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APR 8, 2021 | From Ford Performance Staff Reports

Dave Lake's '60's Tabletop Speed Shop Is Coolness in 1/18th Scale

Small scale speed shop with multiple cars projects going on

Since the inception of the Ford Performance Tabletop Car Show “Quick Looks” last year, we’ve seen a wide variety of entries from scale-model Ford fans – everything Ford from miniature Ford dealerships to historic NASCAR race recreations and even a small-scale version of the Carlisle Ford Nationals. Today, we dive into a project which started as a 1960’s speedshop recreation containing around a half-dozen 1/18th-scale Fords, which quickly turned into a custom-built diorama table from Dave Lake’s ever-expanding project. The attention to detail of this Tabletop Car Show is certainly something to admire. Check out Dave’s 1960’s-era tabletop speed shop, then consider sending us your own Ford Performance Tabletop Car Show with photos, your name, hometown and a brief description of your collection to: ClubHub@Ford.com. We hope to hear from you soon!

“Hi, Ford Performance. My name is Dave Lake. I have been a Ford fan as long as I can remember. My dad and both grandfathers drove Fords or Mercurys, and my uncle Jack worked at the Ford truck plant in Louisville, Kentucky, from the day it opened. I have a 1966 Mercury Comet Caliente convertible that I drive most every day in the summer.Full overview of small scale speed shop

“I'm also a collector of 1/18-scale die-cast cars. A couple of winters ago when I didn't have much to do on the Comet, I decided to build a speed shop diorama for some of my die-cast cars, it wasn't going to be very big -- maybe for just 5 or 6 cars. As they say, the best-laid plans kept growing to the point where I had to build a 58" x 44" table to hold it all!Mini-car show outside of small scale speed shop

“All of the cars and trucks are die-casts that I have collected over years. I wanted to make it look like a speed shop from the late 1960's or early ’70's, just how it would have looked on a Friday or Saturday evening before everyone took off to go cruising or racing. The building is made from insulation foam. I drew the brick pattern in with a pencil, and my wife colored it in with crayons. The inside walls are covered in shelf contact paper. Some of the benches and tools I built to scale, and others I simply bought. It is still a work in progress, and I have had quite a good time building it. I know I sent in way too many pictures, but I hope you can find a place in the Ford Performance Fast News e-newsletter to show a few of them. Thanks for sharing!”Grabber blue mustang having an engine removed on hoistBlack Shelby Cobra in the shop for upgradesOverview of interior of small scale shopDrag race Mustang with body propped open for maintenanceExternal veiw of speed shopmodel people standing around model 1970 MustangOverhead shot looking strait down into shopExterior of shop with many 1 18th scale fords surronding

 

FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY DAVE LAKE

 

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