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  • Mini Mojo
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    bluesguy, inspiring sound on that video. Appears and sounds like they were really going for it. Definitely gets the pulse racing a bit. Thanks for posting that.

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  • Mini Mojo
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    Thanks, Woodcote, the old Can Am was really fun to watch back then and it's still great to see those cars run today at vintage events. Too bad the TV coverage and recording was so limited back then. There are some videos on youtube and such but it doesn't compete with having been at some of those events.

    There's a new book celebrating 50 years of the Can Am that came out last fall. An Amazon search will reveal it if you didn't know about it. It has a bit more text about how each season progressed which makes it very worthwhile. And additional great photos.

    I've got some more of these HO Can Am cars in the works and I'll post some shots soon.

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  • woodcote
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    Wow! Great work there mojo

    This is such an inspiring thread. I always really enjoy the early Can-Am cars race at the Goodwood Revival Festival and have recently finished re-reading Pete Lyons' great book. I definitely need to get some Can-Am re-liveries done this year for some racing on my HO track.

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  • Mini Mojo
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    Some Siffert Porsche Close Ups

    Donor cars and result:



    Front 3/4 view:



    Rear 3/4 view:



    As I detailed above the photos don't show the fluorescent color very well.

    (Almost at 25 posts!!!)

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  • Mini Mojo
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    Yes, and thanks, the Siffert Porsche is a combination of the two AFX 917 Can Am bodies, the 510K & 917-10.

    As you'd expect, it was an "engine" transplant from the round nose/non air scoop car to the later more squared off body style. There is some reinforcement underneath with some good epoxy saturated into a couple small strips of used dryer sheet - home made fiberglass! The outside seams were filled with Testor's body putty. Not too tough, just took some patience.

    The toughest part was getting the paint color as close as possible. All the fluorescent "red" colors I bought were way too orange. Finally solved it by mixing Testor's fluorescent red with the fluorescent pink that came in the same set of those little jars. It came out a lot more red looking (although in photos and/or on a monitor those fluorescent colors don't come through very well) so it's close to being right. I think I did the paint 3 times on that car before I was satisfied with the color.

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  • Dushkwoneshe
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    Super-Nice cars, Karl... Love the 917-10na...

    Did you make the body?... Was gonna try to make one from
    a 510K & a 917-10 for the Riverside Display...
    But, it never went further than just a thought ...

    Such great work on these

    John

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  • Super G Man
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    Can Am Show Your Stuff

    Very nice!!!


    Originally posted by Mini Mojo View Post
    Had to join in the fun on this thread, here's a couple of pics of some of the cars I've been building.



    Lothar Motschenbacher's McLaren M12 and Chris Amon's Ferrari



    Jo Siffert's Porsche, Denny Hulme's Mk8D McLaren and Vic Elford's Chaparral 2J

    All of these are on AFX Magnatraction Chassis, the Mk8D and the 2J converted from Tyco. Pardon the incorrect wheels for now - that will be dealt with soon.

    Karl

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  • Old - Mech.
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    Sorry,forgot to add some things: Mike,if you were at the Glen around 68-69 you probably saw the Matra 650-660 cars? I am not that well versed on Frenchy cars,will have to go to my European Sports & Prototypes book.

    Karl,glad you enjoy Can_Am too! Your cars are nice subjects and very well done,just like your track. Hey,if you and your friend were at the Indy vintage races,you might have crossed paths with us? I was there with my uncle,and he was driving his dk.blue E-Type #61.

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  • chappy
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    Mini Mojo, great looking builds, thanks for sharing. Agreed OM, lot of fun being had in this thread.

    Chappy

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  • Old - Mech.
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    You guys are having too much fun here for me not to join in again. I went back several pages but could not find my conversation with the other member doing a BHR Lola. We talked about it month's ago after discovering the site on ebay. He was doing a very nice version of the Donahue driven Lola.It must be on another thread,let me know if any of you have seen it?


    I wanted to do the Sutee's Lola but they showed a version that was done,however they didn't have the decals at that time. I should have went for it anyways! It's an easy paint or just use white decal sheet and cut your own. When I first discovered BHR they had a Mc Cluskey Pacsetter Lola. They only seem to push out a bit at a time. Maybe because of time involved or they just don't want to deal with tons of auctions & sales? Last thing I saw was a version of a Lexan body clip they made.


    Here is the funny thing about all this for me. I think I have met Bob Hackl before,back when I was racing SCCA. This was way,way,long ago out in CA. I was actually at Bondurant Driving school getting my license certification. That was located at Sears Point back then,Sonoma now for you youngsters and Nascar fans. My final weekend there they had a SCCA amateur race I went to with some other guys. I watched and talked to lot's of Formula car drivers that weekend. Seeing as that was the area of the sport I wanted to head. I'm sure Bob Hackl and his friends were one of the groups I met. Anyways it's great to see an old racer,still messing with racing things.

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  • bluesguy
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    This is mostly Matra 670's vintage racing at Brands Hatch, 2011.
    Love this sound.

    [youtube]bS1_G_dl6xA[/youtube]

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  • Mini Mojo
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    For the last two summers I was lucky enough to attend vintage races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Road America (I've been crewing for a good friend.) Several original Can Ams there making thunder - like a 74 Shadow (really fast!) and a Gurney McLeagle.

    No Matra V12' sports cars, but those old naturally aspirated F1 cars there were like those Matra's. Their high revs made the insides of your ears vibrate and your hair stand on end when they went by, especially at IMS with the metal bleachers along both sides of the front straight. Yeah, amazing is the right word.

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  • bluesguy
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    I was at Watkin's Glen in 1969 for Can Am weekend, yes I felt that big block rumble.
    One car that really amazed me was the Matra's, a screaming high revving V12, you could hear them all around the track.
    Last edited by bluesguy; 02-18-2017, 09:16 PM. Reason: 1969,

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  • Mini Mojo
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    Thanks, bluesguy, happy to post those (after I finally figured out how!) The Can Am races have always been a huge favorite of mine. Have all the books about them I can find. And a video or three.

    Was fortunate enough to attend a few of the original races at Laguna Seca, Road America and Donnybrooke and later a number of the second coming of the Can Am later on in the early 80's at Road America, Donnybrooke (now BIR) and once at Riverside.

    Cool stuff. The ground shook when those big block cars in the original series went by!

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  • bluesguy
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    Awesome work Karl, super realistic, perfect to awaken this thread.

    Mike

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