This installment features Rodney's prized period race car by Keiji recovered from the Oakland Speedway inventory:
I recently restored this Keiji steel car. It is from the Les Amos/Oakland Speedway treasure trove.
The chassis has a suspension movement that came to be known as "Italian movement." This suspension movement came into vogue in the 80's with Eurosport slot cars. With "Italian movement," the torque of the motor pod area pushes down on the guide flag. Torsion rods are used to preload from the motor pod area to the drop arm area. With this movement, the faster the car goes the more the motor pod pushes the guide flag down into the track slot.
The car is powered by a period hand-wound 25 single C-can motor. Testing was done with black tires. The body is a McNulty-painted Lancer Porsche 917 coupe.
Track conditions on test day had very little spray glue and grip, relying more on rubber bits on the track. Driving the restored car on the Blue King resulted in 5.2-second lap times with clutching for the bank turn. Driving the car gives you a confident feeling in the turns. It's a very neutral-driving car. The faster you go in the turn, the more planted the car feels. Driving the car does feel like driving an 80's Eurosport car. A very nice car to drive.
Thanks Rodney for sharing!