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1969 Dodge Charger Daytona - Jim Vandiver #31

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Als Slot-Unterbau dient das Chassis eines Carrera GO Mini Cooper welches wegen des deutlich längeren Achsabstand geteilt und verlängert wurde.

Hier die Daten des original Fahrzeuges:
  • Baujahr: 1969
  • Hersteller: Dodge
  • Modell: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
  • Rennserie: NASCAR
  • Rennstall: Buddy Nixon
  • Fahrer: Jim Vandiver
  • Motor: V8 426 c.i. Hemi
  • Leistung: 345 PS
  • Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 322 Km/h
  • Beschleunigung 0-100 Km/h: 6,8 sec
  • Länge: 5,75m
  • Breite: 1,94m
  • Gewicht: 1814 Kg
  • Geschichte:
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona - Jim Vandiver #31
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona - Jim Vandiver #31 Original Foto 1
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona - Jim Vandiver #31 Original Foto 2
Known as one of the hardest charging independents of the sport, Jim Vandiver always ran among the leaders in his 16-year Winston Cup career despite very limited sponsorship. Vandiver's expertise on super-speedways netted him 2 victories in his only two ARCA starts at Talladega. Jim was a legend among the Carolina dirt tracks with hundreds of feature wins at tracks such as Gaffney, Lancaster, Monroe and Concord. The Vandivers were truly a racing family. Younger brother Tommy served as Jim's chief mechanic and their sister. Lillian, was the first woman to drive at Charlotte Motor Speedway. One of the more colorful tales of Jim's career involves a "family matter" as well. Tom Vandiver explains:
"In 1973 Jim was in the middle of a custody case at the time of the Darlington race. His lawyer got a continuance from the South Carolina court until after the race - or so he thought. Before our second pit stop, I noticed two uniformed officers standing at the back of our pits. During the pit stop I yelled to Jim "The police are going to arrest you after the race for contempt of court!" Not sure if he heard me. I later held up a pit board with the message "LAW" on it. As the race wore on, we got in a wreck that made the car run slower and slower. Normally Jim would have pulled the car in and parked/but he was determined to avoid the bad publicity of being arrested. Around the mid-point of the race, he came down the frontstretch with his safety net down and waved "bye-bye" to us. He intentionally spun the car in turn three to bring out a caution flag. Then he scrambled out of his car, ran up the banking and jumped over the wall! The crew split up and looked for Jim all over the parking lots, campgrounds and infield with no luck. After several hours of searching in the 100 degree heat, I was called to a pay phone in the garage area. There was Jim on the other end, laughing! He told me that he had hitch-hiked in his driving uniform and was already safe back at home in North Carolina - sitting in the air conditioning and drinking iced tea!
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