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Das Zoot ist Sehr Gut!
Got your mag today and enjoyed it very much — like every
issue. But as one of “Ze German Readers” I wonder what is
the “zoot”? ;e word is not existing in the German language
at all! But in every other aspect: go on with your great work
on the mag!
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Hi, Nina! We were just having fun with the title. “Zoot” is a
slang word that can be used to describe everything from stylish clothing to the sound and feeling of
great speed — as we used it to describe
the Mercedes Rekordwagen. It really
does look like it’s moving, even when
standing still — and it’s one of our very
favorite German cars. — JK
Testing ... testing ...
I see that you are putting more and
more gadgets and accessories in the
magazine. I like them, but does Bill
Bennett really test each one, or does
he just look at them and write about
Cli ; Eaton
Howdy, Cli;. Rest assured that Bill
— ever the intrepid reporter — does,
indeed test every item that’s sent his
way, even if it requires enlisting a neigh-
bor to help out. It may not ever rain in
Southern California, but as you can see below, Bill doesn’t let
that get in the way of performing his job. Bless him. — JK
In light of your recent article on GreenLight's 1: 18 Mustang
II Cobra, I'm inquiring about some information regarding the
Charlie's Angels Farrah Fawcett version that is supposed to
be made by GreenLight. When is it coming out? Also - does
anyone make a 1: 18 or larger "Fishbowl" bus?
;anks for your help!
takes one for
Hello, John. ;anks for your letter - and
for all the pics you sent along. We can
see that you're a fan of the Angels (and
who can blame you?). You're in luck; from
what we've been told, there will, indeed,
be a Charlie's Angels Mustang II Cobra,
decorated in white with blue stripes, on
"laced" wheels, and packaged as the
car that the late, lovely Miss Fawcett
drove. It's slated for release in the fourth
quarter 2013. As for those buses — wow,
we'd like to see that in a larger scale.
;e "fishbowl" bus (introduced in ' 59,
and so named for its giant windshield)
was great looking, and some wore very
cool fleet markings and advertising. Any
takers? — JK
Dear Joe, I enjoyed the last issue featuring the TV cars, but I’m looking for something a lot
more unusual than a Torino or modified Trans Am. As a kid, one of my favorite TV shows was
Bearcats!, an adventure show about a pair of troubleshooters in the pre- WW I American
Southwest. ;e stars, Rod Taylor and Dennis Cole, drove a new 1914 Stutz Bearcat (well, a
replica — but it was built by George Barris). I never forgot the show, and after looking for one of
the replicas (originals are way out of my price range), I found one 15 years ago and restored it.
It’s still in my garage.
Aside from a 1: 24 model by Franklin Mint, I don’t know of any diecasts of 1912-1916
Bearcats. I’d love to see more “brass era” cars in model form, like a Mercer Raceabout (a Stutz
rival) or even one of the huge touring cars of the period. With brass radiators and lots of interesting details, the models would be a lot of fun. Perhaps the recently featured Indianapolis-winning 1911 Marmon Wasp will start a trend towards more pre- WW I models.
Keep up the good work! I’ve attached a photo of my car.
Hello, John. One can never
underestimate the power of
a childhood memory. ;at is
an incredible car you’ve got
there. A couple of brass era
models have been done in
1: 18 diecast, most recently
by a company called CSM
— a 1: 18 1913 Buick 25 —
and we agree: the cars are
important, not to mention
beautiful. While some neat
old plastic kits are available
,we can only hope that more
ready-to-display manufacturers will step forward
and take the chance on
these historic machines. In
the meantime, you’ve got a
pretty cool car to drive while
you’re waiting. ;anks for
sharing it! — JK