Guest Contributor David Jefferis, from our friends over at Scale Model News, just visited Santa Pod Raceway and fell for this 1:36 scale 1950s-era Ford Custom Street Rod model. There’s usually a treasure trove of models at car races and events. Collecting can be quite addictive but you need to be selective. David kindly let us re-post his report

Ford Custom Street Rod

Ford Custom Street Rod

David Jefferis advises:
The best collector advice is always to keep your eyes open, no matter where you happen to be. And the tasty yellow custom Ford pictured above was a byproduct of a photo-video trip to the UK’s Santa Pod raceway, a honey pot for anyone who’s into the custom scene, with noise, speed, smoke and spectacle as bonus extras.

Ford Custom Street Rod side view

Ford Custom Street Rod side view

Ford Custom Street Rod interior

Ford Custom Street Rod interior

Santa Pod’s stores are way better than those found at most race tracks, and lurking behind ‘real money’ dragster models, SMN came across this very nice 1:36 scale 1950s-era Ford Custom Street Rod made by the Chinese Tin Toys company, priced about the same as a couple of cups of coffee.

The 135 mm (5.3 in) long model has opening doors and hood, plus a decent stab at an engine and interior (bottom); the underside is nicely detailed and SMN was pleased to see that the model is an ‘Official Licensed Product’. The side-pipes could do with some careful work with a model drill, to open them up for a more realistic look, otherwise the neatly flamed Ford is a decent model. And for those who like added play-value, it’s even got a pullback-and-go motor tucked between the rear wheels!

The Grim Reaper monster truck (bottom picture) was among the stars there, as was Terry Grant’s modded 1937 Ford Sedan (second from bottom). This gunmetal-grey beast could pull smoke-n-spin donuts to order, seemingly on the head of a pin.

Terry Grant’s modded 1937 Ford Sedan

Terry Grant’s modded 1937 Ford Sedan


The Grim Reaper monster truck

The Grim Reaper monster truck

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