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SCX 62720 - Earnhardt Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Back to the future.

There are very few truly iconic liveries in world motorsport with the Gulf and JPS ones probably the best known. In the USA there is one that stands out above all others though, the black Goodwrench paint job on Dale Earnhardt's #3 NASCAR Chevy Monte Carlo.
I took these photos in the RCR museum in Lexington, North Carolina and 40+ Earnhardt cars in one room is quite a sight. The car on the right is his 1998 Daytona 500 winning one, retired to the museum straight after the race. USA motorsport teams do things a little differently to European ones and you can drive up to any NASCAR race shop to be greeted by a large sign saying "Welcome race fans." You can walk in and watch the race cars being prepared from special viewing gantries. The nice lady on reception will load you up with some free souvenirs and if there happen to be any drivers there they will happily stop for a chat and an autograph. There is often a museum attached, mostly free but some make a small charge. You want to sit in a real historic NASCAR? No problem go right ahead.

Try doing that at Mercedes or McLaren F1 and you wouldn't get past the security gate but NASCAR drivers and teams know who really pays their wages and go out of their way to cater for the fans.

Returning to the subject in hand, between 2005 and 2010 SCX and Scalextric produced at least 50 different NASCARs which was a bit strange as neither had shown a great deal of interest in the genre previously or indeed since. It was always assumed they were trying to up their profile in the States but, with the astronomical cost of licenses, it is doubtful if they made much profit on them. They were gratefully received by NASCAR fans in the UK though and many clubs still run classes based on them.

The SCX versions were lovely models and brilliant racers provided you got one with a good motor and decent tyres because they were a bit variable in that department. Once sorted they totally dominated our club NASCAR class for many years and blew the Scalextric versions away every round. Slightly slower in a straight line but perfect brakes and they went round the twisty bits on rails. There were a whole host of liveries produced but the absolute stunner was the subject of this thread, Dale Earnhardt's #3 Chevy Monte Carlo in the gorgeous black livery he was famous for. There were two production runs with about 6500 cars released altogether, it is highly sought after by American collectors to this day and often fetches over $100. Apart from the absence of Winston Cup stickers, for tobacco advertising restriction reasons, the livery is near perfect.
Of course, being an SCX production, there is one teensy weensy problem with the authenticity of the car. It is a 2005 Chevy Monte Carlo and Earnhardt was killed in a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500 so he never drove it! This is one of several anomalies in the range and they also did a Wrangler livery of the same car which he drove in 1987!  I know manufacturers like to get as much mileage out of a mould as possible by updating the livery for a couple of years but that is pushing it a bit. Never mind though, it is a beautiful slot car and I have a pair of them - one to look at and one to race.

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