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Dirt Track Camaro, #41, a Georgia legend.....


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#1 roadhawg

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:33 AM

As far as I'm concerned, the late Buck Simmons of Baldwin GA was the best dirt late model driver in history. His first win was in 1960 at the age of 15. His last win was in 2009 at the age of 64. Between those two, he had 1022 other main even wins....yes, that's right, 1024 feature wins in a 50 year career. He is in both the National Dirt Racing Hall Of Fame, and the Georgia Auto Racing Hall Of Fame. He won just about everything there was to win on dirt at one time or another, and was one of my all time racing heroes.

I've decided to build a few of Buck's most famous rides, starting with the black (Buck's trademark colors were black and gold) "Jig-A-Lo" Camaro, owned by Billy Thomas. Buck drove this car from 1979-1981, when he picked up his first NDRA National championship. This car also won the very last race at the historic Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta.

I built the model up from an AMT Nascar chassis...totally inaccurate for a dirt late model, I know, but since this is meant as a curbside model it worked out just fine. I did have to build a new upper roll cage to match the body, and lower the suspension slightly. I also had to make a new rear frame section and fuel cell, along with the interior "tin".
The actual body is one of Jackie Sims' vacuform Camaro bodies, my first time working with one...a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it works out good. The wheels are some I cast myself and had chromed, but I'm not sure if I like them or not...this is one case where Alclad might have been a better choice, to look more like polished aluminum. Paint is plain ol' Model Master black, decals are my own.

I have a few more of Buck's rides in the planning stages, but since this was probably my favorite, it's the first.
Thanks for lookin'!

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#2 Jantrix

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:38 AM

Tommy that is very implessive. That looks very authentic. Great work.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:23 AM

That is way too cool. Great job.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:24 AM

Very nice clean work.  Great job!



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:31 AM

I'm digg'n you DLM, Tommy. Very well done.



#6 roadhawg

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:43 AM

Thanks, guys! Glad you like it.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:55 AM

Tommy, nice work!

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:14 PM

Tommy, you know from TMM that I am a life long member of the "roadhawg fan club" :lol: .  It is because of builds like this.  You have talent my friend.  Thanks for sharing!



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:47 PM

Very nice build



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:32 PM

A great looking build - awesome , gotta love the dirt cars.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:50 PM

Nice build Tommy B)



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:26 PM

Tommy, another incredible build. You are one of the most talented builders I know. You should be in the pages of SA or MCM.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:54 AM

Impressive build.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:01 AM

i know nothing about this type of sport, and i hear about gassers and other stuff that i have no real interest in, but i do like looking at models, esp very nice done ones.  picking up info as i go along to keep in the back of my (tiny) brain.  Any fotos of the interior, like foot pedals etc?



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:16 AM

great looking dirt car Tommy, really nice work!!



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:19 AM

Outstanding build...........



#17 roadhawg

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:17 AM

Thanks again for the kind words, everyone.

i know nothing about this type of sport, and i hear about gassers and other stuff that i have no real interest in, but i do like looking at models, esp very nice done ones.  picking up info as i go along to keep in the back of my (tiny) brain.  Any fotos of the interior, like foot pedals etc?


Here is a picture with the body removed, and you can obviously see the curbside nature of this build. The interior is very simple, but so were the real cars so there's really not much to see. I used an AMT Nascar kit, and the entire roll cage and seat are moved back as far as possible. The shifter/pedals/seat/etc are from the Nascar kit, but I did add simple seat belts made from tape.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:48 AM

AWESOME! Great build. Very clean looking.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:23 AM

Very nice dirt Camaro Tommy! Your dirt track builds always impress! Well done!



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:41 AM

Great model, Tommy!