1964 Cheetah


N9949Y
11-24-2007, 08:36 PM
For those who were, or are, slot car racing aficionados and remember some of the 1960's ready to race offerings, namely Cox, here's my just completed restoration of Cox's famous and highly sought after (in any condition) 1/24th Bill Thomas Cheetah I recently purchased on E-Bay.

From this.................
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/n9949y/2007%20model%20pics/CoxCheetahB4.jpg

.........to this
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/n9949y/2007%20model%20pics/64CoxCheetah.jpg

As most would agree, the Cheetah (http://http://www.cheetahcars.com/index.htm), in spite of it's less than sterling race record, is a motor-headís esthetic delight, and so was the Cox version. Here's my rework of an old Cox slot car I recently purchased on Ebay. I incorporated a Resilient Resin (http://http://www.resilientresins.com/home.cfm)Windshield and headlamp covers, Pro-Track rims/tires, and VRM (http://http://www.v-r-m.com/) aftermarket decals. Of course the original chassis was even by '60's standards a no-go, so in keeping with Pelican Park Speedway's (http://www.pelicanparkspeedway.com)building methods I scratch built a new dedicated chassis.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/n9949y/2007%20model%20pics/CoxCheetahB4bottom.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/n9949y/2007%20model%20pics/64CoxCheetahchassis.jpg

Some GM dealers were involved with racing Cheetahs- Dixon Cadillac, Citation Motors and Alan Green Chevrolet. Applying a little artistic license I did mine as a Washburn Chevrolet sponsored Cheetah. Washburn sponsored a 62 Corvette and a 63 Stingray raced at Cal Club SCCA regional races. The number on its cars, 614, derived from Washburn's street address, 614 Chapala St., Santa Barbara.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/n9949y/2007%20model%20pics/64CoxCheetahLftfront.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/n9949y/2007%20model%20pics/64CoxCheetahrtfront.jpg

Fujimi Driver kit
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/n9949y/2007%20model%20pics/64CoxCheetahfront.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/n9949y/2007%20model%20pics/64CoxCheetahRtside.jpg

Couldn't find a 64 California dealer plate, so used a CA Mfg plate.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/n9949y/2007%20model%20pics/64CoxCheetahrearview.jpg

Layla's Keeper
11-26-2007, 11:56 PM
It's interesting to see a "scale racing" oriented club on a commercial sized track. Even though I'm from the race car side of the aisle (we use lexan and laser cut EDM steel) I think that the scale guys have something cool going on all the same.

brian2008
10-27-2008, 12:58 AM
In 1972, the Cheetah is on its way to becoming "The Ultimate Street Rod". The earliest known photograph of the Allen Green Chevrolet Cheetah at the racetrack. This was taken in Spring of 1964, at Westwood, British Colombia. The chief mechanic, states that in Sept. 1964 they ran the car with a 377ci motor with a dual airmeter, 3.70 differential and road race trim. It turned 136.50 mph in 10.86seconds.
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Brian
Used cars (http://used.gov-auctions.org)

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