When one of the greatest all-times chassis builder passed away a couple of years ago, the slot car racing world lost a true giant. Gentle Bob was a good man, a very creative individual whose passion for our little racing cars was second to none. Most famous for having humbled the British pro racers in an epic race in London, Bob's cars won countless races on this side of the pond and a good sample of his wonderfully built chassis and cars have fortunately survived.
After he passed away, the house in which he was living in Florham Park, New Jersey, was set for demolition. Shortly before that happened, a couple of bargain hunters were allowed to have a quick lap around the place and retrieve whatever they wanted.
And the basement contained a little treasure trove of unused Bloom and "early Noose" bodies for various racers, some a bit crushed but salvageable, plus quite a few older-style, pre-anglewinder chassis from mid-1966 through 1967 vintage.
Eventually and after some negotiation, the LASCM acquired the lot.
Some of the items were in pretty distressed shape, as can be seen on my Facebook page where I am slowly restoring a chassis built by Mike Staskie, who was an excellent racer and part of the "traveling circus" going then from one "Arco" race to another.
But some, extremely well built, are still unidentified, and this is why I am posting them here.
Some of you attended the Champion organized 1967 "Nationals" in Atlanta, and may be able to confirm what these are, built by Emott or someone else?
Tony P, Noose, Howie, we need your opinion; Emott or not Emott?
This stock car chassis must have been one used at the "Nats", as its features are exactly in period, between September 1967 to March 1968, shortly before the anglewinder revolution. It was a rusty and corroded hulk, and has now gone through its first "decrud" process:
The chassis shows no sign of damage or repairs, and is of a 4.5" stocker design, and it appears that curved body retainers were also fitted to the front arches but later removed. Could it be the car driven by Emott at the Nats in the NASCAR class that winter in Atlanta?
The second item is an F1 chassis, equally well built but with some evidence of repair. The retaining wire around the drop arm is to avoid damage during cleaning and will of course be removed after doing so:
The third is a typical lightweight chassis from 1966, before sports cars became more popular.
There are others but let's start by these and see what the older gentlemen in the room think of this.
Thanks in advance for your feedback.