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'29 Ford The Race Of Gentlemen Beach Racing Roadster

Post by Bernard Kron on Thu 28 Dec 2017, 8:47 am


'29 Ford Roadster Pre War Lakes Style - The Race Of Gentlemen Beach Racer

This is my last one for 2017, just under the wire. I built this '29 Ford Roadster for the upcoming NNL West in Santa Clara, California. One of this year’s Theme Tables will be dedicated to the wildly popular The Race Of Gentlemen (TROG) meets that happen once a year in Wildwood, New Jersey (the original one),and now in  Pismo Beach, California. It’s dedicated to recreating the early days of hot rod speed trials and entries are limited to hit rods and motorcycles of the immediate pre and post-war era. Racing is in short, straight line contest on public beaches, along with various demonstrations of driving acrobatics and daring do. There’s even a kustom car parade and show that’s now included on Saturday night. It’s a long-weekend affair and draws huge crowds.

One popular style of car that the organizers have always included is a pre-war style 4-banger dry lakes style car, very often a ’29 Ford. Quite often they’re festooned with period logos of racing clubs, garages and speed equipment. In point of fact this is not totally “accurate” in that, while cars decorated in this manner existed at the time, they were generally promotional cars used in parades, as starter’s or pace cars at race tracks, and for display work in showrooms and at trade shows. Race cars were somewhat simpler in their décor: while permanent painted on race numbers were very common, trade logos and trade names were used sparingly, and if you had a sponsor you usually acknowledged them by naming the car after them – in this case it’s the Gilmore Red Lion Special.

Gilmore Oil Company was a major regional oil  and gasoline company based in Los Angeles. They were both drillers and refiners. Most of their drilling rigs were in the Signal Hill area down by where Los Angeles International Airport is now. They also operated a chain of gas stations. In the  30’s they sold a high octane ethyl gasoline called Red Lion and promoted it by sponsoring racing cars, speed boats and airplanes. This model celebrates Red Lion Gasoline, which featured some great graphics. All the decals on the car are home-made and the logos and trademarks are all authentic, lifted directly from period advertising. I tried to keep the color scheme and details as period correct as I could, inspired by  Gilmore sponsored machines of the era.

The car itself is based on the AMT ’29 Ford Roadster. Like the real race cars of the period it is largely stock, with stock chassis and suspension. The motor is hopped up with a Riley 2-Port high compression head with overhead intake valves (an F-head design). The Riley 2-port comes from a Revell ’30 Ford Sedan kit. The wheels and front tires are from an AMT ’34 Ford 5-window coupe, the rear tires from a Revell ’40 Ford Standard kit. The whitewalls have been blacked out. Otherwise the kit is the only other source for parts and, with the exception of modifications to accommodate the fenderless aspect of the car, it’s pretty much out-of-the-box.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.





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Re: '29 Ford The Race Of Gentlemen Beach Racing Roadster

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Post by Deadly on Sat 30 Dec 2017, 7:59 am

How COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL is that !!!!! realcool realcool greatwork greatwork greatwork
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Post by Deaf as on Sat 30 Dec 2017, 4:57 pm

Another great build B, well done!
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Post by ShawnS on Thu 04 Jan 2018, 7:51 pm

Fantastic build. Scale nostalgia done right. Cool
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Post by Bernard Kron on Thu 18 Jan 2018, 5:27 am

Thank you all, Gentlemen! This was great fun to build and probably landed up being one of my better efforts of the past year. I'm glad you all dig it!
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