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#1 One_Track_Mind

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:50 AM

With all this Womp Talk as of lately, I had to go and dig out my ole car. I used to race this little jewel over at Hobby Masters on Brookpark Rd, in Cleveland, It must have been around the early the 90's? I bought the car from the showcase as a used 'race prepped' machine. Had a lot of Fun! don't really recall If I ever done any good but sure had a lot of Fun with it.The car come equipped with a East coast modified body. So, the hunt was on to find one of those,to restore it back to it's glory days.
I should also mention,the chassis was so rusted and looking really bad,so I merely stripped it down and sandblasted,and give it a coat of paint.
Someone had mentioned to make these little guys handle was to bend up the rear pod and then hold it there with some wire. Funny, as I was taking this apart, It had indeed just that modification to it. I never knew that was done?
While searching for the body again, I run across the 81' ASA Camaro and that body style, to me brought back memories. a lot of my time during the 80's was spent around the local Dirt Tracks where I grew up. One of them in particular was the Pennsboro Speedway at the Ritchie County fairgrounds. In Oct. of 1981 race promoter Carl Short put up a large purse of money for a dirt track race. $100,000 total purse and $30,000 to the winner.He brought in Neil Bonnet that day as a promotion, but that Fall day a miracle had happened. A local racer by the name of Jim Dunn had won the race starting from the 23rd position. To watch the race,was anything short of a miracle.
Doc Lehman wrote the story that has been forever etched in mind as one of the best races ever seen by myself.
http://www.dirttrack...net/history.htm

This is good reading! I hope someone takes the time to capture the moment,as all the fans did that fall day.

Sadly,a couple of years later on May 8,1983 we lost our legend Jim Dunn in a horrific accident down in Ky.
So,for me it was an easy choice that I have to paint the body like the Dunn machine that won the very first DTWC back in 1981.
Good thing I had bought a couple of these bodies as I'm not sure If my quality painting will do it any justice?
I may have to send it to one of our pro-painters here to do it just right.
I've contacted a close friend that may have the picture I'm looking for to replicate this paint scheme.

In, the meantime here are the pictures of the Womp car, I'm re-storing.

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#2 Cap Henry

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:05 AM

Cool story, and cool lil body. I've always thought "dirt" slot car classes were way cool

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:10 AM

Yes they are... :good:

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:08 AM

Wow--that's very cool---whoever modified the car--that's EXACTLY the bracing I came up with to modify my recently built womps! And I didn't really know what I was doing--just did what seemed logical! It worked!! Cool little car you have --and great story!! Enjoy your "restored" toy!!
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