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When this car raced in 1967 it was a complete disaster.
Mario Andretti, who is never one to mince his words apparently said "That
was probably the worst car I ever drove. There was nothing about it that
was right". And he also suggested to the sponsor Paul Newman that
they switch roles - put Mario's name on the car nose and have Newman drive
one to only model successful cars I bought the Classic fibreglass bodyshell
some time ago. A few years ago I photographed the restored car at the
Goodwood Festival of Speed and then the final link in the chain, Phil
Kalbfell and Dave Bantoff announced their Tasman Proxy Race for pre-1968
sports cars. I had the reason to put it all together!
taken at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
was for it to be simple, easy conversion to a slot car and so
Barrie Pitcher's Tassie Devil chassis was the logical answer.
This chassis makes the whole task of this type of slot car construction
so much simpler. I've illustrated on a table here a list of key
components. Body mounting was done using side pins that fit into
tubes soldered to the chassis.
you can see components for the car are all readily available.
Paint was a little difficult and the first attempt was much too
dark (as can be seen from the picture!). Here in the UK you can
get car paints made up fairly easily so I chose one of these specials
and used that.
were made up using my now faltering (because it has had so much
use) Alps printer!
car just after restoration
Motor type: Slot.it
Chassis: Tassie Devil made by Barrie Pitcher.
Body: Fibreglass by Betta and Classic.
Charlie Fitzpatrick has been manufacturing bodyshells since
1956! They are located at 61 Larkfield Lane, Southport, Merseyside,
PR9 8NN, England and the telephone/ansaphone no. is 01704-29342.
Wheels and Tyres: SCD. Fronts are Delrin
on aluminium wheels, rears are aluminium made by SCD with
Ingram sponge tyres. Chas Keeling of SCD lives in Bradford,
England, his web site is http://www.scdparma.fsnet.co.uk/
and telephone/fax no. is 01274-682120.
Gears: Slot.it inline ratio of 9:30
and motor detail were cut out from the Classic bodyshell and scratch built.
The front ailerons and rear spoiler were also added.
bar was made using soldered and painted brass rod, exhausts were made
from metal tube, wheel inserts were made using bit-box wheels cut down.
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