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The famous farmboy from Illinois turned drag racing icon, Arnie 'the Farmer' Beswick created this amazing 'It's not a Funny Car' 1966 GTO styled dragster from fibreglass and aluminium…

Not wishing to remake the wheel (at risk of it turning out square!
) there's a fantastic article on this most amazing machine in 'High Performance Pontiac' online mag here….



(courtesy of the article) - and one with the great man himself....



Essentially on the surface we have the stock GTO shape, but the front wheels moved forwards slightly……but underneath….well, that's a different story!!


All credit to Highway 61 though for releasing a model that is bound to be more for the enthusiast than the mass market….it would seem more a labour of love than of profit.....


Supplied in a window box, but probably the best secured and protected model I've come across in it's clear formed packing that is possible this side of a styrene clam shell….HWE included, and as you know that's saying something!!


Anyways enough of the tattle, here's the mettle!!


Up front and fearsome!!
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....and the tiger's tail.....
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..broadside..


..now what's under that lid???

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....NOT A LOT!
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It's all further back where the driver should be!!


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...and the driver sits where the back seat should be!!

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..and in reality I reckon that this is all you'd ever see of the 1:1...

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Hope you enjoyed this fantastic model!
 

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I've seen the model before, but not in detail.

Thanks for the pics Eddy, didn't know it had a flipfront
 

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Hey Thats my neighbr!! No really I grew up about 4 miles crows flight from arnies Farm. I have met him several times and he is a great guy. I love this model I also have a couple other Arnie cars, there are quite a few!!!
 

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I don't have much experience on the drag racing gurus< < < I know shame on me..
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But still, what a nice model! What a good replica.

Not sure why the decided to put the engine in the cabine of the car though..


Thanks for the review and the cool pictures!
 

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very nice eddy,always knew you had this in your collection about time you showed us what it looked like.
Thanks Kev - it's about time I got more out of their boxes again.....but this is one of my favourite models, it really jumps out at me!!


Anyways, here are a couple more pics seeing as I took 'em......

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Enjoy!
 

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The more you show me, the more i would like to put it next to my HW61's Montero Red and Candlelight Cream.
Now THAT would be a threesome


Didn't Ertl made a Arnie Beswicks GTO too? Edit: that's a '68, just googled it.
 

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The more you show me, the more i would like to put it next to my HW61's Montero Red and Candlelight Cream.
Now THAT would be a threesome


Didn't Ertl made a Arnie Beswicks GTO too? Edit: that's a '68, just googled it.
Yep I think you mean the 'Judge'.....

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I was very interested in this one, but then I read somewhere that the body is plastic...
...however that's truer to the fibreglass 1:1 i suppose....
 

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yes the body is plastic, an attempt to replicate the original, i guess, like you said.
Do you happen to have this one Smokey? If so, any chance of some pics?
 
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