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« on: November 22, 2014, 12:32:09 PM »

Bill Thomas Race Cars catalog, believed to be from 1965. Lots of neat stuff contained within. (Jon Mello Collection)



























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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2014, 05:41:57 PM »

Always something interesting. I love these old ads. How some of the innovation forged ahead, and some passed.

I've never seen it mentioned on this site or anything remotely recent pertaining to the Camaro's history. Years ago I read an article stating much of the Camaro's lines were "borrowed" from the Corvair. I was probably in high school at the time, and have no recollection of the reference. Huh
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2014, 07:13:32 PM »

as a little tyke...Cheetah was my car on our HO slot car track...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zKV2H5epNE        not a very good you tube  but our track was about the same size and the car was the same color   memories... precious
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2014, 10:43:35 PM »

Excellent post Jon!
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2014, 11:50:33 PM »

Always something interesting. I love these old ads. How some of the innovation forged ahead, and some passed.

I've never seen it mentioned on this site or anything remotely recent pertaining to the Camaro's history. Years ago I read an article stating much of the Camaro's

Just look at the '65 and later Corvair side by side with the first gen Camaro...  the similarity in 'body lines' is obvious...  I think initially, Chevrolet wanted the Corvair to be their 'pony car' entry, but Nadar-crap pooped in that cereal.   
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2014, 04:44:27 PM »

as a little tyke...Cheetah was my car on our HO slot car track...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zKV2H5epNE        not a very good you tube  but our track was about the same size and the car was the same color   memories... precious

     I had an HO scale Cheetah slot car as a kid too. Certainly one of my favorite cars at a young age and I still think they are pretty awesome.
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2014, 04:48:17 PM »

November 1963 Car & Driver article I posted previously but worth putting into a devoted Bill Thomas thread. My folks had
a '63 Corvair when I was a kid, but unfortunately Bill Thomas had not worked his magic on it.  (Jon Mello Collection)





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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2014, 05:50:17 PM »

Jon, you always come up with the coolest stuff ! there was also "Bad Bascom" a Chevy 11 with Corvette engine & rear suspension. that was quite neat. Thomas also built some Fastback Novas for drag racing. he really was quite prolific, in many fields.

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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2014, 06:25:02 PM »

Thanks, Mike.

Bad Bascom was a really neat car. A fuel-injected 327 Corvette engine and independent rear suspension in a Chevy II road racer.
Here's a short article on it from the same issue of Car & Driver magazine.  412 horsepower and 2130 lbs. How much fun could
you have with that?  Grin    (Jon Mello Collection)



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