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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

 

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.

Newsletter May 13th, 2011

 

Happy Friday the 13th!

Take a couple of hours’ break from slot cars tonight and watch your favorite horror movie!

New items in stock

GMC05/2 Abarth 1000SP, painted body kit

GMC05/2 Abarth 1000SP, painted body kit – $109.99

GMC06/1 Porsche 907/6 #40, LeMans 1967, painted body kit

GMC06/1 Porsche 907/6 #40, LeMans 1967, painted body kit – $109.99

GMC06/8 Porsche 907 #41 LeMans 1967 RTR

GMC06/8 Porsche 907 #41 LeMans 1967 RTR – $234.99

GMC06/9 Porsche 907/6 #41, LeMans 1967, painted body kit

GMC06/9 Porsche 907/6 #41, LeMans 1967, painted body kit – $129.99

GMC07 Ford J Car

GMC07 Ford J Car  RTR- $234.99

GMC07/1 Ford J Car painted body kit

GMC07/1 Ford J Car painted body kit – $109.99

Scalextric C3095 McLaren MP4-6, 1991, A. Senna

Scalextric C3095 McLaren MP4-6, 1991, A. Senna – $49.99

Slot Classic CJ36 Pegaso BE 2E "El Cangrejo"

Slot Classic CJ36 Pegaso BE 2E “El Cangrejo”  $295.95

BSR026R Ferrari 166 Abarth, #254 red RTR car

BSR026R Ferrari 166 Abarth, #254 red RTR car – $244.99

BSR027/1R Ferrari 166 Abarth, silver #28 RTR

BSR027/1R Ferrari 166 Abarth, silver #28 RTR – $244.99

BSR027/2R Ferrari 166 Abarth, silver #145 RTR – $244.99

BSR027/3R Ferrari 166 Abarth, silver #922 RTR – $244.99

BSR028/1 Lancia D20 #30 PAINTED BODY KIT

BSR028/1 Lancia D20 #30 PAINTED BODY KIT – $109.99

BSR028/2 Lancia D20 #31 PAINTED BODY KIT – $109.99

BSR028/3 Lancia D20 #32 PAINTED BODY KIT – $109.99

BSR028/4 Lancia D20 #63 PAINTED BODY KIT – $109.99

 

Projects in progress

McLaren M12

You may remember sometime back we showed you our project to put a 60s-vintage Aurora A-Jet 1/32 scale McLaren body on a much-modified Fly sidewinder chassis with wheels and tires from a Monogram Greenwood Corvette.  At that time it was in the primer stage.

Here’s where we are with it now:

As you can see we now have the car painted in its overall red with decals and some detail painting done. We have fabricated a set of “bigblock” injector stacks using axle spacers made for 1/24 scale commercial-track cars with 1/16″ front axles.  Still to come are a driver figure, more details including a roll bar and mirrors, more decals, additional detail painting, clear coating, and final assembly.  Rear tires are aftermarket silicones.

Super Cooper

Here’s a new one we have been working on.  This one started as a Monogram Cooper-Cobra. but we are turning it into heavily modified Cooper with flared fenders to cover wide wheels and tires from a Carrera Ferrari 512BB.

The model is intended to look like what might have resulted if somebody in the mid-60s had taken a late-production Cooper Monaco and stuffed in a big Chevrolet V8.  Of course, the car would need cooling, downforce, and wide rubber to go with all that horsepower.  A lot of cars were modified like this back then and used in pro racing, often followed by careers in SCCA club racing.  Many of these cars, the ones that survived, have been converted back to their original configurations for vintage racing.

Here’s a 3/4 front view.  Mean-looking, isn’t it?  It’s so ugly it’s beautiful.

Here we see where we are with this car and where we started.  More to come in future newsletters.

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.

Newsletter April 22nd, 2011

April 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

This week, we feature new cars from BSR and NSR. They’re very nice if I do say so myself… We also have a preview of avid slot racer, a skilled modeler, Electric Dreams customer, and a professional photographer’s Glenn Perry’s Slot Car photos. Next week, we will present a selection of his slot car photos.

New items in stock

BSR023/1P Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS 1961 PAINTED BODY KIT

BSR023/1P Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS 1961 PAINTED BODY KIT – $105.99

BSR023/2P Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS 1961 PAINTED BODY KIT - $105.99

BSR023/2P Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS 1961 PAINTED BODY KIT – $105.99

BSR023/3P Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS 1965 PAINTED BODY KIT

BSR023/3P Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS 1965 PAINTED BODY KIT – $105.99

BSR023/4P Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS 1961 PAINTED BODY KIT

BSR023/4P Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS 1961 PAINTED BODY KIT – $105.99

BSR026P Ferrari 166 Abarth, #254 red PAINTED BODY KIT

BSR026P Ferrari 166 Abarth, #254 red PAINTED BODY KIT – $105.99

BSR027P Ferrari 166 Abarth, silver PAINTED BODY KIT

BSR027P Ferrari 166 Abarth, silver PAINTED BODY KIT – $105.99

NSR 1073 Porsche 917 Kyalami, Gunston

NSR 1073 Porsche 917 Kyalami, Gunston. – $119.99

NSR 1076AW Corvette C6R GT2 red

NSR 1076AW Corvette C6R GT2 red – $110.99

NSR 1077AW Corvette C6R GT2 blue

NSR 1077AW Corvette C6R GT2 blue – $110.99

NSR 1079 Ford MkIV #4 blue

NSR 1079 Ford MkIV #4 blue – $119.99

Coming in next weeks newsletter

The Modeling and Photographic Art of Glenn Perry

Glenn Perry is an Electric Dreams customer who is an avid slot racer, a skilled modeler, and a professional photographer. Next week, we will present a selection of his slot car photos.  Here’s a preview:

 

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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