LA Slotcar Museum visit
January 13, 2010
Slot Car Racing - SoCal  > LA Slotcar Museum visit
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January 13, 2010 - Another tour of the Los Angeles Slotcar Museum. Scott Bader's 1/1 cars are now on display along with the famous slot car museum "vault".


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On the left is a 1971 March F1. On the right is a 1969 Lola T-165 (also called the T-163)


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Video clip of Terry Schmid sitting in the Lola T-165


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Terry Schmid sits in the former Chuck Parsons Lola T-165 (T-163). This car first raced in the Can Am in 1969.


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Howie Ursaner gets his turn to sit in the Lola T-165. Notice at the end of the video clip how Howie pretends to be racing the car.


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Howie can't wait to see how fast it goes!


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Scott Bader talks about the 1971 March F1 car which still holds the fastest race record (ave. speed).


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Howie talks about Bryan Warmack living at Heathrow Airport for one month while working for Team Surtees.


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Scott Bader talks about this 1971 March F1 which Ronnie Peterson drove to 2nd place in the F1 Championships for 1971.


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This F1 car was 2nd (a mere .01 seconds behind the winner) in the fastest F1 race ever. The average speed for the race is still the fastest ever.


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Machine shop


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Checking out the VIP area


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Corvette, Camaro and Cobra


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Heavy machinery in the background


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Cars used in the film 2Fast 2Furious


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Video clip - cars used in the film 2FAST 2FURIOUS


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Video clip - Lowrider, GTO, Shelby GT500


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Dodge Thunder Wagon, Lambo


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Vintage Bicycles from the 60's


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Hot rod, drag car, Lola T294


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160 mph drag car (circa 1962).


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PdL with his Grand Prix motorcycle. 125 cc, 44 hp, 137 mph at Ontario Motor Speedway


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PdL's Gran Prix motorcycles. 125 cc motorcycle had the same lap speed as a 750cc Triumph Triple (1972). Morbidelli 125 cc, 44 hp.


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Nissan IMSA Champion factory car.


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MPC Zinger dragster. Mighty Mouse dragster - Big Block Fiat nitro burning - 8.5 sec. 1/4 time.


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Corvette vintage modified production. Scott has won many vintage races with this car.


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Lola T-294 2 liter BDD engine. Fastest 2 liter car in its day. This car could beat big engine Can Am cars on a tight track.


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Rare 1967 Corvette with Lindale Blue color.


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Another drag car project in the works. Scott will restore this car to its original show winning condition.


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This car is a AA Altered


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The original car was built by Paul Lowrey. It ran 9.4 sec at 164 mph.


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The restored car will look like this when completed.


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Heavy duty machine shop equipment


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Basketball court?


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Basketball court.


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The famous slotcar vault. What you will see in this photo/video report is a small sample of the entire collection, but is representative of the types of slot cars, parts and memorabilia in the museum. These are mostly from the 1963-1973 period with 1/32 and 1/24 cars. Scott will be building a 1400 sq. ft. room adjoining his house with the museum building. This square footage will house the permanent displays when completed at some future date.


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Philippe explains what's on display in the vault.


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Original pencil sketch of the Manta Ray artwork used on the display box.


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Boxes and boxes filled with collectible slotcars, parts, etc.


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Original Gamma Ray Artwork


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Gamma Ray


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Original Lotus 30 artwork


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Group 22 Plumber chassis not legal in the U.S. was used in Europe for Group 20


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More Champion chassis, cars


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Fiberglass, resin bodies


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Famous painted pro bodies, Bloom, Kovacs.


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Scott explains how he learned about vintage slot cars. What to look for in an original car.


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Rare Chaparral 2E kit.


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Howie Ursaner's Team Cobra slotcar box.


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Arco perpetual trophy.


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Len Vucci's Team Russkit slotcar box.


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Len Vucci's Team Russkit Jacket


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Batmobile!


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This '36 Coupe was similar to Terry Schmid's first slotcar.


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Trays and trays of scratchbuilt slotcars representing different types and eras.


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early to mid 60's drag slotcars.


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Thingies from the Groove Raceway. Most of these are Shinoda bodies.


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This is the raceway in which Team Russkit was beaten on their nationwide tour in '65-'66.


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Typical thingie "slider" chassis. Fore/Aft chassis movement. Team Russkit would return to the Groove Raceway later to get revenge.


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Early wing car


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Famous painted pro cars.


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Gorski Team Dyna. Bob Rule Team Champion


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Lee Gilbert car painted by Ted "Sundance" Coats, arguably the most famous paint job ever done on a slotcar body.


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Mike Steube car


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Gorski F1 painted by Dave Bloom


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More famous pro cars


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Team Russkit - Morrissey's car?


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'66 tubing chassis.


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Howie Ursaner's famous slotcar. Howie won more races with this car than anyone in those days.


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Unique chassis.


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Rick Durkee's Team Russkit car.


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Rick Durkee's Team Russkit car.


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Famous John Cukras' F1 car which John and Mike Steube drove to victory in a 24 hr. enduro in Memphis ('67).


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Another Famous Cukras car.


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John won the 3rd Rod and Custom race in 1966 with this car (new body similar to the original).


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Terry Schmid chassis. Chassis is similar to the car which Terry drove in the 5th Car Model race of 1967.


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70's Pro cars


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Old racers signed this Model Car Journal


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More unique cars.


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The gear mesh is very smooth on this complicated design.


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Vintage slotcars. Some with bodies made of balsa wood.


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Wood body.


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"Rail" car.


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San Francisco thingies with Choti Bodies


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Testor's cars


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Russkit cars


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Gene Wallenford cars


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Wallenford made custom motor/gear setups to fit these 1/32 cars.


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One of Jose Rodriguez' slot car boxes


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Jose used a TV repairman (vacuum tubes) box as a slotcar box.


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Another famous slotcar box. Who did it belong to over 40 years ago?


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A clue


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Many clues. The banana sticker is the best clue.


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It's Banana executive Bruce Paschal's slot car box. Many Steube motors.


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This was one of Philippe's car displays until he sold it to Scott.


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Lancer body display


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HO car bodies on the right, 1/32 McLaren on the left.


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Du Bro bodies


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Du Bro Lotus 11 body


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Terry Schmid holds two of his cars from '66-'67 period.


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A Rod and Custom F1 car built by Terry


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Notice the threaded axles. This car appears to be more than 2 3/4" wide. Maybe those axle spacers weren't used in '66?