When I was born my Dad had a '49 Dodge, which he used to tell me he won in a poker game for a dollar Our next car was a '57 Plymouth, which met a sad end. Driving out of Montreal in '58, the car hit a bad bump, the transmission shifted into reverse while we were going forward and that was it A few days later Dad showed up with a 2-tone green '58 Biscayne. That was followed by a '59 Impala, a '63 Buick LeSabre, a '68 Biscayne (which I drove), a '74 Mercury, a '78 Chevy ( my Dad complained the high beams didn't work until I showed him the switch was on the stalk, not the floor ) and then an '84 K-car, the last car he had when he passed away. My first car was a '65 Corvair, followed by a '72 Fiat 128, a '74 Fiat 128 that I rallied for 5 years, a '75 Nova ex-cop car (lots of top end), '80 Impala, '89 Nissan Sentra, '91 Dodge Spirit company car, '95 Caravan company vehicle, '99 Concorde company vehicle that I bought, '02 Impala and my current ride, '04 Buick Regal. I also drove several other cars including some race cars, rally cars, show cars, hot rods, etc. The most famous of all the cars I drove was this single seater Dodge This thing just would not idle smoothly, it rumbled and shook and didn't even have a radio My friend Gerry bought it from Austin and we toured it on the show car circuit in Ontario and Quebec before Gerry took it to Europe.
Historic Racing Miniatures make a resin Rochester FI unit and it is great! Excellent detail! If you want a realistic FI unit, get one and make tour engine look real (oh, the price on this package is in Canada)
Who put the magnet in the tree? If I told you once, I told you a million times, you can't mate a car with a tree Never read Model Cars Mag when you are driving Your dog was driving? No, a car cannot be a tree hugger
This is another car that was toured in Europe by my friend Gerry Nimz (see Beer Barrel car). Somewhere I have a colour photo of it. I wonder if it was in the same collection as the other show cars. I see what I can find out.
Sidebar...many years ago I read a book about Mickey and his early runs at Bonneville. He had trouble with the front suspension bending or breaking when he hit a small crease in the salt. Apparently at 200MPH when the tire comes off the ground a half inch or so, it takes almost 300 feet before the suspension can work and stabilize the car and when it lands, ouch . Mickey decided to try a block of wood firmly attached in place of the shocks so there would be no give. The next run the car stayed planted on the salt when he hit the crease and there was no damage. From there he worked on a new front suspension. Another home grown genius
Academy may have the molds if they did the original molding work for Accurate Miniatures. Academy does a lot of molding for other companies including Italeri and Fujimi. I have built some Academy models for people and the package often has the name of another company.
That is a very early James Bond car as evidenced by the 2 license plates...no cops in the photo, just spies and secret agents disguised as everyday people. The car has the special issue tire chains used only by Bond and the adjustable radiator cover FYI...this photo was taken in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada at the onset of 'Camp X'...ssshhh