Days of Thunder meets 2019 Chevrolet Camaro
Why not end the model year with a hammer...? A few days before Christmas this model was released. All the more reason for me to present you my NASCAR highlight 2019.
"No, no, he didn't slam you, he didn't bump you, he didn't nudge you... he rubbed you. And rubbin, son, is racin' "
This quote from the 1990 Hollywood blockbuster "Days of Thunder" with Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall and Randy Quaid, which is still a real cult film today.
But even those who aren`t much into NASCAR know the movie. At least you should know it - if not, you have to do it.
As you may know, the NASCAR circus uses the annual race event at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina as an opportunity to bring up vehicles to the start in throwback-paint schemes.
For this year's race event (Bojangles' Southern 500) at the beginning of September, Hendrick Motosports has come up with something very special and has designed the Chevrolet Camaro with start number 24 in style of the Chevy Lumina from the movie.
With a perfectly staged vehicle presentation, the racing team was able to enthuse the fans throughout. They were also not disappointed when Hendrick pilot William Byron did the first laps with the car and secured the pole position. In the end it was just enough for a 21st place at the finish line.
The Chevy makes a good impression not only on the race track, but also in the collector's display case at home. The model shown here was produced by the official model car manufacturer of NASCAR "Lionel Racing" in 1/24 scale.
As usual at Lionel Racing, the windows, the interior and the chassis of this model are made of plastic. The body is made of metal.
The striking yellow-green colour scheme immediately catches the eye, which in combination with the large city logo makes the racing car unmistakable. Who does not immediately think of the song "Gimme some lovin`" from the movie soundtrack when looking at the racecar? You can thank me later for the catchy tune!
The front section of the model shows all the details of the original vehicle. The radiator grille with Chevrolet logo. The air intakes and the headlights are just decals. The air intake for the V8 engine is located below the radiator grille.
If you open the hood, you can take a look at the V8 engine. The engine is kept rather simple in the standard version of the model. If you want more details, you should go for the more detailed and more expensive Elite-version.
The cockpit is, as already mentioned, completely made of plastic and equipped with steering wheel, driver's seat, roll cage and other racing details such as wiring etc.. Here, too, the safety net must not be missing - this model is made of fabric, which gives the vehicle an even more realistic look.
The fuel tank under the boot lid, which cannot be opened in the standard version, is filled with a 98 octane fuel from "Sunoco", specially developed for racing.
The rear lights are, like the front headlights, only imprinted. The exhaust tailpipes are located on the right side in front of the rear "Good Year Eagle" tyres.
The yellow roof shows the huge black starting number "24" . In addition, the 1/24 scale models have movable roof flaps that prevent the vehicle from taking off uncontrolled during or after an accident.
In the rear window there are three round recesses which can be used to make changes to the suspension settings during a pit stop. If you look through the rear window, you can find the serial number of the model vehicle manufacturer lasered into the plastic, since these are manufactured in limited edition (949 pieces).
MY TWO CENTS
The anticipation of the model was huge - and I was not disappointed. The throwback-look and the recognition value are simply perfect. That`s why this is my NASCAR highlight of 2019. The model already seems to be a much sought-after collector's item, and it`s already pretty difficult to get one at all. In addition, the models are already traded at double price.