WIN an Scalex­tric Chevro­let Camaro A Mys­tery car

En­try to our prize com­pe­ti­tions is now on­line — en­ter at t first glance, most may see this model as sim­ply a fresh tin-top racer ad­di­tion to Scalex­tric’s grow­ing range of slot-car rac­ers — how­ever, take a closer look, and you’ll see that this is a model o

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Our mys­tery for Jan­uary takes us back to the late ’50s, and a well-thought-out con­ver­sion of a suc­cess­ful small sa­loon car into a sport­ing coupé. Sales fig­ures were not great, as so of­ten hap­pens with th­ese ven­tures — pro­duc­tion costs es­ca­late and the pro­ject dies. Your en­tries please by email or snail mail to Mys­tery Cars No. 239, Nzclassiccar, PO Box 46 020, Herne Bay, Auck­land by mid month. Last month’s Mys­tery no. 238 was the Yenko Stinger, a race-mod­i­fied ver­sion of the Chevro­let Cor­vair Monza built up in 1966 for SCCA rac­ing in Amer­ica by Don Yenko, a suc­cess­ful driver who re­al­ized that de­spite the me­dia con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the han­dling of the Cor­vair sa­loon, the coupé ver­sion had the mak­ings of a suc­cess­ful racer. It seems there could have been some un­of­fi­cial in­put from GM into Yenko’s con­ver­sion of the Monza coupé for rac­ing, but most of the work was done at Yenko’s own work­shop — in­clud­ing the strip­ping out of the back seat and as­so­ci­ated fit­tings, mak­ing the car into a two-seater and re­duc­ing weight, and in­ci­den­tally im­prov­ing the front-to-rear weight bal­ance for bet­ter han­dling, and then get­ting more en­gine power with care­ful tun­ing. While the ra­tio­nale for start­ing the Stinger pro­ject was to pro­duce a car for SCCA rac­ing, Yenko also re­al­ized that that there could be some sales po­ten­tial in the de­vel­oped Cor­vair coupé de­sign. The light­weight flat-six Cor­vair en­gine, air- and oil-cooled, also had po­ten­tial for some tun­ing and en­large­ment, and de­tailed en­gine work even­tu­ally pro­duced around 179–186kw (240250bhp). Yenko of­fered the car in var­i­ous stages of tune for those who were not con­cerned with ul­ti­mate per­for­mance. Per­for­mance fig­ures vary ac­cord­ing to gear­ing, tyre size etc, but a good Stinger could turn a

Com­pe­ti­tion closes on Jan­uary 15,2016.

Scalex­tric rac­ers are avail­able from all good toy and hobby shops. Con­tact Toymod Ltd, PO Box 18 263, Auck­land, ph. 09 527 0122 / fax 09 527 0144, to find your clos­est re­tailer. quar­ter mile (400m) in well un­der 14 sec­onds, with a 0–60mph (97kph) fig­ure of around six sec­onds or bet­ter, and a top speed be­tween 125 and 135mph or around 200–217kph. It was suc­cess­ful al­most im­me­di­ately on the cir­cuits, win­ning the na­tional SCCA ti­tle in 1967, and Yenko man­aged also to sell well into three-fig­ure units of the car be­tween 1966 and 1969: dif­fer­ent sales fig­ures are quoted here and there, be­tween 135 and 185. The cars which sur­vive are trea­sured pos­ses­sions to their own­ers. A good Stinger is still a re­spon­sive and good­han­dling car, with an im­pres­sive stance on the road that adds to its ap­peal. At this time we can’t ad­ver­tise any win­ners for Mys­tery no. 237, the charm­ing lit­tle Crosley Farm-o-road, but we hope to catch up shortly.

By ISBN Re­view copy sup­plied by the pub­lisher Avail­able from Oc­tane Books, Auck­land Re­view by Al­lan Wal­ton

Iain Ayre and Martin Web­ber

978 1 845841 16 4

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