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#1 Phil Donaldson

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 07:52 PM

Thought I would post some pictures of my old wing cars.

 

This is the car that I won my only Group 27A Main with in May of 1985 at Tom Thumb Hobbies.The chassis was built by Mike McMasters and the body was painted by Jim Nolen. It is a complete Camen car with a RM640 motor and Porsche Group C body.

 

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 08:10 PM

I would like to see more of these 1980s cars as I was out of slots during that era.

 

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 08:19 PM

Fantastic. Me, too...


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 08:31 PM

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This is my killer Group 15A car that I ran in '84 and '85.

 

I bought the chassis from Mike Dreher from Cincinnati when he quit racing. The chassis was built by Dave Barnes from Cincinnati. I replaced the brass pans with wire pans.The motor was built by Mike McMasters and the Koford Lola body was painted by Jim Nolen.

 

This car owned the 15A track record at Tom Thumb Hobbies until I quit racing 15A. It ran qualifying times of 3.70, 3.68, 3.67 and ultimately went 3.51, just missing the world record at the time of 3.49.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 09:35 PM

Cool stuff, Phil.

 

Mike McMasters... AKA Joe Ungar... LOL.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 09:37 PM

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This is my Group 15 car that I ran in the '82 and '83 season. The chassis center section was built by Mike McMasters and I cut the pans by hand. The motor was also built by Mike.The Pro Slot March body was painted by Jim Nolen.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 09:43 PM

Cool stuff, Phil.

 

Mike McMasters...AKA Joe Ungar...LOL

 

Thanks, Mike. Mike McMasters is a master at everything he does. These Group 15 motors all are based on Mura cans that he hand-cut.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 09:48 PM

Yes, some great names from the past.

 

One of current Wednesday night racers, and friend, Mark Rosenwinkel, was runner-up to Mike Dreher in Int.15 at the '82 Nats in Inman.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 09:58 PM

Thanks for posting those photos, Phil. Now I know how you managed to kick my a** on a regular basis. :D

 

BTW, where did you get those extremely fresh-looking orange tires? Freezer stash?


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 10:01 PM

One of current Wednesday night racers, and friend, Mark Rosenwinkel, was runner-up to Mike Dreher, in Int.15, at the 82 Nat's in Inman.

 

I remember Mike Dreher very well. I was never able to beat him. The closest I got was second by about three laps in Cincinnati.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 10:34 PM

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Yeah, Mike,I've got just a few.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 11:12 PM

Thanks for posting. Makes me feel like getting out some steel and start cutting.

 

My stuff was never this nice and clean.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 08:26 AM

Those motors are really beautiful.

Mike, you can still get NOS Limpach Fresh Cuts from Mid-America.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 10:14 AM

Building a good car was a lot of work back then. We were laughing the other day thinking about all of the Dremel and steel dust we inhaled. 


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 11:57 AM

In 1980 Gil Gundersen loaned me a car very similar to the one posted. Does anyone have an email address for Mr. Gunderson? Thank You.

 

I think he lives in Tennessee. Does anyone know if he races at a track in Tennessee?

 

I raced with Gil as part of Team Checkpoint from 1974-76.  
 


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 12:09 PM

Gil races regularly at SlotCars-R-Us in White House, TN, John. Saw him there just a few weeks ago.

 

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 07:26 AM

Great stuff and thank you for sharing.These are from just before i got into slots and racing but are amazing to see.I really appreciate you sharing them.

 

They guy that showed me the ropes with wing cars used to race and had some from this era too.He too had cut down Mura cans and I've been tempted to try and recreate one or two like yours and what I remember.If you dont mind taking a few close ups pics of the motors I would be thankful.

 

Maybe the powers that be would let us have a subsection just for the old wing cars.I think as guys my age start coming back that they are going to be pretty popular ;)


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Posted 16 May 2016 - 12:56 PM

Does anyone have a "lifter" car from the early '80s? They were quite effective on an Orange or Black Royal. Unfortunately, mine are all gone.
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Posted 16 May 2016 - 03:31 PM

I love seeing vintage stuff. I'd like to see more of Swiss' early perimeter cars.



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Posted 16 May 2016 - 05:44 PM

Ahh, 80's Group 15 stuff were the best times!  A true builders class. The best chassis I ever ran was one built by Gary Pearse. Keeler and him were some combination! I liked the Agressor chassis that Guy was producing then. The pan version, not the lightweight.

 

By '92, the class was killed by the $75 'parking lot chassis'.

that's when I quit slots.


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Posted 16 May 2016 - 10:15 PM

Great stuff and thank you for sharing.These are from just before i got into slots and racing but are amazing to see.I really appreciate you sharing them.

 

They guy that showed me the ropes with wing cars used to race and had some from this era too.He too had cut down Mura cans and I've been tempted to try and recreate one or two like yours and what I remember.If you dont mind taking a few close ups pics of the motors I would be thankful.

 

Maybe the powers that be would let us have a subsection just for the old wing cars.I think as guys my age start coming back that they are going to be pretty popular ;)

Give me a couple of days and I will post a few close up pictures.


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