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Newsletter September 17th, 2010

September 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2010

Recent Arrivals From Carrera

This week we feature lots of new arrivals from Carrera, 1/24 & 1/32 Scale, and digital 132 cars. You can also check our some of our pics from the classic (full Scale) rally at Watkins Glen.

Carrera 23748 Corvette Grand Sport Sebring 64 1/24 scale

Carrera 23748 Corvette Grand Sport Sebring 64 1/24 scale – $71.69

Carrera 27332 Dodge Charger Daytona , #22, 1971

Carrera 27332 Dodge Charger Daytona , #22, 1971 – $39.99

Carrera 30528 Dodge Charger Daytona , #22, 1971, Digital 132 – $47.49

Carrera 27333 41 Willys, silver

Carrera 27333 41 Willys, silver. – $39.99

Carrera 27334 32 Ford coupe, red

Carrera 27334 32 Ford coupe, red – $39.99

Carrera 27335 Ferrari 599 XX Launch Version 2009

Carrera 27335 Ferrari 599 XX Launch Version 2009 – $39.99

Carrera 30532 Ferrari 599 XX Launch, 2009, D132 – $51.69

Carrera 27336 Ferrari 599XX

Carrera 27336 Ferrari 599XX – $39.99

Carrera 30533 Ferrari 599XX, D132 – $51.69

Carrera 30514 Audi R8 Team Abt Sportsline D132

Carrera 30514 Audi R8 Team Abt Sportsline Digital 132 – $51.69

Carrera 30522 Porsche 917-30 CAM2, D132

Carrera 30522 Porsche 917-30 CAM2, Digital 132 – $51.69

Carrera 30526 Plymouth Superbird #40, D132

Carrera 30526 Plymouth Superbird #40, Digital 132 – $47.49

Photos from the Watkins Glen Zippo Vintage Grand Prix

One of our Electric Dream Team members spent last weekend at Watkins Glen photographing vintage race cars at one of the largest historic race events in the US.  We’ve posted some of his photos in our blog for you to enjoy.

Ferrari GT car

To see his photos from the Friday evening tour of the original Watkins Glen race course click here.

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ED Goes To Watkins Glen

September 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Slot Car News

A member of the Electric Dream Team went to the 2010 Zippo Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.  This is one of the biggest vintage racing events in the country ,attracting hundreds of historic race cars of every size and shape.  Performance levels ranged from Formula Vees to CanAm cars, and every era from prewar to near-current was represented in the vast array of cars that filled the Watkins Glen paddock.

Part of the festivities at the Zippo Vintage GP is the Friday evening tour of the original Watkins Glen race course which ran on public roads in and around the village of Watkins Glen, a few miles from the present race track.  Entrants in all the race classes are invited to drive their race cars for 3 laps of the old course, paced by police cars to keep the speeds under control.  What makes it fun for the competitors is that it gives them an opportunity to drive their race cars without having to be all done up in their helmets and fire suits.  They can experience a bit of true wind-in-the-face driving and even take a passenger along.

You never know what cars will turn up for the tour, but it always makes great photo opportunities.   Here is a sampling of the photos our man took at a spot along the tour route.

Porsche 914-6

This Porsche 914-6, in the famous Brumos livery, was a stout competitor in the weekend's races.

The event's featured marque was Alfa Romeo.

Jon Norman's Alfa

Jon Norman has been racing this Alfa since the 70s.

Alfas like this were formidable competitors in small-bore sedan racing.

Another Alfa from the WG tour.

Do the guys in this prewar Alfa look like they're having fun?

A big contingent of Allards also turned out for the weekend.

How about a 70s BMW?

Here's one we'll bet you've never seen. This is a Bocar, a Chevy-powered special from the 50s.

Is this gorgeous or what? A 2-liter Chevron B36.

What would any vintage sports car event be without a Cobra?

Here's another Cobra, a bit more of a serious race car.

This V8-powered early corvette looked and sounded great on the track.

This sharp-looking C2 is owned and driven by Corvette guru Jim Glass.

Is there anything on wheels more beautiful than a classic Ferrari GT car?

The most famous Triumph GT6 in the world, the Group 44 car, now owned by Classic Motorsports Magazine.

Can't you just picture this classic Maserati screaming down the Mulsanne Straight?

The car that launched sports car racing in the US, the MGTC. Several of them were at Watkins Glen.

A mainstay of 50s sports car racing, the MGA.

Not all MGAs were convertibles. This hardtop has a long racing history.

In the 60s MGBs like this one ruled several SCCA production classes, and some are still in the thick of competition today.

Nothing says "classic sports car" like a Morgan.

Even fairly recent Mustangs have made their way into SVRA vintage racing. There's a class for almost anything with 4 wheels and an engine.

How's this for variety? An ex-Dave Marcis NASCAR stocker.

The mid to late 1950s were the era of American V8-powered road racing specials. This is one of them.

What’s cool about these photos, besides the charisma of the cars themselves, is how much fun the drivers and passengers are having.  The vintage race car hobby is about as grin-inducing as anything we can think of, for both the participants and the spectators, and not all the fun takes place on the race track.  If you’ve never been to a major vintage race weekend, it’s a visual and aural treat you owe yourself.

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