Lee Gilbert's Sundance slotcar 1973
This Lee Gilbert inspired Pro slotcar, chassis built by Rick Thigpen, body painted by Jairus Watson is probably one oft he most interesting cars in my collection.
Rick did an awesome job on the Lee Gilbert design chassis, a true piece of art. And Jairus probably painted the last Sundance body and did all the aerodynamic – another extraordinary piece of true craftmanship. So finally I received the best parts from two of my personal favorites in terms of „keeping the good old days alive“.
The chassis is a copy of a temporary 1972 Pro car, inspired by Lee Gilbert. The Mura C-can motor is equipped with a Monty Ohren (Best O‘ West) reproduction arm wound 21 turns of 24 AWG with appropriate timing. Magnets are epoxied in the can and diamond honed to .530 air gap. It’s geared 8t x 42t with vintage Faas 64 pitched gears. The front wheels are Associated, the rears Twinn_K. The guide is a Jet Flag. The body is a contemporary favourite choice of some Pros, the Kirby Ferrari 312P.
Finally I have to do the most complicated work of them all: mounting the body properly and making four holes…
Unfortunately Lee passed away in December 2021, exactly these days I received the body to finish the car. R.I.P. Lee, I’ll remember when we met in Chicago. Rick, Jairus, thanks a lot guys, a dream came true.