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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:41 PM

Yes, and the guy who got this could have been a raceway owner of have more than one... with bits mixed from a RTR to a kit box over the years...  :)

This is why I am a bit cautious here, I need to see at least one SEALED kit with another body color that pee-yellow.






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Posted 30 August 2013 - 02:01 PM

Yes, and the guy who got this could have been a raceway owner of have more than one... with bits mixed from a RTR to a kit box over the years...  :)

This is why I am a bit cautious here, I need to see at least one SEALED kit with another body color that pee-yellow.

 

I knew you were going to go there Dokk.

Everyone is trying to trick you.


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Posted 30 August 2013 - 03:58 PM

No one is trying to trick anyone, Bob. It just happens unvoluntarily all the time. How many times did we see a different car inside the wrong box on eBay, because the seller does not know what he is looking at?

It is just a fact of life.

As far as what a museum worthy of its name is supposed to do, is to proceed with caution in analyzing available facts. And the facts are not clear at this time, that the GRC would have been issued in a different color than yellow in KIT form. Certainly far from impossible of course, but over the past 25 years or so, I must have seen about two dozens of the intact (sealed) kits in both forms of packaging (without and with the window on the box), and all the bodies were yellow. The RTR I have seen new in box were rarely yellow, mostly white, red or an ugly mix of yellow with gray in the mix. Then the loose cars, I have seen blue, purple, puke green and goldish tone.

So I was hoping that someone here MIGHT have a sealed kit of another color than yellow, because at this time, we can only speculate.



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 04:49 PM

That clears some things up ...

 

Now that you say the RTRs came in only 6 colors that matched the lane colors for rentals my memory of painted and chipped up rental cars might be intact.

 

From what I can tell, the part # on the box does not delineate the car color, so there isn't any clues there.


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Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:11 PM

Bob, I do not say that the RTR came in "only 6 colors". I don't know that. There might be more. I only report what I have seen or remember have seen... :)



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 06:07 PM

does anyone out there sell any nos bits and pieces, parts for these cars? I have accumulated bodies and some parts, but not enough to complete these cars at 100% original form. Looking for tires and wheels, motors, gears.  


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 06:27 PM

Hey Glenn,

 

I don't think I have ever seen NOS parts on ebay for these cars before ... or anywhere .... not that I can remember anyway.

Even the motors have a unique color paint to them.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 03:23 AM

A couple years ago there were a number of NOS Spitfire parts on the bay, but haven't seen any recently; Glenn, I'll have to look at what I've got as spares, offhand I think I have some front wheels - found a box of them here in France! Ortmann does the rear tires, not sure about fronts. 

 

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:58 AM

Hi Don,

Were these carded, loose or bulk? It would be cool to see the packaging of a carded part.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 11:23 AM

The LASCM has several of the spare parts offered shrink wrapped on a card. Wheels, tires, guides, drop arms, axles, gears and even motors were available. I cannot remember this minute how much of that stuff is at the museum but will add it to the "list of things to do".



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:11 PM

Bob, 

 

Here's the parts; I had a guide on the original card, as was sold in shops, and then a box of front wheels in bulk packs, which had some guides in there too. It must have been imported into France or Switzerland, and the front wheels was crossed out and replace by front & rear tires....only fronts left!

 

So Glenn, I have guides and front wheels/tires if you're interested. 

 

Don 

 

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:32 PM

Thanks Don ! :victory:

 

As I expected from seeing the box art the carded item looks great. :D

 

The green/yellow and checkered flag looks .... Nice !!! :good:

 

I bet the fronts are still soft and ready to roll.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:18 PM

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E. 157th St.

Gardena, CA.

 

 

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Thanks... it's about 3 miles southeast of the shop. It's real close to a place we go to lunch. It's also close to Isky Cams...

 

Oh, Gardena only has 3 zip codes and Google maps doesn't really care if you have one or not, unlike the post office.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:44 PM

GRC closed its doors many years ago after moving their casbah to Los Angeles. It completely ceased operations in the 1990s after re-incorporating in 1980.

I guess they ran out of goggles.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 04:35 AM

People, you will have to forgive me about your opinions on collecting classic slot cars, I have never understood the concept. I understand collecting items that remind us of our youth and a more simple time when worries were few and joy was many.

When I got back into slot car racing the second time in the mid-'80s I would see people coming to the track proudly holding their Monogram, Cox, or you fill in the blank original slot car beaming with pride. I would think to myself and sometimes foolishly ask, why would you pay that type of money for one of the main reasons slot car racing did not make it? I can remember as a young kid in the early to mid-'60s to saving my money and going to talk to a track owner and would be told that this new Monogram car was the one to have and race. I would pay the then princely sum (whatever it was) to purchase the beautiful scale car and dream of going back and winning a race. Next day reality would set in when I put my costly and beautiful hard plastic car on the track and get lapped once every two laps by one of the racers.

I do not mean this as a slam to those of you who cherish these slot cars of the past, however, I just do not get the concept.

Yes, I did stay in long enough to understand and learn the art of soldering, bending of wire, and the art of painting a body from the inside, however, I have often wondered how many young kids had my same experience and left because of disappointment and did not stay in this hobby.

I do understand that my experience and those of others were most likely the result of track owners just wanting the quick buck, however, every time I see one of these hard plastic slot cars my original memories rush back.

Hi Mayberryman,

 

I can understand your sentiment about slot car racing in the golden years. I have had described to me the situation at the 'peak' years of '65-'66 when many stores existed, were packed full and the technology was accelerating at an unbelievable rate. I have a good friend who left the hobby in '65 due to getting blown off the track by rich guys with hot motors. Few could afford to win that way. There was only one class initially: "Run what-ya-brung". Not only did better heeled drivers and better connected drivers do all the winning, the track owners often dominated their own track races! Smarter track owners created group racing (gp10, gp12, etc.) to counteract this unfairness and keep customers but it was too late for many kids who left with a bad taste. I think maybe you were among them.

 

I was around during that golden time but I wasn't put off by the competition. I loved the excitement and newness of it all and later got into group racing which was about like a bowling league even though a few guys dominated due to their tuning and driving abilities. I had fun competing and built all kinds of custom cars for fun with my friends into the mid '70s. I can understand that collecting golden era slot cars does not reflect the same nostalgia for you as it does for others. Personally, I wouldn't cross the street to see a GRC plastic car again but I can understand that some people liked them and can afford to indulge a little to own, drive or just  reminisce about them again. Collecting is a different hobby than racing and it can be a lot of fun all by itself. 

 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 09:23 AM

Collecting is just one facet of the slot car hobby and maybe more popular than actually racing slot cars.   There's a lot of guys  nowhere near a slot car track that enjoy  collecting the old cars.   Only some of us are lucky enough to have a slot car track at home or close by.   Lots of guys out there by themselves.

 

I agree the GRC stuff is not important, rare or a big collector item, but still it is a collector item. 

 

As a type of hobby, collecting old things is probably the largest hobby category  in America.  Slot cars, big and small, model cars, stamps, coins, jewelry, trains,vinyl  records,  model airplanes, trains, old hubcaps, guns, starwars, Roy Rogers, plates, books,  the list can go on forever!


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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:51 AM

I don't own one, but I'll never forget them. GRC Spitfires were the rental cars at LeMans Raceway, Brunswick, ME when I first went to a commercial raceway in 1967.Not a collector, but perhaps I'll have to find one some day.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 11:38 PM

For reference.

The Red NOS car shown above sold on ebay for $125.


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