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    #46
    Originally posted by LateFan View Post
    I built a scale model with my son of a particular yellow GT40 from 1968, #1079. Privateer, French team. I just liked the looks of it, and it was different from all the Gulf blue models everyone builds.

    This car's only claim to fame was that it crashed on the very first lap because the driver hadn't latched the door correctly or put on his belts. The door ripped off at high speed, the car became unbalanced, and he crashed badly. It nearly killed him, and ended his career. That running start / first lap thing was real.

    BTW, does everyone know that the reason Porsches have the ignition key on the left side of the wheel, was so that the driver could jump in and start the car with his left hand while putting it in gear with his right hand? Still there and that's why.

    We used an airplane wing tank to make a Gurney bubble, just cuz. I made a custom straight air outlet on the hood because the kit only came with the triangular split vents. I found a company that makes decal sets for obscure race cars so it would all be authentic.
    that is really cool. i think the triangular vents you mention above are called "NACA" vents. i only know this because we have them on airplanes.
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      #47
      Originally posted by flyboyx View Post
      that is really cool. i think the triangular vents you mention above are called "NACA" vents. i only know this because we have them on airplanes.
      Many cars did and do use NACA vents, but I believe he's talking about the dual air exits for the nose:

      You can see they're similar, but don't have that distinctive NACA shape.

      He wanted this type nose:
      Interested in vintage cars? Ever thought about racing one? Info, photos, videos, and more can be found at www.michaelsvintageracing.com!

      Elva Courier build thread here!

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        #48
        Yep, you can see two little NACA vents right next to the air outlets on the green car, and one in front of the windshield. That's an interesting question - is the definition of a NACA vent that it faces forward, as an intake? Every one I've seen does.

        The other thing about the kit is that the body shell didn't have the huge rear flairs that the later Gulf cars did, when they bumped up the rear wheel size. So #1079 it was.

        My son researched and researched to find decal sets for one-of-a-kind WWII fighters, with the right fuselage (another cool French word!) details, to build a really nice model. His airplane collection is like a history lesson - Battle of Britain, Midway, North Africa, a Free French fighter, and a SWISS air force Messerschmidt, which shot down both German and American planes.

        He built a really nice version of one of the Doolittle Raid B-25s, and hunted photos to verify the paint job. One of our neighbors is one of two surviving Doolittle Raid crew, and this is his plane, the Ruptured Duck (because it hit its tail on take-off in training).

        Next he's building a nice version of Mitchell's P-38 Lightning that hunted down and shot down Yamamoto's Betty bomber while he was on an inspection tour in the south Pacific. Full speed at sea level - a bit like Le Mans!

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          #49
          Some of my favorite engines at Le Mans....

          The 3 liter screaming Matra V12. Maybe my earliest memory of Le Mans as a kid reading Road & Track - this weird french car with that shriek echoing off the trees.



          The fantastic, howling Porsche 5-liter flat 12. He's not pushing it at all here, but god, that howl! Great overview of the track pretty close to the way it is now.
          Gives me shivers!



          ANY Ferrari racing V12 deserves mention of course.


          "Lost" footage of GT40s at Le Mans, with some Ford marketing.....but good interview with Shelby about developing quick-change brakes.


          With those 180 headers, the 289 Ford was a monster! I love this noise!

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              #51
              Originally posted by LateFan View Post
              He built a really nice version of one of the Doolittle Raid B-25s, and hunted photos to verify the paint job. One of our neighbors is one of two surviving Doolittle Raid crew, and this is his plane, the Ruptured Duck (because it hit its tail on take-off in training).
              Well, shit.....Dave Thatcher the Doolittle Raider died yesterday. Nothing to do with Le Mans and cars, sorry, but I thought I ought to post it...
              http://missoulian.com/news/local/mis...dc21192c0.html

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                #52
                :( More of a man than I'll ever be.
                Interested in vintage cars? Ever thought about racing one? Info, photos, videos, and more can be found at www.michaelsvintageracing.com!

                Elva Courier build thread here!

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                    #54
                    Hans Hermann takes the first Porsche overall win in 1970 in the 917K. Sponsored by the Porsche family Austrian distributor.
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                      Mark Webber / 919
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                        Carroll Shelby Aston Martin 1959 winner

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                          The cars, the trucks...

                          (this one might be Daytona, sorry...)
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                            Time for some wine and lunch...
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                                #60
                                Fake! I call fake!
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