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Friday, July 29, 2016

Greg Sacks #18 Ultra Slim Fast Chevrolet

    Welcome back to the NASCAR Racing Champions diecast blog~ The car I'm gonna be discussing today is a very controversial topic in the world of Racing Champions cars~ Yes, I'm talking about the Greg Sacks #18 Slim Fast Chevrolet, from the 1990 series~ As I first got back into collecting R.C. cars, I found pictures of a car I'd never seen before.. the #18 Slim Fast car~ I was blown away that I had never seen or heard of this car before~ We'll get into that a bit later, but first.. let's find out the history of the real car~

    After being let go from his driving duties of Tom Winkle's #48 Dinner Bell Pontiac following the conclusion of the 1989 Cup season, Sacks found himself without a ride for the start of the upcoming 1990 season~ This worked out to be a good thing however, as Sacks was picked up to drive a car used in scenes of the upcoming movie "Days of Thunder"~ He failed to make the field in the Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 @ Atlanta, driving the #46 Superflo Chevrolet, and also drove the #46 City Chevy in the TranSouth 500 @ Darlington, where he finished in 37th place~

                                                     Sacks on track in the Slim Fast car~
Greg Sacks #18 Slim Fast Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Jay Fogleman

    Greg's first race in the Slim Fast car came in the Winston 500 @ Talladega, and he dang near won the thing, finishing 2nd to Dale Earnhardt, after leading 41 of the 188 laps~ The following week was another important event, the Coca-Cola 600 @ Charlotte, and while he had a poor qualifying effort (28th), he was able to finish in 14th place~ He sat out the next 2 events, and next race in the Miller Genuine Draft 500 @ Pocono~ He had another great showing, with a 5th place qualifying effort, and a 7th place finish, for his 2nd top 10 of the season~

    As we all know, all good things must come to an end.. and in the Miller Genuine Draft 400 @ Michigan, Sacks was sacked  to a 26th place finish, after starting in 32nd place~ He did bounce back, albeit short lived.. in the Pepsi 400 @ Daytona, where he sat on the pole~ However, he had trouble getting up to speed at the start of the race, was bounced around like a pin ball by Richard Petty, and Derrike Cope, and finally crashed out right after he had completed the first lap of the race~ The crash collected over half of the field, and Sacks finished in 37th place~

                                                 Greg Sacks #18 Slim Fast promo card~
Greg Sacks #18 Slim Fast Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Jay Fogleman

    He qualifed 3rd in the AC Spark Plug 500, but was caught up in a crash on lap 137, and finished 33rd~ He finished 18th in the DieHard 500, in his return to Talladega, and 40th in the Budweiser at the Glen @ Watkins Glen~  He then subbed in 3 races for Darrell Waltrip, who had been seriously injured in a practice crash for the Pepsi 400~ In his first race in the car, the Champions Spark Plug 400 @ Michigan, Sacks started 8th, and finished runner up to Mark Martin~

    Sacks was back in the Slim Fast car for the Miller Genuine Draft 400 @ Richmond, where he started 29th, and finished 23rd~ He finished 21st in the Peak AntiFreeze 500 @ Dover, after qualifying in the 29th position~ He was forced by Rick Hendrick to withdraw from the Mello Yello 500 @ Charlotte, due to the recent DUI death of Rob Moroso~ Sacks himself had recently received a DUI, and Rick felt it necessary for Sacks to sit out a race for some reason~

    Greg's final race in the Slim Fast car came in the Checker 500 @ Phoenix, where he started 6th, and finished 12th~ Slim Fast would leave the sport after this race, and Sacks would run his last race for the Hendrick team in the Atlanta Journal 500, driving the #18 Realfruit Refresher Chevrolet~ He rolled off 19th, and ended his time with the team on a good note, with a 10th place finish~

                                                     Custom Racing Champions card~
Greg Sacks #18 Slim Fast Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Jay Fogleman

    When I first found out about this car, I scoured the internet in search of it~ Every time I found a picture of it, it was on some shady website, so I started to believe that perhaps this car was just a myth, or a well made custom~ Then one day, a friend of mine posted a picture of one he had just bought, and I started to second guess my original conclusion~

    What I kept coming back to however, was the fact that the only times I ever got to see a picture of the car, it had a Jay Fogleman card with it, instead of Sacks.. and the one my friend showed me had a card that wasn't even a Racing Champions card~ I questioned him about this, and about a week or so later, he posted a new picture of the car, with a Fogleman card in place of the previous one~

    At this point, I didn't know what to think~ I kept feeling as if I was being duped, and this was just a custom made car that someone was making, and charging a high price for~ That all changed in January of 2017, when I finally was able to get my hands on one~ The car is legit, and I had to apologize to my friend for second guessing him~

                                             Greg Sacks #18 Ultra Slim Fast Chevrolet~
Greg Sacks #18 Slim Fast Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Jay Fogleman
                                                              Click pics to enlarge~
Greg Sacks #18 Slim Fast Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Jay Fogleman

    Well, here she is in all of her glory~ The mysterious Greg Sacks #18 Ultra Slim Fast Chevrolet~ I must say, the hunt for this one is the true fun of it all, as the car is kind of underwhelming itself~ It's a nice looking car, but it's not beautiful.. just mysterious~ I'm extremely happy to have it in my collection, and also happy that I was able to confirm for myself, and others who currently are looking for the car, that it is a legit Racing Champions car~ 

   Now that I have found this car, and have it in my collection, I'll have to start looking for a new "holy grail" piece to add to my ever growing mass of Racing Champions diecasts~ I do have some cars in mind, but I'm gonna keep them private for now, as they're hard to come across, and I want as little competition as possible while I'm tracking them down~ Sorry, I know that's a bit rude of me, but you understand~

   The card in this photo is a custom card that I'm going to have made~ If anyone else has this car, and would like this custom card for it, you can purchase one from me for 5 bucks, free shipping~ I haven't had them made yet, but will have them by the end of February~ I give this car a B+ on the Racing Champions quality scale, and if it came with the Sacks card, it would be bumped up to an A- easily~

                                           **Bonus car** My Photoshop version of the car~
Greg Sacks #18 Slim Fast Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Jay Fogleman

    Here is the Photoshop version of the car, that I made before I owned the original~ As you can see, there are several things I got wrong with the car~ It's still not too bad of a job, considering I'm a novice Photoshopper~

    Thank you all for visiting the blog!~ Please share this post on social media, and click the "follow" button at the top of this page, on the right hand side~ Below are some videos featuring the Slim Fast car, as well as some other Sacks related videos~ Enjoy them, and I'll see ya' next time, here on the NASCAR Racing Champions 1/64 diecast blog!~

                                                  The Pepsi 400 wreckage w/ interviews~
                           1990 Busch Clash - Sacks in the #46 City Chevy Days of Thunder car~

                             Sacks relieving Jimmy Horton, who is subbing for Darrell Waltrip~

                                                 1990 Goody's 300 Daytona highlights~


  1. I have one of these with the folgleman card in it. I bought it from a roses store in 1993. At that time a bunch of error cars were out. From what I understand, at the end of 1992, racing champions was switching factories where the cars were made. The old factory, in an effort to clear out remaining inventory, slapped a bunch of cars together to get them out the door. You saw cars with different colors bottoms, different rims, old days of thunder cars, and in the case of the #18, a promo car that never made it to the shelves. I also bought a rick wilson snickers buick around the same time, also with a jay fogleman card in the package. That car was to be a promo as well but never saw production.

    1. That's awesome, Calvin!~ If you ever wanna sell it, my email is on the top of the page~ :P I'd love to have one, but they're impossible to find~ Was the Wilson car a Racing Champions car?~ That would be so cool!~ I was always a HUGE Rick Wilson fan~ If you have a photo of it, I'd love to see it~ Since it was to be a promo, I'm guessing it didn't come with a card~

    2. Yes the Rick Wilson snickers car was an old buick casting with the window straps. I sold it to a member by the name rcpromofan8 on the diecast crazy board some years back now. Still have the greg sacks car though.

    3. Do you have any photos of the Rick Wilson Snickers car?~ Or do you have a way to contact "rcpromofan8" to see if he can email you a picture of it?~ I'd love to see it~

    4. Ok I have two pictures of it he sent. Is there an email or a way to post them here?

    5. Email them to Blogger doesn't allow people to post pics in the comments, which I think is dumb~

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