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Racecar Transporters of the Rich and Famous


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#1 Magoo

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:58

There was a time when the vehicles that tugged, towed, and carted racecars to the track were nearly as interesting as the racecars themselves. Time for a look back.


Another Look at Vintage Racecar Transporters | Mac's Motor City Garage.com


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#2 BRG

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 17:07

Magoo

May I suggest that you look at this thread on the Nostalgai Forum which has many pages of transporter porn.

#3 chdphd

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 19:12

That first one looks like a photoshop.

#4 Magoo

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 11:51

That first one looks like a photoshop.


I know exactly what you mean. The transporter still exists today and even in those photos it looks like a matte painting from a science fiction movie.


#5 saudoso

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 21:11

Not photoshop. Old scool cut&paste + airbrush I'd say.

#6 Magoo

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 00:43



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#7 saudoso

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 00:49

I meant placing the transporter on the background, it definetly was photographed somewhere else. Never doubted the existence of the crazy alien truck.

#8 chdphd

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 07:40

Aye, I wasn't meaning the vehicle itself. The image looks like a collage, in terms of perspective, shadows etc.

#9 Kelpiecross

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 12:50


http://bringatrailer...4-silver-arrow/

#10 Magoo

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 13:53

http://bringatrailer...4-silver-arrow/



The Cheetah transporter (above) was totally inspired by the Mercedes Renntransporter. It's built on an M-B 300 chassis, in fact, but it powered by a Chevy V8.


#11 Kelpiecross

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 04:19


You wouldn't want to have a big front end accident in one of these MB-type transporters.

#12 GreenMachine

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 10:33

You wouldn't want to have a big front end accident in one of these MB-type transporters.


or even a little one ... or perhaps there is no such thing as a little one :eek:

#13 Bob Riebe

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 19:20

Ah, the old panel vans.
I really wish they were still produced. (Fwd vehicles do not count)

If I remember correctly there used to be a Chevy Vega version.



#14 Magoo

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 20:44

Ah, the old panel vans.
I really wish they were still produced. (Fwd vehicles do not count)

If I remember correctly there used to be a Chevy Vega version.


I've always had a fondness for panel trucks and sedan deliveries, too. I can't explain why, I just think they're cool. Beats me.

#15 Magoo

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 20:47

You wouldn't want to have a big front end accident in one of these MB-type transporters.


Near as I can tell, in a frontal impact the cabin occupants provide deformable structure to protect the W196 or 300SLR cargo.


#16 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 00:31

There was a time when the vehicles that tugged, towed, and carted racecars to the track were nearly as interesting as the racecars themselves. Time for a look back.


Another Look at Vintage Racecar Transporters | Mac's Motor City Garage.com


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That truck looks like the one Allan Moffat used. Which was sourced from the US.

#17 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 00:36

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Early 60s Chev ute, fabricated nose and a 67? Impala rear bumper up front. And for mine, WHY?

#18 Kelpiecross

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 04:34


More old transporters

http://pinterest.com...r-transporters/

The pictures of the MB transporter has also reminded me just what a nice-looking car the W196 (the open wheel variety) was (or is).

#19 bigleagueslider

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 06:07

Near as I can tell, in a frontal impact the cabin occupants provide deformable structure to protect the W196 or 300SLR cargo.


Different set of priorities back then.

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#20 Magoo

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 16:25

Another big batch of fascinating racecar transporters from the garage areas of yesteryear... 
 
 
 
 
 
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#21 Marc Sproule

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 01:36

the first one reminds me of some sort of  chevy corvair flat bed unit from the '60s.