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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Vitesse Ford Fairlane purple hog in 1:43 scale, driver: Curtis Turner

A Vitesse Ford Fairlane purple hog, in 1:43 scale, made in Portugal. The beauty of classic racing, driven by Curtis Turner.
  From the net:
   Curtis Turner was born in Floyd, Virginia and began his racing career in 1946 when he
finished 18th in a field of 18 contestants in a race at Mount Airy, North
Carolina. However, he rebounded and won his next race. During his career, he won
360 races in several different racing series, including 22 in the NASCAR
Convertible Division in 1956, and 17 wins in the NASCAR Grand National series
(now Sprint Cup). From 1950 to 1954, he drove for Oldsmobile being billed as the
Blond Blizzard of Virginia. He switched to driving Fords in 1954. He eventually
acquired the nickname of Pops, allegedly because of the way he would "pop" other
drivers on the track.

     Turner's 1967 Daytona 500 racecarCurtis Turner (April 12, 1924 – October 4,
1970) was an early NASCAR driver. In addition to his success in racing, he made
a fortune, lost it, and remade it buying and selling timberlands. Throughout his
life he developed a reputation for drinking and partying. In 1999, he was
inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
He is noted for several other racing accomplishments:
  The only NASCAR driver to win two Grand National races in a row from the pole
  by leading every lap (Rochester, New York and Charlotte, North Carolina in
  July 1950)
  The only win in NASCAR for Nash — Charlotte 150 — April 1, 1951
  The only driver to win 25 major NASCAR races in one season driving the same
  car in each of them (in 1956 — 22 were won as the #26 car in the convertible
  division, the other three, including the 1956 Southern 500, were with a top
  welded on.)
  The only driver to win a major NASCAR race that was red-flagged because his
  car was the only one still running (at the Asheville-Weaverville, North
  Carolina track on September 30, 1956.)
  The first driver to climb Pikes Peak in less than 15 minutes (in a 1962 Ralph
  Moody Ford — the actual time was 14 minutes 37 seconds for the 14 mile
  The first winner of the American 500 at Rockingham, North Carolina (in a 1965
  Woods Brothers Ford.)
  The first driver to qualify for a NASCAR Grand National race at a speed
  greater than 180 miles per hour (1967 Daytona 500, driving #13, a 1967 Smokey
  Yunick Chevrolet.)
  Turner conceptualized, secured financing for, and built Charlotte Motor
  Speedway in 1960 before being forced out by his business partners.
  2006 inductee of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Being able to see the racing industry from the business end, he developed a
feeling that drivers deserved a better deal for their role in the sport. He
attempted to organize a union for them in 1961. Unfortunately for him, NASCAR
has never looked favorably on an organized union for the drivers, and Turner was
banned for life. However, the ban was lifted in 1965, and he returned to racing.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bizarre GM Firebird III Motorama 1958 1:43 scale

This is Bizarre GM Firebird III Motorama 1958 in 1:43 scale, made of resin.

From the net:
   The General Motors Firebird is a series of three concept cars designed by Harley
Earl, and built by General Motors for the 1953, 1956 and 1959 Motorama auto
shows. They were very much inspired by innovations in fighter aircraft design at
the time. None of the designs were intended for production, but instead were to
showcase the extremes in technology and design that General Motors was able to
achieve. The cars were recently placed on display at the Henry Ford Museum in
Dearborn, Michigan, and still make regular car show appearances.
General Motors had done research on feasibility of gas turbine engines in cars
as early as the 1930s. It wasn't until the early 1950s that they began building
an actual engine, with Emmett Conklin leading the project.
    The Firebird III, was built in 1958 and first
shown at Motorama in 1959. It is another extravagant prototype with titanium
skin, and no fewer than seven short wings and tail fins that were tested
extensively in a wind tunnel. It is a two-seater powered by a 225 hp (168 kW)
Whirlfire GT-305 gas turbine engine, and a two cylinder 10 hp (7.5 kW) gasoline
engine to run all the accessories. Its exterior design features a double bubble
canopy, and more technical advancements to make it more practical, such as
cruise control, anti-lock brakes, and air conditioning. It also featured
"space-age" innovations, such as special air drag brakes, like those found on
aircraft, which emerged from flat panels in the bodywork of the car to slow it
from high speeds, an "ultra-sonic" key which signaled the doors to open, and an
automated guidance system to avoid accidents and "no hold" steering. The
steering was controlled by a joystick positioned between the two seats. This
gave the car a more futuristic feel and simulated the experience of flying a
     Actual photos of the three (3) GM Firebirds.
                                                      Firebird I
                                                        Firebird II
                                                         Firebird III

CM's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 1994 Safari Rally 1:64 Chase car

This is CM's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 1994 Safari Rally in 1:64 scale, chase car.

CM's Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 1992 Safari Rally 1:64 scale

This is CM's Mitsubishi Galant VR-4, 1992 Safari Rally in 1:64 scale.