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#1 TSR

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 09:44 PM

By 1969, the pro-racing chassis design had evolved to a design that it would carry until the end of 1972, when new technology was introduced that offered an instant increase in performance from higher cornering speed.

The late Bob Emott had been the design leader from the early days of the anglewinder design, and effectively became the best chassis builder in the United States and likely, the world, inspiring other builders in the USA and abroad. He would do so until 1971.

Never resting on his laurels, Emott continuously evolved his designs, and this car is typical of his progress. Built for Team Mini Wheels Chris "The Judge" Vitucci, it represents the "next step" in the evolution of the so-called "plumber" chassis (so named because described as a "plumber's nightmare" when first introduced.

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The center section is now made of two rails on each side of a 1-1/4" Cobra drop arm, one being a brass rod. The "motor box" of older 1968 chassis is now gone, main rails connecting shorter "half rails" to the rear axle tube. The side pans are now hinged two ways, with the rails hinged from the front of the drop arm.

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The front axle tube is now partly "vented," to allow easier lubrication and also lower the center of gravity, even if by a minuscule amount. 

The front wheels are Mini Wheels, while the rears are Cobra. The guide and the gears are Cox items.

The motor is a faithful replica of a Kean massaged Champion "535" can with a Mura endbell fitted with Champion hardware. The endbell is side vented to expel as much of the heat as possible. The armature is a dual wound Kean on Champion blanks, 27/28 wire. Magnets are Champion Arco "DZ." The lead wires are Marklin stuff, lots of strands there. Axles are 1/8" drill blanks, the rear running inside Globe-Versitec flanged ball bearings.

As found in the pile of chassis retained by Bob Emott and purchased by the LASCM a few years ago, it needed a few repairs but was in quite nice condition, so it was simply repaired and washed. The soldering mess on the drop arm was left alone as it happened during the main event in which the car was raced (Vitucci having TQ'd) but he worked to destroy the car during the race. I decided not to touch it.

The guide and lead wires were still attached to the chassis and I left them alone as they showed no damage. It was missing its Kean motor, so I assembled one from parts, exactly as Bob Kean would have done in early 1969. The drop arm is engraved, as many of the 1969 Emott chassis were:

"Super Arm Batwinder"
Built for Chris Vitucci
The COBRA killer
By
Bob Emott

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The body is a Dynamic McLaren M8, painted and decorated as a replica of the original Dave Bloom artwork by the best person to do such a job today, Joe "Noose" Neumeister. He was there, and his memory cells are quite excellent at remembering what colors to apply.

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This one was a tough job for me, as the motor clearance was the tightest I had to deal with on an Emott chassis so far, and I did not want to remove or grind anything off that would have compromised the originality of this great car, which set the American "Blue King" qualifying record with a then fast 4.72". We now have no less than five "Blue King" record holding cars at the LASCM, the oldest from 1967, the youngest from 1985!

This car is of course fully functional, as all restorations performed for the LASCM are. But it is now a shelf queen, a witness of a great period in the history of electric model car racing.
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Posted 11 September 2018 - 12:38 AM

Another great save, nicely done.


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 01:34 AM

Nice work, P. Nice work.


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 06:19 AM

Excellent!! Any idea what the little notches on the outside of the pans were for?


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 07:05 AM

Great restoration.

I love the Dave Bloom paint scheme Noose did such a fabulous job of recreating.
 

Excellent!! Any idea what the little notches on the outside of the pans were for?

 

Possibly to help spot the pin tubes, to facilitate pinning the body?
  

We now have no less than five "Blue King" record holding cars at the LASCM, the oldest from 1967, the youngest from 1985!

 

Only five?

I have eight in my "museum," albeit treated with 1% the respect that Scott's five are. LOL.


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 12:06 PM

Thanks for giving us another lesson in slot car history!



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Posted 11 September 2018 - 12:31 PM

Great restoration, greater history lesson.



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Posted 11 September 2018 - 01:25 PM

Outstanding!


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 02:51 PM

Excellent!! Any idea what the little notches on the outside of the pans were for?


I guess because rules about chassis were changed and the jig was made for a narrower chassis.
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Posted 11 September 2018 - 02:55 PM

That’s exactly what notches were for.


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 04:14 PM

Thanks again for showing mortals like myself what the slot car gods were racing back in the day!!!

 

Along with the super paintwork, the aero treatment is meticulously done! 

 

What staggers my imagination is how Bob would "record" what he did in order to take the next step in chassis development. Did he keep blueprints, or notes, or was it all in his memory banks?

 

Also fascinated by Bob's insistence to include chassis to body brackets to insure that the "air" was actually making a difference in the chassis' function, a practice that I believe has been lost on today's racer.


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 06:22 PM

The "body brace" was used by most pros through 1972. After that, the favorite body on the East Coast was the Lance/M.A.C. "Porsche 908" spyder, and that body rested on the motor's "elephant ears" heat sinks, so no need for a brace. Then, as the bodies evolved into what is now called by the detractors a "door stop," the brace was forgotten. It is no longer needed on open class cars because the body sides are stiff enough to apply the generated downforce to the rear tires.

Here is a 1971 car with the body brace:

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Compare with these on which the body rests atop the motor:

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 07:38 AM

Pete, Bob would always make changes to the next chassis by simply figuring out what the deficiencies were of thee current one and improve upon them.

When we worked and raced R/C together I would have a problem or wanted to improve my car I’d ask Bob. I’d fiddle around for a few days trying different stuff with no results. Two or three days later Bob would say try this and it was always the right way to go. He could figure it all out in his head.

Smartest person I ever knew when it came to slot cars and radio control.

People don’t realize he was the first person to use a slot car controller to drive an R/C car. I remember him at Nutley building a Wen car to go racing. He bought a 300 dollar back then stick radio, as that was all there was. Never turned it on. Opened it, cut all the wires and mounted pots in the controller handle. The radio was worn on your back with long leads to controller handle. Worked like a charm. MRC wanted to buy the rights but Bob for some reason never did it.


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 07:50 AM

I remember a magazine article that showed that rig.  


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 07:54 AM

Could you walk through a TSA checkpoint with it? :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:


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Posted 12 September 2018 - 09:08 AM

No TSA back then. LOL.


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Posted 20 September 2018 - 04:38 PM

That body looks cool in the illustration but damn is it ugly in real life.


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Posted 20 September 2018 - 05:36 PM

Yes, I liked the Lancer Porsche coupe better than the similarly looking Lancer  Porsche open-cockpit body shown above..


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Posted 20 September 2018 - 05:51 PM

 

That body looks cool in the illustration but damn is it ugly in real life.

 

Yes indeed, and it did not get any better ever since... :(
Speed is all that mattered, and still does today.
Then again, it patterns full-size racing cars, all one has to do is to look at a modern F1, Indy or LMP car, if anyone can tell me that at least one is not butt-ugly, I sure would like to know which.
We get used to ugliness real quick. Seen a Ferrari "Enzo" lately? Or even, closer to us, one of those big Lexus SUV monstrosities?



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Posted 20 September 2018 - 05:52 PM

Tony, I remember that rig when Bob showed it to me at Dom's 10 summers ago.  It was a pleasure making your, his, Noose, and the good Dokk's acquaintance that day.  Billy was there ( <3 ), I believe JJ was there, Liquid Lou and good Matt B was there.  Harry the horse!  Where's he been?  And Ray!  Miss you Ray!

 

Was a good day.  A strange one for me, but a good day.

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 06:12 PM

 

We get used to ugliness real quick. Seen a Ferrari "Enzo" lately? Or even, closer to us, one of those big Lexus SUV monstrosities?

 

I agree.  It takes me about half of qualifying in the first race to get used to the new F! cars each season.  MotoGP bikes, on the other hand, always manage to look very cool.


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