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#1 OFFLINE   ciprian

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:21 AM

Hello,

I need some help from you guys, especially people located in the US. Does anyone know the history of the Jerry Alderman (or Little Emmett) Ford Thunderbolt, as the one offered in 1:18 by GMP (based on the Ertl model)? I'm having trouble finding some detailed info about it. Races, results, what happened with the car to this day (as in ownership and modification/restoration)? I'm guessing there must be someone around here that knows more about it.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 02:44 AM

Nothing?  :hope:
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:53 AM

Mecum had it for sale in '08 and had this to say about the car:
(it doesn't seem to have a stellar race history as it probably lost to other Thunderbolts driven by better drivers).

This Wimbledon White 1964 Ford Thunderbolt was sold to Jerry Alderman Ford of Indianapolis on July 8, 1964 for the princely sum of one dollar. Bob Martin campaigned the car across the Midwest under the name “Little Emmity” from 1964 to 1966. It went off the radar for the next twenty-three years until it was sold by Autohaus of Los Gatos, CA to Bob Panella of Stockton, who had the car restored by Specialty Automotive. After its sale to Joe Fazo of Stockton, it joined the Hot Rod Power Tour in 1999. Since then it has appeared regularly at races and shows, the perfect ambassador for the Thunderbolt legacy.

Highlights:

- VIN#4F41K167201
- Delivery Date: Early December 1963

- Sold to Jerry Alderman Ford, Indianapolis, Indiana on July 8, 1964, price: $1.00

- 1964-1966: Raced Midwest tracks under the name "Little Emmity" driven by Bob Martin

- 1967-1990: Unknown

- 1990: Purchased by Bob Panella of Stockton, CA from Brian Bernette of Autohaus of Los Gatos, CA

- 1990-1992: Restored by Specialty Automotive (Rick Hawn) Campbell, Ca

- 1998: Sold to Joe Fazo of Stockton, CA

- 1999: Driven on Hot Rod Power Tour

- 2000: Purchased by Rick Hamilton, Tulare, CA

- 2000-Present: Numerous car shows and drag races attended

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:13 AM

Al, this is great! Your effort is much appreciated!  :occasion14:

I placed an order for this monster and it was bugging me that i couldn't find too much info google-ing around with various key words.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:25 AM

I have my doubts that it was "driven" on the Power Tour in '99. Maybe it was shown at some of the stops. How could you take a high-geared, no comfort 1/4 mile car on a 11-day trip from LA to Nashville, TN?

Neat diecast though! Do you have any of the other T-bolts? or is this your first?

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:21 AM

Yeah, probably it was transported on a trailer, no way this could be driven around.

This is my first T-bolt. I've been wanting one for quite a while, especially after reading around here that the Precision 100 was probably one of the best models on the market back in the days of its release. At first i wanted a plain white version, but saw some with paint issues, and also figured a liveried one would be ok as i have a lot of racers. It was a tough decision from all the ACME releases. Tasca Ford was also one of the options, but i really prefer the rims on the Alderman.

It will arrive tomorrow and it'll take its place between the Highway 61 Belvedere and the GMP Roadrunner super stocks i already have  :wavetowel2:
Thanks again for the info. This is one of the reasons DX is a great place to be  :occasion14:

Edited by ciprian, 16 May 2012 - 09:23 AM.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:23 AM

You are in for a treat!!!

Trailer queens are not supposed to be allowed on the Hot Rod Power Tour.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:17 AM

View Postacisne, on 16 May 2012 - 09:23 AM, said:

You are in for a treat!!!

You were right, Al! This is indeed a fine piece of work. No wonder everybody praises this model everywhere i look!

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