Project Terrapin: a Design for a "Turtle Deck" Roadster
Lately, my design blood has been really bubbling. I guess I'm just anxious to forget playing on my computer and getting back to modeling and twisting a wrench. Here's my latest idea: a "Turtle Deck" roadster which emulates a little more antique version of the 1932 Studebaker two man Indianapolis racer my father once owned.
The "Turtle Deck" is wider than a "Boat Tail", more like the rear end of a typical hot rod, and better accommodates a center mounted license plate with back-up lights as well as the minimal fuel tank. I then added separate fenders with built-in step plates to cilmb into the cockpit with the elimination of doors that allow for a stronger and lighter 2 place body structure. The rag top is more easily stowed in the wider trunk. Clear "rollable" side curtains would also be necessary. All difficult for entry and egress, but "racier".
I hope to build this car in the near future, and a Cycle Kart, and a trailer for the Cycle Kart, but I will start with 1/5 scale models.
A little background: In 1984 I won the 30th "Weak Signals" R/C Expo in Toledo, Ohio with a 1/4 scale (gas) model of a midget race car.
Toledo's 60th show will be early April 2014. I will still be 80 then, and I would like to win it again 30 years later. I will build an R/C (electric) model of the "Turtle Deck" pulling a trailer loaded with a 1/5 scale R/C Cycle Kart, then proceed to the full size versions. Hopefully, I'll be able to pull up to the door in Toledo with the real vehicles and unload the models. Am I dreaming?
--Virgil M. Exner, Jr.