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#1 James Wendel

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 05:13 PM

I built this 1/24 1953 Corvette for the Pelican Park "Clubman" class. It won the "Main Event" its first time out, but because three of the four cars that made the Main were 1/24 'Vettes, there was some controversy regarding its future eligibility for the class.
 
So, not wanting to let it gather dust on the shelf, I ran it last night in the "Sparetime Raceway" Sportscar class against a field of seven much larger Ferraris. Again it showed its mettle; setting fast race lap-time and finishing a close second to Rich's Modena.
 
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The interior is a Parma #808 GTP that was cut in half and reversed because the original is right-hand-drive and too narrow. The vacuum-formed driver's head is cut away and a solid head installed.
 
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The "chrome" detail was done with a Sharpie brand silver paint pen. I have to admit the I got really lucky on the Corvette script... no way that I expected such a good result. :D
 
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The chassis is my own design. The Du-Bro collars holding the front axle stubs allow easy adjustment of front track and clearance. Substituting wheel pairs with different offsets permits change in wheelbase. I have half a dozen different bodies that work on this chassis.  :)
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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:50 PM

What is the silver colored bar behind the DuBro collars?

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 09:09 PM

It's white styrene; serves as a forward bump-stop for the side pans.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:54 AM

Creative!


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:23 AM

Nice lookin' car!


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 10:33 AM

Guys, James is a skilled builder and competitive racer. Our group in Roseburg, Oregon races on a weekly basis at STR and on a monthly basis at Electron Raceway (my track). James' Vette is an awesome and good looking ride. My Modena only edged him out by luck. Our True Scale Group is developing a Cobra/Corvette challenge. James and I ran head to head in practice before our race. My 1960 Corvette (Scholer Chassis shown below) ran quite well against his 53. Also, James has inspired me to build my own 53 for our Sports Car Class. Below is an early rendition (circa 2004) of my own 53. I still have the body and a new chassis to mount it on.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 09:56 AM

Ron built this Cobra for our Cobra/Corvette Challenge class. Again, like my 1960 Corvette shown above, these cars are powered by Deathstar and utilize the Scholer chassis

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:02 AM

Rich's club has a good thing going with just the right elements of slot car racing and model building IMHO.

These are slot cars anyone would love to own.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 03:54 PM

Another Wednesday Night racing at Pelican Park, this time the "Grand Sport" Class.for 60s era sports cars. In the past, the Ford GT40 was the car of choice for the class, but "Art imitates Life" and in this case we are talking about the art of Hardbody slotcars. As in life, the Porsche 917 came on the scene and immediately became dominant.
 
Nine racers ran last night: three Porsche 917s, three Ford GT40s, a Ferrari P3, a Chaparral coupe, and a Coyote (!) All three Porsches  made the Main event along with the Ferrari. My white 917 took home the win, no small task at Pelican Park. Much grumbling; talk of "waiting for that guy out in the parking lot" and "peeing on the door handles" of my pickup.  All in good fun, of course.  :D
 
The winning car:

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I got this model from a friend and fellow racer, "Flyin' Brian" who did the paint and decals. I finished assembly, reinforcing, and detail work.
 
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The rear-end assembly is cast resin by the late Doug Hanes. Painted by Marvelous Marv.
 
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This is the same chassis as the 1953 Corvette in the first post, (above). The wheelbase is shortened and the track is WAY out there. This sucker is over 3.4" wide in the rear.  :shok:  You need to choose your passing spots judiciously and exercise caution to avoid conflict in the corners.
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 10:18 AM

Kudos James,
I know how competitive the hard core group of Pelican Park racers are. Each and every one of these racers knows every nook and cranny of the raceway. As an outsider it is almost impossible to stand on the top step of the podium. To my knowledge, only you and Bob have managed to do so. Over the years, I have raced at Pelican many times and the best I was able to do was make the "main" (head to head race of the top 4) a few times.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 01:44 PM

Yeah, Rich, as Bob would say "it's a tough crowd".  But you are mistaken, in that Jack has also won the Main Event at Pelican.  If you would like to ride up with me sometime, just let me know.  I am sure the guys would love to see you again. :D

 

Hope to see you this Monday at Bob's.  We did not have enough racers last week, so it will be NasTruck and Jalopy again.  I will leave the Porsche in my box so you can see what I tried to show in the pictures that would not post.  :)


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 04:11 PM

 
I should be there. I'll take some images of the Porsche and post on the group site.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 09:30 AM

James,

Very cool. I have an unfinished 917 and an extra Scholer chassis. I think a new build is in order!

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:29 PM

Awww, MAN! Sweet detail, James! That rear transaxle/suspension detail sets it off nicely!


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:42 PM

Another Wednesday night race at Pelican Park.  This week it was Trans Am class. Sadly I forgot to take pictures during the race, which is a pity as there were some truly beautiful cars, including a new metallic-red Firebird by Deke in its first race appearance.
 
So all I can show here is the race winner; my battle-scarred veteran racer that eked out a narrow victory in a very competitive field.
 
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This body was an Ebay purchase as a complete static model. Apparently the builder did not properly prep the body before painting, so when it takes a hard hit and flexes, the paint pops off. So I sanded down the fenders and mixed up some "primer-gray" touch-up paint. Bits that later popped off under the gray were sanded an now look much like Bondo filler.
 
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We race under "OSCAR" rules which allow cutting the rockers to achieve a specified minimum height and the little non-scale wheels. While I would like the cars to have a more scale appearance, to be competitive you do what the fast guys are doing.  :)
 
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The factory spoiler was broken off so many times that it was reduced to dust (well almost), so I made a quick-and-dirty replacement out of styrene, which has only been broken once... so far. The "For Sale" sign in the rear window was just intended for effect, but it frequently gets serious inquiries.  :laugh2:
 
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When I built the chassis, I initially intended it to be a regular "Hanna" clone. (A copy of the most successful chassis in the region, designed and built by the hundreds by Bob Hanna of Sparetime Raceway, Roseburg, Oregon.) However, I seem to be genetically incapable of leaving a good thing alone, so I added some elaborations. Do they make it better? I don't know, but this chassis ROCKS!!!  :sun_bespectacled:
 
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Posted 20 July 2014 - 08:31 PM

Four of mine.
 
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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:32 PM

Another Wednesday night, and another seven gallons of petrol burned in my Tacoma V6 between Roseburg and Springfield. This time was GTS class for contemporary production super sports cars. Mike was back with us with a new artery-stent and Bob Shafer joined us from Salem. Missing from the field were regulars Deke and Tom.
 
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The Consti (B-Main) was an all Ford GT affair. These are the newer, larger, 2005 GTs, not the earlier GT40s. From red lane to yellow: Mike, Bob, Leo, and Basel. A highly competitive race with Basel finishing first in yellow.
 
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Basel's car is unpainted and un-numbered: a condition that will invite ridicule and derision until corrected. This sorry state was the result of a rule change which limited the class to "tin-tops" only, (no roadster/convertibles).
 
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The main event featured four different makes of car... and zero Ford GTs. From left to right: My Ferrari 458 in the least desirable red lane; Todd's great-looking McLaren in white, Paul's Lamborghini (the best looking Countach that I have seen) in blue, and Cully's stunning BMW M1 in yellow. My car was the top qualifier going into the race, but everybody was fast and in the red lane I had a tough row to hoe.
 
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The Main at Pelican is one 50 lap heat. The lane you draw is the lane you race, good or bad. The man "running the podium" gives running updates on the state of the race. You know at all times: who's in first, who is challenging for position, and who is bringing up the rear. It is "head to head" racing at its best.
 
At the start, Cully and I immediately began to pull away from the two cars in the center lanes. He was a little faster in some sections, and I in others, but neither of us could pull out more than a foot of lead. And so it went for over a dozen laps, until a back-marker, lost it in the lead-on to the main straight.  
 
His car landed in the apron adjacent to my lane and I let up to be sure I could clear him, as Cully sped down the straight. Now Cully had a ten foot lead, and so it might have ended.  But no.  An unforced error... brain fade... de-slot in the donut and I was past him and on for the win. Woot!
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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:36 PM

Glamor shots of the winning car:
 
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So here is the GTS class winner: Ferrari 458 Italia, painted Tamiya "Clear Orange" over silver that had some silver/black shading along the rockers and rear air intakes. The shading was perhaps too subtle for best effect.
 
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This was the first race for this body. In the past, I ran a Ferrari 360 Modena Spider, which is no longer legal for the class. Before this car runs again, I plan to put some sponsorship decals on it and give a couple more clear coats. Also the interior needs work. This one was robbed out of an old body that I acquired when I bought a box of cars from a buddy who left the hobby and needed some cash.
 
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Three tail-pipes... when two won't do.
 
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The first body damage on a new paint job always hurts a little, but adds to the charisma. "Battle scars: wear them proudly". The factory grill was tossed and in its place, a nylon screen backed with...
 
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Carbon fiber fabric impregnated with Loctite brand "Epoxy for Plastics". Light, strong, flexible... perfect. 
 
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A shot of the underside of the chassis. This is the same chassis shown with the Trans-Am above. The front stub-axles are reversed to shorten the wheelbase about 1/4", so the wheels are no longer centered in the side pan cut-outs. Track is increased front and rear relative to the TA.
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Posted 25 August 2014 - 07:09 PM

Saturday, 8/23/14, was the first ever OSCAR "Double Header" Jalopy/Econo-Sportsman race at Bob Hanna's Sparetime Raceway in Roseburg, OR.
 
We had eleven racers from Portland to Grants Pass for a L O N G day of racing.
 
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Jalopies: eight of the ten cars are 1947-48 Chevrolets; including a recently released and still rare coupe #61 by Ron L. My number 12 green-on-green Chevy finished third. Bob Hanna's black car was first. Jack's copper #6 was second. When track owner, Bob "puts his race face on" he is almost unbeatable on his home track.
 
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My #12 runs on the same chassis as the orange Ferrari and the red/primer-gray TA in the above posts. That is John's yellow "Betty Boop" car next to mine.
 
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This shot of the track shows the tight radius of the inside lane and the infamous short-straight hump. The trophies are plasma-cut from sheet steel. I have about ten pounds of those in a drawer at home.
 
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The Econo field was far more diverse. Bob's blue/yellow Chevelle was first. Mark's lime green Pontiac GTO was two laps back in second. And my black #7 GTO, next to Mark's in the back row, finished third, just two sections behind Mark. A close finish in a 400+ lap race.
 
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This is Ron's #72 Torino which got my vote as the prettiest car in either class. My old beater "Lightning-bolt" GTO sits alongside.
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Posted 25 August 2014 - 07:35 PM

Nice track; love the hump!

 

Sweet cars, too!


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 08:02 PM

X2!!! :good: :D

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:02 PM

September 3rd 2014 and another trek to Springfield to race at Pelican Park... this week: Vintage Nascar.  This class features 1949-1959 Full-size American sedans, 2 or 4-door.  Parma Deathstar motors, although that may soon change. :shok:

 

One great thing about the vintage class is the variety of cars that come to the party!

 

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The "Consi" or B-main field: from left to right: Tom's narrow 1953 Studebaker Starliner, Leo's 1955 Chevy (1/25), Basel's "Longtail" 1957 Chrysler 300, and Deke's 1958 Thunderbird.

 

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Leo's Chevy won the Consi in white, Basel was second in the blue lane and Tom and Deke were demoted to fill out the field in the Hooligan class (C-main)

 

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These are the Hooligans: Mike's teal Chrysler in the dreaded red lane, Tom and Deke drew center lanes this time, and Paul's 1957 Chevy is in the popular yellow lane. 

 

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Honestly, I don't recall who won this race.  It was a bit of a crash-fest, as is appropriate for the Hooligan class.  I remember that Deke's T-bird was clearly the fastest of the field, but was repeatedly taken-out by slower cars deslotting in front of him as he was overtaking.  Both Mike and Tom had cars with quirky handling and Paul's motor was definitely sub-par.  I want to guess that Deke ultimately prevailed,  followed by Paul, Tom, and Mike.

 

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:47 PM

The field for the Main Event:

 

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From left to right: My green-on-green 1949 Mercury in the red lane 

(Really ??? RED AGAIN?  What have I done to piss-off the Slot-Car gods?), 

Cully's "Flying Tiger" 1948 Chevy in white, Todd's #7 1958 T-bird in blue, and Bob's 1957 Chevy in yellow.

 

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A closeup of El Tigre.

 

Narrative of the race:

On the opening lap, a bit of fender-banging in the deadman put Bob and Cully in the weeds, gave Todd an open field and left me pushing the limit in the red lane trying to stave off the inevitable... Cully reeling me in.  He caught up and attempted a pass on the outside, where I inadvertently clipped him (oops, sorry).  Corner-marshal Leo quickly got him back on and in a few laps he was back on my tail, however by now his chance of overtaking Todd was fading.

 

This time Cully attempted his pass on the inside of the lead-on to the main straight, returning the favor by clipping my car (oops, sorry) and putting me in the ditch.  Deke marshalled my car, but now 4th place Bob was close behind in the yellow lane.  Less than a dozen laps remained in the race as we both pushed are cars to the limit... Bob's car inching closer with each lap.

 

Todd finished the 50 laps and took the win.  When the power went off and the cars rolled to a stop, Bob had nosed me out by less than two inches.  In the heat of battle, I had not even noticed that Cully had deslotted and dropped to 4th place.  Congratulations and handshakes all around.  :D  :D  :D

 

Todd, as the winner of the Main Event opened the mini-donut six-pac and distributed the tasty trophies to the winners of the Hooligan, Consi, and all of the Main Event drivers.

 

Obligatory glamor shots of my third-place finisher:

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 11:08 PM

Saweet!


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:39 AM

Good looking and tough field. Congrats to the Roseburg guys for doing so well!

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