5.03.2008

Legends Mini Cars

Car racing season in the Twin Cities is just about to kick off for the season at Elko Speedway. A good friend of mine, also a co-worker, is one of the mechanics for the number 87 car you see in the photo. This smaller, Model T type car races in the "Legends" division of racing. I don't know if this car is modeled after the Model T, but it is similar to that type of car. Let me tell you, these cars barely fit one driver, but they pack quite the punch. I was amazed at the speed the Legends can have. To me, just your average fan, it's sort of like a really fast go-cart you would drive at an amusement park. The great big "X" on the front fender is a notice for the other drivers that this car is one of the leaders in points. The points leaders sort of have the right of way on the track. That doesn't always happen, but that's the plan.

Some excellent information about the Legend Cars and what they are capable of. It had been since last fall that I heard the specs on the cars and just couldn't recall much of the details. Wisconsin Rapids drives has driven the cars and has first hand knowledge. Here is his feedback:

They are actually 3/8th scale replicas of Dodge, Ford and Chevy 1937-1940 automobiles. They also have two body styles for each year, The 87 car is a sedan, while the 16 car is a coupe.

They are a blast to drive, I raced 90+ races in Wisconsin and Minnesota (Elko was the best track).

They are fast - these 135HP, 1100lb full suspension race cars are a handful and can top out at nearly 100 MPH at Marshfield WI, and probably about 85 here at Elko, carring about 60 through the corners.


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3 comments:

Jilly said...

What great cars - and shots. The tyres would be bigger than originally, wouldn't they? You can see I'm not a knowledgeable car person...

Jim said...

Wow, they look very cool. I would hate to wreck one of those.

Wisconsin Rapids said...

They are actually 3/8th scale replicas of Dodge, Ford and Chevy 1937-1940 automobiles. They also have two body styles for each year, The 87 car is a sedan, while the 16 car is a coupe.

They are a blast to drive, I raced 90+ races in Wisconsin and Minnesota (Elko was the best track).

They are fast - these 135HP, 1100lb full suspension race cars are a handful and can top out at nearly 100 MPH at Marshfield WI, and probably about 85 here at Elko, carring about 60 through the corners.

Great photos!
Josh Schoenick
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