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#1 roadhawg

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:46 AM

One of my favorite racing series was Bob Harmon's All-Pro super series that ran from 1979-1991 on asphalt short tracks in the South....actually, Nascar took it over in '92 and ran it as the Slim Jim All Pro Series, but it lost that Saturday Night short track feel and wasn't as much fun....too "corporate", I guess.

One of the most popular drivers in the original series was veteran racer Freddy Fryar. Fryar drove several cars in the series, but this one, from the 84-85 seasons, was my favorite.

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Built from the Revell ASA Camaro, I tried to rework the headlight area and the grill to make it resemble a Firebird. Being primarily a "shelf model", I didn't add any wiring or plumbing, but focused more on getting the right look. Paint is a 50/50 mix of Testors Chevy Orange and Italian Red. Seat belts and window net are from Detail Master.

I've got a few more cars planned from this series, including Mickey Gibbs' black Camaro, 1984 series champ Darrell Brown, and the infamous "carbon fiber" Gary Balough car. Havin' fun with these! Thanks for looking.


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(By the way...I wasn't really sure where to put this....it's not exactly Nascar, but it WAS associated with Nascar and a lot of the Nascar drivers ran here, so if this is in the wrong place, somebody move it. Thanks.)



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Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:51 AM

Nice model. This forum needs a place for non-NASCAR circle track cars. There's a lot more to racing than NASCAR!

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:55 AM

Nice model. This forum needs a place for non-NASCAR circle track cars. There's a lot more to racing than NASCAR!


I totally agree. Great build BTW.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 06:34 AM

Roadhawg: That is a fantastic build! You captured the 1:1 car really well! Your paintwork and decals are outstanding! How did you get those decals made? They are "spot-on"!

I'm looking forward to your future projects from this racing-series! Nice job!

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 06:52 AM

Wow, I absolutely like that model! The race cars from the 90's were still cool. I agree Drew, need some extra space to showcase non-Nascar circle track cars.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:14 AM

Thanks, guys! Mark, the decals I design in Corel draw and have a friend print them on an Alps printer. I've had to make some of those contingency decals too, since I couldn't find any....like Larry Shaw Race Cars.
Darrell Brown's #58 car was white, so I might be able to print those on a inkjet....we'll see.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:02 PM

Fantastic build, love it!

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:55 PM

What kit did you use? Would like to build Davey Allisons #23 Camaro some time

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:05 PM

Nascar All Pro was the 3rd tear of Nascar till the trucks took over that spot in 1998 so up untill then if you build a Nascar All Pro or All American Challange car it would still be a nascar sanction.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 07:30 AM

Thanks guys!

Nascar All Pro was the 3rd tear of Nascar till the trucks took over that spot in 1998 so up untill then if you build a Nascar All Pro or All American Challange car it would still be a nascar sanction.


Correct, but Nascar didn't aquire the All-Pro series until 1992. Before that, it ran as an independent organization with Alabama's Bob Harmon running the show, sort of the south's answer to the ASA series. "Uncle Bob" was one of the best promoters in history. Great cars, great drivers, great racing. Nascar slowly ruined it after taking it over.

Scott, that is the Revell Senneker ASA kit. The Senneker and the Waltrip kits have wide five wheels and hubs (although I use my own) and a V-8, while the Butch Miller kit has the Nascar style wheels and a V-6. The Butch Miller kit also has a different Z-28 style hood.
Davey's #23 would make a cool model. Davey also drove Neil Bonnett's #12 house car a time or two.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 08:29 AM

looks great tommy!!! nice work on the front end conversion too B)

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:37 PM

But the American Challange Seires was a Nascar saction and it ran side by side rules as All Pro did before the 92 merg. A good friend of mine won 3 straight Nascar titles of the ACS in the late 70s to mid 80s.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:55 PM

I really like this one. Very nice job!

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:56 PM

I love it. Late models are of great interest for me.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:22 AM

Always inspiring to see your work Tommy and the little history lessons you give with them. I actually think they should just name this section circle track instead of NASCAR and it would better suit the subjects. Im curious about this carbon fibre car you speak of so I shall google :D

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:12 PM

Thanks again, guys! Your comments are too kind!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:48 AM

Thanks, guys! Mark, the decals I design in Corel draw and have a friend print them on an Alps printer. I've had to make some of those contingency decals too, since I couldn't find any....like Larry Shaw Race Cars.
Darrell Brown's #58 car was white, so I might be able to print those on a inkjet....we'll see.

That is a great build, I worked on Brown's cars in the late 90's and early 2000's, the southern allstar years, before he "retired". Did you build the kit or where did you find the kit, and I would love to see the decals of Brown's you have. I would love to see the #58 back to what it was. Thank you for the reminder of the good old days. RIP Darrell. may the memories live on 



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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:32 PM

 

That is a great build, I worked on Brown's cars in the late 90's and early 2000's, the southern allstar years, before he "retired". Did you build the kit or where did you find the kit, and I would love to see the decals of Brown's you have. I would love to see the #58 back to what it was. Thank you for the reminder of the good old days. RIP Darrell. may the memories live on 

 
Thank you, Ken. I just make a few minor changes to the Revell ASA Camaro kits to turn them into All Pro cars. I'm actually starting on Darrell's car this week. I sent you a screenshot of the decals in a PM.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:51 PM

What a great build. Gotta love it . The whole car looks so right , wheels look real nice.



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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:57 AM

Great build of a car in a racing venue I never even knew existed. Pretty cool.