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How to build a racing car by G. H. Davis

How to build a racing car by G. H. Davis


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How to build a racing car by G. H. Davis

A sport for model enthusiasts: how to build a car which will race at speeds in excess of 40 mph. Details of the construction of a model racing car, powered by a tiny petrol engine, for use on special tracks -- a popular American sport with a growing British following. Date: 1946

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Building a Racing Car: A Fascinating Hobby for Model Enthusiasts in the 1940s This photograph, taken in 1946, showcases the intricate process of constructing a model racing car, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 40 mph. The image, taken from G.H. Davis's instructional manual "A Sport for Model Enthusiasts," offers a unique glimpse into the world of model car building during the post-war era. The photograph presents a cross-sectional view of the model racing car, revealing its inner workings and engineering complexities. Powered by a tiny petrol engine, this miniature vehicle was designed for use on special tracks, providing an authentic racing experience for hobbyists. The popularity of model car racing in America was beginning to spread to Britain, making this a transatlantic pastime. The construction process was meticulous and required a high level of skill and attention to detail. Davis's manual provided detailed instructions, ensuring that enthusiasts could build their cars from scratch. The 1940s were an exciting time for transport technology, and model car building offered an accessible way for individuals to engage with the latest engineering innovations. This photograph is a testament to the enduring appeal of model car building as a hobby. It captures the spirit of innovation, creativity, and engineering prowess that continues to draw enthusiasts to this popular pastime today.

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