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#1 dc-65x

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 04:37 PM

I recently acquired the book by Alex Gaggard, "Ford Total Performance - The Road to World Racing Domination, 1962 - 1970"
 
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Here is the introduction to the book that explains the era much better than I can:
 
“The great legacy of Ford Motor Company’s foray into world class racing was known as the “The Total Performance” era, and it remains as one of America’s highest achievements in the international arena of motorsports. No other car manufacturer, before or since, has undertaken such a massive corporate program like the one Ford launched in the early ‘60’s to complete in every major motorsports venue in the world. No other make can lay claim to even a fraction of the success that Ford had, from high speed rallies to the Indianapolis 500; from Formula-1 to endurance racing; from road racing to stock car and drag racing. “Total Performance” was Ford’s corporate motto, expressed as “engineering excellence demonstrated in the heat of competition”. By the end of the decade, Ford had won everything there was to win.”
 
That’s quite an amazing variety of racing as pictured in period magazine ads below:

 

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Let’s see, let’s not forget “high speed rallies”……….
 
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………and the winningest engine in Formula 1 history:
 
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All this got me to reminiscing about my “yute” in Southern California. I grew up totally car crazy in the 60’s when this was all going on. I attended many a road race at Riverside International Raceway; SCCA regionals, CanAm, TransAm and NASCAR. I spent a lot of time at the drag races at Irwindale Raceway. I was even lucky enough to tour the Shelby American facility at the peak of their success.
 
Hmmmmmmmmm…………..seems like it’s time for a slot car salute to the era and a good excuse to build some neato slot cars!
 
Rodney and I are going to use Ford Total Performance as a building theme not because it's Ford (we like all performance cars) but because it covers virtually every type of auto racing there was in our favorite "Golden Era of Racing 1962 - 1970".
 
My thinking on the type of cars we build is very broad, 1/32 or 1/24 scale and any body type (fiberglass, wood, model kit, resin, clear plastic - vintage or repop). We’re going to use vintage motors and chassis or scratch built chassis designs of the period, 1962 - 1970.
 
I’ll post our builds separately and preface the title of the build with, "Total Performance". For example, "Total Performance - Cobra Daytona Coupe" will be the first post of Rodney’s first build for this topic.

 
My first build will be, "Total Performance - Cobra 289 Racer".

At the beginning of each new build thread I'll put a link to this "Total Performance Era" description thread and the picture of the book’s cover that really says it all:
 
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Okie Dokie, time for us to start building and posting……..not just Rodney and me but everyone is invited to share your 1962 to 1970 Ford racers. Post pictures of your vintage racers here. Please keep it vintage though, no Pama motors, pink gears or ProTrack wheels and tires.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:46 PM

This is gonna be cool! I'm about 10 yrs. younger than you Rick, but I remember my dad's '63 Marauder w/ a 390, and he had the 1st Cougar in town, '67 with a "Dan Gurney Special" engine package...actually, I think it was just a dealer installed chrome dress-up kit, but to a 7 year old, it was awesome!  My dad was a Ford / Mercury man, and so am I...my 1st car was a '69 Mach 1...still have it.

 

Looking fwd. to the cars youze guys build!

 

Wish I still had my '65 2+2 Mustang...the '68 Cyclone fastback...the '69 Torino GT...sheesh...(sellers remorse all these years later... :dash2:  :laugh2: )


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:58 PM

:popcorm1: Build on Rick & Rodney :good: Some serious machinery from that period in 1:1 and a golden era for slots...



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:12 PM

The rail will be a bastard through the dead man. :laugh2:   

 

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:19 PM

:laugh2:  Hey John, what kind of jig will you use for the "rail" chassis ?  :laugh2:

 

Rick, have you driven a Ford lately ?  :)


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:39 PM

 

Rick, have you driven a Ford lately ?  :)

 

When it's not raining and it's POURING in Western Oregon right now! :laugh2:
 

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:46 PM

That is a bad to the bone Ford, Rick :good:

 

The law in Oregon is, if you have a rifle rack in your vehicle, you must have a fishing rod on the top rung, and an umbrella on the bottom rung :laugh2:   But I think you can get a waiver for the Mustang :crazy:


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:43 PM

Actually Pablo I think this is what's needed here, my Jeep Wrangler Rubicon:

 

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Jeeps are everywhere here and you can load them with rifles and fishing rods in any order you please. :crazy:

 

I should probably get rid of the Mustang but when the sun is out it's really fun and those Flowmasters sound so good. :D


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:54 PM

You would regret it for a long time.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:58 PM

Don't get rid of the Mustang ! :good: :D



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:12 PM

Rick, X-pipe too?

 

All great machines in the centerfold above :shok:  .... Gas Ronda is the best name of them all.

 

Semi-Hemi..lol

 

We had a local guy named Nate Cohen, everyone called him "Crazy" .. he ran a factory 64 Thunderbolt in SS ... the name of his car and SpeedShop was..."Nazy Crate" what a character, great car. Always kept us laughing.

 

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:38 PM

Bob,

 My neighbor Bob Hurley always talks of Nate, they were good friends. Bob ran a '55 or '56 T-Bird in Modifed/Sports class at the

OLD BRIDGE drags back in the day...


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 10:23 PM

Bob,

 My neighbor Bob Hurley always talks of Nate, they were good friends. Bob ran a '55 or '56 T-Bird in Modifed/Sports class at the

OLD BRIDGE drags back in the day...

 

Was that T-Bird like a maroon/dark cherry color, if so I remember it.

 

Hurley had a pond too ... no?   lol


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:20 AM

I've already started on my car Rick. (Total Performance) 
Just not ready to start a thread till I get further along.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 08:50 AM

There are some real greats in that picture.  Jerry Titus, Peter Revson, "Fast" Freddie Lorenzon, Mario Andretti of course, Tom McEwen, Connie "Bounty Hunter" Kalitta,  A.J. Foyt in his champ car, a virtual who's who of racing back in the day when Ford was out to be the most recognized name in racing, and they pretty much were.

 

I can remember back during that time the 427 Ford Fairlanes that were running A/Stock class in NHRA.  They were build solely to compete against the Hemi Powered cars of they day and they held their own and then some. Very lightweight, very trick, tons of horsepower,  and launched like monsters off the line.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:41 AM

 

Was that T-Bird like a maroon/dark cherry color, if so I remember it.

 

Hurley had a pond too ... no?   lol

Bob

 

 It was white with a black roof...I've been trying to get photos for a good while now with no luck.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:06 AM

I grew up a huge fan of racing in general and Ford racing in particular. I will never forget when I was 14 riding home from a race at Parma raceways on the Ohio turnpike and hearing the news on the radio that Ford was pulling out of racing having accomplished all they had set out to do. The announcer went on to describe Fords domination of racing for a decade. The news hit me like a ton of bricks, luckily for us Ford fans racers like the Wood brothers, Holman Moody, Pete Robinson, Don Nicholson,  Dan Gurney, and AJ Foyt continued on with the blue oval. And for those local to the Detroit/Toledo area Joy Fair winning just about everything in his lone Mustang against the hundreds of Camaros on the short tracks always gave us ford guys a thrill.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:32 AM

I'm glad you guys are enjoying the pictures.......fabulous cars all.  :sun_bespectacled:

 

I've already started on my car Rick. (Total Performance) 
Just not ready to start a thread till I get further along.

 

That's great Jairus. I can't wait to see it. :victory:

 

I've got Rodney's build pictures and text to put together into a post. Then I'll post my first build. :dance3: I track tested and tuned it yesterday and it runs great. Now I've got to, gulp, paint it! :o I just ordered some Tamiya Spray Lacquer TS-85 Bright Mica Red from Tower Hobby and the "Korrect" decals from Patto's............Onward!


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:49 AM

Rick,

 

Do you have an X-pipe on (under) the Mustang to hum along with the Flowmasters?

 

I'm doing a refurb on a Metallic Gold Cobra Daytona ... any suggestions on decals and wheels... please.

 

 

Pete L.,

Was the T-Bird a black rag top? If not...then I Don't remember it..lol.

Next time I go through my 'Raceway' photos I'll look for a white M/P Bird.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 01:45 PM

I edited post number 1 with the following:

 

 

Okie Dokie, time for us to start building and posting……..not just Rodney and me but everyone is invited to share your 1962 to 1970 Ford racers. Post pictures of your vintage racers here. Please keep it vintage though, no Pama motors, pink gears or ProTrack wheels and tires.

 

Rodney has a Ford GT and Lola Ford GT to share:

 

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Share pictures if you got um guys! :)
 


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 02:16 PM

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Lotus Gurney Indy car ~ Scratchbuilt.

 

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GT 40 MkII ~ Cox replica


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:17 PM

Now that's "Total Performance"!  Thanks for sharing the cool cars Jairus :good:


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:31 PM

:heart:  Thanks Jairus, stunning !!


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 04:42 PM

You know.... I don't think you guys have ever seen the GT40.  I fiinished that one few years ago... right about the time Pdl put me on restriction. I posted a thread on Slot Forum but never got around to a thread here.

Tell you what, soon as I get home I'll start a "Total Performance" thread just for the GT40 MkII build.


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 05:47 AM

J, I don't remember seeing the Gurney Indy car either. Is there a thread on it somewhere?

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