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#1 Cheater

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 11:33 AM

This image was posted on the Mid-America Facebook page by Roger Schmitt. I've never seen it before.

Who knows anything about it, i.e. what and when?

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 12:00 PM

Interesting. The body would still sell.



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Posted 31 August 2018 - 12:30 PM

Not impossible that the car and box have been faked. That's why I am asking for informed info.

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 12:32 PM

It looks somewhat familiar, but i couldn't tell you where or when I saw it, or its name. A PM to Parma's Steve Koepp might get you some answers.


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 01:44 PM

The company I worked for, got Parma in, approx. in 1980, and the packaging had changed.

So it's probably from the mi-'70s.


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 01:55 PM

I remember seeing those at the track I raced at as a kid in the late '70s. 


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 02:58 PM

Possibly a Womp? Does look familiar.


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 03:11 PM

Not a Womp.

You can see it's an anglewinder.

It probably has one of these under it.

A Parma sliding plumber.

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 03:26 PM

It is a 1977 March-Ford F1 (well, a comic-book version of one anyway), one of the many RTR cars offered by Parma in the early 1980s, with the chassis shown above by Mike.
 
It's no more rare than any period Parma car, the body being the only thing a bit scarce since it is unused. The chassis are commonly found, with or without their "Group 15" Mura motor.
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Posted 31 August 2018 - 04:15 PM

Here is a similar car I have, never been run but I don't have the box.

Also, the Mura "18" doesn't have heatsinks. Early '80s I believe.

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 05:30 PM

This one is supposed to be a "JPS-Lotus Type 79" Grand Prix car. With lots of imagination for that rather ungainly, but typical slot car body designed for speed first.

I do not believe that any of these cars were ever delivered with motors with "elephant ear" heat sinks. All the ones I have ever seen (too many...) have a standard, silver-painted Mura "Group 15" motor with a short arm and short magnets.

The chassis were mass produced on jig fixtures, and several thousand were made between 1976 and 1980, before the "Brasskar" and other modern designs too over, and of course the Flexi chassis.


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 07:56 PM

Parma John Player Lotus Formula One.

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 01:59 PM

I recall one track had a class limited to these RTRs, and it was very competitive, and inexpensive to boot. I think it required a lot of lead and tire goo. 


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Posted 02 September 2018 - 02:40 PM

FYI,

 

Parma #868 March F1, scale 1/32 NOS.

 

Looks pretty good, may be for a Womp.
 

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Posted 02 September 2018 - 02:53 PM

Gene,

Yes, these bodies were for the Womp chassis, and these were issued as RTR models.


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