Sunday, January 31, 2010

Daytona 24 first 6 hour video clip

A video from Grand Am showing highlights from the first 6 hours of the Daytona 24 Hours.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Slot It wireless controller system

Note that this Slot it Oxigen wireless system works with all the manufacturer digital systems!
Click to see larger version of this photo.

2010 Slot It news

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Flying Lizard/TRG Porsche 7th on grid for Daytona 24!

January 28, 2010 - Daytona Beach, FL - Patrick Long qualified the No. 67 TRG/Flying Lizard Porsche seventh in GT for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season-opener for the Grand-Am Road Racing Series. Joerg Bergmeister, Johannes van Overbeek and Seth Neiman will team with Patrick in the ShoreTel/Openwave-sponsored Porsche GT3 cup car for the 24-hour endurance race, January 30-31, 2009.

Patrick commented, "We've been totally focused in practice on race balance setup. We decided to make some radical changes before qualifying and they didn't pay off as we had hoped. The Mazdas clearly had the pole in hand. But with the progress we've made today and with tonight's practice we'll have a very balanced car for the race. Seventh is a respectable starting position: we've got a 24-hour race to win and I'm confident that our setup work will pay off this weekend."

Patrick Long and Bergmeister return to Daytona with the goal to repeat their GT win here in 2009 (with TRG). Bergmeister has won three times at the Rolex 24: in 2009, in 2003 (GT and overall) and in 2002 (GT), all with TRG. Bergmeister was also the Grand-Am Daytona Prototype champion in 2006 (with Krohn Racing). Bergmeister and Long are Porsche factory drivers and will be co-drivers in the Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche for the 2010 ALMS season. With Flying Lizard, the duo won the 2009 ALMS GT2 drivers' championship.

Read more at this link on Flying Lizard Motorsports' website.

News and photos used with written permission from FLMS, no reuse without their permission.

New MRRC Ford and Chaparral set and Porsche arriving

The MRRC Ford/Chaparral set and the Porsche 904 will be arriving in the US very soon at REH Distributors.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Slot MiniAuto 64



La revista Slot MiniAuto del mes de febrero destaca en su portada el nuevo Pegaso Z102 de Top Slot. En esta misma revista se publica, en exclusiva, las novedades con imágenes de todos los fabricantes de slot para este 2010. El Lancia Ferrari D50 de Cartrix es otro de los protagonistas destacados este mes. Además se incluye las pruebas del Abarth 500 Asseto Corse de NSR, Formichetta de Colecciolandia Slot, un reportaje de los Ligier Maserati de Le Mans y del nuevo Ferrari 250 California LM de Evolution Slot.
El Mazda 787B de es el ganador del 8º concurso Coche del Año y en el interior se da a conocer los vencedores de las otras categorías.

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Slot Miniauto Magazine for February highlights on its cover the new Top Slot Pegaso Z-102. In this magazine is published, exclusively, the new car references and images of all slot manufacturers for this 2010. The Lancia-Ferrari D50 of Cartrix Grand Prix Legens collection is undoubtedly one of the leading cars this month. The magazine also includes the track test of the NSR Abarth 500 Asseto Corse, Formichetta of Colecciolandia Slot, a report of all the Ligier Maserati at Le Mans and the new Evolution Slot Ferrari 250 California Spider Le Mans.
The Mazda 787B is the winner of the 8th Slot MiniAuto Car of the Year contest and in the interior, the magazine announces the winners of the other categories.

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Special edition NSR Ford P68

Photos of the "British Edition" Ford P68.

From NSR:

NSR is glad to announce his third classic car, the P68.

The "Modellistic" attitude with high attention to details is an aspect which we consider to be fundamental and this has been fully adhered to, in fact the bodyshell is made in 2 separate part for better look.

Inside the cockpit there is a four pieces driver, the steering wheel, gear shift, motor and other small pieces .

The body is fixed to the chassis by way of two screws at the front and one screw at rear.

Body dimensions are 62.5 mm width, 142.5mm lenght, 28 mm high.
The wheelbase is 70.5mm and the distance from center of rear axle to center guide is 86.0mm.

The weight of the fully accessoried and painted bodyshell it is 18 g. whilst the weight of the RTR car it is 69 g.

The first livery version of the NSR P68 reproduces the 1000Km Nurburgring 1968 version, red n.7.
Second livery will be “British limited edition”, made for English fans but it will be on the market in all the World.
Third livery will be red n.9.

The main chassis is nylon made “flat” design of 1 to 1,5 mm. thickness for maximum grip when cornering whilst capable to withstand crashes.
Sidewinder motor support is held in position to main chassis by three screws (one in front and two at the side) which are only crossing it to screw into an independent ring. This allows the motor support to move independently from the chassis and in the desired amount (which can be set by simply unscrewing the screws from underneath).
The motor is of a sidewinder configuration with two degrees from the rear axle.
The chassis comes with a removable traction magnet, located just ahead of the motor; the neodymium magnet is round, 4mm high and 8mm diameter with two different mounting positions.
The guide is counter-sunk well inside the chassis to allow desired ground clearance by the use of thin spacers to be placed in between the guide itself and the chassis.
The one piece front axle can move vertically
Rear pillow block height, allows the gear to protrude only 1mm under the chassis level thus leaving still 1 mm. gear/track clearance.

The guide is similar to that of current offerings, but it is low-profile (only 1mm thickness); exclusive adjustable height using .005” , .010" or .020” new spacers, to cater for racing on all types of plastic tracks, as well as wooden tracks with raised, flush or recessed braid/copper tape to optimise the braids contact. The pivoting shaft is 8mm. high for a free vertical movement.
The brass connectors used to fix the wires to the guide are newly made, slightly bigger, chosen to guarantee a tough contact with our smallest thickness braids.

The components of NSR P68 are made up of the usual high-quality from NSR:
NSR3004 20K Shark motor, 20000rpm 164gr-cm
NSR4801 precision and very strong 49mm x 3/32" diameter axles
NSR5001 aluminium 16mm. diameter ‘front - NO air system’ 4/40 set screw front wheels,
NSR5002 aluminium 16 mm. diameter 'Air System' 4/40 set-screw rear wheels,
NSR5250 ‘No-friction’ hard front rubbers 18.5 x 9mm specifically made for P68.
NSR5253 ”Supergrip' rear softer rubbers, 20.5 x 10mm specifically made for P68.
NSR4803 Autolubricant & no-friction oilites
NSR6911 Extralight & no-friction 11t pinion
NSR6032 Extralight & no-friction 32t black gear 17.5mm

The motor for the NSR FORD MK IV is the Shark 20K, fully developed by triple World Champion Salvatore Noviello, made always by the same NSR philosophy: to realize high performance product without compromises!
Shark 20K motor has 20000 RPM at 12Volts with an excellent torque value of 164 gr/cm, an exceptional value, previously obtained only from “long can” and heavy motors.
The motor can is opened from both sides, it has cooling oval holes and the magnets are ceramics.
A famous Spanish magazine after a comparative test has described the NSR motor superior to any other motor challenge.

‘Ready to Run’ is not enough!
NSR's objective is to make a Classic car using modern technology, so high tech ‘Ready To Race’. It needed to be competitive straight out the box, without any fiddling or modifications required to make it perform properly and we believe that this third car has also achieved this target.
Our policy is to offer really a ‘Ready To Win’ car; we never like that people need to buy aluminium wheels to replace plastic wheels, soft rubbers to replace hard rubbers, or a motor to replace slow box stock motor…!
The NSR P68 is an innovative model with high tech components, highly performing on track still respecting the scale modellistic aspect.

The NSR P68 was created in the streamline of the Mosler GT project which has dominated in the GT top class either in National and International competitions since it was born in 2006.
In according with our NSR philosophy, we have worked to obtain the best performances without any compromise.
The NSR “Classic” model cars are without doubts the fastest in the world.

Manufacturing costs and artisan labor in Italy are however significantly higher than China or East Europe, but NSR is very proud of the fact that all the models are completely and entirely built in Italy, thus allowing NSR to have absolute control over quality and to demonstrate our Country capability.
All NSR P68 cars are assembled and tested exclusively into NSR Factory and only by NSR employers, so NSR can offer full warranty about final product.
Retail price will be in proportion to the quality of product.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Porsche Promo video for Panamera

Lots of Porsche history in this video... and one ugly new SUV.

Friday, January 22, 2010

NSR Regional Race at NEPA Model Raceway

Video from the my club's NSR Regional Qualifier race held last weekend at NEPA Model Raceway in Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New NSR Ford P68

Many photos of the new (red) Ford P68 by NSR.

Click on the photo above to see a larger image of the details of this car.

Spirit Supersport Peugeot 406 launch

Spirit is showing photos of their new Peugeot 406 Supersport on their Facebook page.
Here's one photo of the car.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ninco January news

News from Ninco for January. Click on photos to see them larger.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Vickers COT

From Brian Vicker's Facebook page...a little quiz what's different about this NASCAR?

Monday, January 18, 2010

LeMans Miniatures Matra

LEMANS miniatures has announced that the 132037 Matras will not be released until February.

Friday, January 15, 2010

AutoArt Jan/Feb releases

12556 1/12 DUCATI PAUL SMART 1000 (SILVER) $84.95

AUTOart 1/18 Scale
79003 1/18 KOENIGSEGG CCX (SILVER) $169.95
75981 "1/18 MAZDA SAVANNA RX-7 (SA)(MACH GREEN) $114.95
73262 1/18 HONDA BALLADE SPORTS CR-X Si (RED) $114.95
78052 1/18 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA RS 2.7 1973 (WHITE W/ BLUE STRIPES) $114.95
73261 1/18 HONDA BALLADE SPORTS CR-X Si (BLACK) $114.95

AUTOart 1/43 Scale
54617 1/43 LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO LP560-4 (WHITE) $39.95

Estimated product availability - February 2010

AUTOart 1/18 Scale
76141 1/18 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SEL 6.3 1970 (WHITE) $114.95
77898 1/18 PORSCHE 911 (997) GT2 (SILVER) $114.95
73067 1/18 FORD BULLITT MUSTANG GT 2008 (BLACK) $114.95
78002 1/18 PORSCHE 924 CARRERA GT 1980 (DIAMOND SILVER) $129.95

AUTOart 1/43 Scale
Item No. Description SRP
54617 1/43 LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO LP560-4 (WHITE) $39.95

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Gearing up for Daytona 24!

Competitors in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 geared up for the Jan. 30-31 season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona by unofficially besting track records in both the Daytona Prototype and GT classes in a three-day test.

The Roar Before The Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway saw Max Angelelli eclipse the track record with a lap of 1:40.466 (127.566 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara, while Leh Keen led GT competitors with a lap of 1:49.214 (117.348 mph) in the No. 41 Dempsey Racing/Team Seattle Mazda RX-8.

The official track records will be on the line in Rolex 24 At Daytona qualifying at 3:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 28, which will set the top 20 positions in each class for the race. Final qualifying will be held at 11 a.m. ET Friday. The 48th Rolex 24 At Daytona takes the green flag at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Defending Rolex 24 winner David Donohue set the track record in 2009 qualifying with a lap of 1:40.540 (127.472 mph). Sylvain Tremblay broke the GT mark last year by running 1:49.455 (117.100 mph) on his final lap of the 15-minute qualifying session.

Angelelli said winning the pole was not a priority for the SunTrust Racing team. The team won the 2005 event with Wayne Taylor and Emmanuel Collard co-driving with Angelelli. For 2010, "Max the Ax" will drive with Pedro Lamy, plus car owner Wayne Taylor and his son Ricky Taylor.

"I want to win the race - we want to win the race," Angelelli said. "That's the only thing that counts. We were very happy with this test. We were very happy with the car. Everything was perfect."

Second in Daytona Prototype testing was IZOD IndyCar Series star Scott Dixon in the No. 02 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley, 1:40.588 (127.411 mph); followed by Michael Valiante with a lap of 1:41.182 (126.663 mph) in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley; Scott Pruett in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley, 1:40.986 (126.909 mph); and Christophe Bouchut in the No. 55 Level 5 Motorsports/Supercar Life Racing BMW Riley, 1:41.121 (126.739 mph).

Martin Ragginger was second in GT with a lap of 1:49.627 (116.906 mph) in Alex Job Racing's No. 23 Foametix/Battery Tender Porsche GT3. He was followed by Spencer Pumpelly, 1:49.700 (116.828 mph) in the No. 71 TRG Porsche GT3; Jorg Bergmeister in the No. 67 TRG/Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche GT3, 1:49.730 (116.796 mph); and Tremblay in SpeedSource's No. 70 Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8, 1:49.770 (116.753 mph).

Practice for the Rolex 24 begins at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Jan. 28. Friday's schedule includes the Fresh From Florida 200 for the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. SPEED's live coverage of the Rolex 24 will begin at 3 p.m. ET Saturday and last until 10 p.m., and will resume at 7 a.m. ET Sunday until 4 p.m.

News used with permission from

SCX Alpine A110

A new Alpine A110 is coming soon from SCX.