Sunday, 13 October 2013

NEWS: Scalextric Dodge Challenger

Scalextric Dodge Challenger
C3419 Trans-Am Series 1970
Scalextric are about to release a cracker of a slot car, the Dodge Challenger from the 1970 Trans-Am Series.  Combined with the Dodge Charger Daytona and Mercury Cougar, Scalextric are releasing some exciting American muscle from the 1970s.  I think you'll all agree that it's great to see Scalextric releasing some of these amazing motorcars to complement the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaros from the 60s and 70s.

  • Motor: Mabuchi SP 18k rpm
  • Gear Ratio: 11:36
  • Chassis: Rear Mounted Motor; Side-winder; Rear two wheel drive
  • Magnet: Rectangular stepped 1.5 mm
  • Downforce: 200 gm
  • Length: 151 mm
  • Wheelbase: 88 mm
  • Width Axle/Hub: 55 mm Front; 56 mm Rear
  • Tyre diameter: 19(ext), 13(int), 8 mm Front; 19(ext), 13(int), 8 mm Rear
  • Weight: Car 86 gm

This from Scalextric: 'This car was built at Dan Gurney's AAR shop and was finished at Ray Caldwell's Autodynamics. It was a factory Dodge entry with Sam Posey as the driver. The car’s best finishes were all third places; at Lime Rock, Road America and Kent race circuits. It finished fourth in points for the 1970 season behind Ford and AMC, but ahead of Chevrolet, Plymouth, and Pontiac... not bad for a last minute start‐up team!

In the Trans‐Am Series, teams would "acid dip" the race cars to etch away metal, thus making the car lighter. At Laguna Seca, the first race of the season, the Challenger team was last in line for technical inspection. Since all the factories were participating in 1970, the first inspection of the year was highly detailed. After the Challenger had passed tech inspection and was accepted, the team offered John Taminus, the Chief Technical Inspector, a beer.

John rested his elbow on the roof of the car and it dimpled in (from too much time in the acid bath). When that happened, he told them that they could not run the car until the roof was replaced. Within an hour of that incident, the Challenger team had received permission from Dodge and torched the roof off a Challenger that was sitting on a dealer's showroom floor in downtown Monterey. Richard Goldsmith ‐ Gilroy, California, currently owns and runs this 1970 Trans Am Dodge Challenger in the Historic Trans Am series.

The 1970 Trans Am Dodge Challenger #77 car as driven by Sam Posey, team managed by Carroll Smith at the Mid‐ Ohio race in 1970.'

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