Purchased one from Alan at 132slotcar.us last week. Very nice authentic model.
Those who may already have obtained other BRM 1/24 Trans-Am cars may notice
mine sits lower. Tweaked the chassis, fixed a longer guide tongue with a JK guide
flag, removed a few thousandths off the front tires, replaced the 3 mm rear axle
assembly with a 1/8" axle housing to match all my other cars and exchanged the
hard rubber tires with large diameter Pro-Tracks. Shaved shorter the four mounting
posts so the car sits lower on the chassis.Chassis/track clearance is .55" front, .60"
rear. Some lead weight here and there. Added a little more detail to the driver figure.
Now have 3 of Penske' iconic s '60's cars. By the way there's a story about the
Camero's vinyl top.
One of the best accounts of Trans-Am racing in its hey day is author Dave
Friedman's book: Trans-Am. The Pony car wars 1966-72. MBI
Publishing Co, 729 Prospect Ave, P O Box 1, Osceola WI. 2001.
“The 1969 Trans-Am season had all the qualities found in one of Hollywood’s’ epic
Western Movies. There were good guys, bad guys, angry words, an uncaring sheriff,
treachery, cheating, suspense and several good shootouts. SCCA officials were
continuously accused of favoritism in the application of the rather loosely written
rules. Some of the rule infractions that were handled in a rather questionable manner
was the Penske vinyl top controversy”
Chuck Cantwell who was Team Penske’s top Engineer is said to have remarked,
"We acid-dipped our cars to reduce the overall weight. In 1969 we got a bit carried
away and the tops of the Cameros became so thin that they rippled. That’s why
we ran the first couple of races that year with a vinyl top to reinforce the roof.
Had we not done that the tops on the cars would have probably collapsed during
our first race at Michigan.” The book with its many photos contain several showing
the vinyl tops.
"Remember folks. Traffic lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph." - Jim Samuals, Comic, owner of San Francisco's famous Holy City Zoo Comedy Club