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Newsletter October 13th, 2016

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Only at Electric Dreams

Exclusive double-discount Bargain prices on two popular Scalextric modern era GrandAm racecars.

 

Scalextric C3289 Camaro, GrandAm GT, 2011

1/32 scale slot car. Digital plug ready. Accepts C8515 plug-in digital chip. With working front and rear lights.

$52.99 $29.95

Save: 43% off

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Scalextric C3258 2009 Camaro, Sunoco (C)

1/32 scale slot car. Digital plug ready. Accepts C8515 plug-in digital chip. Super-resistant. Model of car raced by Stevenson Motorsports in the Continental Tire Series, 2009-10.

$42.99 $34.95

Save: 19% off

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New This Week

Want to see what’s new? Just keep reading…

Keep reading – or if you would rather just cut to the chase and see all our new products, click here to go to the shop.

The latest Sideways Group 5 car, the 1978 LeMans Porsche 935K2 is here now.

 

SW45 Porsche Kremer 935K2 Le Mans 1978, Ricoh

SW45 Porsche Kremer 935K2 Le Mans 1978, Ricoh.

$59.99

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Click Here to See All of this Week’s New Arrivals

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone: (310) 676-7600

Slot car technical information and help email:

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.

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

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Newsletter August 11th, 2016

August 16, 2016 by  
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Trans-Am super special! Two of the most popular Camaros are on sale now! Limit two per customer. No dealers.

 

Scalextric C3431 1970 Camaro, Tony DeLorenzo (C)

After leaving the Penske Racing team in 1968, Warren Agor formed Agor Racing Enterprises. As a race car owner, builder, and driver he set many track records and won numerous SCCA and IMSA races including the 25th Trans-Am race victory for the Chevrolet Camaro at Sanair International raceway in Canada (the only race track in the world with a name that sounds like the naming rights have been bought by a garbage collection company or a room deodorizer manufacturer). Agor, of Rochester, New York, bought the car from Marshall Robbins in late 1971. He changed the color to Hugger Orange and the number to 13. Hoselton Chevrolet sponsored the car for the three years that Agor drove it. At the time of his retirement from racing in 1973, he had accumulated more points than any then-active professional driver participating in the Trans-Am series. Agor now runs a company providing mobility solutions for the disabled.

Best Finishes for Warren Agor

1972 Lime Rock, 2nd: Bryar, 3rd: Mid-Ohio, 3rd

1973 Daytona, 2nd: Sanair, 1st: Road America, 2nd Fastest Trans-Am lap record of 2.25, 99 mph, which was held into the ‘80’s

$79.95 $39.95

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Scalextric C3431 1970 Camaro, Tony DeLorenzo (C)

1/32 scale slot car. Ready to run on all 1/32 scale non-digital slot car tracks. Digital plug ready. Accepts C8515 plug-in digital chip. Ready to run on all 1/32 and 1/24 scale non-digital tracks. Model of car driven by Tony DeLorenzo in the SCCA TransAm Championship.

$54.99 $39.95

Save: 27% off

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New This Week

Want to see what’s new? Just keep reading…

Keep reading – or if you would rather just cut to the chase and see all our new products, click here to go to the shop.

Eight new high-performance cars from ScaleAuto with the new “R” chassis (anglewinder motors in a pod chassis) have just arrived so you can order yours now!

 

Scale Auto SC6032R BMW Z4GT3 ‘Crowne Plaza’

New RT3 chassis. Use Scaleauto RT and RT2 motorpods, also can be used with the latest Slot.It and NSR motorpods.
Sidewinder SC-0008b motor, 20,000 rpm and 216 g/cm torque at 12 volts.
Gearing is 12 x 32.
Aluminum wheels at the back, plastic on front.
Adjustable front axle height and the guide can be adjusted for both depth and position.

$74.99

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Scale Auto SC6035R DeTomaso Pantera Group 3 No.7

Scaleauto SC-6035R DeTomaso Pantera Gr.3 #7 Beurlys Inter Auto entry, Le Mans ?
New RT3 chassis. Use Scaleauto RT and RT2 motorpods, also can be used with the latest Slot.It and NSR motorpods.

Sidewinder SC-0008b motor, 20,000 rpm and 216 g/cm torque at 12 volts.

Gearing is 12 x 32.

Aluminum wheels at the back, plastic on front.

Adjustable front axle height and the guide can be adjusted for both depth and position.

$74.99

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Scale Auto SC6036R ST Viper No.93 (silver and yellow)

SC-6036R SRT Motorsport Team Viper GTSR #93
Marc Goosens and Tommy Kendall drove in the Mid Ohio round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series.

New RT3 chassis. Use Scaleauto RT and RT2 motorpods, also can be used with the latest Slot.It and NSR motorpods.

Sidewinder SC-0008b motor, 20,000 rpm and 216 g/cm torque at 12 volts.

Gearing is 12 x 32.

Aluminum wheels at the back, plastic on front.

Adjustable front axle height and the guide can be adjusted for both depth and position.

$74.99

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Scale Auto SC6037R ST Viper No.91 ‘Forza Motorsport’

Scale Auto SC6037R SRT Viper GTSR #91 Forza Motorsport

Kuno Wittmer and Dominik Farnbacher drove in the Mid Ohio round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series.

New RT3 chassis. Use Scaleauto RT and RT2 motorpods, also can be used with the latest Slot.It and NSR motorpods.

Sidewinder SC-0008b motor, 20,000 rpm and 216 g/cm torque at 12 volts.

Gearing is 12 x 32.

Aluminum wheels at the back, plastic on front.

Adjustable front axle height and the guide can be adjusted for both depth and position.

$74.99

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Scale Auto SC6038R ST Viper Presentation car (white with blue stripes)

Scale Auto SC6038R “R Series”1:32 scale SRT Viper GTS-R Presentation car. New RT3 chassis. Use Scaleauto RT and RT2 motorpods, also can be used with the latest Slot.It and NSR motorpods.

Sidewinder SC-0008b motor, 20,000 rpm and 216 g/cm torque at 12 volts.

Gearing is 12 x 32.

Aluminum wheels at the back, plastic on front.

Adjustable front axle height and the guide can be adjusted for both depth and position.

$74.99

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Scale Auto SC6070R BMW Z4 GT3 ‘Crowne Plaza’ black

New RT3 chassis. Use Scaleauto RT and RT2 motorpods, also can be used with the latest Slot.It and NSR motorpods.

Sidewinder SC-0008b motor, 20,000 rpm and 216 g/cm torque at 12 volts.

Gearing is 12 x 32.

Aluminum wheels at the back, plastic on front.

Adjustable front axle height and the guide can be adjusted for both depth and position.

$74.99

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Scale Auto SC6134 ST Viper white KIT with new R series chassis

SC6134 Scaleauto 1:32 scale Viper Kit with new R series chassis.

SRT Viper GTS-R White Racing Kit. Motor Sprinter-2 Anglewinder pod.

Model is shown assembled—this is an unpainted kit.

$59.99

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Scae Auto SC6135 Porsche 997 GT3 white KIT with new R series chassis

Scae Auto SC6135 Porsche 997 GT3 white KIT with new R series chassis

Model is an unpainted kit.

Comes with the new R Series chassis with anglewinder pod.

$59.99

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Seven new rugged and quick BRM 1/24 scale cars are in stock for immediate shipment.

 

BRM029 Sauber C9 Team Sauber Mercedes #62

BRM029 Sauber C9 Team Sauber Mercedes #62 Classified 5th in the 24 Hrs of Le Mans 1989.

$169.99

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BRM030 Sauber C9 Team Sauber Mercedes #61

BRM030 Sauber C9 – Team Sauber Mercedes #61 Classified 2nd in 24 Hrs of Le Mans 1989.

$169.99

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BRM049 Porsche 962C ‘Dunlop’ #17

BRM049 Porsche 962C DUNLOP #17 latest BRM with anglewinder chassis and S-033 black motor.

This car raced at the Norisring in 1987.

$169.99

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BRM049W Porsche 962C ‘Dunlop’ White #17 Special Edition

BRM049W Porsche 962C ‘Dunlop’ White #17 Special Edition.

Team Porsche AG – TEST CAR

$169.99

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BRM050 Porsche 962C ‘Dunlop’ #1

BRM050 Porsche 962C DUNLOP #1 Latest BRM production with the anglewinder chassis and S-033 black motor.

Special Edition very limited numbers. Nurburgring 1988.

$169.99

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BRM051 Porsche 962C #20 ‘Marlboro’ (Limited Edition)

BRM051 Porsche 962C #20 ‘Marlboro’ (Limited Edition).

$169.99

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BRM052 Porsche 962C #20 Team Davey (Black Edition)

BRM052 Porsche 962C #20 Team Davey (Black Edition).

$169.99

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Pre-order

New Cars Coming Soon

Two new NSR cars are now on their way. Pre-order yours so you are sure to get one.

 

NSR NSR0016SW Ford P68 #64 ‘Gulf’ “Tribute livery”—PRE-ORDER NOW!

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Ford P68 #64 “tribute” GULF livery – Includes 20,000 RPM Shark Motor Sidewinder with lightweight drilled aluminum setscrew wheels front & back, Lightweight drilled aluminum axle gear, brass pinion, traction magnet.

$87.99

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NSR NSR0019AW BMW Z4 Blancpain Endurance Series 2011—PRE-ORDER NOW!

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR BMW Z4 Black Presentation Blancpain Endurance Series 2011 Livery – Adjustable front axle ride height – Drop Arm type Guide Flag with Screw to Allow Fixed Position – Setscrew Aluminum wheels all around – Anglewinder Balanced King Motor 21,400 RPM & 350 g-cm Torque – Adjustable suspension motor pod – Heat treated axles – Machined bronze self lubricating bushings – Ultra smooth and quiet all metal gearing – Adjustable suspension motor pod – Clear Coat Finish for maximum durability and high gloss – Includes the EVO Chassis that will accept Inline / Anglewinder and Sidewinder Triangular motor pods.

$87.99

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Click Here to See All of this Week’s New Arrivals

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone: (310) 676-7600

Slot car technical information and help email:

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.

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

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Newsletter May 25th, 2012

Parts, parts, and more parts

Over the past week we have been adding a large number of new and reinstated items to or Scalextric parts selection, including many that were thought to be discontinued and gone forever.  Electric Dreams has the largest and most comprehensive selection of Scalextric factory replacement parts on the Internet.  These parts are not only essential to keeping your Scalextric cars in good repair, they are also a treasure trove of parts for the scratchbuilder and kitbasher, often offering just the part you need at low cost compared to many aftermarket items.  Here are some highlights from our Scalextric parts categories:

W10013 Chassis/front axle assembly for Ford Lotus Cortina

W10013 Chassis/front axle assembly for Ford Lotus Cortina – $12.99

W10014 Rear axle assembly for Ford Lotus Cortina - $6.99

W10014 Rear axle assembly for Ford Lotus Cortina – $6.99

Looking for a chassis, wheels, and tires to put under a small sedan or sports car body?  These parts for the Ford Cortina are just the right size for many such projects and the chassis is easy to stretch or shorten to fit the body of your choice.  If you just want wheels and tires buy two of the rear axle assembly, remove the gear from one of them. and you have a front and a rear axle assembly for your project.

W10208 Chassis with front axle assembly for C3219 1970 Camaro

W10208 Chassis with front axle assembly for C3219 1970 Camaro – $13.99

W10209 Rear axle assembly for C3219 1970 Camaro

W10209 Rear axle assembly for C3219 1970 Camaro – $7.99

W10210 Front air dam for C3219 1970 Camaro

W10210 Front air dam for C3219 1970 Camaro – $13.99

Do you need a chassis for a TransAm car kitbash? These 3 parts will give you a chassis, running gear, and front airdam that can be adapted to fit many TransAm car bodies.  We have many different TA car components with American Racing or Minilite wheels for 1969 and 70 Camaros and 1969 and 70 Mustangs.  Look for them in Scalextric Historic TransAm Parts. We also have detail parts like exhausts and fuel fillers for your TA car.  BTW, we now have 1970 Camaro air dams in both yellow and clear.

Scalextric C2451 1969 Camaro TransAm car, white

Scalextric C2451 1969 Camaro TransAm car, white – $42.99

And don’t forget that if you want everything in one package we have all white 1969 Mustangs and Camaros, 1970 Camaros, and 40 other types of cars in plain white from several different manufacturers. Just remove the body and mount your own.  Look for them in All-white Slot Cars, all Manufacturers.  By the way, most cars from the classic TransAm era (1966 to 1972) have the same wheelbase or very close to it, so using any of these production TA chassis under your static kit or resin TA body is an easy conversion.  Here’s one we did…

This is a Revell snap kit 1967 Camaro on a Scalextric 1969 Camaro chassis with 5-spoke mag wheels from a Scalextric L88 Corvette.  The wheelbase was a perfect fit and the chassis needed only some minor trimming at the front and rear.

W10050 Body, decorated, for C3012 Eagle F1

W10050 Body, decorated, for C3012 Eagle F1 – $21.99

Would you like a truly gorgeous 60s F1 body to put on your scratchbuilt chassis at a fraction of the cost of resin body kits?  Here’s a complete Eagle F1 car body with all the detail parts on it.  All you need is a driver figure to complete the build.

And speaking of driver figures…

We have 47 driver figures in stock in 1/32, 1/24, and even a couple in 1/43 scale, everything from full-length figures to “head, shoulders and arms” figures to heads in every kind of helmet.  You can mix and match body parts to make the perfect driver for your car, whether you want a sexy girl for a road car, a 50s GP driver, or one decked out in all the latest safety gear. What a great way ti indulge your inner Frankenstein!

W8740 Driver figure for F1 car, blue uniform, multicolor helmet

W8740 Driver figure for F1 car, blue uniform, multicolor helmet – $3.99.

We have the Scalextric F1 driver in 12 different color combinations.  why paint when you can buy one already painted?  Find them in Driver Figures, all Manufacturers.

Do you race plastic-chassis sidewinder cars?  would you like a better gear mesh without spending a fortune on high-end aftermarket gears? Then here are two parts you should never be without.

W8200 Sidewinder pinion gears, 11t, plastic, pk. of 4

W8200 Sidewinder pinion gears, 11t, plastic, pk. of 4 – $3.99

W8201 Spur gear for sidewinder cars, 36t, pk. of 5

W8201 Spur gear for sidewinder cars, 36t, pk. of 5 – $4.99

For $2 a car you can use these gears to give most Fly, Spirit, Pioneer, and other plastic-gear sidewinder cars a smoother, quieter gear mesh.  Try it before you spend the money on much more expensive gears.

This is just a tiny sampling of our Scalextric parts selection, not to mention our huge inventory of other manufacturers’ original parts plus aftermarket parts for all performance levels.  It is truly amazing what you can do with a scratchbuild or kitbash project today using readily available parts, not to mention improving the performance of your RTR cars.  No matter what you need in the way of parts Electric Dreams is your 1/32 scale parts headquarters, and w have a growing selection of 1/24 and 1/43 scale parts, too.

Lola T70 Project

You’ll recall from an issue or two back that we took a couple of heavily used Fly Lola T70 cars apart and removed the paint from the bodies quickly and easily by soaking them in denatured alcohol.  We used one of them to test a new paint line we were considering but that didn’t work out.  We couldn’t just let the cars sit there in pieces so we repainted the bodies anyway.  And since a smart new paint job deserves a good-running chassis to ride on we decided to give the cars’ chassis a few quick and easy upgrades. And here’s where we are now:

We now have two painted and decalled bodies and two chassis awaiting just lead wires and braid to be ready to run.  The chassis will be ready by the time we have finished with adding detail parts and interiors to the bodies.

A closeup of the chassis shows the upgrades we’ve made.  We replaced the stock motor with a Pioneer 21,000 RPM unit and replaced the original Fly gears with Scalextric ones, as described above.  We modified the Fly motor pod to accept a neodymium bar magnet in place of the original cylindrical magnet.  This gives magnetic downforce over more of the car’s width, providing more than adequate downforce with much better drivability.  We’ve done this same magnet mod to a lot of Fly pod cars ad the results are always a big improvement for racing on plastic track.  To complete the package we replaced the stock rear tires with silicones.

Next: Final assembly and testing.

Electric Dreams WILL be open on Monday May 28!  If you have the day off and live in the Los Angeles area, come and see us.

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

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 September 2nd, 2011

September 2, 2011 by  
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This week features a slew of cool new cars from AMT/Polar Lights Slot Cars and Racer! There are a few really nice slot car kits from AMT/Polar Lights featuring an awesome DYI kit for the one and only original Bat Mobile (and the Green Hornet’s car too). New in stock this week, we have new cars and Race sets from NSR and Scalextric. Come on in and browse around… Enjoy!

Just announced

AMT 743 2006 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 743 2006 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

AMT 745 1966 Chevy Nova 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 745 1966 Chevy Nova 1/24 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

POL 824 Batmobile (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT

POL 824 Batmobile (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

POL 884 Green Hornet (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT

POL 884 Green Hornet (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

Racer SL05MB Ferrari 250 GTO metallic blue

Racer SL05MB Ferrari 250 GTO metallic blue. Preorder now – $179.99

Racer SL07 Ferrari 250 GTO, Laguna Seca 1963

Racer SL07 Ferrari 250 GTO, Laguna Seca 1963. Preorder now! – $179.99

On the way to us now from Scalextric

Scalextric C3217 BMW 320Si.

Scalextric C3217 BMW 320Si. Preorder now! – $49.99

New items in stock

NSR 04-#1 Ford MkIV 1967 LeMans winner

NSR 04-#1 Ford MkIV 1967 LeMans winner – $137.99

NSR 04-#2 Ford MkII 1966 LeMans winner

NSR 04-#2 Ford MkII 1966 LeMans winner – $137.99

These two cars have been made available as separate items by breaking up a limited number of the 2-car Ford LeMans winners sets.  These cars come in plain cardboard boxes.

NSR 1033 Porsche 917 white kit

NSR 1033 Porsche 917 white kit – $93.99

NSR 1056 Porsche 917 Gulf #20

NSR 1056 Porsche 917 Gulf #20 – $106.99

Scalextric C3223 Dodge Charger R/T, plain white - $42.99

Scalextric C3223 Dodge Charger R/T, plain white – $42.99

Scalextric C1252T Pro Racers race set

Scalextric C1252T Pro Racers race set – $159.99

 

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 June 24th, 2011

June 24, 2011 by  
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Coming soon from Cartrix

Cartrix 0936 Vanwall F1 #6, 1956

Cartrix 0936 Vanwall F1 #6, 1956. Preorder now! – $89.99

Cartrix 0966 Ferrari-Lancia D50 F1

Cartrix 0966 Ferrari-Lancia D50 F1. Preorder now! – $89.99

Coming soon from Fly

Fly F20101 Porsche 908/2, 69 Targa Florio winner

Fly F20101 Porsche 908/2, 69 Targa Florio winner. Price TBA, but at least it’s coming, which means Fly is back in business in some form or other, at least temporarily.

New Items in stock

Scalextric C3146 Mercedes GP Petronas 2010

Scalextric C3146 Mercedes GP Petronas 2010, Michael Schumacher – $49.99

Scalextric C3147 Mercedes GP Petronas 2010

Scalextric C3147 Mercedes GP Petronas 2010, Nico Rosberg – $49.99

Scalextric C3148A Mercedes F1 Michael Schumacher

Scalextric C3148A Mercedes F1 Michael Schumacher, limited edition. – $69.99

Scalextric C3156 Ford RS200, 1986

Scalextric C3156 Ford RS200, 1986 – $49.99

Scalextric C3164 START pro racing twin pack

Scalextric C3164 START pro racing twin pack – $44.99

Project in progress

McLaren M12

We’re almost there with our McLaren M12.  Just a few details left to add, including mirrors and exhausts, and some detail painting, mostly on the driver.

This, you may recall, is what we started with – a vintage Aurora body made around 1970.

And this is the chassis we’ve made for it, a modified Fly Joest-Porsche chassis with a magnet upgrade and Monogram Greenwood corvette wheels and tires.

Look for a complete project recap and wrapup, coming soon in Electric Dreams News.  Yes, we know we need to fix the Coca Cola decal on the right side.

New project in progress

This is going to be a 2011 Camaro TransAm car made from a Carrera Camaro concept car body shortened to fit a Scalextric Jaguar TransAm chassis and interior.  More on this project in coming issues of the newsletter.

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.

American Iron Track Test

May 30, 2010 by  
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It looks like 2010 is very much the Year of the American Car, with TransAm, SCCA, and CanAm cars, along with the usual crop of NASCARs, coming from several different manufacturers.  The classic TransAm category is rapidly heating up with new cars from SCX and Pioneer arriving to challenge Scalextric’s Mustangs and Camaros.  The new arrivals raise the question:  Who makes the best-performing classic TA car?  There are reviews and web site postings on the subject popping up all over the Internet, but we decided to test the cars for ourselves and pass our findings on to you.

The two main subjects of our test are the two newcomers to the field, the SCX  1970 Barracuda and the Pioneer 1967/68 Mustang.  For comparison purposes we added a well-broken in Scalextric 1969 Camaro equipped with Indy Grips 1009 silicone tires but otherwise box-stock.  As usual, we conducted the test on our 58-foot Scalextric sport layout with a single stock power supply per lane and Parma 45-ohm controllers.  We use this particular combination because it most closely reflects what a large number of our customers are racing on.  We keep our track scrupulously clean because that is the only way to maintain uniform track conditions for our tests.  We know that some tires gain grip as the track surface “rubbers in” but there is no way to maintain a uniform standard for that so we just stick with a clean surface.  For that reason, depending on the state of your track your results may vary, but we believe our testing provides a useful guide to the relative capabilities of the cars tested.

We lubed all the cars, gave each one an untimed test run to check for proper operation, and followed it with adjustments and break-in as needed.  Both the Cuda and the Mustang broke in quickly and without drama, neither showing any problems such as binding, misalignment, or electrical issues.  With all cars ready to go we began the test. At each stage of testing we ran each car until we were satisfied that we had extracted from it all the available speed.

The Camaro registered 290 on our Magnet Marshal, right about average for Scalextric TA cars we have tested.  With the Indy Grips it returned best lap times of 5.161, 5.235, and 5.238 on our DS timing and scoring system. These are competitive times in TA racing on our track.  We considered this a good benchmark for testing the SCX and Pioneer cars.

We ran the Cuda first in out-of-the-box trim with unsanded stock tires and a Magnet Marshal reading of 242.  The result was best lap times of 6.885 sec., 6.899, and 6.999 as recorded in our DS system’s memory.  We then sanded the stock SCX tires just enough to remove the tread pattern and turn the tires into slicks.  The sanding decreased the rear tire diameter enough to bump the MM reading up to 272 grams.  The lap times improved to 5.819, 5.975, and 6.125.

Next we swapped the stock tires for a set of Maxxtrac M9s. These are the tires made for the SCX NASCARs but they fit the Barracudas, too.  They are a little larger in diameter than the stock tires and took the MM reading back down to 245.  The lap times came in at 5.453, 5.475, and 5.686.

After the Maxxtracs we tried a set of Ortmann 28Ls.  These are the same tires Ortmann recommends for Scalextric TAs and they will also fit the Pioneer cars.  On the unsanded Ortmanns the Cuda showed an MM reading 290 (identical to the Scalextric Camaro’s) and lap times of 5.587, 5.607, and 5.620.  We then sanded the Ortmanns, again just enough to take all the tread off.  The MM reading went to 298 and the lap times came down to 5.039, 5.050, and 5.062.

We got to wondering what the Maxxtracs would have done if their diameter were a bit smaller to get the MM reading up.  Maxxtracs are not sandable, but SCX cars have an adjustable magnet.  It’s held into the bottom of the chassis with two screws, and you can increase the magnetic downforce to just about any figure you want simply by loosening them.  We reinstalled the Maxxtracs, backed out the screws a couple of turns, and saw a monstrous 448 on the Magnet Marshal.  That yielded a best lap time of 5.331 seconds, but the Cuda, slowest in a straight line to begin with, was bogged down to the point where it essentially didn’t need to be driven and was losing on the straights what it gained in the corners.  We tightened the screws partway and got an MM reading of 330 and a lap time of 5.298.  That was better, but the motor was still straining to shove the car down the straight.  We tightened the screws a bit more and got 298 on the MM, the same as with the Ortmanns.  That produced an identical 5,298 lap, but the car seemed a lot livelier and faster on the straights.  So, the Cuda finished its testing with an overall best time of  5.039, which would be right in the competitive ballpark in a TA race on our track for cars with a 300-gram MM limit.

Then it was the Pioneer Mustang’s turn.  In out-of-the-box trim, with an MM figure of 271, it recorded best lap times of  5.099, 5.138, and 5.224.  It was easily the quickest car in a straight line.  Then we sanded the stock tires.  The MM reading went to 279 and the lap times fell to 4.870, 4.970, and 4.984.  The car felt impressively quick and drivable, like a non-magnet car with very high limits.  At that point the Mustang was already comfortably fastest of the three, and time was pressing, so we concluded the test, perhaps to return to testing of the Pioneer car on alternate tires at a later date.

So, here are the fastest times for the three cars:

Scalextric 1969 Camaro:  5.161 sec. (box-stock with Indy Grips 1009s, MM reading of 290)

SCX 1970 Barracuda: 5.039 on sanded Ortmann 28L tires.  MM reading of 298, magnet in full up position)

Pioneer 1967/68 Mustang: 4.870 on sanded stock tires. MM reading of 279.

We will refrain from drawing conclusions here.  We’ll let the figures speak for themselves and allow you to draw your own.  We will say, however, that anyone who wants to equalize these cars for racing on a home track should be able to do so without too much trouble by adjusting magnets and trying different tires.  These are all well-made cars that look good on the track together, and there are undoubtedly more different ones to come.  Pioneer, in fact, has already announced a 67/68 Camaro and its own 70 Barracuda for future release and we don’t think it will be long before the rest of the classic TransAm cast is filled in by one manufacturer or another.  It looks like the category has a very interesting future.  And as we said above, your results may vary.

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Fly Ferrari GTO Roadster

October 2, 2009 by  
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Fly Ferrari GTO Roadster Final Report

It’s finished! It really is!

We would love to see this in 1:1 scale diving through the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca or powering up the hill toward start-finish at Road America. We can just imagine the Ferrari V12 wail amid all the rumbling Ford and Chevy V8s. We could imagine it at the Pebble Beach Concours with pride of place as the rarest and most desirable Ferrari of all time. That’s one of the truly cool things about the slot car hobby — you can build and race cars that never existed but should have.  We had so much fun creating this “phantom” car that we have even written a unique history for it. It isn’t true but it could have been. First, however, a recap of the project. We built this car to the Slot Car Challenge 1 rules, starting with a Fly E1801 250 GTO as specified. Here’s a list of the performance mods we did to it:

  • Fly B243 and B244 front and rear wheels and front tires. $13.98 for both. We retained the stock rear axle, bushings, and crown gear.
  • Indy Grips IG1308 tires on the rear.  $4.50.
  • Slot It SICH07 guide.  $5.99.  This guide, made for wood tracks, is actually too big for Scalextric track, but using it allowed us to trim the blade down to take maximum advantage of the Scalextric Sport slot’s full width and depth.
  • Scalextric W8475-2 traction magnet. $5.19.  As installed, the Scalextric magnet only delivers 264 grams of downforce vs. 352 for a stock Fly GTO with the original magnet.  The difference in downforce is due to the Scalextric magnet sitting higher in the chassis than the stock one. The advantage of the Scalextric magnet is that it provides downforce over more of the car’s width, making it more drivable.  The Scalextric magnet certainly could be moved lower to deliver comparable downforce, but it would require some carving on the chassis which we simply ran out of time to do.  Also, with the Scalextric magnet where it is the car is legal and very competitive for a local race series we can run it in, so we just decided to leave it as is.
  • Scale Auto SC006 motor. $14.79. We retained the GTO’s stock lead wires and drive shaft assembly.

Those parts, along with the $39.95 price of the car, bring the total cost to $84.40.  That wouldn’t have won the BFB prize, but the the car is great fun to drive. On our test track, with the same layout, power, and controllers as used on the official layout for Challenge 1, we got a 60 lap run out of the car and decided that was enough.  There is more development potential, especially if we lower the magnet, but it’s time to move on to other projects. Appearance-wise, the main thing we did, of course, was the coupe-to-roadster conversion.  This has been the most satisfying part of the project.  We are really pleased with the way it turned out and we think we have come very close to what a full-size GTO roadster would have looked like if Ferrari had ever built one.  But there’s much more to the car’s looks than just that.  We lowered the front of the body over the chassis to get the fenders snugged down over the smaller-diameter front wheels. On the stock GTO the body sits too high even for the original wheels and tires so as you can imagine the lowering we did was pretty radical.  As a result, we had to convert the interior tray extensively.  There was still room for a full-depth interior and driver figure but we would have had to rebuild the whole drive shaft tunnel, so to save time and keep things simple we just made the interior tub half-depth.  It really isn’t that noticeable on the finished car. Other appearance mods include:

  • Driver’s head replaced with a more period-correct one.
  • Roll bar structure fabricated from wire-filled plastic tubing.
  • Stock windshield cut down to a low windscreen.
  • Fire bottle from a Scalextric Corvette.
  • Shift lever and rear-view mirror from the junk box.
  • Decals from assorted sources, including some from all the way back to the 60s.

We painted the car with Tamiya X7 red acrylic and Testor Glosscote, wet-sanding with 600-grit sandpaper between coats.  We think the Tamiya red is just about the perfect shade for a Ferrari.  You can see how it compares with the color of a stock Fly GTO in the nose-to-nose photo below. Also, check out how much lower the front end of our roadster sits. We mentioned above that we wrote a history for the car.  Here it is, along with more photos.  We hope you enjoy reading it and looking at the photos.  We certainly enjoyed all the building, testing, photography, and writing that has gone into the entire project.

   

The Back Story
(Every good phantom model has one)
We all know the Ferrari factory never built a GTO roadster. When the GTO first appeared its critics, and they were many, called it a “Testa Rossa with a roof”. It was not, they said, a true GT car within the spirit of the rules, even if it did barely comply with the letter of them.  A GTO roadster would have lent too much credibility to that criticism.
That doesn’t mean that the Commendatore wouldn’t have liked to see one built, and thereby hangs a tale.
Toward the end of GTO production a few of them left the factory with 4-liter engines in place of the usual 3-liter unit, making them 330GTOs.  In 1965, after the GTO’s competition heyday was over, the factory had several tired examples, including a 330, gathering dust in the back of the competition department.  Remember that in those days old race cars were just that – old race cars.  The vintage racing movement was still far in the future.
In the Fall of 1965 Samantha Hill, whose company, Sam Hill Realty, had made her a fortune in the California real estate market, toured the Ferrari factory.  Ms. Hill was an enthusiastic, if only modestly talented, amateur sports car driver who had been racing an Austin-Healey in Cal Club races and had visions of competing in the upper production classes.  Somebody at Ferrari saw her coming and convinced her that one of the castoff GTOs, specifically the 330, would be the perfect vehicle for her introduction to the faster classes.   She wrote out a check on the spot.
In early December her racing shop, housed in a nondescript building on Sepulveda Boulevard, took delivery of the refurbished 330GTO.  She immediately filed an entry for an upcoming SCCA Regional at an airport course in Arizona.
Her first unpleasant surprise came when the SCCA officials classified Samantha and her GTO into the modified class instead of one of the production classes. Instead of racing with Corvettes and Cobras as she expected she found herself on the track with Lola T70s, McLarens, and other mid-V8-engined rocketships.  The next came in the first practice session.  The factory rebuild apparently did not include much of anything in the way of proper suspension setup.  Samantha headed for the pits after only three laps, wide-eyed with fright at the car’s diabolical handling and big-engined modified cars blasting by her at enormous speed differentials.
Samantha’s mechanic, Stanley Spanner, spent the whole weekend trying to find the problem without success.  Then, in Sunday afternoon’s race the GTO snapped into a lurid slide beyond Samantha’s ability to get out of and ended up upside down in the weeds.  The factory roll bar was little more use than the aluminum top itself, and Samantha emerged from the wreck with a concussion and a newfound appreciation for life that prompted her to end her driving career right then and there.  She was still a sports car enthusiast, though, and soon moved on to Group 7 cars, hired drivers, and the USRRC.  The GTO, its top utterly flattened but otherwise only lightly damaged, sat ignored under a tarp in the back of the building.  Then one day in March of 1966 Bonham Neville walked into the Sam Hill Racing shop.
Bon, as he was known, was a natural-born automotive genius.  He spent his high school years and several thereafter building an increasingly wild assortment of coupes, roadsters, rail dragsters, and other creations that defied classification and racing them on California’s drag strips and dry lakes.  By 1959, at age 22, he was already something of a hot rodding legend and had a thriving car-building business.  That year a customer wanted to convert his Corvette from a drag racer to an SCCA road racer and invited Bon to a race at Riverside to check out the sports car scene.  One look at sports cars and Bon was hooked.  He jumped in with both feet and soon was racing a Corvette against Dick Guldstrand, Bob Bondurant, Andy Porterfield, Skip Hudson, Tony Settember, Dave McDonald, and Paul Rinehart, among many others who populated the huge big-bore production car grids of the era.  Bon won frequently and his business prospered greatly.
By the mid-60s production car racing had changed radically with ever-larger engines being stuffed into the cars.  Neville, gradually turning into an advocate of light, nimble cars, was becoming profoundly dissatisfied with his big-block Corvette.  Some say he was the one who coined the term “plastic pachyderm” to describe what he considered the  Corvette’s brute-force approach to battling the Cobras.  He had even less liking for the 427 Cobra, which he had driven and freely denounced as handling like a pig, much to Carroll Shelby’s displeasure.  He was looking for an outside-the-box alternative when he visited Samantha Hill’s shop that day to drop by some parts he had fabricated for her new Lola.
“What’s that?” he asked when he saw the canvas-shrouded shape in a dusty corner.
“Oh, that.” Spanner answered, “That’s Samantha’s old Ferrari.”
“Mind if I look?” Bon asked.
“Help yourself.”
Bon Neville spent the rest of the afternoon minutely examining the damaged GTO and asking questions.  It didn’t take him long to spot the reason for the car’s terrible handling.  Both the Ferrari factory mechanics and Spanner had failed to spot a frame tube in a critical but easy to miss location that had completely broken at one end, allowing the rear suspension to do bizarrely unpredictable things.¬†He also noted that with the exception of the crushed top the body would be easy for his fabricators to repair.  Wheels began to turn in his head.  He said nothing about the broken tube.  When Samantha came into the shop he pointed to the GTO and said, “How much?”  Samantha, thoroughly disgusted with the car ever since that race weekend in Arizona, named a figure.  Bon couldn’t believe his ears.
Bon was, among many things, an avid reader of rulebooks. Two he had studied thoroughly were the SCCA General Competition Rules and Production Car Specifications and the FIA GT Class Rules.  At the time they were still at least tenuously connected.  The GTO was homologated with the FIA as a variant of a Ferrari production road car.  That allowed it into FIA GT racing even though nowhere near enough GTOs had been built to satisfy the minimum production requirement.  Those same Ferrari road cars were recognized by the SCCA for production car racing.  Some were even being raced. They were almost, but not quite, fast enough to stay with the Corvettes and Cobras.  The GTO, Bon realized, was a big step up in performance.  If he could get it ruled legal for production class racing and develop it to the limit of the SCCA rules the possibilities were truly delicious.
Bon spent several weeks writing and rewriting a formal petition to the SCCA Competition Board.  When he had it honed to perfection he sent it off.  The petition, surprisingly, generated little debate among the Comp Board members, who did not see in the nearly obsolete GTO quite the same potential Bon did but did see the possible advantages of bringing Ferraris into the production class wars as something a bit more than spear carriers.  They sent Bon a letter informing him that his petition was approved.  He had his outside-the-box alternative.
Bon called Samantha, accepting her offer on the GTO.  The next day he had the car in his shop, a few miles down Sepulveda from Samantha’s.  He totally disassembled it and began putting it back together his way.  The engine went to Traco Engineering to have that firm’s legendary magic worked on it.  The frame was not only repaired but lightened wherever possible and stiffened and reinforced as needed.  The chassis rebuild included a very stout and liberally braced roll bar that not only exceeded SCCA specs but also increased chassis stiffness by a very respectable percentage.  All the body damage got fixed except the flattened roof.
Bon had sent a letter to the factory describing his plans for the GTO and inquiring about the availability of spare body parts, in particular a new roof.  Weeks went by with no reply while the rest of the project forged ahead.  Then one day a large, thick envelope with a Maranello return address arrived.  Inside was a letter.
“Dear Mr. Neville,” it began, “I regret to inform you that the GTO body parts about which you inquired are no longer available.  However, I heartily approve of your project and want to help you.  I believe you will find the enclosed documents useful in pursuing your goal.  I wish you every success in defeating the Cobras. Please be assured of my continuing interest and warmest regards.”
It was personally signed by Enzo Ferrari.
The “documents” accompanying the letter turned out to be a set of beautifully rendered engineering drawings, specifications, and manufacturing instructions for a complete GTO roadster rear clip, dated 1962. They also included a copy of a letter from the FIA confirming that the projected though unbuilt roadster was covered under the GTO’s FIA homologation.
When Bon hauled the completed car to Willow Springs for its first test it was 300 pounds lighter, 50 percent stiffer, and had 30 percent more power plus a torque curve much better suited to the shorter, tighter American race circuits where it would be competing.  The roadster body, with the low Plexiglas windshield Bon made for it, reduced drag substantially and made the rear “duck tail” spoiler more effective.  The chassis sat much lower to the track on American Racing Equipment 5-spoke magnesium wheels fitted with the widest, lowest-profile Goodyear tires the rules would allow.   The first day it ran below the A-production lap record and revealed only a few small problems to correct.
Two weeks later Bon entered a National at Riverside.  Even with more power and better aerodynamics he was losing ground on the long back straight to the big-block cars but he still beat all but two of them.  The following weekend he towed north to Laguna Seca, where the car was in its element.  Bon pulled out to a 20-second lead over a 40-car field and then cruised to the victory.  The rest of the season went the same way.  Wherever the Corvettes and Cobras had enough of a straightaway to use all their Detroit horsepower the GTO was at best a top-five car.  Everywhere else it killed them.
The American Road Race of Champions, or ARRC for short, posed a problem, however.  At the time the event alternated between Riverside and Daytona, both of them horsepower tracks.  In 1966 at Riverside Bon qualified sixth and finished fourth.  In 1967 at Daytona he qualified only eleventh and finished seventh.  On the infield portion of the course he could easily pass any car in the field but as soon as he reached the flat-out oval section the bigblocks blew right by him.
 
Bon had also discovered another problem.  The Corvettes, with their fiberglass bodies, were a lot better at handling body contact than the Ferrari was, especially those with the bumper brackets left in place, reinforcing both ends of the car.  As long as Bon could get clear of the field and away into the lead he was fine, but back in the pack it could be brutal, especially since some of the Corvette drivers were not squeamish about using their weight and durability to maximum advantage.  On the first lap at the 1968 ARRC he was hit from behind and then from the side.  The other cars, both Corvettes, continued on but the Ferrari needed major repairs.
In 1969 Bon went TransAm racing with a Camaro and had no time to race the Ferrari.  Over the course of the year his shop rebuilt it with further upgrades and detail modifications, including the Minilite wheels it wears to this day, but the car saw no action.  At the end of the season Bon decided he didn’t like all the travel required to compete in a pro series.  He decided to go back to SCCA National racing and just run on the West Coast.  When the SCCA announced that it would hold the 1970 ARRC at Road Atlanta, where Bon thought the GTO had a real chance to win, he had an idea.  He decided to try to qualify for an ARRC invitation in both A-production and A-sedan, even though the two classes always ran in the same race group everywhere but the ARRC.
He carefully studied the 1970 schedule, calculating where the GTO would be most competitive in its class and where he stood the best chance of a good points day in A-sedan with the Camaro.  He entered and qualified both cars in each race.  That paid off on a couple of occasions when the car he intended to race that weekend broke in practice or qualifying and he was able to drive the other one and add to its point total.   At the end of the season he had his two ARRC invitations.
At Atlanta Bon set the fastest A-production times right from the beginning of practice, much to the chagrin of the assembled Corvette racers.  The Gulf Oil Company, seeing the possibility of an epic upset, signed on as Bon’s sponsor for the weekend.
Knowing the Ferrari’s susceptibility to body contact the Corvette contingent began playing head games with Bon.  One of the Corvette drivers known for his aggressive driving appeared at the track in a t-shirt with “Designated Hitter” printed on the front and back.  Throughout the days leading up to the A-production race Bon kept hearing subtle comments intended to unnerve him, but he simply wasn’t having any of it.  He sent shock waves through the paddock when he qualified the GTO on the A-production pole, setting a new class lap record.  He knew the start would decide everything.  He and his crew spent hours trying to determine what speed, gear, and RPM would give him the best jump at the start.
In the A-sedan race he finished second in the Camaro after a race-long battle in which he swapped the lead several times with the eventual winner.  He went straight from the A-sedan podium to the A-production grid, determined to make a perfect start.  He led the field to the green at exactly the speed and RPM he had decided on.  At the drop of the flag he nailed the throttle.  He got a huge break when the other front-row driver, in a Corvette, got wheelspin and fell back.  Bon led into turn one and just kept extending his lead.
But on the last lap, with 15 seconds on the field, he felt something go terribly wrong at the back of the car, nearly causing him to crash.  The GTO was suddenly almost undrivable.  He nursed it around to the checkered flag, but half a dozen cars caught and passed him before he got there.  It turned out to be a broken part in the rear suspension.  It was one of the few rear suspension parts not replaced after the 1968 crash.
That winter Bon bought a Formula 5000 car and took both it and the Camaro to the ARRC in 1971.  He went back to what became known as the Runoffs many times, but never again with the Ferrari, though he continued to race it and even win with it every once in a while, especially after the SCCA dropped it down to B-production.
Unlike most racers, Bon Neville has kept many of the race cars he ran back in the day, including the Ferrari.  He is still active and highly revered in vintage racing where he regularly exercises his favorite race car of them all, the world’s only Ferrari GTO roadster.  He maintains it exactly as it looked on the day of its last B-production victory except for a set of big Gulf decals to commemorate his near-triumph at the 1970 ARRC.  He often receives multi-million-dollar offers for the car, but he always replies that it’s not for sale at any price. And when he drives it he wears an old-style open-face helmet so everybody can see the big, wide grin on his face.
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