Saturday, October 12, 2013

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage made by Minichamps P/N: 400 601266 Limited Edition 1 of 1632 built.
Although this is not a Chaparral it was raced by Jim Hall before the Chaparral 1 was available - This car was used by Jim Hall in 1960 and served as an inspiration for the creation of the Chaparral 1 in 1961. A closer look shows the similarities of the overal design of the Chaparral 1.

•1960
•s/n: 2463
•Design by Giulio Alfieri
•1960 Nassau with Jim Hall 7th OA
•4cyl dohc 2890cc dohc 250hp at 6800rpm 2-Weber 45 DCO/A3 carbs CR=9.8:1 5 speed gearbox 285km/h 600kg 22 built

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chaparral 1 s/n:001

Chaparral 1 kit made by Nestor models with P/N: 001 and built by me. Although this kit is a good representation of the real Chaparral 1. I actually added minimum fine details to improve it as a model. The following was added: just a real representation of the connection of the instruments behind the dash to the front bulkhead
•1961
•s/n: 1-001. This first s/n differs from the others because it has 2 slots to draw air to the carburators instead of a cover with an opening in the back.
•1961 Riverside LA Times #66 Team: Chaparral Cars Inc. with Jim Hall 3rd OA.
•Chevrolet V8cyl ohc 5205cc 300hp 6500rpm 6 Stromberg T10 carbs 4sp 671kg 5 built (4 with aluminium body and the other sold without a body work)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Chaparral 1 s/n:003

Chaparral 1 kit made by MA Scale models with P/N: 70 and built by me and then modified by me not to represent the 1961 Riverside LA Times #66 s/n 001 but instead to represent the 1962 Sebring 12hrs #10 s/n 003. Although this kit has allot of molding junction marks that need to be deburred it is a reasonable representation of the real Chaparral 1 exception made for the front end which I find very flat. It also fall short of the fine details that I actually added to improve it as a model. The following was added: 1-rear bulkhead in photo-etching metal 2- a small front low air dam in photo-etching metal 3-better instrument decal 4-real representation of the instruments behind the dash using aluminium piping of the appropriate dimension also with wiring connecting the instruments to the front bulkhead 5-connection of the steering between the dash and the front bulkhead.
Later after purchasing a Chaparral 1 by Nestor also representing 1961 Riverside LA Times #66 car I decided to convert it into a 1962 Sebring 12hrs #10 car because this being the s/n 003 it had a flatter front end. For that effect I added the 2 scoops bordering the cockpit; the 2 additional front lights and the external fuel refueling point on the right hand side of the car,
•1962
•s/n: 1-003. This car differs from the others because it had 2 scoops next to the cockpit to draw air to cool down the rear disk brakes and for the night driving at Sebring they added 2 more headlights.
•1962 Sebring 12hrs #10 Team: Chaparral Cars Inc. with Jim Hall and Chuck Daigh finishing 6th OA and 1st in P4.0 class (winner +17 laps) Grid: 10th.
•Chevrolet V8cyl ohc 5205cc 300hp 6500rpm 6 Stromberg T10 carbs 4sp 671kg 5 built (4 with aluminium body and the other sold without a body work)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Chaparral 1 s/n: 001 - Laguna Seca

Chaparral 1 kit made by Midlantic models with P/N: 20 and built by me. Although this kit has pretty good resin casting it falls short on cockpit details that I actually had to add to make it a decent model. The following was added: 1- sides of the rear bulkhead we could see the wheels, they had to be closed 2- The engine cowling openings had to be opened and an engine installed inside as well as brake oil tanks 3-real representation of the instruments behind the dash using aluminium piping of the appropriate dimensions also with wiring connecting the instruments to the front bulkhead 4-perforated side panels inside the doors.
•1962
•s/n: 1-001. This first s/n that in 1961 had 2 slots to draw air to the carburetors now in 1962 it was modified to come with a cover with an opening in the back and a different front inlet to the radiator.
•1962 Laguna Seca #66 Team: Chaparral Cars Inc. with Jim Hall did not finished (5th in heat 1 and stalled in the pits for heat 2).
•Chevrolet V8cyl ohc 5205cc 300hp 6500rpm 6 Stromberg T10 carbs 4 speed gearbox 671kg 5 built (4 with aluminium body and the other sold without a body work).

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Chaparral 1 s/n: 003

Chaparral 1 model made by me starting from a Maserati birdcaje from Progetto K with Ref.: 22. For more information see: Chaparral 1 from a Maserati birdcage
•1961 to 1963
•S/N: 1-003 (1962)
•1962 Road America 500; #4 Team: Chaparral Cars Inc. with Jim Hall and Hap Sharp 1st OA
•Chevrolet V8cyl ohc 5205cc 300hp 6500rpm 6-Stromberg T10 carbs 4 speed gearbox 671kg 5 built wheelbase=88”
Compared to car s/n: 001 this chassis had a slightly larger wheelbase to provide more cockpit space to make it less cramped. This car was equipped with a chin spoiler, very likely the first ever use of a low front spoiler.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chaparral 1 Bis

Chaparral 1 bis kit made by Nestor with Ref.: 2 and assembled by me to represent the Sebring car.

1963 Sebring 12 hours - Team: Chaparral Cars Inc.
#9 Jim Hall did not finish due to an engine failure after 50 min of racing
Chevrolet V8cyl ohc 5205cc 300hp at 6500 rpm 6 T10 Stromberg carburetors 4 speed gearbox 671kg 2built

Friday, July 16, 2010

Chaparral 2

Chaparral 2 built by myself from a Nestor kit

•1963
•S/N: 2-001
•1963 Riverside LA Times GP; #5 Jim Hall Team: Chaparral Cars Inc. did not finished
•Chevy-V8cyl 5436cc dohc 415hp at 6500rpm CR=11:1 Weber 48 DCOE Carbs 2 speed automatic gearbox 748kg 1 built wheelbase=91”

Friday, June 12, 2009

Chaparral 2A

Chaparral 2 built and modified by myself from a M.A. Scale kit Ref.: 143; The kit was intended to represent the 1965 Sebring car (#3 or #4) but as already have one made by Proline, I decided to modify it to represent one of the early Chaparral 2A's that had the top exhausts routed to the back of the car. As a result the whole rear end of the car was modified, now being vertical flat with a rectangular cooling hole, a air deflector on top and new exhausts made from copper wire and aluminium pipe.

•1964
•S/N: 2A-001
•1964 Players' 200 Mosport #66 Jim Hall Team: Chaparral Cars Inc. DNF (did not finish both heats in both he had engine overheating due to water pump failure)
•Chevy-V8cyl 5436cc dohc 415hp at 6500rpm CR=11:1 4 Weber 48 DCOE Carbs 2 speed automatic gearbox 748kg 3 built wheelbase=91”

Friday, May 22, 2009

Chevrolet Corvette “Grand Sport”

Chevrolet Corvette “Grand Sport” made by eagle’s race ref.: 2006. Although this is not a Chaparral it was raced by Jim Hall until the Chaparral 2A was available.
•1964
•V8cyl ohv 6179cc 485hp at 6300rpm 4 speed gearbox 900kg 4 built
•Sept 13, 1964 Elkhart Lake - Road America 500 #67 with Roger Penske, Hap Sharp & Jim Hall 3rd OA 123 laps (Winner did 125 laps)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Chaparral 2A s/n: 001

Chaparral 2A model kit manufactured by Proline with Ref.: PL17 and made by me. This is number 17 of 500 manufactured by Proline and holds a certificate of such.

Active years: from 1963 to 1965
s/n: 2A-001
1965 Sebring #3 Jim Hall & Hap Sharp; Team: Chaparral Cars Inc. 1st with an average speed of 136.348 km/h and a 4 laps margin over the 2nd classified.
Chevy-V8cyl 5436cc dohc 415hp at 6500r CR=11:1 Weber 48 DCOE Carbs 2 speed automatic gearbox 748kg 3 built.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Chaparral 2A s/n: 002

Chaparral 2B made by Autoart ref. 66596 and modified by me to represent the 1964 Chaparral 2A car (see Chaparral 2A from a Chaparral 2B for more details). To achieve this all the fender vents were removed, the right and left cooling openings on the top of the front fenders were closed and the rear air deflector was modified.

•1963 to 1965
•s/n: 2A-002
•1965 GP Canada Mosport; Team: Chaparral Cars Inc. Jim Hall 1st OA 100laps 395.8 km 164 km/h
•Chevy-V8cyl 5436cc dohc 415hp at 6500r PR=11:1 Weber 48 DCOE Carbs 2Asp 748kg 4 built (2A001 - 2A004) wb=91”

Chaparral 2A s/n: 003

Chaparral 2B made by Autoart ref. 66596 and modified by me to represent the 1965 Chaparral 2A car. To achieve this all the fender vents were removed, the right and left cooling openings on the top of the front fenders were closed, the rear air deflector was replaced and the right and left front wings were removed. For more details see: Chaparral 2A from a Chaparral 2B

•1963 to 1965
•s/n: 2A-003
•1965 Bridgehampton Vanderbilt Cup 1965 Team Chaparral Cars Inc. Jim Hall 1stOA 100laps 164kph 395.8km
•Chevy-V8cyl 5436cc dohc 415hp at 6500r PR=11:1 Weber 48 DCOE Carbs 2Asp 748kg 4 built (2A001 - 2A004) wb=91”

Chaparral 2B

Chaparral 2B made by Autoart ref. 66596

•1965
•S/N: 2A-003
•1965 Bridgehampton 500km #66 Team: Chaparral Cars Inc Gr.:S+5.0 with Hap Sharp - Winner - 156.6km/h, margin 2 laps
•Chevy-V8cyl 5436cc dohc 415hp at 6500rpm CR=11:1 Weber 48 DCOE Carbs 2 speed automatic gearbox 748kg 4 built (2A001 - 2A004)
•2B is a 2A with full aero tweaks package