RELIVERING YOUR SPORT / GT CARS


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SCALEXTRIC C/57 - ASTON MARTIN DBR1
The Aston Martin DBR1 seems to be, together with the Jaguar D-type, a favorite of vintage Scalextric enthusiasts. Not surprising, the DBR1 being in my sense one of the most classic, beautiful, sober and elegant sport cars ever. Many great pilots have raced at the wheel of DBR1s, with great success,
Stirling Moss in particular who won the 1958 (pic below) and 1959 editions of the Nurburgring 1000 km, with respectively Jack Brabham and Jack Fairman as co-drivers.

This victory has been captured by the talentuous artwork painter Nicholas Watts (second pic).

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SCALEXTRIC C103 / 153 - ALFA ROMEO 33 TT3 SPIDER

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The Scalextric Alfa TT3 model is s@omewhat over simplified, moulded in a single piece, with not much detailing (the cockpit treatment is especially poor), and a more then rudimentary decoration, as often the case. A priori a rather unattractive model. However, its general lines and proportions are relatively faithful, an interesting potential for improvement, with some work on it of course.

The two Alfa Romeo spiders below are only a first step in improving the Scalex model. You will recognize (at least I hope) two TT3 part of the Autodelta team for the 1972 Le Mans 24 Hours race. #17 was driven by Andrea de Adamich / Nino Vaccarella, #18 by Vic Elford / Dr Helmut MARKO (the third TT3 was at the hands of Nanni Galli / Rolf Stommelen). The Scalextric C 103 model does correspond to the TT3 spiders seen at Le Mans in 1972, with the two longitudinal rear stabilizers intended for fast circuits only.

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SCALEXTRIC C122 - MATRA MS 670
The Matra 670s took the two first places at the1972 Le Mans 24 Hours race, the winner car being the "short tail" one #15 driven by Henri Pescarolo Graham Hill. A quite historic victory for the Velizy cars. This Matra Simca #15 is obviously the one that we should make our Scalextric model replicate.

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The main improvement to be made to the body is the installation of the roll-bar (the drawing above is helpful to make it, using electric copper wire for example). To be painted in black. Then you need to drill five small holes in the body to glue it. Easier than what could be expected.

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Remains the problem of how to figure out front headlights (as they play a major role in the Le Mans race). Several options are available : paint the headlights in alu or stick some protection paper over them or try to make headlights visible. I chose here to represent headlights using home-made decals. Click on the lefthand pic to see the result. The illusion cannot be perfect anyway, given that the headlight image remains fix whatever the view angle, but it's not so bad. Would appreciate any comments on this approach.




SCALEXTRIC C122 - PORCHE 917

Whereas the works Porsche 917 LH #12 (Vic Elford / Dick Attwood) has been largely seen at the 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours race before its retirement due to transmission problems, it was not the case for the similar car #10, driven by John Woolfe, since it was destroyed in a tragic crash in the very first lap of the race, which caused death of its unfortunate driver.

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SCALEXTRIC C16 - FERRARI P4
The model is not among the best one produced by Scalextric, an additional reason for not leaving it in its original decoration. Rather than the Works P4 #21, you could prefer something a bit more original such as for example the Belgian Equipe Nationale Belge's 330 P4 which took the 3rd place overall at the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours race, driven by Willy Mairesse and Jean Blaton ("Beurlys").

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SCALEXTRIC C77 - FORD GT

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FLEISCHMANN - LOTUS 30

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FERRARI 250 GT0

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For a Frenchman, the Ferrari GTO remains associated with the name of Jean Guichet, one of the last gentlemen drivers. While running his civil engineering business in Marseilles, he participated in major racing events such as Les 24 Heures du Mans or Le Tour de France Automobile with great success at the wheel of GT/sport Ferrari cars. As soon as the Ferrari GTO was put in production, he bought one as a private customer (s/n 3705 GT) and immediately entered it in the upcoming 24 Heures du Mans of June 1962. With one of his friends as second driver, Pierre Noblet, they finished the race at the second place overall, a brilliant performance for a GT car.

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Le Mans 1962 -- The model car is a 1/32 CARTRONIC slotcar produced by Tronico Toys GMBH.

Another great performance with a GTO was his victory at the 1963 Tour de France Automobile, associated with José Behra, a privileged event for GTOs fiercely battling against each other. The Revell model below is evocating t he winning car #165, a GTO built in 1963 (s/n 5111 GT) with a 1962 body.

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ELDON -1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY Z06
The most desirable 1963 Z06 of all, the celebrated “Gulf One”. Campaigned by Dr. Dick Thompson, "Gulf One" , the Gulf Oil-sponsored Z06, was delivered by Chevrolet to Gulf personnel at the St. Louis plant in October 1962. With Dick Thompson at the wheel, Gulf One was entered in an impressive number of races across the US, including the Daytona's 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours races, very successfully, always at the front of the pack and scoring numerous victories and rostrum places.

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CIRCUIT 24 is French slot racing manufacturer who articulated his marketing strategy along with the Le Mans 24 Hours race to sell his racing sets and sport / GT cars. The scale of CIRCUIT 24 cars is supposedly 1/30e, a specificity being that all cars are using a unique chassis, very robustly built, with the same nice wired-type wheels and high quality rubber tyres : a high level of standardization, leading ipso facto to some approximations in the real scale.To be noted that rear tyres are a bit bigger than front oners.

FERRARI TR 60
This CIRCUIT 24 model is interesting in that it is a somewhat naive but very evocative stylisation of the Ferrari TR60. To my knowledge, it was available in red or blue. The deco chosen here is deliberately uncommon, based on sports cars of a French stable which did really exist in the early sixties : the "Squadra San Nome". Would give a very nice touch of French blue to your collection. Of course, the traditional red livery of the works Ferraris would also be a valid choice.

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PORSCHE 718 RS 61COUPÉ
The choice of this Porsche was quite original as the actual one has rarely been seen, but the model leaves much to be desired as compared to the Ferrari. On one hand, the plastic body moulding is really awful, with edges of doors, bonnet and front cover being in relief, and there is a lack of detailing (additional front headlights, exhaust pipe, lateral air intakes). In addition, as apparently all closed bodyworks, there is neither interior layout nor pilot... It has to be said that the voluminous motor doesn't leave much place. Also the standard wired wheels are penalizing the model, Porsche RS wheels, so typical, would have been welcome. In brief, a model from which no miracle can be expected.
We have chosen to represent the car #160 that Joachim Bonnier / Carlo Mario Abate drove to victory at the 1963 edition of the Targa Florio race.

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PORSCHE 911 R
Inspired by the deco of the Porsche 911R pictured on the home page (G. Larousse / M. Gelin, winners of the TDF 1969), an Irish enthusiast asked about the possibility of a downsized 1/32 version of the decal sheet for the Japanese Arii kit he was building. He did a very good job and ended up with the superb model below. Congrats Denis !



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