Details of Dinky 23e Speed of the Wind Record Car
The Dinky Speed of the Wind Record Car.
During the 1930s, Dinky Toys occupied a relative low profile within the Meccano Magazine. The extent of their advertisements varied significantly, from occasional double page spreads, through single pages to, in some editions, nothing at all. With colour printing being expensive and limited to front covers, the blue tinted back pages of the July 1936 magazine, which illustrated the ‘Speed of the Wind’, 23e, model was rare and denoting importance, supporting the launch of the model, which first appeared in the May edition.
In May 1936, Dinky Toys announced the introduction of ‘Speed of the Wind’, 23e, an endurance record winning car. The 3 7/8th inch (100mm) long model cost 8d (old pence) and came in a range of colours. The car’s casting included a driver, wearing helmet and overall painted russet brown. Despite being advertised as in assorted colours, most frequently, the model was painted silver, with either red or black painted ribbed wheel hubs. Early models had grey or black herring-bone tyres, which were later replaced by the more familiar 20mm, grey or black round treaded tyres. Over the models long production run, three different types of baseplate were used. Pre-1947 had the silver etched plates, rather than the stamped tinplate versions that followed. The model was issued as part of a set of three high performance cars, which included models 23c and 23d as well and cost 1/11. In 1952, when the model, 23e, was re-issued, the cost set was 1/3d. Eventually, the model was deleted in 1957, making this car one of Dinky’s longest production runs.
Designed by Captain GET Eyston and EAD Eldridge, Tom Delaney built the car around a Rolls-Royce, Kestrel aero engine, which was cooled by a surface radiator. Too heavy for circuit racing and underpowered for speed record breaking, the car focused on breaking endurance records, which took place at Bonneville Salt Flats, in Utah. Captain Eyston broke the world 24 hour speed record, raising it to 140.52 mph. During World War 2, the car was put in store at a workshops in London. Unfortunately, during the Blitz, bombs fell on the workshop, destroying the car.
Introduced in 1936, re-issued in 1952, the model was deleted in 1957. It was available in green, red, silver, blue, yellow finish at 1:75 scale. Released as Dinky 23e in 1936 withdrawn as Dinky 23e in 1957.
Vehicle make:Rolls Royce
Vehicle type:speed record car
Wheels:black treaded tyres, cast ridged hubs, rubber tyres, tyres with tread
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