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June 25, 2018

A small shipment from Spark Model arrived late last week. Check them out  HERE .

GMP announced two new 1/18 scale Pony Cars for release later this year.  Advance reservations suggested since both will be produced in limited quantities

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Remember, bidding closes Wednesday at Noon CDT on our latest  Wilson Children's Fund Auction.  Details  HERE.

 - Paul

J erry Titus / 'Pontiac Firebird' / 1969 24 Hours of Daytona

$134.95 - Reserve HERE

Jerry Titus was at the apex of his racing career at the end of the Sixties, having helped capture SCCA Trans Am Titles for Carroll Shelby's Mustang effort in 1966 and, more notably, in 1967, when he won four rounds of the fiercely fought series.
The following season, however, was not kind to Titus, as reliability issues limited him to a single victory and led to growing tensions between he and Shelby. Late in the 1968 season he announced that he would be leaving Shelby at year's end to partner in a new Pontiac race effort with Canadian Terry Godsall.
Shelby responded by firing Titus.
Titus then ended up at the 1969 24 Hours of Daytona with a fully prepared Trans Am race car, originally a Camaro but now wearing the panels from Pontiac's Firebird. By the end of those 24 Hours, Titus and co-driver Jon Ward would earn the top spot in their class and third overall behind a pair of Lola T70s. After Daytona, the car would never again run in an American series.
Daytona would also be the final victory in Jerry Titus's illustrious career.


$134.95 - Reserve  HERE

Bonneville Record Holder!
1/18 scale diecast from GMP
Fall 2018 Release Planned - Estimated Production 996

$149.95 - Reserve HERE

"How Smokey Yunick Broke More Than 300 Bonneville Records With a 'Stock' 1967 Z/28"

Smokey Yunick always thought big. With access to Chevy's brand-new 1967 Camaro-and liking its wind-cheating body and the availability of both small-block and big-block power-Yunick thought it the perfect vessel to conceivably smash hundreds of Federation Internationale de l' Automobile (FIA) time-trial records and also have some fun at the expense of Ford's Trans-Am efforts.

Looking over the U.S. Auto Club (USAC) speed records, he saw more than 300 production records he could break in both the 305-488ci displacement "B" production class and the 183-305ci "C" production class. Yunick loved to absorb rulebooks and specifications, then outthink or otherwise beat the sanctioning body and competition between the pages.

He built a stock-bore 445hp small-block and 540hp big-block that contained "optional heavy-duty parts" that were production components available from Chevy, which they had to be for eligibility. Both used solid lifters. Muncie four-speeds and Positraction 12-bolt rearends suspended from stock leaf springs completed the drivetrain.

The three Camaros he built were said to be Z/28s, though they may have started out as pedestrian Camaros with Z/28 markings. Smokey stressed that he deviated from stock by only adding rollbars, magnesium American Racing wheels, and 10.00-15 rayon racing tires. This must have been where the term "Smoke[y] and mirrors" originated.

Says Vic Edelbrock, who owns the restored car today, "The front suspension points were relocated and the subframe Z-cut and rewelded to allow for a lower floorpan. The entire body was acid-dipped, the hood and front fenders are reshaped and are wider and lower, and every surface under the body was made smooth and reshaped to reduce drag. The windshield was laid back and the drip rails pulled in flush with the body."

On their way to Bonneville, Smokey called HOT ROD's Jim McFarland to come meet him at Riverside Raceway, where the Bud Moore Mercury Cougar team was practicing for the upcoming Mission Bell 250. Smokey flat towed one of the Camaros for this detour. When he got there somehow he was allowed to unload the Camaro at the track. With Lloyd Ruby driving they broke the Trans-Am qualifying record, sending the Moore team into fits.

Smokey was immediately kicked out of Riverside, with a big smile on his face.

At Bonneville in October 1967, a 10-mile course was marked off on the salt, and with driver Mickey Thompson and stock car drivers Curtis Turner, Bunkie Blackburn, and Johnny Patterson, they spent 12 days breaking hundreds of flying-mile records, some more than once.

Smokey Yunick's #13 / 1967 Chevrolet Camaro / Bonneville Salt Flats Record Holder

Estimated Production 996 

$149.95 - Reserve  HERE

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