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Another cracker

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Lovely Way to Transport : In the late 70's through his retirement from racing, Pete Lovely always transported his Lotus 69 (and later ex-Alan Jones Williams F1 car) on the back of a VW transporter in the same fashion he did when racing his ex-works Lotus in Europein the late 60's-early 70's. This always brought smiles and stares from on-lookers whether he used his old split window or more modern quad-cab VW.

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When Spark released their version of Pete's Lotus 69, I knew I wanted to make a replica of his old transporter we used to see in the paddock of vintage events when we were actively racing. I have seen this Lotus run many times and purposely start at the back of the grid. It was always Pete's challenge to himself to pass the entire field before the checkered flag. Something he invariably did to the delight of fans and spectators (and probably some slight embarrassment to fellow competitors). Ah, nostalgia!

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Very charming! Must've taken a lot of work to hoist the Lotus onto the high bed of the Transporter (the original car looks like an early T2 in the picture, BTW). I love the way amateur teams worked in those days, lots of ingenuity instead of high budgets and purpose-built everything.

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It would be "lovely" to have some of the building skills you have Jerry ;)


Apologies for the woeful pun
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Another nice piece of work Jerry. The 'Lovely' transporter is so iconic I'm surprise Spark haven't made it yet.
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Well done.
I can remember some pretty shaky looking transports for race cars that were more illegal than legal :lol:
This one really captures that spirit.
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Tom wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:13 pm
Very charming! Must've taken a lot of work to hoist the Lotus onto the high bed of the Transporter (the original car looks like an early T2 in the picture, BTW). I love the way amateur teams worked in those days, lots of ingenuity instead of high budgets and purpose-built everything.
They used ramps Tom. I have watched them unload this car a time or two and they remove the front nose cone for clearance. I can't remember seeing them put it back onto the VW, but suspect they used a winch since the margin of error in trying to back it on is very slim. Being a VW dealer, Lovely had access to and used a variety of these VW transports over the years. Looks like they may be loading in this photo.

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JSB33 wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:56 am
Well done.
I can remember some pretty shaky looking transports for race cars that were more illegal than legal :lol:
This one really captures that spirit.
Alfaholic wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:15 pm
It would be "lovely" to have some of the building skills you have Jerry ;)
Apologies for the woeful pun
Jager wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:25 pm
Another nice piece of work Jerry. The 'Lovely' transporter is so iconic I'm surprise Spark haven't made it yet.
If I remember correctly Jeff, one (if not all) of these transporters had 911 Porsche engines. Since they drove them up and down the Interstate frequently, I would assume they had figured out power and suspension mods to make them drive and handle reasonably well at speed. However, I never did see him transport his Ferrari TR250 on the back of one of these! :D

Thanks Martin and Ian, it was a fairly quick build and used a low end (Cararrama) VW as the base, not knowing how it would turn out. I have a newer and better VW transporter model I may do this conversion to down the road. Spark will announce their version next week Ian, now that I have finally gotten round to doing this. ;)
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Well done! I'v got a van conversion in the pipeline. You've given me some ideas.

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My first complete duo

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Needs a trailer

And I have the MAN and three 904s, need to put the entire set together
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Will show my latest transporter and its load when I can take decent pictures again.

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Looking forward to seeing that Tom as I know you have a thing for the 904.
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That will look great Tom!
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No room in the light box for a shot with the racer...

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Tom wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:01 am
No room in the light box for a shot with the racer...
Congratulations Tom, those are great additions. I think this deserves a diorama.
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One of Luc`s pics , looks pretty cool with the car ;)

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Porsche............For when you cant say "I`m better than you" in person

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