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Posted 16 January 2017 - 04:05 PM

Yes, it says '1967' on the cover, but it really is the 1968 catalog. The yellow-tinted 'new products, changes, and updated prices' pages bound in the center of this horizontal 9" x 6' booklet are dated 1968. Champion simply added those pages to the remaining 1967 catalogs to make the 1968 catalog. As far as I know, this is the last Champion catalog with a four-color cover. Later catalog were simply black printed on colored 8-1/2" x 11" paper.

 

You'll note the childish scrawl at the bottom of page 2. Yes, I sent away for this when I was fourteen years old – it's a 'one-owner' catalog!

 

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 04:21 PM

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 05:01 PM

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 05:19 PM

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 05:43 PM

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 05:44 PM

That's it, all 48 pages. Whew...


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 08:01 PM

Mmmmmm...Vintage "slot porn."  :heat:

 

Many thanks for the effort, Greg:hi: 


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 10:47 PM

Thanks for scanning and posting the catalog, Greg.

 

Mmmmmmm, donuts!

 

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 07:48 PM

I didn't really see the "blind" wheels listed. Were they produced after this?


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 08:39 PM

Mike,
 
I don't know but page 26 does make reference to front and rear "blind" hubs giving a perfect 3" width with the special axles.

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:29 PM

I didn't really see the "blind" wheels listed. Were they produced after this?

 

They were issued in two forms in 1969 and 1970. The first type had a plain, flat face, the later type had a step. The later type looks nicer.

Also please note:

 

- The '66 Ford Fairlane was never issued as a RTR, and never used the hand built, prototype chassis shown on the catalogue. It was only issued as a kit (really hard one to find today) with a clear Pactra Fairlane body and a 4.5" inline standard 1967 Champion Jail Door chassis with the parallel rails, for a Mabuchi FT26 motor. Packaged in one of those white and blue boxes just large enough for the body...
If you ever find one of these kits, it is a real treasure.

- The LASCM owns two of the three "Around the world in 80 hours" record cars. Who has the other one, which is the one on the catalogue? Large finders fee paid!  :)

- Champion has two previous catalogues before the one Cheater posted: the original 1966 issue is much less commonly found and is made of loose sheets bound by a plastic slide. The other is the 1967 issue, identical to the above but without the added yellow pages. After the 1968 version, Champion stuck to newsletters, price sheets, and sometimes, illustrated catalogue sheets in 8.5" X 11" format. With a bit of detective work, one can figure out what was made, and what was not.

After the 1967-68 "crash" of the hobby, Champion became the most prolific supplier of slot car parts, and unlike most of the previous products by the big companies, their stuff was actually pretty decent and worked well. It will still take two more years for the motors to become truly reliable when the comms were, at last, welded and wrapped in all production armatures from Champion, Mura, and Dyna-Rewind, the three main suppliers of high performance motors.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 10:36 PM

Slot car porn! Thanks, Greg!


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 10:51 PM

I don't know but page 26 does make reference to front and rear "blind" hubs giving a perfect 3" width with the special axles.


Excellent. I didn't really connect it because those wheels in the catalog appear to have mag inserts.
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Posted 18 January 2017 - 05:56 AM

Thanks, Greg - your handwriting looks suspiciously legible for a 14 year old... must be that Southern upbringing! 
 
I thought I had remembered the '68 catalog had a sticker on the front over the date, will have to check this evening at home. 
 
And pretty sure those blind wheels came out before '69 - weren't they on the inline cars with Jail Door chassis? 
 
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Posted 18 January 2017 - 02:02 PM

The talented and helpful Slotblog member Niels Elmholt Christensen in Denmark has assembled my catalog scans into a single PDF for easier downloading and printing. Be aware that this is a large file, slightly over 13 MB, and will take a few moments to open.

 

Here's the link:

1967-68 Champion catalog

 

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 04:11 PM

Greg, 

 

Just checked my copies at home; I have the '67 edition and a photocopy of the "68" edition, which shows a "Revised" sticker pasted over the 1967 on the cover of the catalog - yours seems to be the same edition, but without this sticker... 

 

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PS: Philippe, just looked at the Champion ad in the January and April '68 issues of Model Car Racing (their last). For the front and rear wheel and axle sets it says: Micro-precision set screw wheels. Hubs have built-in stop and the axles are cut 2.6" long to give automatic 3" width...

 

Are these the "blind" wheels we're talking about? There's a photo, but it shows the Concours wheel inserts so can't see the wheel! 


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 04:23 PM

Just checked my copies at home; I have the '67 edition and a photocopy of the "68" edition, which shows a "Revised" sticker pasted over the 1967 on the cover of the catalog - yours seems to be the same edition, but without this sticker...


I can only surmise that the catalog I requested by mail from Champion might be from a different batch than catalogs that could have been sent in bulk to distributors and/or raceways. Stab in the dark...

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 06:16 PM

Philippe, just looked at the Champion ad in the January and April '68 issues of Model Car Racing (their last). For the front and rear wheel and axle sets it says: Micro-precision set screw wheels. Hubs have built-in stop and the axles are cut 2.6" long to give automatic 3" width...
 
Are these the "blind" wheels we're talking about? There's a photo, but it shows the Concours wheel inserts so can't see the wheel!

 

Yes, but they were not available until early 1969, explaining why they could not show a picture...



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 07:52 PM

Was there anything else shown in this catalog that never hit the market?

 

Bob Rule had a sample of the plastic carry case but believed that it had never entered the market.

 

And I've never seen a Champion controller. Did this product ever get sold?


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 08:03 PM

Controllers, yes.


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 08:15 PM

Yes, I had one of the controllers. The last thumb controller I ever had. I think it was blue, and I put a strap on it that went over the back of my hand so I did not need to hold that hot thing too tight. 


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 11:20 PM

Greg, we have a half dozen of these controllers at the LASCM, in red, clear and blue translucent plastic. The handles and innards are from an older Strombecker controller of which molds were sold to Champion when Strombecker packed up their "commercial raceway" business at the end of 1967.

As far as the catalogs, the '68 generally has a "revised" sticker on its cover, but I have seen some without.

Here is a factory picture of the controller that was used in some adverts:

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:16 PM

I had one.

I'm about 80% sure it was opaque blue. 100% sure it was blue.

It had heavy (14 AWG?) leads I'm 90% sure were exposed (non-sheathed).


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:55 PM

Reworked the one I had to make it a short travel plunger. (Quicker?) the plunger only came about half way up and the resistor was shortened. It was rather touche as I recall but after you used it a while it worked fine.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 01:15 PM

I thought it worked pretty well, but I was only about 14, and at $6.98, it seemed like a bargain.

I remember using it until I bought a Parma Russkit.

Shortly after, I got the double micro conversion.

Getting the power micro installed was relatively simple, but to a 14-year old, trying to get the brake micro to go back to full off reliably was like splitting the atom. LOL.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 01:46 PM

They weren't bad but too late to the market. The Russkit was already the choice.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 02:45 PM

I've only seen one for sale on ePay a few years ago, and tried to buy it, but was outbid by onsomebeach (or something like that, Scott?) at about $35.

 

I'm 95% it was opaque blue, like Mike thought.

 

Maybe PdL can share photos of the LASCM ones at some stage.

 

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 02:46 PM

Mike Swiss, I will take pics of the ones we have. I think that all are translucent plastic, but there could be solid colors, too.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 06:16 PM

I remember them as solid blue, too... 

 

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 07:02 PM

Pretty close to Bank of America debit card, blue. LOL.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 07:49 PM

I remember it as a solid blue as well.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:24 PM

Some Arco 400 history from Gator Bob...
 
"Swiss is right about the color and lead wires. Commercially they were only sold molded in blue" per letter and phonecon.
 
Green one is a (only known) prototype. If the handle is not molded CHAMPION, it isn't one".
 
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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:12 PM

Thanks, Nicholas, and to Gator Bob.

 

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