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#1 Don Wedding

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 07:09 PM

Just picked up a large collection of vintage slot cars and a completely functioning American Raceways power supply. I just started going through the boxes and will only post some pics of items that I consider rare. I won't list all the common stuff, like BZ, Cox, Monogram, Classic, Atlas, Revell, and K&B.
 
The American Raceways Power supply has a decal on the front that says 'Monarch Course.' I guess that was a track design layout for this monster. Very clean, and all the lights work. This unit weighs over 60 pounds.
 
Next is a soft body Alfa Romeo Canguro, ;ooks to be factory painted, blue-tinted windows, very nice detail work. I do not know who made this and what kind of chassis it would have had under it. Maybe it will be listed in Doc's new slot car book. Oh, that's right, it has not been published yet... Anyway, Maybe he can identify it.
 
The blue Lotus 30 Slot car with the jail door chassis looks to be another oddity. Factory or scratchbuilt???
 
And last but not least, I have a Globe chassis and an MPC. My question on these is, did the Globe chassis have a body that came with it or was it just sold as a chassis for the Globe motor?  The MPC Chassis has a mounting bracket I just can't seem to remember. What body was mounted on this; was it the chrome Lola body???
 
Thanks for any answers I can get.

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 07:20 PM

Don, I've never seen the Versitec chassis or Globe motor in any kind of kit or factory RTR.  've only seen them available as "parts."
 
The MPC frame is the Rannali frame that was used under the MPC Manta Ray, Lola, and maybe another car that I can't think of. That is the mount used for the full body cars.
 
That is a neat power supply. Have you checked to see what the DC output is? If you never do anything with it, let me know. I'm probably the only guy close enough to pick it up!
 
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 07:27 PM

The Alfa body might be a Detail Models Inc blow molded body, similar to the Tarantula DMX.
 
Not sure on the Lotus, body doesn't look like anything special, but the motor bracket screams Champion.
 
Globe was chassis and motors only, no bodies (to my knowledge).
 
MPC for the chrome Lola for sure.
 
Now post pictures of the common stuff, even if just the boxes. It's art!
 
Congrats, already a nice find!
 
Edit:  Hey, Matt!!!
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 08:00 PM

I have a Globe chassis like that one still in the box. It comes with decals but no body or motor.
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 08:31 PM

The meaning of "Monarch Course' is pretty easy to decipher, Don.

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 09:05 PM

Ohh, doesn't look like a hard track to drive, but, fun! Like those flat tracks.

Thanks for posting that, Greg.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 09:09 PM

Tom,

It's been posted here for almost a decade.

American Model Raceways track designs


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 09:12 PM

The Monarch layout is better known in some areas as an "American Orange."  At one time, there were lots of them around. Not true any more.

 

The blue Lotus is somebody's personal scratchbuilt, not a factory-constructed item. As already said, the inline motor bracket is a Champion. The droparm appears to be built from brass rod and part of another factory droparm.


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:19 AM

It's been posted here for almost a decade.


Well, you know us old geezers, we tend to forget stuff. :shok:
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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:22 AM

I know all too well...

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 08:52 AM

Tom – you may think – doesn't look too hard to drive...

 

Our club track is an original orange. The bumps in the straight and that ess before the lead-on are great equalizers. Yes, it is a fun track. We even award a medal to each racer for their first trip off the bank during their first race. (one medal per racer – LOL).

 

Oh, and the narrower lane spacing – you find out quickly who likes to nerf.


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 02:41 PM

The Car Model Technical Journal does list a Detall Models Alfa Romeo in 1/24, and that's their body mounting system... 

 

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 12:10 PM

Thanks for all the information.

 

I tested the power supply and it works perfectly after all these years. You can adjust the DC output to regulate output.

 

I do not know If I will keep it. May trade it for Cox Lola T70 in white.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:50 AM

The Monarch (orange) had a slightly-banked #1 turn, and was the first track I ran on that had a bank curve back in '65.

 

When our St. Louis raceway got theirs and the power supply (shown), I recall something didn't seem right in its set-up because the first race we ran on it, when they hit the start switch all the cars drew so much power that all the cars barely went down the main straight and these were all stock car kits! Can't recall what was fixed.

 

Now this an old geezer memory of 53 years!


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