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#1 MSwiss

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 08:20 PM

A few shots from a Champion catalog, including a PG-13 cartoon, and Ray Gardner.

 

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 08:35 PM

Looks like Eddie Simpson may be  building RTRs. Do you have an approximate date?


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 09:33 PM

By the Pooch 24 ref, definitely into the 70's.

BTW, Eddie looks like Gary Gerding.

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 09:46 PM

1972. All artwork by Ray Gardner.

 

Fun stuff...

 

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 10:03 PM

Interesting on the cartoon. On the guy's slot box, it says "6 hour enduro, High Point, NC". Wonder if that alludes to some kind of actual race?


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 10:24 PM

Yes, it does.



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Posted 14 January 2017 - 10:55 PM

I've been meaning to scan my 1968 Champion catalog to post here. Maybe I can get it done tomorrow.

 

Also want to scan some later Champion price sheets Bob Rule gifted me that feature some great Ray Gardner artwork.


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 11:48 PM

The High Point Enduro was one of the first race reports I read in Model Car and Racing. Didn't a 707 run the entire distance?  Seems like the Lola coupe body was missing almost the whole front end.


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 06:06 AM

No, you're getting that one confused with the 80-hour enduro demonstration by Champion, that had a Lola-Ford that lost its nose... 

 

The High Point 600 was for 600 actual miles, 14,400 laps on an American Purple, according to Bob Rule's column in the Jan '67 issue of MCR.

 

The first four cars were all Champion-powered, two with the 507, including the winner. The Champion team finished third with a 707 that ran the whole race on one set of brushes, in a stock Champion chassis. He doesn't say what the other Champion car ran. The other cars were running Russkit 23 and Hemi rewinds. 

 

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 11:12 AM

That 1966 enduro was in fact, the beginning of the famed Champion team as a "professional" slot car racing team. Jim Williams gave the OK to spend organizational and traveling money for Champion employees and "hires" to counter what Russkit had begun.

 

This culminated in the 1967 first East-South-West confrontation in Memphis, followed by the Atlanta "Nats" in December, in which Champion moved the cards a bit here and there to make sure that one of "their" guys would be declared the National Champion.

 

In fact, and without that bit of trickery, Howie Ursaner would likely have been.



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Posted 15 January 2017 - 10:11 PM

Never seen the 1/32 frame before.

I am proud to still remember anything from over 50 years ago, much less two things.


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 02:46 AM

Never seen the 1/32 frame before.
I am proud to still remember anything from over 50 years ago, much less two things.

 
Michael, the same frame was sold by RIKO in Europe, I guess Philippe can confirm that it was made by Ayk in Japan
 
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Posted 16 January 2017 - 11:45 AM

Yes, this was made, as most Champion chassis, by AYK Aoyagi, in 1969. Below are a standard 1970-1971 Champion "wire" anglewinder chassis with the 1/32 scale model:

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 12:23 PM

Got one 1/32 survivor - never had any use for it. So inferior compared to scratchbuilds.


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 12:50 PM

Pekka,

They were simply too... light! But compared to what they were supposed to be, British "F32" chassis in 1969, they are no worse than the handbuilt jobs...  :)

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 02:25 PM

I've been meaning to scan my 1968 Champion catalog to post here. Maybe I can get it done tomorrow.

 

Also want to scan some later Champion price sheets Bob Rule gifted me that feature some great Ray Gardner artwork.

 

If one catalog posting is good, two is even better. So post it already! ;)

 

PS: The only semi serious racing stuff I ever had back in the day was Champion, so that's one of the few things in slot cars I get nostalgic about.


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 02:55 PM

They look like they would be great under a "Mini."  :)
 
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Posted 16 January 2017 - 03:24 PM

If one catalog posting is good, two is even better. So post it already!


Working on it. It's 48 pages long...
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