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Old 07-22-2010, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Timbulb View Post
HPI is really missing out by not releasing a couple more bodies legal for VTA races. They'd sell like hot cakes right now.
I agree especially if there is a javelin or firebird.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:55 PM
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Think they will make this one legal?

http://www.hpiracing.com/products/en/17537/

It's supposed to be a replica.
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:27 AM
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Originally Posted by litsluv View Post
Think they will make this one legal?

http://www.hpiracing.com/products/en/17537/

It's supposed to be a replica.
a replica of the version that is run on the new mustang body in real life...

and i doubt it will ever be legal for VTA since since just a 2009/2010 mustang with some vintage/replica decals - not a 60/70-something mustang with the decals
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:22 AM
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Body lines look vintage to me, oh well.
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:18 AM
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Originally Posted by litsluv View Post
Body lines look vintage to me, oh well.
look at the decals too...the rear lights and gas cap are wrong for the true vintage version...and the front end is too 2010 mustang-looking
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:41 PM
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How will my VTA racing be this weekend? It will be FREE on Friday!!. Indy Slots (Indianapolis/Beech Grove) is offering a racer appreciation night this Friday July 30, 2010. Great night to try out my new 25.5 motor.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:14 PM
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Coming soon...

When? I'm suffering from withdrawl. Need it to do some different paint schemes.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by JCarr View Post
The rub with that is Trans ams didn't even run in Trans Am, engine too big. But i will be just as happy with the firebird body anyway.
All 70 Firebird Trans-Ams ran 400's custom destroked to 305 C.I.D due to the SCCA engine rule change. That is the reason that Chevrolet put a LT-1 350 in the 70. They no longer had to produce a 302 C.I.D. engine. SCCA changed the rules in 1970 and no longer required production engine homologation. This allowed custom destroked 305 (5.0 Liter) engined from all manufacturers although Ford stuck with their production Boss 302 for a few more years. For 1968 and 1969, a loophole in the SCCA rules permitted Pontiac Firebirds to run Chevrolet engines, as that's how they were sold in Canada. This is also why you saw more Chrysler products in 1970. It allowed Dodges and Plymouths to run custom 305s as Chrysler discontinued the 273 after the 1969 model year and their smallest V-8 in 1970 was he 318. This also made the Chrysler products more competitive.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by jhberger View Post
The original Trans-Am had 2 classes: Under 2 liters and Over 2 liters. The Over 2 liter championships were won by the VTA cars we currently run, with the big exception of the AMC Javelin, which won the championships in 71 and 72 and was 2nd in 70; plus the Pontiac Firebird. A few Cougars ran; the odd Dodge Dart and Pontiac Tempest showed up; and there were less than a handful of showings by a Nova and a Falcon.

The Under 2 liter class was dominated by Porsche, then Alfa Romeo and finally Datsun, when the displacement was increased to 2.5 liters. Tons of different cars ran in under 2 liter -- VWs, NSUs, Cortinas, Austin Coopers, BMW 2002s and on and on.

So the most significant cars that aren't in the HPI catalog at the moment are the Firebird Trans-Am and the Javelin. In historical importance, the Javelin probably wins out.
There were only a few Javelins campaigned but the Mustang Coupe (Notchback) was campaigned from 66 through 69 when we stated seeing the Boss 302 fastbacks. There were a bunch of Mustang Notchback coupes that ran. Almost all 66-68 and some 69s raced were the Notchback Coupe. Hopefully the third body will be a 67 to 69 Mustang Notchback Coupe.
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:36 AM
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My vote is for the Javelin. Are you listening HPI?

And what about the Challenger? I believe this car was created just to compete in Trans-Am. I still have vivid memories of those beautiful green cars at Road America and Watkins Glen.

It's kind of ironic that in a class that looks so different than anything else on the track and that is so popular, that there are so few choices for bodies. There is definitely money to be made by introducing some new bodies that will be accepted by USVTA.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:45 AM
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I'll second that for the Javelin.

Even other bodies from the whole '60s-'70s muscle-car era regardless if they aren't Vintage Trans-Am legal. It would be nice to have a Chevelle, GTO and other bodies just to bash around with. I'm surprised HPI or any other body makers have not brought these to market.
Perhaps the licensing costs too much.
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New Paint for a fellow racer







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Old 08-24-2010, 11:30 AM
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Couple nice bodies there dodgeboy! Glad to see more pics showing up. Guess everyones getting ready for carpet time huh?
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:02 PM
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so it may not be time-period specific enough for some.....but
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by nharkey85 View Post
so it may not be time-period specific enough for some.....but
Looks good to me and I do a lot of scale painting
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