Monday, 30 September 2013

NEWS: FlySlot Merc Racing Truck 'Zolder'

FlySlot Mercedes Benz Racing Truck
F202101, 'Zolder 2012', Heinz Werner Lenz

Fly struck gold when they decided to produce 1:32 racing trucks over a decade ago and FlySlot's recent decision to have the big rigs return to their line-up was met with a standing ovation from slotters world wide.  The first time I saw a Fly truck on the track I smiled from ear to ear, these slots are very impressive to race.

Detail levels are off the charts (even by Fly standards) and they come fitted with a sprung glide and a heavy duty magnet for rear down force.  Just look at the engine/exhaust detail visible from the rear photos.  You can source after-market rubber (and wheels) to help control the rear a little more if so desired.  The Heinz Werner Lenz racing truck is a striking livery with its orange body and the black wheels.

Some interesting background from Wikipedia; 'The sport started in the United States at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 17, 1979 and was the opening scene in the movie Smokey and the Bandit II. As a sanctioned sport it began as ATRA (American Truck Racing Association) in 1979 then was sold to N. Linn Henndershott in 1982 and it became the Great American Truck Racing circuit.

The races were run on dirt and paved ovals mostly in the Eastern United States. The trucks used in the beginning were actually working trucks with tandem rear axles and used street tires yet still attained speeds of 150 mph (241 km/h) on the front straight at Pocono Raceway and set the closed course record of 132 mph (212 km/h) in qualifying at Texas World Speedway by Charlie Baker on March 21, 1982. Most of its popularity early on came from the movie Smokey and the Bandit' Ok I know I post quite a few videos but this one is one you don't want to miss, great imagery, incredible machines and not a bad sound track to boot. 

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