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
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
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