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    On April 13, 2005, Robert Kirby, an avid SCCA club racer, died at his desk at an investment company that he helped launch 50 years earlier. Warren Buffet once said of Kirby that, if he ever needed someone to invest his money for him, it would be Bob Kirby. The 2004 Runoffs at Mid-Ohio were his last as a driver. He had won a national championship as a driver; 2005 would have been his attempt to win one as an owner with Mark Hotchkis as driver.

    In May of 2005, friends of Kirby gathered in Pasadena to celebrate his life. There a plan was created to campaign Kirby’s 914 for the 2005 National Championship as a memorial to their friend. Kirby’s crew chief Warren Dennis enlisted David Finch, owner of Raetech Corporation, to prepare the car.



    With Mark Hotchkis driving at the 2005 SCCA Runoffs, Mid-Ohio




    From a SRC 914/6, here is a tribute to Kirby and his 914:











    This model was made possible through the generous support of Matt McDonough, the one man show responsible for CG Slot Cars and an SCCA driver in the F2000 open wheel class. Matt vac formed the Ginther windscreen, designed and printed the decals, and developed and 3D printed the unique inserts for the Jongbloed wheels.

    An article about Kirby and the development of his car can be found in the June 2008 issue of Excellence, The Magazine About Porsche.

    The Kirby family, Mark Hotchkis and friends at Mid-Ohio following the 2005 race.



    Kirby’s car is no longer raced but is shown at some Porsche events such as the gathering of air cooled Porsches known as Luftgekuhlt, among others.
    Last edited by Rleog; May 31, 2021, 11:30 AM.
    Bob G. ..... Boston, North Shore

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    Hi Bob, Looks like SRC have done a very good job on the rendition !!!,............

    Cheers
    Chris Walker

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    • Rleog
      Rleog commented
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      Lol
      Thanks

    • chrisguyw
      chrisguyw commented
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      My apologies Bob,........I thought this was directly from SRC,...........excellent work from yourself and Matt !!!

    • Rleog
      Rleog commented
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      Coming from an excellent modeler, that is a very high compliment!

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    Originally posted by Rleog View Post



    Those are sharp-looking inserts! 👌

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    • Rleog
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      I know the guy who makes them. PM me for his info.

  • #4
    Matt, that looks INCREDIBLE!! Great job and a great tribute car
    Last edited by Brumos RSR; June 1, 2021, 12:44 AM.
    The Jester
    of Da Lou (St. Louis) but from
    the Soxside (Chicago)

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    • #5
      What a great testament to this individual

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      • #6
        Bob
        That is just perfect and as an SCCA Cen Div regular (88-94) I got to see that car up close on several occasions I don't recall any interaction with Bob, but I can tell you Dave Finch is a great driver an exceptional engineer and he loves all things Porsche. It is a great tribute.
        Courtney Smith
        Chattanooga TN

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        • Rleog
          Rleog commented
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          Thanks, Courtney.

          Chris Foley and Ed Morrow (TangerineRacing.com) did a lot of work on my 914. Chris drove his 914 at the 2005 Runoffs and was able to closely inspect the Kirby car. He said it was immaculately engineered and perhaps the best 914 that he had raced against. I have never seen the car in person but it, and the story behind it, always intrigued me.

      • #7
        High guys. How very cool. I built the full sized 914 in the summer of 1980. It first raced at the Runoff in D Production in 1980. We were leading when a cylinder cracked. I raced it at two more Runoffs, 1981 DP and 1982 CP. I sold it to Bob Kirby at the Runoff of 1982 and we converted it to EP. Bob had a good time racing it. Led in in 1983 and won , I think, in 1984 or 1985. I think Bob only missed two Runoffs until 2005. It was quite a wonderful moment when John won the 2005 Runoff in Mr. Kirby's Honor. The Raetech crew supported Bob at all of the Runoffs. Thanks for the work. Dave Finch

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        • Rleog
          Rleog commented
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          Thanks for taking the time to reply, Dave. Your comments are a highlight.

        • Courtney s
          Courtney s commented
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          Dave I had no idea you were on this board or a slot car enthusiast.

        • Rleog
          Rleog commented
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          Hi Courtney. It looks like Dave just joined the BB and he has 2 posts. Perhaps someone tipped him off about the model and he joined to comment. Hopefully he’ll look in and see your response.

      • #8
        Excuse Me! Mark Hotchkis.

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        • #9
          Great story Bob! Thanks for sharing!!
          Dickie Pearson
          Canterbury, NH

          HOST - Home Operated Slot Tracks
          MSR - Main Street Racing

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          • Rleog
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            Thank you.

        • #10
          I still remember the sting when you had this idea before me! Great job. You should be proud.

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          • Rleog
            Rleog commented
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            Thank you.

        • #11
          Nice job of modeling that tribute 914 Bob. Great details and execution.

          Allan

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          • Rleog
            Rleog commented
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            Thanks. Appreciated Matt’s help with the Ginther windscreen, decals and Jongbloed wheel inserts.
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