Saturday, August 18, 2012
Watch the Porsche Cup Germany at this link now live!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pedersen wins 9th National Title at Buena Park "Nats"

Congratulations to Paul "BEUF" Pedersen the 2012 USRA Pro Group 7 National Champion!

Although Petr Krcil of the Czech Republic was the top pro qualifier among the 30 entries with a lap of 1.434 seconds, Beuf ran a virtually flawless 40 minute main to take the win.

This is BEUF's 4th Pro G7 Victory in a row and 9th overall Nats Pro G7 Victory with 1229 Laps! The race was held on the 155' Blue King track at Buena Park Raceway, Buena Park, CA on August 11th 2012.

BEUF dedicated this race & the win to the loving memory of his late Mom, Veta Darling Pedersen.

A bit worn out after an intense week of preparation and racing, the national champion thanked his wife Sherri and his daughters for their support.

Beuf's race and concours winning car was painted by Gil Rivera in Beuf's usual patriotic scheme.

Thanks to Bill Skinner and Stupidfast Racing for their sponsorship of the Pro G7 race. Stupidfast Thunder Rubber was the overwhelming choice of the Pro G7 entries.

At the annual USRA membership meeting, Mid-America Raceway and Hobbies was chosen  to host the 2013 Division I National Championship races. 

They will be held August 24-31 2013 in Downers Grove, IL which is a western suburb of Chicago. Check Mid-America's facebook page for the latest details about this event.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Racer (RCR 63B) 512S #20 Sebring 12hrs. 1979 - J. Ickx / P. Schetty

My local slot shop Mini Grid recently received a shipment of Racer cars. Included in their shipment was Racer's Ferrari 512S. This release has allowed me to add another car from the legendary 1970 Sebring 12 hour race to my collection. It's Racer's Ickx / Schetty Ferrari 512S. Truly, a work of art in slot car form:

Judging from historical photos taken back in the day, Racer has nailed it aside from the lack of prancing horse emblem on their model's nose.

My guess is that this detail was omitted due to licensing issues. An easy enough fix with the appropriate decal...another mod added to my slot car to-do list, so I'll get around to is some day.Racer has done a nice job on the interior and Mr. Ickx' helmet:

Some nice detail on the rear of this model:

Here are shots that compare the Racer 512S (left) to its Fly counterpart (right):

Underneath lurks a drivetrain - what we've come to expect in a Racer. This guarantees the car will run as good as it looks. My example exhibited a bit of tire rub, but with the adjustable nature of the drivetrain this is easily fixable.

I now have three cars in my Sebring 1970 collection: Andretti's custom liveried Fly 512S, the Revson / McQueen Fly Porsche 908 Flunder, and the Ickx / Schetty Racer 512S:

All I need now is some track time. I'm looking forward to getting this beauty on the track to see how it stacks up against its race mates.