Post by David Lawson on May 25, 2013 0:55:08 GMT -5
Back in about 2005 when Mac Pinches came up with the idea of "Earlybirds", an open race meeting for retro slot cars in the pre-war and pre 1961 periods there were six members of the Southend Slot Racing Club keen to enter.
I was tasked with the job of building cars for everyone and chose one of my all time favourite cars, the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 and set about building 6 identical cars.
I set up a miniature Rennabteilung in my model-making room and had separate parts stores and build bays for each car and scratchbuilt each chassis as well as modifying and detailing each Charlie Fitzpatrick "Classic" bodyshell.
I severely underestimated the task and although I just managed to prepare all the cars just in time for the event I made myself ill and so never got to the race myself although my five team-mates did and enjoyed themselves so it was worth all the effort.
The team cars lined up on my old home track before the race at the Wolverhampton track.
Post by David Lawson on May 25, 2013 14:16:24 GMT -5
Thank you for the comments.
Here are a few pictures taken as the cars were coming together.
The nearly completed chassis and the painted shells awaiting the race number decals that Greg Petrolati kindly made for me.
My car that never raced at Earlybirds although it had a race at one of the Pendle Convention race meetings in 2006 or 2007.
A top view of the chassis. As you can see I went for a 1960s style of chassis.
The completed cars ready to be handed over to their owners.
You raise an interesting point Mark, the very first Earlybirds meeting didn't have any regs other than Mac Pinches proposal for a race for scratchbuilt scale grand prix cars. Subsequent EBs specified a narrow chassis.