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Sunday, November 7, 2010

ERTL 1970 Chevelle Baldwin Motion 1:18 scale

ERTL 1970 Chevelle Baldwin Motion in 1:18 scale.  In1967 Joel Bosen of Brooklyn, New York, joined forces w/ Baldwin Chevrolet and together created the legendary Baldwin Motion specialty shop.

From the net:
The original Baldwin-Motion Performance Group (1967-1974) represented a
        partnership between Baldwin Auto Company, a franchised Chevrolet
        dealership dating back to the early-1920s and Motion Performance, a
        high-profile speed shop with a reputation for building fast Chevys. Both
        were located in Baldwin, Long Island, NY, a New York City suburb.
        Baldwin Chevrolet was run by Ed Simonin, son of its founder, August
        “Gus” Simonin, and Ed’s brother-in-law, Dave Bean. Motion Performance
        started life at a Sunoco service station in Brooklyn, NY in the
        late-1950s. In 1963, after Joel Rosen, then a junior partner, installed
        a Clayton chassis dynamometer, signage was changed to reflect the true
        nature of his business. In 1966, Rosen incorporated as Motion
        Performance, Inc. and relocated to his own shop at 598 Sunrise Highway,
        Baldwin, NY.
        Starting in 1967 and running through 1974, Baldwin-Motion offered SS
        (425-hp) and Phase III (500-hp and up) big-block Camaros, Novas,
        Chevelles, Corvettes and Biscayne Street Racer Specials. Cars were sold
        at Baldwin Chevrolet or Motion Performance, converted by Motion and
        financed and delivered by Baldwin. Phase III 427 and 454 cars came with
        a written, money back, quarter-mile performance guaranty from Joel
        All Baldwin-Motion sales promotion materials carried Rosen's guaranty.
        “We think so much of our Phase III Supercars that we guaranty they will
        turn at least 120 mph in 11.50 seconds or better with an M/P-approved
        driver on an AHRA or NHRA-sanctioned drag strip. Phase III Supercars are
        completely streetable, reliable machines that will run these times off
        the street.” There never was a single comeback!

Ixo Ford Escort Cosworth 1000 Lakes Rally 1994, T.Makinen/S.Harjanne 1:43 scale

Ixo Ford Escort Cosworth 1000 Lakes Rally 1994, driven by T.Makinen/S. Harjanne, in 1:43 scale.

From the net:
The Ford Escort RS Cosworth was a sports derivative of the Ford Escort. It was
available from 1992-96 in very limited numbers. It was instantly recognisable
due to its large "whale tail" rear spoiler. The main selling point was the
Cosworth YBT engine, a highly tunable turbocharged 2-litre engine which had an
output of 227 PS (167 kW; 224 hp) in standard trim.
The Escort Cosworth was a rare car, with 7,145 vehicles produced from the start
of production on 19 February 1992 until the last car rolled out of the factory
on 12 January 1996. A tiny number were unofficially imported to the United
States, where it was considered one of the greatest performance Fords of all
The car was to be Ford's new rally car, and very successful it became with its
total victories amounting to 8 in Group A guise. Drivers included famous victor
at the 1994 Monte Carlo Rally, the Frenchman François Delecour, future quadruple
World Rally Champion Tommi Makinen (who took his maiden event victory for Ford
in Finland that same year before departing for Mitsubishi for 1995), as well as
the Belgian Bruno Thiry and, from 1996, 1990 and 1992 World Rally Champion
Carlos Sainz of Spain. One-time 1988 and 1989 back-to-back title-winning force
for Lancia, Miki Biasion and 1991 Rally Catalunya winner Armin Schwarz were
among the other fabled pilots to be seen behind the wheel.

Ixo Fiat 131 Abarth Gr. 4 Rally Monte Carlo 1980 Andruet/Biche 1:43 scale

Ixo Fiat 131 Abarth Gr. 4 Minte Carlo Rally 1980, driven by JC Andruet/ Biche, in 1:43 scale.

From the net:
The Fiat 131, additionally called "Mirafiori", is a small/medium family car
produced by the Italian car manufacturer Fiat from 1974 to 1984. It was
exhibited at 1974 Turin Motor Show.
The 131 was the replacement for the successful Fiat 124, and available as a
2-door and 4-door saloon and 5-door estate. The 131 was given the Mirafiori name
after the Turin suburb where the cars were produced. Naming the car in this way
marked a break with the former Fiat convention, established in the 1960s, of
naming their mainstream models only with a three digit number, and it set the
pattern for Fiat to adopt Anglo-American style car naming practice, with
carefully chosen names for subsequent new models. Initially, the 131 was offered
with 1.3 L and 1.6 L single overhead camshaft engines. Revisions were made in
1978 and 1981, and all models were produced until production ceased in 1984.
1,513,800 units total were produced in Italy.
The Fiat 131 Abarth was a very successful rally car, winning the World Rally
Championship three times: in 1977, 1978, and in 1980 with Markku Alen, Timo
Salonen and Walter Röhrl at the wheel.[7] The official "works" cars were
sponsored by Italian airline Alitalia and bore their distinctive red, white and
green livery.