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#1 Pete L.

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 05:47 PM

Fellas,

 

How many can recall the cover of this magazine and the excitement it brought?

 

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#2 John Streisguth

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 06:47 PM

I should still have that issue in my collection!  :D


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 09:16 AM

John,

 

 I think I've got the issue somewhere myself, I'll have to conduct a search.  Could someone ID the yellow Lola right next to the Cox Chaparral, is it a Monogram?


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 09:44 AM

The Christmas issues always had the latest and neatest stuff. The Dec issues usually bring the highest $ of the old mags. Sometimes the Car Model issue with Batman would sell pretty high, but the Christmas issues always had the great cover shots!

I am not familiar with the yellow car and wonder if maybe it was a model. I sure don't remember any wheels like that back then.
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Posted 16 December 2015 - 11:05 AM

I have that issue! That MRRC controller in the lower right hand corner was the first one I ever owned. 50 years? Scary stuff!!!



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Posted 16 December 2015 - 03:37 PM

The yellow Lola Chevrolet Mark 6 is probably a Cox item. I know Monogram had one earlier as an injection molded kit but that one looks vacuum formed.
So it's either one of those I guess.


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 03:49 PM

Fellas,

 

 OK, now I've got to go out to the garage and see if I can find the issue and see if there's any info... 


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 04:28 PM

Fellas,

 

Bad news, I don't have that issue !!! :dash2:   The good news, I just bought one on eBay !!! :D Check out the goodies on page 23...

 

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 05:43 PM

To the best of my knowledge Cox never made a Lola like the one pictured. The only Monogram version I know of is the 1/32 Lola GT and I think the yellow car is too big to be 1/32 and it really doesn't look like the Monogram body. The tires and wheels still don't look like anything I am familiar with from '60s slot car parts.

Somebody figure this out.


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 06:32 PM

My guess is a conversion of a toy.  Never payed attention to that car on the cover, and I've never seen a 1/24 Lola GT model.  My reason for thinking it's a conversion of a toy is that I've held in my hands a 1/24 Lotus 19, and it looked EXACTLY like the 1/32 Strombecker Lotus 19, right down to having two people molded into the cockpit!  Was purchased as a cheap toy made in Hong Kong long ago, but there is no doubt what the source was to make the mold (thinking about it, which came first?!?).  I've searched and searched eBay looking for another, and have seen other similar 1/24 plastic toys of cars from the period.  Looks like I have to start looking for 1/24 Lola GTs as well!


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 06:32 PM

My mistake, it was "Champion".

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 08:43 PM

I know Champion did the Lola GT in 66, but I wasn't sure about 65. I still question the wheels on that car. I'm not real familiar with champion stuff, so the timeline could be OK. Brad you ought to know if they did an rtr like that in yellow.
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Posted 16 December 2015 - 08:53 PM

Yes, they did it in a gold color, but I don't see screws in the body side.  The one on the cover looks like hard plastic to me, but my eyes are going.  Need to dig my magazine out and get a magnifying glass.  Also looks like a scoop on the bodyside where the Champion scoop was at the top.  As for the Champion wheels they would have been solid not 5 spoke.  Another thing that makes me think it was a put-together.


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 09:17 PM

My copy is sharp, and with a magnifying glass screws are there. It's vac-form, and after comparing with some other good photos online...
 
Great call, Jairus! Wheels are still unknown, but body sure looks like the Champion!
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Posted 16 December 2015 - 10:13 PM

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 08:32 AM

I remember as a model builder I used to hate when the magazines wasted space on stupid slot car articles. Who would have thought... LOL.

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 08:50 AM

That's how I got sucked in to slot cars, too. :laugh2:


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Posted 17 December 2015 - 10:53 AM

It's not in as good a condition as the one posted above, but the spine is good and no rips. Just a little wear on the edges. But the pic is a fantastic example of the art of photo setup.

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 02:33 PM

Jairus,

 

   Thanks for the pic !   I'm sure most of us recall the "Table Top Racing" term...but how many of us still use it ?   Interestingly enough, there doesn't seem to be any "commercial track" stuff on this cover.


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Posted 17 December 2015 - 06:42 PM

1963 commercial tracks were scarce, probably with most in California in hobby shops. The big raceways I believe started to sprout in 1964 and maybe 1965 on the east coast.

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 09:28 PM

Around 1965 commercial tracks appeared in my hometown in Indiana and in the surrounding area. I guess 66 was the best year for them, here in the mid west.
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Posted 19 December 2015 - 04:52 PM

Fellas,

 

 My copy arrived yesterday...and sure enough there IS a pic of the cover LOLA inside !  Jairus called it, CP-100 CHAMPION Lola it is !!! See the text below.

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 06:41 PM

Fellas,

 

 I wonder what a CP-100 CHAMPION Lola would run today ??? :shok:


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