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Here is a shot from the instructions of the Fujimi GT40 MKII ('66 Le Mans 2nd winner) kit. The two large boxes that sit between the rear tires and the transaxle (one on each side), what are those? The restored version of the #5 car does not have them present, what's the deal? 

 

 

 

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Race cars at the 24hr Lemans were/are required to have provisions for luggage. Those were deemed big enough for a pair of suitcases, although placement dictated you probably didn't want to pack anything that would melt.😁

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5 minutes ago, Phirewriter said:

Race cars at the 24hr Lemans were/are required to have provisions for luggage. Those were deemed big enough for a pair of suitcases, although placement dictated you probably didn't want to pack anything that would melt.😁

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On the GT40 MkI the luggage rack was directly above the exhaust, even hotter! ☺️

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13 minutes ago, afx said:

On the GT40 MkI the luggage rack was directly above the exhaust, even hotter! ☺️

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Wow! Let's go for a weekend cruise honey!

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The original idea back in the 1920s was to encourage race cars that had some relevance to production cars, but of course, things kind of mutated.  Interesting to compare this with what's been happening with NASCAR.

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So it appears that fabricators/restorers and modelers alike have distain for these boxes as the #5 car from '66 Le Mans that was restored (to '66 specs?) and sold by Sotheby's for almost 10 million back in March 2018 does not have these boxes! Hello? Or, is it possible that the #5 car ( a Holman/Moody prepped car) for some reason was 'not' required to have them? That seems unlikely.

The reason modelers don't like them is because it makes fitment of body to chassis difficult in final assembly. 

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35 minutes ago, Speedfreak said:

So it appears that fabricators/restorers and modelers alike have distain for these boxes as the #5 car from '66 Le Mans that was restored (to '66 specs?) and sold by Sotheby's for almost 10 million back in March 2018 does not have these boxes! Hello? Or, is it possible that the #5 car ( a Holeman/Moody prepped car) for some reason was 'not' required to have them? That seems unlikely.

The reason modelers don't like them is because it makes fitment of body to chassis difficult in final assembly. 

My guess would be they removed them after Le Mans but years before the restoration. The Holeman car would of had to have had some kind of storage somewhere as those were the regulations at the time for Le Mans. If you research the history of the car, likely at some point after '66 Le Mans they were removed as they weren't required anymore, ie Sebring or Daytona or where ever else it may have raced.

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This topic really brings back memories.  Chaparral 2F carried its "luggage" in the front fenders.  The door is barely visible in the photo.  These two compartments conveniently also functioned as plenum chambers for cooling air to the front brakes.  In the day, cars were turned down at tech inspection or modified (sawing away roll bar brace) to accommodate "luggage space."

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The suitcase  was not a LeMans-specific requirement but actually a FIA requirement for all FIA races.

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Back to the original topic and the #5 P1016 as restored versus raced.  Here it is at the 1966 Le Mans as stated above.

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But they seem to have disappeared when in storage at Holman Moody.

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"GT" stands for Grand Touring - a Grand Touring car had to have seats for two and enough luggage space for a grand tour (like an overnight trip). In those cars it would be a fast tour - probably get a speeding ticket or two.

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And then you add a bit of "out of the box" thinking.  Chapparal 2d Daytona 1967

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If you want to see a big bucks multi medium GT40 kit that is in preparations a look at Creative Miniature Associates website.

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Lots of weird rules for these races.  Luggage was just one of them.  They also had to have a spare tire.  Can you imagine a car stopped along the Mulsanne straight with the driver changing a tire?  Also the passenger seat was pretty rudimentary as few people ever had the courage to sit there in a race. The FIA did control the rules but there were plenty of other races that the GT40 competed in that were governed by other bodies such as Daytona, so the luggage boxes were removable.  Also the spare tire was not always required, in which case Holman Moody had an oil tank with a site gauge that mounted in the same place.  

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