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| The sleds listed on this Slope (page) are Flexible
Flyers models designated as Racers. Different series of sleds had
models designated as a Racer model. Other Flexible Flyer sleds
are shown on Jon's Slope P. 1. Sleds by the Paris Mfg Co., by the Standard
Novelty Works (usually Lightning Guiders LG), and other companies are
shown on Slope 3.
For other Racer models, see the other slopes, especially Bird's
Descent for an early wooden bumper model.
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FF - TUXEDO RACER - The
first sled to have a metal steering bar in front, this sled was built for
the exclusive Tuxedo Club near New York. This particular sled was one of
the earliest, probably from near to 1908.
The construction was different than any other
sled with the deck riveted to four steel plates. The forward two
plates float free over wooden cross pieces, each of which is supported by
another steel plate.
The pictures at right first show the sled and
deck, and then two close ups of the underside construction. The 3rd
picture shows the advancing height of the benches.
The 4th is a close up showing the sandwich layers
of the steel bar on top of the benches with a wood cross piece above. The
deck is riveted to another steel bar that floats across the wood cross
piece. In this picture, we have turned the sled to the side to
demonstrate the steering. The demarcation between the bottom plate and the
wood cross piece has been enhanced. The white paper tacked to the
bottom is name and address of a former owner.
FF - Junior Racer A strong sled that had the upper
metal over painted in red. Removal of the red paint revealed the
original black with pin striping. The sled pictured is of the G
series, but Juniors were also made in the earlier D and E series with a single
bar as the bumper.
FF - RACER - The
RACER model spanned several series. The one pictured
at right is from the last series, noted as G, as shown on the
bottom, that came out before the Airline Series. This sled was
obtained from the original owner, named Perry, who had it as a child in
the 1930's. We call it the Perry Racer. It is in good original
FF - RACER G Series -
This RACER, was in good structural condition, but the finish was in poor
shape, as can be seen at right.
We chose to restore it and use it. It is smooth riding and fast.
All of the graphics are new, including the logo, arrow, and lines.
When restored to their original beauty, they are great display pieces.
FF - Airline Racer - The
Airline series started in 1935. The Racer at right is probably dated
toward the 1950's since the lettering of the model is no longer
present. This is my personal sled, which gives me more room than my
Chief. It is also stronger with the middle bench that supports the deck
where many sleds often break.
FF - Classic Racer Not an
antique, but a recent edition made before Flexible Flyers were no longer
produced by successor companies.