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So what exactly is a Tether Car? Tether cars on average are between 12-24 inches long, 4-7 inches wide, and run on solid rubber tires 3-4 inches in diameter, they normally have a cast metal body usually magnesium or aluminum, but can also be fiberglass or even wood. These mighty midgets run nitro or methanol fueled model motors, with displacements between 0.09-0.61 cubic inches but some have been fitted with scale reproductions of real full scale engines and work just the same. Early engines prior to the 1960's had spark ignition systems with a coil just like your car. Later engines use glow plug ignition just like today's ever so popular RC model vehicles. The cars are tethered to a central post hitch by a steel cable and run around a circular track of 19.9 meters in diameter with current track speeds reaching 200mph

  • COX Thimble Drome Prop Rod TETHER CAR

    Thimble Drome Prop Rod Manufactured approx. in 1957 The hot Prop Rod was a unique design, which was adapted over the years to lead via an all-plastic Prop Rod finally to the R/C Shrike. The very first Prop Rod models came with the Space Bug Jr. The sample shown here was the first version of Continue Reading


    Thimble Drome Mercedes-Benz W-196 Manufactured in 1961 Mercedes Benz W-196 View with Box This is a great looking model of the German 1954/55 racing car. In my eyes, one of the most desirable Cox cars. The Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Racer was quite complex with a front mounted .049 engine, connected to the rear axle gearbox Continue Reading

  • Cox Thimble Drome Corvette Tether Car

    Thimble Drome Corvette Manufactured approx. in 1965 The Corvette, which was available in blue, red, black, and white, was powered by a Babe-Bee product engine. It was mounted on a steel chassis, which was also used for other models (Buick Riviera, Ford G.T., Chaparral and the Group Seven car). All these models were approximately scaled Continue Reading

  • 1940’s Peerless 1st Series Pre War Tether Race Car

    1940’s Peerless 1st design wood body tether race car was made in Cleveland, Ohio. Powered by a Forester 29 ignition engine with all the electronics necessary. This racer is the early design with the round rear end case. It was one of the best looking scale racers of the time. The Peerless Model Airplane Company Continue Reading

  • Wen Mac 1964 Spirit of America Land Speed Record Racer

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