One member of the Electric Dream Team spent part of the weekend at Pacific Raceways enjoying the 25th annual Pacific Northwest Historics vintage races.  Here are some of the photos he took there.

The event’s featured celebrity was racing legend and multiple LeMans winner Brian Redman.  Each day of the event he did a few exhibition laps in the #20 Porsche 917 driven by Steve McQueen in the film “LeMans”

Another famous Porsche on hand was Cameron Healey’s 908/3 which raced in this livery at the 1970 Targa Florio.

Another piece of racing history was this 1964 BRP-BRM Formula One car.   The engine is a 1.5 liter BRM V8.

Not all the interesting cars were on the race track.  Everywhere you looked there were also road cars of many makes and eras.

For those of you who may never have seen one, this is what the Tesla looks like.  We think the styling, as well as the car’s cutting-edge electric technology, has a lot to do with why it’s the only really successful all-electric car so far.

And from cutting edge to retro surfer/hippie chic, how about this 60s VW pickup truck?  Note the simple but effective air conditioning system.

And then there was this Datsun 510.  The round object is neither a rocket booster nor a forward-firing weapon but a sort of detachable air conditioning unit, more often seen on hot rods. Sort of one step up from the system on the VW pickup.

This is a genuine Yenko Stinger, one of several Corvairs seen in the Car Corral.

Here’s a car our man had never seen or heard of before.  It’s a Crusader sports-racing car.  Powered by an 1800cc VW engine, it was one of seven made in an attempt to create an inexpensive entry-level sports-racing class in SCCA racing along the lines of the very successful Formula Vees, of which Crusader was a leading constructor.  The company remains in business today.

No, this isn’t the 1966 LeMans winner, but it is a very nicely turned-out replica, one of two replica GT40s at the event.  There are several companies making these reproductions which are better in many ways than the original GT40s, at a fraction of the price of an original one.  Several owners of “real” GT40s have had replicas of their cars built so they can enjoy the driving fun without putting their multimillion-dollar historical icons at risk.

The big-bore production cars and sedans are always a high point of the PNW Historics, and they got a lot of track time each day.

Rick Stark, driver of this well-known small-block Corvette, celebrated his 50th anniversary season of sports car racing, almost all of it in Corvettes, by running up front in his race group.  He won a race on Friday and scored another win and a second place on Saturday.  For decades, Rick has been known as “Mr. Corvette” in the Northwest with many SCCA National wins and strong finishes in several TransAm races.

Stark’s main competition in the Saturday morning race was this indecently fast Ford Falcon owned and driven by longtime competitor Randy Dunphy.  This car regularly beats big block Corvettes as it did in finishing second to Stark.

This is the bigblock car that won the Saturday afternoon race.  It passed Stark’s smallblock near the end, using its straightline speed to win the drag race to the finish line.

This very appropriately painted bigblock coupe, owned and driven by vintage race car collector John Goodman, contended for the win in each of its races.

This is one fast vintage Camaro.  It carved its way from the back of the 28-car grid to 5th place in the 20-minute afternoon race, beaten only by four Corvettes that had started in the first four positions.  We love that shade of red paint.

The exhibition class is made up of newer cars and anything else that doesn’t fit into any of the other classes.  In this photo you can see a Formula Atlantic, a tube-frame IMSA Corvette, a Formula 5000 car and an early one-off CanAm car.

The tube-frame Corvette is a Protofab car that won the GTO class in the 1988 12 Hours of Sebring.  It’s the latest addition to John Goodman’s collection.

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

 

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Slot car technical information and advice:  support@electricdreams.com

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El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

Newsletter June 8th, 2012

June 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2012

New items in stock

This has been one of those weeks in which all kinds of cool new stuff comes flooding in.  Here it is…

BSR018/3P Ferrari 250GT, white, painted body kit

BSR018/3P Ferrari 250GT, white, painted body kit – $89.99

BSR018/3R Ferrari 250GT RTR – $215.99

BSR032/1P Ferrari 166, Pescara 1948, painted KIT

BSR032/1P Ferrari 166, Pescara 1948, painted KIT – $91.99

BSR032/1R Ferrari 166, Pescara 1948, RTR – $215.99

BSR032/2P Ferrari 166, Mille Miglia, painted KIT

BSR032/2P Ferrari 166, Mille Miglia, painted KIT – $91.99

BSR032/2R Ferrari 166, Mille Miglia 1948, RTR – $215.99

Ninco 20159 Four Lane Pro Set - no cars

Ninco 20159 Four Lane Pro Set – no cars – $689.99

Ninco 50540 Lotus Exige rally car, Vallejo

Ninco 50540 Lotus Exige rally car, Vallejo – $69.99

Ninco 50578 Mercedes SLS GT3 Lightning

Ninco 50578 Mercedes SLS GT3 Lightning “Viage” – $84.99

Ninco 50597 Audi R8 GT3 Lightning "Total"

Ninco 50597 Audi R8 GT3 Lightning “Total” – $84.99

Ninco 50598 Citroen C4 Lightning, "Novikov"

Ninco 50598 Citroen C4 Lightning, “Novikov” – $84.99

Ninco 50599 Jaguar E-type (XKE) roadster, green

Ninco 50599 Jaguar E-type (XKE) roadster, green – $79.99

Ninco 50601 Porsche 550 Spyder, red

Ninco 50601 Porsche 550 Spyder, red – $79.99

Ninco 55044 Mustang FR500 "DHL"

Ninco 55044 Mustang FR500 “DHL” – $57.99

Ninco 55053 Mercedes SLS GT3 Team Holland

Ninco 55053 Mercedes SLS GT3 Team Holland – $54.99

NSR 1094AW Audi R8 GT, Playstation

NSR 1094AW Audi R8 GT, Playstation – $101.99

NSR 1099AW Porsche 997 Coca Cola

NSR 1099AW Porsche 997 Coca Cola – $101.99

NSR 1106IL Audi R18 #1

NSR 1106IL Audi R18 #1 – $101.99

NSR 1109SW Ford P68 (F3L), silver #6

NSR 1109SW Ford P68 (F3L), silver #6 – $101.99

Scalextric C1286T Start Grid 24 race set

Scalextric C1286T Start Grid 24 race set – $109.99

Scalextric C1287T Start Rally Champions race set

Scalextric C1287T Start Rally Champions race set – $129.99

Scalextric C3294 Mercedes SLR GT, Linfox

Scalextric C3294 Mercedes SLR GT, Linfox – $52.99

Scalextric C3302 Classic Mini Cooper S, Bob Holden

Scalextric C3302 Classic Mini Cooper S, Bob Holden – $52.99

Sebring Chassis Jaguar kitbash

Here’s a very simple conversion project for anyone wanting to try kitbashing for the first time.  It’s an old Revell Highway Pioneers Jaguar XK120 body mounted on a completely box-stock Sebring running chassis from a Monogram Cooper-Ford.  The Jag body is long out of production but examples of it turn up frequently on eBay.  This project, however, illustrates the ease of adapting the Sebring chassis to almost any body you need a simple, inexpensive, and adjustable chassis for.

We chose the Sebring chassis as used in the Monogram Cooper-Ford because it comes with a set of early 60s wheels that look just perfect with the Jaguar body and are very similar, if not identical, to wheels that were used on Jaguars and other production sports cars in SCCA competition in the 60s.  In addition, the width through the wheels and tires was a perfect match for the Jaguar shell, which had had the original skirted rear fenders opened up.  MRRC and Monogram cars that use the Sebring chassis come with quite a variety of different wheels as used on the various cars being modeled.  You can select as a donor car the one that has the wheels you are looking for or you can buy the complete running chassis without a body and put inserts of your choice into the plain disc wheels or use other wheels and tires completely.

You can see in this photo that the chassis needed only to haver its wheelbase adjusted longer to fit the Jaguar body.  To do that we had to remove the two plastic chassis inserts, shown to the left of the chassis, that held the wheelbase to the length needed for the Cooper model.

Here you see the body mounts we made from styrene sheet and tube, available at almost any local hobby shop under the name of Evergreen or Plastruct.  As the car stands right now we could mount the body, put it on the track, and run it, but of course we are going to restore the body with a new paint job, decals, interior, and detail parts, which we will show you in a future newsletter.  Getting the car to this point only took a couple of hours.  Depending on how much paint and detail work you want to do you can easily have a car ready to race on your track in an afternoon.

Roy Salvadori and Cotton Owens

A couple of issues ago we devoted this entire newsletter to a tribute to Carroll Shelby.  Now comes word of the passing of Roy Salvadori, Shelby’s driving partner in his 1959 LeMans victory.  Salvadori also competed in Formula One from 1952 through 1962 and managed the Cooper F1 team in 1966-67.  The drivers whose exploits we followed so avidly in our youth are getting fewer and fewer, but their achievements live on in our memory.  Rest in peace, Roy.

We also note that Cotton Owens, who had a long NASCAR career as a driver and a car builder and was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, passed away recently.  He, too will be missed.

E-mail matters

We have had several instances lately in which we have replied to a customer’s e-mail message and the e-mail system has been unable to deliver the message as addressed.  This is almost always the result of the return e-mail address being somehow invalid or not accepted by the system.  It is our policy to reply to all e-mails we receive within 1 business day, usually sooner.  If you have sent an e-mail message to our sales department (shop@electricdreams.com) or to our technical support department (support@electricdreams.com) and have not received a reply please call us at 310-676-7600 so we can resolve the e-mail problem and maintain reliable e-mail communication with you.  Thanks!

 

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

Free shipping

Slot car technical information and advice: support@electricdreams.com

Our warehouse is open to walk-in customers Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.  Next time you’re in the greater Los Angeles area stop by and see us at:

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

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