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#1 Steve Okeefe

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:02 PM

Sandy Gross 5 Rail Sports Car

A re-creation August 1967 chassis built by Steve Okeefe






Sandy Gross, a kid from Brooklyn, New York, and then member of west-coast based Team Russkit, won the Fourth Car Model Race held in California using this chassis.




It's design is fairly typical for late 1967, just before the hinged body mount (a.k.a.: "Tilting Body Mount", "Sloppy Sam" or just "Floppy") made its appearance.




With its five rail design, the fifth rail being mostly for additional weight, it illustrates the growing tendency (in 1967) to add weight to improve stability and handling, and to keep the ever more powerful racing motors under control.






Sharp-eyed observers may note that it is the fourth rail, not the fifth rail as seen in this build, that is is supposed to go from front to back.  Sandy, as you might expect, noticed it right away!

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