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Newsletter June 28th 2013

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An easy project with a big payoff

Ever since Monogram introduced its vintage NASCAR stock cars we have fielded questions from customers about how to overcome the shortcomings of the cars’ less-than-stellar chassis design.  Along with our responses we have often added the suggestion that the definitive fix for all the problems was simply to deep-six the entire Monogram running chassis and mount the body on a complete Pioneer chassis.   When this rather secondhand-looking Monogram Plymouth GTX made its way into our workshop we decided to do the chassis swap for this newsletter. We always thought in terms of using a stretched Mustang chassis, which requires some fabrication.  However, we discovered that Pioneer offers a much simpler and more elegant solution.  We also had a complete Pioneer Dodge Charger running chassis lying around.   When we test fitted it to the Monogram Plymouth body we discovered that all we had to do to make the body and the chassis a perfect fit for each other was to trim 3/32″ off the front edge of the chassis, cut off the Monogram body posts right at the inner surface of the body, and relocate them to match the mounting points on the chassis.  That was as simple as screwing the posts to the chassis, putting a drop of medium CA clue on the end of each, and setting the chassis into the body.  We put a rubber band around the car to hold body and chassis tightly together until the glue set.  Cutting and re-gluing the posts made them slightly shorter, and the body sat at just the right height on the chassis to give the car a perfect stance with no clearance problems anywhere.  We then swapped the Monogram wheels onto the new chassis, which required a slight shortening of the front axle for tire / fender clearance.  Here’s the final result…

Except for needing a bit of extra length at the rear you would think the chassis was made for the body.  In a way, it was, because the Plymouth GTX and the Dodge Charger were essentially the same car under the skin, and both Monogram and Pioneer modeled their cars’ dimensions more or less accurately.  Eagle-eyed readers may notice that the rear tires are Maxxtrac M10 silicone slicks, which came on the used GTX and add extra grip on our Scalextric Sport test track.  In addition to giving the car a more capable chassis this swap also makes it Scalextric digital plug-ready.

We are aware that the Monogram press-on plastic wheels leave a bit to be desired in the trueness and concentricity department, but we find that for home racing with magnets they work well enough.  Non-magnet racers may want to convert to the aftermarket wheels of their choice and turn down the Monogram wheels to serve as inserts.

This whole project took less than an hour and required only simple modeling tools to complete.  It is well within the skills of even beginners in the slot car hobby

If you have comments or questions about this article please send them to support@electricdreams.com.

Coming soon from Pioneer

Pioneer P018 67 Camaro, Penske Racing, Sebring 68

Pioneer P018 67 Camaro, Penske Racing, Sebring 68.  We received this photo of an actual production model of this car, which indicates that its release is not far off.  No price yet, but we will let our readers know as soon as possible.

Major slot car event coming in October

America’s Car Museum Presents the
ACM Miniature TransAm Challenge, October 18-19, 2013
A race event for 1/32 scale slot car racing models of classic TransAm cars, 1966-1972

America’s Car Museum, also known as the LeMay Museum, announced today that it will hold a race for 1/32 scale classic TransAm slot cars on October 18-19, 2013.  This will be the first in what is intended to become a series of slot car racing events that will cover a wide variety of slot cars modeling all the famous types and eras of life-sized automobile racing.  Jeffery Keys, ACM’s Guest Services Manager, says, “We’re excited about having slot car racing events here at the museum.  They represent a unique opportunity to recreate auto racing history in miniature and to pay homage to great cars and drivers past and present while providing a lot of fun for participants and spectators alike.”

The October event, to be called the ACM Miniature TransAm Challenge, will be run on two Scalextric Sport 4-lane slot car tracks to be set up for the event in an area adjacent to the museum’s Fun Zone, where its highly detailed Slotmods slot car track and its racing simulators are located.  The tracks will be controlled as one 8-lane track by an electronic timing and scoring system and each driver and car will race on each of the 8 lanes of the two tracks.

There will be two racing classes, Stock and Modified, providing two levels of challenge for slot car racers of all skill and experience levels.  The rules have been carefully crafted to offer plenty of scope for creativity and ingenuity while keeping the cost of competing well within the reach of all who are interested in entering.

Both in-person and mail-in entries will be accepted.  A local slot racing club has agreed to manage all the proxy entries from their arrival through the event until their return to their owners.

The Race Director for the event will be the well-known slot car racing competitor and businessman Alan Smith.  He is widely recognized as one of the top slot car race directors in the US.

Entry fee for the event will be $10 per car.  All entrants will be limited to one car in each class.  All in-person entrants will receive a pass good for admission to the museum for the entire weekend, allowing them to come back on Sunday, October 20, and spend the day exploring the museum’s 4 floors of historic car exhibits.

America’s Car Museum, located in Tacoma Washington, has been open just over one year and is already recognized as one of the premier automobile museums in America and the world. Its exhibits of carefully preserved and restored cars cover the panorama of automobile history from the first horseless carriages to today’s exotic supercars. For more information on ACM, visit the museum’s web site at http://www.lemaymuseum.org.
 
Additional Event Details
Tracks: 2 Scalextric Sport tracks, 4 lanes each, all controlled by one DS timing and scoring system and operating as one 8-lane track. 
Track power: Aftermarket power supplies, 15v. (no shortage of amperage)
Controllers: Basic Professor Motor home/club racing controllers (no adjustments) will be installed on each lane and must be used by all competitors. Our thanks to Professor Motor for providing these controllers.
Classes:
Group 1 – Box-stock Trans Am
Eligible cars: 1/32 scale Scalextric 1969 Camaro, 1969/70 Mustang, 1970 Camaro; Pioneer 1967/68 Mustang notchback and Camaro. Scalextric Dodge Challenger and Mercury Cougar will also be eligible if they are available for sale to the public before September 15, 2013.
Spec rear tire: Maxxtrac X-compound. All cars must use the spec tire. A pair of these tires will be provided free of charge (courtesy of Professor Motor) to each entrant and will be installed on the car at initial tech inspection.
Allowable modifications:
Magnetic downforce: Cars will be weighed on a digital scale then placed on a Magnet Marshal. The difference between the scale reading and the Magnet Marshal reading may not exceed 220 grams.
Magnet may be shimmed to adjust magnetic downforce to a maximum of 220 grams. Magnet must be placed in the stock location immediately forward of the motor.
Body screws may be loosened for body float.
Braid may be replaced with braid of the same size but alternate material. (In other words, copper braid can be used on all cars.)
Cars may be repainted for easier identification and entrants are encouraged to do so to avoid having a field of look-alike cars. Repaints do not have to be painted as specific real cars but liveries should look period-appropriate. A car painted in a single overall color with racing numbers is all that is required to be period-appropriate.
NO OTHER MODIFICATIONS ARE ALLOWED!
 
Group 2 – Modified TransAm
Eligible cars: All Group 1 cars. In addition, 1/32 scale cars with period and series-correct injection molded or resin-cast bodies of cars raced in the TransAm series between 1966 and 1972 will be allowed. All cars must use the chassis of one of the Group-1-legal cars. The chassis may be lengthened or shortened to fit the body by making a single transverse cut and either adding or removing material. Chassis may also be lengthened by splicing together front and rear sections of two of an eligible chassis. See list of eligible bodies.  Front and rear wheel openings must be properly centered on the wheels.
Chassis, motor, and running gear: 
All stock components from any of the Group 1-eligible cars may be freely substituted for each other. This means, for example, that a car can use a Pioneer chassis, a Scalextric motor, and a mix of Pioneer and Scalextric wheels, axles, and gears.
Spec rear tire: Maxxtrac X-compound. Cars must use the spec tire. This will be the same tire as for Group 1. A pair of these tires will be provided free of charge to each entrant and will be installed on the car at initial tech inspection.
Magnetic downforce specifications are the same as for Group 1 as described above.  Magnet must be placed on the upper surface of the chassis forward of the motor. Only one magnet may be used.
Any guide, braid, and lead wire may be used. Guide adapters, such as B-nova may be used.
Maximum track (distance between outer edges of wheels/tires) Front- 55mm, rear- 59mm.
Wheels/tires may be spaced outward to the above limits or to the maximum width allowed by the body, whichever is less.
Body screws may be loosened for body float.
Chassis perimeter may be trimmed but not extended (except by altering wheelbase as described above) to fit the body being used and/or to allow free body float.
NO OTHER COMPONENTS OR MODIFICATIONS ARE ALLOWED!
Body:
Any eligible body may be used on any eligible chassis. The stock body mounting points on the chassis must be used. The body’s mounting posts may be moved to fit. 
Body screws may be loosened for body float. Bodies from cars that incorporate parts of the body into the chassis may have those parts cut from the chassis and attached to the body. Body parts may be cut from a chassis to allow fitting of an alternate body.
Body must cover wheels and tires completely when viewed from the top, including axle float.
Fenders and wheel openings may not be modified. Body can be raised on chassis but not lowered beyond a period-correct height. Any car deemed by the organizers to have its body sitting lower over the chassis than would have been seen on a TA car in the day will be required to add spacers to raise it to a period-correct height.
Full-depth interiors may be cut down into a tray interior or may be replaced by an injection-molded or resin-cast tray interior. Vacuum-formed interiors are not allowed.  All interiors must retain a roll bar/roll cage and an injection-molded or resin-cast racing driver figure with at least head, shoulders, arms, hands, and steering wheel.
Body must have windshield and rear window and any other period-correct windows in place. Vacuum-formed windows may be used only on resin-cast bodies.
Eligible body list: In addition to the bodies of all the Group 1 cars the following bodies will be allowed in Group 2.
Carrera
66 Mustang convertible (if converted to notchback hardtop)
Carrera
69 Camaro
Carrera
70 Hemi Cuda
Monogram/Revell
66 Barracuda ( also Aurora)
Monogram/Revell
69 Camaro snap kit
Monogram/Revell
70 Mustang snap kit
Monogram/Revell
71 Firebird
Revell
67 Camaro
Revell
67 Cougar
Revell
68 Barracuda
Revell
68 Firebird
Revell
68 Javelin (AMX is NOT allowed)
RMS Resins
63 Falcon
RMS Resins
66 Barracuda
RMS Resins
66 Mustang
RMS Resins
67 Cougar
RMS Resins
68 Barracuda
RMS Resins
68 Firebird
RMS Resins
68 Javelin
RMS Resins
70 Barracuda
RMS Resins
70 Camaro
RMS Resins
70 Challenger
RMS Resins
70 Firebird
SCX
70 Barracuda
Bodies not on this list may be submitted for possible inclusion.
 
Event schedule October 18-19, 2013
Friday 5pm-9pm          Registration, tech inspection, and open practice for all entrants
Saturday 9am-11am    Registration, tech inspection, and open practice for all entrants
Saturday 11am             All cars placed in impound. Final inspection of cars from 11am to noon
Saturday noon-4:30pm   Race
Saturday 4:30pm-5:00pm (or immediately upon conclusion of the race)   Podium ceremony and prize awards
Prizes and awards:
There will be trophies (configuration not yet determined) for the top 3 finishers in each class. There will be additional prizes and awards TBA.
All entrants will receive an ACM cap and an ACM lanyard for their museum pass. 
Entry fee: $10 per car. 
Additional:
  1.  The museum’s Slotmods track will not be used for racing, but it will be available during Friday evening open practice as a photo backdrop for entrants wishing to photograph their cars on it.
  2. All entrants will receive a pass good for admission to the museum for the entire weekend, including Sunday, so they will have the entire day on Sunday to explore and enjoy the museum.
  3. It is the intention of the race organizers to have the racing concluded by the museum’s closing time at 5pm on Saturday, but if necessary the race will run past that time so it can be completed on Saturday.
  4. Each entrant will be limited to one car in each class. In case of a very high number of entries, the number of entries accepted for each of the two classes may be limited. All entries will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  5. Because of time constraints there will be no qualifying. In each of the two class races, each entry will rotate across all 8 racing lanes. Starting lanes will be assigned by a random procedure, though race officials may place lookalike cars into the rotation to avoid having more than one on the track at a time as much as possible.  Lane rotation scheme TBA.
  6. Mail-in (proxy) entries will be accepted for this event. Racing of the mail-in entries will be managed by a local club that will receive cars, provide drivers, and return the cars to their owners. All mail-in cars will be inspected and track- tested before the race to ensure that they have arrived in good condition. The mailing address is TBA. Cars must be received no later than October 12, 2013.
  7. All entrants in the modified class will be required to fill out a spec sheet listing the components used in building their cars. This information will be published on the Internet, at an official location to be determined, where it will be available to the general public. The form will be provided on line so mail-in entrants can submit their completed spec sheets with their cars and on-site entrants can fill it out in advance.
  8. The two Scalextric Sport tracks for this event will be provided by 132 Slotcar (www.132slotcar.us) and by Lighthouse Christian Center of Puyallup, WA. Our thanks go to these two organizations for their participation in this event.

To contact the event organizers e-mail to slotcarevent@lemaymuseum.org.

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

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We’re just minutes from LAX.

 

Newsletter June 22nd, 2012

The Electric Dreams Top 40

Have you ever wondered what the top-selling slot cars are?  We can’t give you rankings for the whole slot car industry but we can tell you what our top 40 are since 2006 when we put our present inventory control system into operation.  Today we reveal numbers 31 through 40.

31. SCX62690 NASCAR Ford Fusion, Matt Kenseth

Monogram 85-4844 1966 Charger, LeeRoy Yarbrough

32. Monogram 85-4844 1966 Charger, LeeRoy Yarbrough

Slot It SICW03 Jaguar XJR9 1988 LeMans winner

33.  Slot It SICW03 Jaguar XJR9 1988 LeMans winner

Fly A2007 Lola T70 MkIIIB, 10th anniversary

34.  Fly A2007 Lola T70 MkIIIB, 10th anniversary

Slot It SIKF01 Ferrari 312PB KIT, #85 Andretti/Ickx, 1972

 

35.  Slot It SIKF01 Ferrari 312PB KIT, #85 Andretti/Ickx, 1972

Fly A1801 Ferrari 250 GTO, Dernier / Blaton, LeMans 1962

 

36.  Fly A1801 Ferrari 250 GTO, Dernier / Blaton, LeMans 1962

Pioneer P010 68 Mustang, Bill Maier

37.  Pioneer P010 68 Mustang, Bill Maier

Scalextric C2960 Aston Martin DBR9 Gulf

38.  Scalextric C2960 Aston Martin DBR9 Gulf

Carrera 61037 GO! Mario B-Dasher 1/43 scale

39.  Carrera 61037 GO! Mario B-Dasher 1/43 scale

Fly 97000 Riley Daytona Prototype, Gainsco, 2007 Champion

40.  Fly 97000 Riley Daytona Prototype, Gainsco, 2007 Champion

Next week– #s 21 through 30.

New items in stock

Carrera 61236 GO! Red Bull F1, Vettel, 1/43 scale

 

Carrera 61236 GO! Red Bull F1, Vettel, 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 61237 GO! Ferraril F1, Alonso, 1/43 scale

Carrera 61237 GO! Ferrari F1, Alonso, 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 61243 GO! Dune buggy blue, 1/43 scale

Carrera 61243 GO! Dune buggy blue, 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 61253 GO! Spiderman 1/43 scale

Carrera 61253 GO! Spiderman 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 61254 GO! Lizard 1/43 scale

Carrera 61254 GO! Lizard 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 61256 GO! Iron Man 1/43 scale

Carrera 61256 GO! Iron Man 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 62275 GT Fever race set, 1/43 scale

Carrera 62275 GT Fever race set, 1/43 scale – $97.99

Carrera 62282 Spiderman race set, 1/43

Carrera 62282 Spiderman race set, 1/43 – $97.99

Racer SP512/A Body for RCR63 Ferrari 512S

Racer SP512/A Body for RCR63 Ferrari 512S – $21.99

Racer SP68/A2 Body for RCR61 Ford P68

Racer SP68/A2 Body for RCR61 Ford P68 – $21.99

 

 

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 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 March 23rd, 2012

New items in stock

Carrera 30153 NASCAR Daytona 500 set, Digital 132

Carrera 30153 NASCAR Daytona 500 set, Digital 132 – $416.69

Carrera 61201 GO! NASCAR Tony Stewart, 1/43 scale

Carrera 61201 GO! NASCAR Tony Stewart, 1/43 scale – $14.99

MRRC MC11010UC Complete running Sebring chassis

MRRC MC11010UC Complete running Sebring chassis – $39.99

Slot It SICA21A Lancia LC2/85, LeMans 1988

Slot It SICA21A Lancia LC2/85, LeMans 1988 – $64.99

 

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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 February 24th, 2012

February 24, 2012 by  
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IT’S DAYTONA 500 WEEKEND!

And in honor of the Great American Race’s 2012 running we have a special offer for NASCAR fans and bargain hunters alike.

Scalextric C1234-S NASCAR tri-oval set with free extra car

Scalextric C1234-S NASCAR tri-oval set with free extra car – $169.99.  If you’re a member of Junior Nation you’ll really like this combination because it has cars in two different Dale Earnhardt Jr. liveries, plus Jimmie Johnson’s Sprint Cup championship winner to race on a big banked tri-oval.  With extra track sections available separately you can make this set the beginning of a 4-lane superspeedway, your own Daytona in miniature.

Very limited quantities available.  Offer good only while supplies last!

New items in stock

NSR 1019SW Renault Clio Cup orange

NSR 1019SW Renault Clio Cup orange – $64.99.  A great low price for NSR quality and performance.

Proto Slot CB065/1P Aston MartinDB2/4 Sebring 1958, KIT

Proto Slot CB065/1P Aston Martin DB2/4 Sebring 1958, painted body kit.  $95.99

Proto Slot CB065/2P Aston MartinDB2/4, Tour de France 1959, KIT

Proto Slot CB065/2P Aston Martin DB2/4, Tour de France 1959, painted body kit – $95.99

Proto Slot CB066/1P Alfa Romeo33 Stradale, red, KIT

Proto Slot CB066/1P Alfa Romeo 33 Straddle, red, painted body kit – $95.99

Proto Slot GM022P Lotus Europa 1982, red. KIT

Proto Slot GM022P Lotus Europa 1982, red, painted body kit – $86.99

PSK004 Chaparral 1, Jim Hall, 1962

Proto Slot PSK004 Chaparral 1, Jim Hall, 1962, RTR car – $229.99

Recent restocks: Indy Grips tires, Maxxtrac tires, NSR parts, Sloting Plus parts, Racer parts.

In addition, we have expanded our selection of 1/32 scale chassis and other components from Proto Slot.  Proto Slot is well known for its outstanding resin body kits, but it also produces all the bits needed to build its bodies and many others into complete cars.  Proto Slot also has a line of chassis and components for 1/43 scale cars.  They are also well-suited to many smaller 1/32 scale cars.  You can also find a variety of "universal" chassis for scratchbuilding and kitbashing projects on our web site.  Don’t forget that a great way to put a complete running chassis under a resin or static kit body is to buy a complete RTR car and use it as a "donor" car.  Also, many of the factory replacement parts for cars from Scalextric, Slot It, Monogram, Racer, Carrera, Pioneer, LeMans Miniatures, and TSRF offer effective and often inexpensive solutions to your special projects parts needs.  Here are a few examples of unique 1/32 scale cars built with factory replacement parts:

This model is a "TransAm" Chevy Lumina converted from a 90s NASCAR static model body (two of them, actually).  The complete running chassis is a box-stock Pioneer Mustang chassis with wheels and tires made for a Fly Porsche 934.

Here’s a heavily modified Cooper Monaco built on a complete Monogram/MRRC Sebring chassis with wheels and tires made for a Carrera Ferrari 512BB and an upgraded guide from Slot It.

This CanAm McLaren is a 70s vintage body on a Fly plastic sidewinder chassis with wheels and tires from a Monogram Greenwood Corvette.

All these cars were inexpensive to build and required only basic modeler’s tools to create, yet are all good performers on the track.  You can do your own custom car projects by using donor car chassis and combining them in creative ways with the many stock replacement parts we sell in our on-line catalog.  Of course, we also carry high-performance parts from NSR, Slot It, Sloting Plus, and many others for those who need higher performance for all-out racing situations.  Your choices for giving every car you build exactly the look and performance level you want are nearly endless.  That’s a big part of what makes the slot car hobby so much fun for so many people with widely varying skills, specific areas of interest, and personal goals.

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Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

 

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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

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We’re just minutes from LAX.

Electric Dreams News February 26, 2010

February 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2010

Just In the Door!

SCX 13990 1970 Barracuda TransAm car #42, digital

SCX 13990 1970 Barracuda TransAm car #42, digital – $69.99

SCX 64420 1970 Barracuda TransAm car #42 – $58.99. BACK IN STOCK!

SCX 14000 1970 Barracuda TransAm car #48, digital

SCX 14000 1970 Barracuda TransAm car #48, digital – $69.99

SCX 63580 1970 Barracuda TransAm car #48 – $58.99.  BACK IN STOCK!

New Items In Stock:

SCX 64390 Toyota COT, #18, Interstate Batteries

SCX 64390 Toyota COT, #18, Interstate Batteries – $53.19

SCX 64400 Chevy COT, Ryan Newman

SCX 64400 Chevy COT, Ryan Newman – $53.19

SCX 64410 Chevy COT, Tony Stewart

SCX 64410 Chevy COT, Tony Stewart – $53.19

SCX 50710 Pro NASCAR, Ryan Newman

SCX 50710 Pro NASCAR, Ryan Newman – $76.49

SCX 50720 Pro NASCAR, Tony Stewart

SCX 50720 Pro NASCAR, Tony Stewart – $76.49

SCX 50730 Pro NASCAR, #18, Interstate Batteries

SCX 50730 Pro NASCAR, #18, Interstate Batteries – $76.49

Special sale price!

Fly 88335 BMW M1, Racing, white, KIT

Fly 88335 BMW M1, Racing, white, KIT – $49.95.  Was $84.99

Available now for preorder…

Scalextric C3044 Dukes of Hazzard General Lee. Preorder now!

Scalextric C3044 Dukes of Hazzard General Lee. Preorder now! – $75.09

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Electric Dreams News January 29, 2010

January 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2010

New Items In Stock:

SCX 63580 1970 Barracuda TransAm car #48

SCX 63580 1970 Barracuda TransAm car #48.  $58.49

SCX 64420 1970 Barracuda TransAm car #42

SCX 64420 1970 Barracuda TransAm car #42. Preorder now! – $58.49

Fly F01103 Williams FW07, Italian GP 1980

Fly F01103 Williams FW07, Italian GP 1980 – $79.99

Fly F07101 Porsche Carrera 6, Nurburgring 1968

Fly F07101 Porsche Carrera 6, Nurburgring 1968 – $69.99

Fly F11101 Porsche 917K, Targa Florio 1970

Fly F11101 Porsche 917K, Targa Florio 1970 – $74.99

SCX 13780 Ferrari 599GTB, digital

SCX 13780 Ferrari 599GTB, digital – $69.99

SCX 13810 Ferrari FXX yellow, digital

SCX 13810 Ferrari FXX yellow, digital – $69.99

SCX 13930 Chevy COT, Dale Earnhardt Jr. digital

SCX 13930 Chevy COT, Dale Earnhardt Jr. digital – $69.99

SCX 13940 Chevy COT Kevin Harvick, digital

SCX 13940 Chevy COT Kevin Harvick, digital – $69.99

SCX 13970 Ford NASCAR COT, Greg Biffle, digital

SCX 13970 Ford NASCAR COT, Greg Biffle, digital – $69.99

SCX 13980 Toyota COT, Kyle Busch digital

SCX 13980 Toyota COT, Kyle Busch digital – $69.99

SCX 63960 Classic Mini

SCX 63960 Classic Mini – $44.99

SCX 64220 Chevy COT, Jeff Burton, Caterpillar

SCX 64220 Chevy COT, Jeff Burton, Caterpillar – $49.99

Coming from Scalextric:

Scalextric C3064 Dodge Charger, green

Scalextric C3064 Dodge Charger, green. Preorder now! – $49.99

Scalextric C3065 1970 Camaro, Dick Hoffman

Scalextric C3065 1970 Camaro, Dick Hoffman. Preorder now! – $49.99

Scalextric C3066 Ford MkII, Sebring 1966

Scalextric C3066 Ford MkII, Gurney/Grant, Sebring 1966. Preorder now! – $49.99. Note:  Despite what it looks like in this photo the car isn’t going to have working steering.  This is a photo of a diecast car Scalextric is using to give an idea of what their slot car will look like.

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Slot Car Racing in North Carolina

A.G. Kimbrough never thought that racing slot cars, a hobby he started in 1964, one day would turn into a business venture. But the semi-retired Kimbrough, who moved to Evansville in June from North Carolina after a five-month stint in California, figured he’d give it a shot.

"I needed to keep working a little bit, but figured if I am supposed to be retired, I might as well do something fun," Kimbrough said.

He bought an intersecting figure-eight track last summer and took it to several events in the area, including the Vanderburgh County Fair. He wanted to see if there was enough interest to open a shop devoted to slot cars.

"A lot of people were really interested," Kimbrough said. "Slot car racing was really big everywhere in the mid- to late-1960s, but after that boom, it died off, except in pockets around the country where NASCAR racing is big."

Kimbrough rented out a space in Washington Square Mall and got several more tracks, making FastLane Raceway a reality. Kimbrough has four tracks in the store — an intersecting figure-eight, drag track, a hill-climb track and a sprint track. On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, Kimbrough holds races for all different types of cars and all different ages.

On Friday and Sunday, anyone can come and get some practice time in for the next week’s race. Kimbrough rents out cars for beginners and people interested in checking out the hobby and sells everything needed to build your own car.

Business started out slow but gradually has picked up. Sean Thomas, 6, his brother John Thomas, 10, and their father, Chris Thomas, were headed for the arcade at the mall when they discovered Raceway had replaced it. The three decided to rent a few cars and check it out.

"It’s really a lot of fun. It’s like a giant playground," Chris Thomas said with a laugh as he and his boys headed home for dinner. He said they’d be back.

"Men, women and children can all have a blast racing slot cars. There is no age or gender limit," said Janie Gordon, whose husband and son race real drag cars in the summer. They found out about FastLane Raceway and are now regulars, getting their wintertime racing fix through the slot cars.

Kimbrough hopes eventually to knock out a wall and expand to add more tracks, but for now he is content.

"I am having fun doing something I never imagined I would do," he said.

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