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Newsletter October 20th, 2016

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We found a few of these out-of-production Scalextric modern-era GT3-class Audi R8s and they are both on special sale for a limited time.

 

Scalextric C3045 Audi R8, LMS GT3 (C)

Fully detailed livery on a super-resistant body fitted with durable wing mirrors and clear plastic light lenses front and rear. The darkened windows are replaceable with clear windows to allow the car to be upgraded with a fully detailed interior and driver. The intended benefit is to keep the car in its original fast, light-weight trim for speed and durability. This Digital Plug Ready (DPR) car can be converted for use with the Scalextric Digital range in less than sixty seconds using the C8515 Digital Plug. The car features Magnatraction™ and easy change pick-ups. The lightweight and durable body is designed to withstand the knocks of full impact endurance racing.

History:

In the course of the further development of the Audi R8 LMS, an ultimate endurance test was undertaken for the new GT3 sports car of AUDI AG at the end of May 2009. Teams ABT Sportsline and Phoenix Racing, with “factory” support by Audi, fielded a total of four vehicles in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.

Features:
Magnatraction with two magnet positions for driver choice. Quick-change braid plate. Super-resistant design. Fast and light-weight.

$45.95 $29.95

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Scalextric C3060 Audi R8 LMS GT3 (C)

Features:

Magnatraction with two magnet positions for driver choice.

Front and rear lights.

Side-winder motor. FC130.

Digital Plug Ready (DPR).

Quick-change braid plate.

$49.99 $29.95

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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.

A new super-quick GT40 Mk.I is here now from NSR with etched grills and other superdetails.

 

NSR NSR0020SW Ford GT40 Mark I Red #20 1969

Ford GT40 Mark I Red #20 1969. NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Ford GT40 Mark I Red #20 Equipe Colegio Arte e Instrucao Rio De Janeiro 1969-1970 – Includes 20,000 RPM Balanced Shark Motor Sidewinder – EVO chassis with adjustable front axle ride height – Adjustable suspension type motor pod – Lightweight drilled aluminum setscrew wheels front & back – All metal ultra smooth and quiet gears – Heat treated axles with machined bronze self lubricating bushings – Traction magnet – Photo Etched stainless steel grills.

$87.99

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More new for 2016 cars are now in stock from Carrera, including two wild Ford Torino Talladega cars in either analog or D132, two of the gorgeous 1/24 scale BMW M1 Procars, plus the “Dust Up” set with the two Talladegas set in 1/32 scale and the Digital 1/24 scale Audi vs. Mercedes “GT” set.

 

Carrera 23828 BMW M1 Procar “Sauber Racing, No. 90″, Norisring 1980

Carrera 23828 BMW M1 Procar “Sauber Racing, No. 90″, Norisring 1980 23828.

$74.99

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Carrera 23833 BMW M1 Procar “No. 40″, Dayton 1981

The BMW M1 Procar has a typical 80s look and is still considered one of the most exciting cars in motor racing history. M1 combines the tough demands placed on standard road models with hi-tech racetrack technology. The BMW M1 Procar was stripped down to a mere 1020 kilos for racing purposes to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds. This racer turns heads with its low-down air dam, broadened wheel arches and its large spoiler.

The BMW M1 Procar “No.40″, IMSA is a faithfully detailed reproduction with eye-catching headlights, tail and brake lights. This Carrera car can be individually coded, it’s digitally controllable and can also be used on an analogue set-up (Carrera Exclusiv). Enjoy the simple and authentic race atmosphere at home.

$74.99

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Carrera 27517 GreenGT H2, “Paul Ricard 2015″

The pioneeringly designed GreenGT H2 is the first racing car to be powered by a hydrogen engine, and looks like it has arrived from the future. This stunning car does not need batteries and only emits steam from its exhaust pipe! It’s easy on the environment while racing around at top speed: It’s driven by two electric motors that produce a total of 540 hp. The power output on the road is comparable with that of cars powered by conventional combustion engines.

$36.99

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Carrera 27521 Ford Torino Talladega “Wendell Scott, No. 34″

Carrera 27521 Ford Torino Talladega “Wendell Scott, No. 34″.

Wendell Scott’s career was long and notable, both in sportsmanship and breaking ground as the first African-American driver in American stock car racing.

$36.99

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Carrera 27522 Ford Torino Talladega “Benny Parsons, No 98″

The aerodynamic classic.

Benny Parsons, or ‘BP’, had a career that spanned driving, pit reporting and Nascar commentaries. Having competed in over 500 races during a 21-year racing career, Benny Parsons sure knew how to get the job done.

$36.99

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Carrera 27525 Ford mustang GT “No. 16″

Carrera 27525 Ford Mustang GT “No. 16″
The 1967 Ford Mustang was the first re-vamp of the original fitted with a big-block V8 engine.The new racing blue Fastback Mustang is a homage to the age when the track was filled with small-block 289-powered Fords.

$36.99

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Carrera 30754 Ford Torino Talladega “Wendell Scott, No.34″

Carrera 30754 Ford Torino Talladega “Wendell Scott, No.34″.

Wendell Scott’s career was long and notable, both in sportsmanship and breaking ground as the first African-American driver in American stock car racing.

$54.99

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Carrera 30755 Ford Torino Talladega “Benny Parson, No.98″

Carrera 30755 Ford Torino Talladega “Benny Parson, No.98″.

Benny Parsons, or ‘BP’, had a career that spanned driving, pit reporting and Nascar commentaries. Having competed in over 500 races during a 21-year racing career, Benny Parsons sure knew how to get the job done.

$54.99

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Carrera 30767 Mercedes-AMG GT3 “No.16″

Supreme standard racing technology and spectacular designs: The Mercedes AMG GT3 is the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance automobile breed. The 2016 car is raring to race to victory with its 6.3-litre, V8 induction engine from its predecessor – the GT3 SLS. The “Panamericana” cooler grille is an immediate eye-catcher. The shape, using vertical chrome struts, is immediately reminiscent of the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing car that won the famous long-distance race across Mexico.

The Carrera DIGITAL 132 Mercedes AMG GT3 slotcar impresses with front, rear and brake lights, and faithfully reproduced details. This Carrera car can be individually coded; it’s digitally controllable and guarantees hours of racing fun.

$54.99

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Carrera 25223 Dust Up Race Set

10.4 x 8.2feet, 32.8-foot lap length.

The race of the American Ford Torino Talladega classics is sure to kick up dust. Behind the wheel of the Ford Torino No.34 is the pioneering, highly successful Wendell Scott, the first ever Afro-American on the motor racing circuit. His challenger is Benny “BP” Parsons in the Ford Torino No.98. In the United States, after a professional career of over 500 races, BP established his reputation as a Nascar commentator and reporter. These old hands are both determined to live up to their reputations.

$216.99

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Carrera 30188 GT Championship Race Set

9.8 x 6.6-feet, 24.9-foot lap length.

Two top class cars, a 7.6-metre racetrack and WIRELESS+ technology controllers. What else could you need for pure GT race thrills? One thing is certain, both of the race cars in the Carrera DIGITAL 132 “GT Championship” set are on top form. The brand new Audi R8 LMS “Audi Sport Team No.10″ is lighter, safer and faster than ever before. Its rival, the Mercedes AMG GT3, is up for the challenge with top quality motor racing technology. See the tyres glow as you change lanes, drift and overtake to your heart’s content.

$464.99

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The Carrera Go!!! 1/43 scale cars and sets for 2016 are arriving including these four new cars (two as either analog or Digital 143) and two new Digital 143 sets.

 

Carrera 64059 Go!! Audi R8 V10 Plus (blue)1/43 scale

The 610 hp Audi R8 V10 Plus loves to sprint and does 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in a mere 3.2 seconds, while its matt midnight blue exterior exudes an aura of respect. The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Audi R8 V10 Plus Slotcar blue is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$17.49

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Carrera 64063 Go!! Audi R8 “Safety Car” 1/43 scale

The Safety Car guarantees safety out on the racetrack and is also there to launch the rolling restart. An important ‘must-have’ car for exciting race situations! The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Audi R8 V10 Plus “Safety Car” is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$17.49

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Carrera 41387 Go!! D143 Mercedes F1 W06 “L. Hamilton, No. 44″ Digital 143

The Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid is a silver arrow that is dominating the Formula 1 division at present. With the star driver, and now 3-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton behind the wheel – it’s unbeatable. The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Mercedes F1 W06 Slotcar “L.Hamilton, No.44″ is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$34.99

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Carrera 41391 Audi R8 “Safety Car” Digital 143

The Safety Car guarantees safety out on the racetrack and is also there to launch the rolling restart. An important ‘must-have’ car for exciting race situations! The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Audi R8 V10 Plus “Safety Car” is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$34.99

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Carrera 41393 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 “No. 63″ Digital 143

This stunning and powerful automobile managed two podium finishes in its very first year. A fantastic racing car and a natural winner – especially on high-speed circuits. The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Slotcar “Grasser Racing, No.63″ is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$34.99

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Carrera 41394 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 “AF Corse, No. 51″ Digital 143

This streamlined Ferrari is a genuine racer. There’s no clutch, so the gears are switched almost once a second. The Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 bearing the race number 51 guarantees a great result every time. The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 slotcar “AF Corse, No.51″ is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$34.99

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Carrera 40031 Go!! Speed Coarse Digital 143

7.8 x 4.0-feet, 24.0-foot lap length

Wireless controllers

It’s the supreme duel in Formula 1 racing: Lewis Hamilton, the reigning Formula 1 world champion in his Mercedes-Benz F1 W06 Hybrid, vs Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari SF 15-T. The Silver Arrow and the Scuderia Ferrari racer are both powered by a 1.6-litre, V6 turbocharged engine for a tough and tense battle around the 24.0-foot Carrera DIGITAL 143 circuit of the “Speed Course” set with a loop and tight bends. The long straight with the double lane change section is your last chance to snatch victory. Steady nerves and skilled hands on the WIRELESS controller are needed to ensure success.

$241.99

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Carrera 40032 Go!! DTM Speed Challenge Digital 143

7.8 x 4.0-feet, 24.0-foot lap length

3 cars!

It’s all action around the 24.0-feet of the Carrera DIGITAL 143 circuit in the “DTM Speed Challenge” set. The race features two Spanish DTM drivers, Miguel Molina in the Audi A5 DTM and Daniel Juncadella in the AMG Mercedes C-Coupe DTM, plus the Brazilian, Augusto Farfus, in his BMW M3 DTM. Three – two – one – GO! With the accelerators on the controllers pushed to the limit, all three protagonists race toward the loop at top speed – drift around the bend and put the hammer down on the way over the line! Just a few hundredths of a second make the difference between zero and hero.

$241.99

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Pre-order

New Cars Coming Soon

The rare (but real) dark blue Rob Walker-sponsored Lotus 72 that Graham Hill drove is coming soon so you can pre-order yours now.

 

PCAR02B Lotus 72 n.3 Oulton Park 1970, driver Graham Hill—PRE-ORDER NOW!

PCAR02B Lotus 72 n.3 Oulton Park 1970, driver Graham Hill.

$64.99

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The wild Porsche 997 Haribo car is coming next month from NSR so it is time to enter your pre-order.

 

NSR NSR0021AW Porsche 997 #8 24 Hours Nurburgring ’11 HARIBO—PRE-ORDER NOW!

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Porsche 997 #8 24 Hours Nurburgring ’11 HARIBO – 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

$89.99

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One of the most sought-after classics is coming from Slot Classics as a hand-made model ready-to-run or as a painted kit. There will only be a few so you must pre-order.

 

Slot Classic CJ47RTR Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider “Concours de Elegance”–PRE-ORDER NOW!

Slot Classic CJ47 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider “Concours de Elegance” ready to run.

The “street” version of 1938 Mille Miglia-winning Alfa Romeo.

Custom-made cast-resin body with etched-metal parts. Fully assembled with metal wheels.

$351.99

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Slot Classic CJ47KPP Painted KIT Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider “Concours de Elegance”–PRE-ORDER NOW!

The “street” version of 1938 Mille Miglia-winning Alfa Romeo

Custom-made cast-resin body with etched-metal parts. Painted body, clear windows with complete unassembled chassis with metal wheels.

The photo is the assembled model–the kit may require some detail painting—product is unassembled 1/32 scale kit to operate on most brands of 1/32 or 1/24 scale track.

$279.99

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Newsletter May 18th, 2012

A Slot Car Tribute To Carroll Shelby

If you were to compile a short list of the most influential people in the history of motor sport, Carroll Shelby would have to be on it.  His achievements transcended the confines of the automotive world and became part of American popular culture and folklore.  His Cobras, Mustangs, and Ford GT40s resonated in the consciousness of millions of people who otherwise never paid much attention to racing.  They became historic icons and demonstrations of American prowess on the race track and on the world stage – literally patriotic symbols that touched the very center of what it meant to be American.

Even before he began racing Shelby had lived a varied and adventurous life.  He was a military pilot, an oil field roughneck, and, of all things, a chicken farmer, to name only a few.  He began his racing career in the car-crazy culture of southern California, competing in road races in an array of different cars.  Before long, he was able to move to Europe, then the undisputed world center of sports car racing.  He often drove in the bib overalls he had worn on his chicken farm.  The rarefied world of sports car racing had seen titled aristocrats competing in blazers and ties but never anything quite like this.

Aston Martin DBR1, 1959 LeMans winner

The highlight of Shelby’s career as a driver came in 1959 when he and Roy Salvadori won the 24 Hours of LeMans in an Aston Martin DBR1.  But not long after his LeMans victory he was diagnosed with a heart condition that forced his permanent exit from the racing cockpit.  His drive and spirit of adventure remained undiminished, however, and he began looking for other things do do.  When Ford debuted its small-block V8 engine Shelby’s fertile mind made the connection that would make him world famous.  He immediately saw that Ford’s V8  weighed little more, and sometimes less, than the 4 and 6-cylinder engines powering most of the world’s production sports cars while easily delivering twice the power with potential for much more.  He figured that all he had to do was combine it with an existing production chassis  to make a car with Ferrari-level performance at a fraction of the price, a car that could be serviced by any Ford dealer and prepared for racing using a wealth of aftermarket performance parts already being designed and produced.

Cobra roadster, MRRC MC11061

The result, of course, was the Cobra roadster, one of the most iconic cars ever produced and certainly the most imitated and replicated.  Shelby persuaded Ford to supply him with engines and British sports car builder AC Cars to provide slightly upgraded examples of its Ace sports car, minus engines.  The first Cobra built was used as a show car. Displayed at auto shows and other events and used for giving journalists test drives, it was repainted several times in different colors to give the impression that numerous cars had already been produced.  The second one became the first Cobra race car.  Almost from its debut in 1962 the Cobra cut a swath through big-bore SCCA production-class racing unequaled before or since.  Competing primarily against Corvettes and E-type Jaguars the Cobras dominated the production division of the US Road Racing Championship (USRRC) and could even be a threat in the modified class.  By 1963 Shelby had a team of Cobra roadsters competing in European FIA events, driven by some of the greatest drivers of the day such as Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, and Bob Bondurant.  in 1965 Shelby introduced a redesigned Cobra roadster powered by Ford’s mighty 427 cubic inch big block engine.  It went on to win SCCA races and championships for years to come.  One was clocked at 198 mph on the oval portion of the Daytona road course, establishing the 427 as the most fearsome Cobra of them all.

Cobra 427, Ninco 50585

The roadster was far from the only project underway at Shelby’s factory near the Los Angeles airport.  The success of production class Cobras led almost inevitably to the idea of combining the Ford V8 with one of the mid-engined sports-racing cars of the day to produce a dominator for the modified class of the USRRC.  Two chassis immediately suggested themselves as candidates for the transplant – the Lotus 19 and the Cooper Monaco.  After evaluating both, Shelby’s brain trust chose the Cooper, a heavier but stronger car deemed capble of accommodating a huge power increase more successfully.  Before long a batch of cars modified by the Cooper works to Shelby’s specifications arrived at the Los Angeles factory and shortly thereafter, V8 engines installed, were on the USRRC starting grid.  As with the roadsters, the Cooper-Cobras, sometimes called King Cobras, quickly became the cars to beat in 1964.   Also during this time Shelby’s shop shoehorned a Ford engine into a Sunbeam Alpine and developed it into the prototype Sunbeam Tiger.

Cooper-Cobra, Monogram 85-4884

When Ford introduced the Mustang in 1964 the company was eager to build an image for it through racing and Shelby was the obvious choice to make it into a winning race car.  The GT350, as Shelby’s modified Mustang fastback was dubbed, combined Cobra performance with at least some measure of real-world practicality for a wider range of drivers.  The racing “R” version was a stripped down race car that more than met Ford’s performance and image-building objectives, helping make the Mustang one of the auto industry’s great success stories.  In its first season of competition driver-journalist Jerry Titus drove a GT350R to the SCCA B-production national championship.

GT350, 1965 SCCA B-prodution champion, Jerry Titus - Monogram 85-4866

By the end of the 1963 season the Cobra team had learned from experience that while the roadster had plenty of power to beat the competition on short, twisty courses it fell short of the aerodynamic qualities needed to win on high-speed circuits like LeMans against slickly-bodied competitors such as the Ferrari 250 GTO.  Fortunately, the solution to the problem required only following Ferrari’s example, taking advantage of the same provision of the FIA GT class rules that had allowed Ferrari to build and race a very limited number of GTOs based on the Ferrari road car chassis.  Shelby hired designer Pete Brock to create an aerodynamic Cobra coupe to win the FIA GT championship.  Brock’s design first appeared at Daytona in February of 1964 and was immediately named the Daytona Coupe.  It led its class against a pack of GTOs until a fire during a pit stop forced its retirement. From there, however, the coupes, soon six in number, went on to a string of victories including a class win at LeMans with Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant sharing the driving.  Because the Cobras did not contest all the races in 1964 Ferrari managed to squeak out the championship, but the following year the Daytona Coupes did take the championship away from Ferrari.

Cobra Daytona coupe, 1964 LeMans GT winner, Monogram 85-4860

LeMans, 1964, featured the much-anticipated debut of Ford’s GT40.  This sleek sports prototype car was more than just Ford’s bid for international recognition as a builder of world-class cars.  It became, for many Americans, a patriotic exercise pitting the new world against the old.  The GT40, with its top speed in excess of 200 mph, showed great promise but lacked development and, therefore, 24-hour durability. None of them finished the 24 hours that year and their unreliability continued through the rest of the season.  The Ford racing department concluded that it needed to put the GT40 project, scattered among several organizations, into the hands of one contractor that could take total responsibility for making the car a winner.  Impressed with Shelby’s Cobra successes, Ford gave him the job.

As soon as the cars arrived Shelby’s team launched into an intensive testing and development program that uncovered and fixed many of the design’s weaknesses.  They took a set of heavily revised GT40s, now painted in Shelby’s trademark electric blue and white color scheme,  to the Daytona 1965 season opener and scored an overall win, sweetened further by a Cobra victory in the GT class.  At Sebring a few weeks later the GT40s raced through a downpour of biblical proportions and again won  the prototype class, outrun only by Jim Hall’s Chaparral, a lighter car built to much less restrictive rules and competing in a different class.  At Le Mans the GT40s again failed to go the distance, but this time they set such a fast pace for so long that all the works Ferraris ran themselves into the ground trying to keep up, and the win fell to Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory in a privately entered, semi-obsolete Ferrari 250LM.

1966 Ford MkII - NSR 1060

Two of the Fords at LeMans that year were the ferociously fast MkII version, powered by a 7-liter (427 cubic inch) derivative of Ford’s successful NASCAR engine.  Though they did not finish they clearly showed the way to future victory, and the MkII became the focus of Ford’s and Shelby’s development for 1966.     The project had grown so large that Ford’s prime NASCAR contractor, Holman-Moody, was brought on board to manage part of the Ford armada.

The 1966 season opened once again at Daytona, the race distance extended now to 24 hours.  Shelby’s lead driver, Ken Miles, won the event with Lloyd Ruby, the Fords proving utterly dominant.  They won again at Sebring.  Ruby, by the way, was an inspired choice as a teammate for Miles.  He simply drove the car with whatever setup Miles wanted and always managed to go fast.  It made them a formidable pairing.

Ford MkII, LeMans 1966, Dan Gurney/Jerry Grant - Carrera 23736

The 1966 LeMans race was one for the ages.  Heavily covered and promoted by ABC television, it introduced millions of Americans to the exotic world of sports car endurance racing.  it was the decisive showdown with Ferrari that Henry Ford II had sought ever since Enzo Ferrari had spurned Ford’s attempt to buy his company.  From the start the red Shelby-entered car of Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant drove away from the Ferraris and the other Fords.  It seemed on its way to an easy victory until the 13th hour, when Grant brought the car to the pits with overheating.  Attempts to cure the problem failed and Gurney and Grant were done. By the last hour, Fords were running 1-2-3, well clear of all opponents, with Miles leading.  Henry Ford II decided he wanted a photo op finish with all three MkIIs passing under the checkered flag together.  Miles, with nearly a full lap lead on second-place Bruce McLaren, got the order to slow down and let McLaren catch up.  The third car, driven by NASCAR driver Dick Hutcherson, was two laps down.  The three cars crossed the line together with Miles slightly ahead.  Clearly, Miles had won the race, achieving the LeMans victory his performance and contributions to the GT40 project fully deserved – or so everybody thought.  Then the French officials announced that Miles had not won after all.  Because McLaren’s car had started the race several tens of yards behind that of Miles it was ruled to have covered a greater distance and was declared the winner.  It was a bitter blow to Miles, denying him not only his LeMans win but also the distinction of being the first driver to win Daytona, Sebring, and LeMans in the same year.  Wild rumors of conspiracy and manipulation sprang up and have loomed over that day ever since.

Ford GT40 MKII, 1966 LeMans winner, Bruce McLaren/Chris Amon - Carrera 23769

For Carroll Shelby it was the crowning glory of his career, forever cementing his place in the pantheon of motorsports immortals, only slightly tarnished by the finish line fiasco.  It was the most historic and significant LeMans victory of all time.  Following the ABC coverage of the finish, the network’s national evening news led with the announcement of Ford’s crushing 1-2-3 finish, the first time anybody in America could remember a motorsports event other than the Indianapolis 500 being accorded such prominence.  It was treated not just as a triumph for Ford but also for America.  And Shelby was the central figure in that triumph.

His team won again in 1967, probably the most dominating victory in LeMans history.  Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt cruised to the win in a Ford MkIV, developed from Ford’s radical J-car, which had been tested in 1966 but not raced.  Their car was so superior they could run most of the race conservatively enough to also win the Index of Performance prize, an award that usually went to tiny 1-liter French cars.   It was a victory tinged with tragedy, however.  Ken Miles had been killed several months before at Riverside in an accident during a J-car test.

Ford MkIV, 1967 LeMans winner, Dan Gurney/A.J. Foyt - LeMans Miniatures 132001

Shelby also enjoyed success in the TransAm series.  His Mustang coupes,  prepared using techniques developed for the GT350, were the key to championship wins for Ford in 1966 and 1967.  Jerry Titus was Shelby’s lead driver in the series.  The Shelby TransAm cars, in the hands of many different owners and drivers, also won SCCA races for decades afterward, as did the Cobras and GT350s.  Virtually every competition car he had a hand in still carries on his memory at vintage car races all over the world.

Slelby Mustang TransAm car, Jerry Titus 1967 -- Pioneer P009

By 1971 Shelby had closed down his racing operation but he remained active and involved in the world of automotive performance.  Over the succeeding years he had his hand in many projects, including concept cars of his own design, input into the development of the Dodge Viper, and other projects for Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors.  He also created the Shelby CanAm spec racer for the Sports Car Club of America and produced “continuation” Cobras made official by VIN numbers issued in 1966 but never used.  And last but not least, he marketed a mean package of chili mix.  He also had a continuing relationship with the Ford Mustang, lending his expertise and name to a series of  limited-edition Mustangs with ever-higher performance numbers.  At the time of his passing he was working on the development of the most powerful Mustang of all, a 1000-horsepower monster.  At the age of 89 he was looking forward to driving it at 200 miles per hour.

There are few, if any individuals whose automotive creations have been more frequently or extensively modeled by the world’s slot car makers (not to mention manufacturers of full-sized kit cars).  The slot car hobby owes him a debt of gratitude for inspiring some of the most popular and collectible slot cars in its history.  And the parade of new Cobra, GT40, and other Shelby car model releases is far from over.  Carroll Shelby will continue to fire the imaginations of slot car racers as well as enthusiasts of full-size racing for a long time to come.  A saying attributed to Shelby went something like this:  I’m not a mechanic.  I’m not an engineer.  I’m not anything in particular.  But I know that if you put good people together and let them do what they do best amazing things can happen.

Amazing things can happen. And they did.

Rest in peace, Carroll Shelby.  You will never be forgotten.

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Newsletter May 4th, 2012

Coming soon from Carrera

Carrera 30601 Audi R8 LMS #39, 2011, D132

Carrera 30601 Audi R8 LMS #39, 2011, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 30608 Ferrari 599XX, #4, D132

Carrera 30608 Ferrari 599XX, #4, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 30612 Mercedes SLS Horn MS, 2011 D132

Carrera 30612 Mercedes SLS Horn MS, 2011 D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 23769 Ford GT40 MkII, LeMans 1966, D124

Carrera 23769 Ford GT40 MkII, LeMans 1966, D124. Preorder now! – $75.49

Carrera 23772 Ferrari 599XX, white, D124

Carrera 23772 Ferrari 599XX, white, D124. Preorder now! – $75.49

New items in stock

Slot It SICA22A Lola B09/60 LeMans 2010


Slot It SICA22A Lola B09/60 LeMans 2010 – $64.99

Slot It SICA22Z2 Lola B09/60 plain white

Slot It SICA22Z2 Lola B09/60 plain white. – $54.99

Note:  This car is the version with the inline Boxer motor.  There will also be one with an anglewinder Flat 6 motor.  This will be SICA22Z1. It is expected to be available soon, but we have not received a firm release date.

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

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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.

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September 16, 2011 by  
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New items in stock

Slot It SICA20A Ford GT40 MkII, #6

Slot It SICA20A Ford GT40 MkII, #6. – $64.99.  The photos say it all…

COFTP3209M Pit crew figures, Renault LeMans 2009

COFTP3209M LeMans Miniatures Pit crew figures, Renault LeMans 2009 – $91.99. These figures are not cheap, but then nothing LMM makes is.  They are really nice figures that will give your scale pit area or photo diorama a special touch.

LeMans Miniatures 132038/3M Alpine Renault A442A, LeMans 1978 #3

LeMans Miniatures 132038/3M Alpine Renault A442A, LeMans 1978 #3 – $123.99

LeMans Miniatures 132038/4M Alpine Renault A442A, LeMans 1978 #4

LeMans Miniatures 132038/4M Alpine Renault A442A, LeMans 1978 #4 – $123.99

Scalextric C3203 Ford Focus WRC

Scalextric C3203 Ford Focus WRC. – $49.99. We aren’t big-time rally car fans here, but we love the paint scheme on this car.

Scalextric C3217 BMW 320Si.

Scalextric C3217 BMW 320Si. – $49.99. Apologies for the quality of the photo on this one.  It really doesn’t do the car justice.

 

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.

 

 

Electric Dreams News January 22, 2010

January 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2010

NSR available for preorder now:

NSR 1046 Ford P68 (F3L), red, #7

NSR 1046 Ford P68 (F3L), red, #7. Preorder now! – $119.99

NSR Ford P68 (F3L), green #33

NSR Ford P68 (F3L), green #33. Preorder now! – $119.99

NSR Ford P68 (F3L), red, #9

NSR Ford P68 (F3L), red, #9. Preorder now! – $119.99

NSR 1041 Ford MkIV #4 blue.

NSR 1041 Ford MkIV #4 blue. Preorder now! – $119.99

NSR 1044 Ford MkIV #3 gold/bronze

NSR 1044 Ford MkIV #3 gold/bronze. Preorder now! – $119.99

NSR 1047AW Mosler MT900R, black

NSR 1047AW Mosler MT900R, black. Preorder now! – $119.99

Just announced by Ninco, available for preorder now:

Ninco 50535 Ferrari F360 "El Gattero",

Ninco 50535 Ferrari F360 “El Gattero”, “Lightning”. Preorder now!  $89.99

Ninco 50541 Acura LMP2 #66 "Lightning".

Ninco 50541 Acura LMP2 #66 “Lightning”. Preorder now!  $89.99

Ninco 60002 Porsche 997 Jagermeister, Xlot 1/28

Ninco 60002 Porsche 997 Jagermeister, Xlot 1/28 scale. Preorder now! – $159.99


Just announced by Fly, due 1st quarter 2010. We just got this info, so the cars are not on line for preorder yet but we will have them up ASAP.

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F10101 Ferrari 250 GTO.  $79.99

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F13101 March 761.  $79.99

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F02103 Ferrari 250LM.  $79.99

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F17101 Porsche 911 U2 TransAm champion 1968.  $79.99

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F14101 Alfa TZ, completely new car.  $84.99

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F03102 Ferrari F40.  $79.99

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F16101 BMW M1.  $79.99

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F19101 Lola T70.  $79.99

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F12301 Renault 5.  $79.99

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F11102 Porsche 917.  $79.99

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F18101 Porsche 935.  $79.99

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M03101 Doran DP, completely new car.  $49.99

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M01103 Sunred.  $49.99


New Items In Stock:

Cartrix 0965 Ferrari-Lancia D50 F1

Cartrix 0965 Ferrari-Lancia D50 F1 – $89.99

MMK GMC01A Porsche 917/81 body kit, unpainted - $99.99

MMK GMC01A Porsche 917/81 body kit, unpainted – $99.99

MMK GMC02 Ferrari 250GT SWB lt. metallic blue #15 RTR - $199.99

MMK GMC02 Ferrari 250GT SWB lt. metallic blue #15 RTR – $199.99

MMK GMCS01/2 Ferrari 250GT SWB LeMans, light met.blue, KIT

MMK GMCS01/2 Ferrari 250GT SWB LeMans, light met.blue, KIT – $119.99

MMK GMCS01/1 Ferrari 250GT SWB LeMans, red, KIT

MMK GMCS01/1 Ferrari 250GT SWB LeMans, red, KIT – $119.99

MMK GMCS01/3 Ferrari 250GT SWB LeMans, dark.blue, KIT

MMK GMCS01/3 Ferrari 250GT SWB LeMans, dark blue, KIT – $119.99

MMK GMCS02/3 Ferrari Dino 206S LeMans KIT

MMK GMCS02/3 Ferrari Dino 206S LeMans KIT – $119.99


Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

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