A long silence, but preparation work on the Le Mans car is in full swing.
Amazingly, I have found the car's original wheels back!
Yes, these are not just the same type of Minilites, but the actual ones that were fitted to the car when driven at Le Mans in 1966.
And it's not just one set, but two complete sets of wheels, both magnesium; one with the groove and one without, as they can be seen on many historic photographs with the grooved ones on the front and the smooth ones on the back. Quite a find, I thought.
I have now also bought a Cooper 'S' engine, which is going to be build to the right spec.
Not cheap! The first deposit has been paid, though, so work is started. It's going to be quite something.
But first I need to finish the body.
Quite a job on its own. I have started sanding down the layers of paint, which turns out to be kind of nightmarish. The original layer of blue as well as the yellow and the racing roundels are sprayed on as thin as they get, and the same goes for the next layers (light blue, green, orangey-red, maroon). However, then there are two more layers of red, which are considerably thicker and on top of that there is a massive layer of primer. Even with a very rough sanding paper it takes ages to get that off! It was fun to do it at places where I knew there should have been a hole, and then discover it, too, though!
I'll try to get off as many of it in order to show it nicely at Blyton Park, without upsetting the neighbors too much here.
After the show I'll take it to the soda blaster, with body repairs and the fitment of a new roll over bar to follow.
Oh - I had to buy a proper trailer first, too, as I couldn't move it properly. Just did that. It's all about investments!
There is some more exiting news, with a stack of old slides of Le Mans 1966 found and more original parts to be unveiled soon...
I will post some of it, with images, on my website asap.
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