Slotcar Museum visit 4-11-2008
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A visit to Scott Bader's slotcar museum was the highlight of the first day of the 2008 Slotcar Convention. The collection is currently housed in "the vault".


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Scott and Philippe setup this display of various period cars to show the range of vintage slotcars.


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This display is a very small portion of the total collection.


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Philippe served as the expert guide explaining the various slotcars we viewed.


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Different periods of slotcars were displayed and recognized.


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The cars on the left are precursors to the development of the wing car. On the right are two very famous John Cukras cars. On the right are two Larry Shinoda thingies. The packaged cars are representative of the period.


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Besides the various slotcars on display, there are also drawings/paintings of cars which became the cover artwork for some packaged slotcars.


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Here's an example of the original lotus artwork below and the finished package above.


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The original Classic "Gamma Ray" artwork


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And the artwork incorporated into the Gamma Ray display package.


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L-R, Mike Kravitz, Paul Sterrett and Mike Steube admiring the vast slotcar collection.


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Philippe proceeded to show examples of what the many labeled boxes contain. Here are complete packaged slotcars.


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Sorry for the reflection! A rare Pactra '66 Ferrari ready to run with Hemi-300 motor.


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Another very rare Pactra Harrison slotcar.


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Boxes and boxes of various collectible slotcars.


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Now this is a "Jaildoor" chassis!


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Every major (and minor) Slotcar manufacturer is represented in the museum.


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Here's a Dave Bloom painted body for Gorski which was never raced.


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Another Dave Bloom painted body, a Russkit McLaren Elfin.


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A body painted for Bruce Paschal, not sure who the body painter was.


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Another rare boxed slotcar.


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Boxes floor to ceiling containing many famous/vintage slotcars.


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Boxes and boxes full of various vintage slotcar parts, motors.


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Some vintage slotcar boxes.


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More inventory waiting to be categorized.


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Another display of some very famous slotcars.


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This is one of Jose Rodriguez' slotcar boxes.


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Besides the famous NAMRA label, notice Jose's humor is also apparent (no gringos allowed).


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Len Vucci's Team Russkit jacket.


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The Team Russkit slotcar box of Len Vucci. The decal shown has names of the original Team Russkit members as well as company members: from the top, Morrissey, Quintana, Durkee, Vucci, Kirby, Gates, Dietl, Larimer, Duer, Russell, Rose, Wadleigh, Gray and Rotstein.


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Several famous Russkit slotcars. Some recreated. The green car on the right is one of Terry Schmid's (Team Checkpoint) cars.


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Howie Ursaner's famous Lola. Howie won many races (200?) with this car.


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Early 70's photo with some famous racers. L-R, John (Tore) Anderson, Joel Montague (check those pants!), Lee Gilbert, Mike Steube (Sano shirt) and ?


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A Gene Wallingford car.


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Another outstanding Gene Wallingford car.


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Philippe explained that Gene made the car from scratch, including the body.


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Even the windshield/windows were custom made by Gene!


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Another Wallingford car.


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The museum contains nearly every car ever built by Gene Wallingford.


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The highlight of the tour was the Gene Wallingford Cobra Daytona.


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The body/windshield and all internal parts were custom made by Gene.


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The craftsmanship is simply the best!


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Even the underside of this car is very detailed.


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A view of the Car Museum during construction. That's a stainless steel stairway!


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The tour group checking out one of the rooms.


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Scott Bader's museum has a lot work done, but has a lot of work yet to be completed.


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This is one big museum project! The car museum has spaces for 35 of Scott's full size 1/1 cars. There is also space for a slotcar track and the slotcar museum display area as well. "The vault" is used to store the slotcar collection.


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Scott leads the tour group to the roof of the museum.


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Up the stairs to the roof. Wonder what's on the roof?


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Umm, what is this?


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Would you believe an Asian themed garden/pond.


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The view from the garden area overlooks Hollywood and Beverly Hills


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Quite a view from here!


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A very peaceful setting.


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That's some roof!


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Mike Steube contemplating?


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A small bridge leads to the house.


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Scott proudly holds one of his 4 sons.


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Proud parents Scott and Chi Bader with two of their 4 sons.


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Here's their two other sons. 4 sons with names after famous racers/cars: Austin, Cooper, Hudson and McLaren


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Tour group poses with Scott and Chi Bader and their 4 sons. Tour members (back row) L-R, Mike Kravitz, Dave Fiedler, Mike Steube, Roger Uusitalo, Keith Tanaka, Paul Sterrett, Ray Gonzales. Front row, helpers hold two sons along with Chi and Scott and of course PdL on the right.