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In reaching the landscaping phase in my track building I'm beginning to turn my attention to appropriate cars. I'm taken with the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC), which ran from 1963 - 1968. It included Over 2 liter (O2) and Under 2 liter (U2) classes. It was the first openly professional series organized by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and paved the way for Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000.

Mike Martin has published a wonderful history of this series that was borne out of a struggle between the SCCA and USAC to control road racing in America, professional and amateur drivers, East and West coast followings, North American and European (and others) teams, front and rear engine racers, and the rise of the V-8 and unlimited displacement.

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I'm on a hunt for 1/32 scale models of the cars that competed, particularly the privateer and one-off Specials that ran. I'm primarily interested in resin, fiberglass and injection molded bodies, but can include vacuformed bodies. Mike has been kind enough to share parts of his comprehensive database and I'm hoping to crowdsource information on makers from those amongst you that share interest in this era and series. Are people interested in sharing such information?

All assistance is greatly appreciated and my intention is to update the database on the Forum as I go as a reference for others. Thanks

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if I can help :

Cheetahs were also made by Bauer ( 1/32 resin kit and there was also a Cro-Sal version.)

May be could you include the 1/32 Cox Cheetah ?

Lola T70 were also made by Protoslot kit ( 1/32 resin kit )

Lotus 40 were also made by Protoslot kit ( 1/32 resin kit )

the correct name of the Sadler Mk5 maker is "Race Spirit models" , he's a good friend of mine , and here the links to his website https://racespiritmodels.com/fr/

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One of my favourite periods of sportscar racing mainly because they were the cars to have when I first got interested in slot racing n the 60s.

George Turner makes both the Coupe Cheetah and the open top Cro Sal Special along with a Chaparral 2 and a Lotus 40.

Pretty sure Strombecker made a McKee Mk6 as well as the later Mk10.

Pactra made a nice 1/32 vacform shell of the Hussein.

The MRRC/Monogram Cooper Monaco is available now as a body kit by Professor Motor. It has the later cut out arches .

Thunderslot also make the Mclaren Elva and Lola T70 Spyder. Very fast but they are a bit overscale for 1/32.
 

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Excellent help indeed.

Yes, Race Spirit Models makes several excellent looking bodies. I'm hoping he will offer the Sadler in a body kit, as well as his current full kit, for scratch builders.

I'll add the Proto Slot updates. They also made the Bocar XP-5. I completely forgot about Bauer. Does the Pactra Hussein vacuform body have sufficient detail to make a mold for a resin cast? Will update the Turner info. I have his McLaren-Elva M1A, which is gorgeous, but a bit wide. I also have the Betta & Classic version. I also own the Cooper Monaco kit, so shouldn't have forgotten that.

Strombecker did produce the McKee Mk10, and it competed in the last year of the USRRC. McKee had Mk1 through 10s competing in the series. I'm hoping there are small scale makers out there producing these cars, and others, that large scale outfits skipped. For example, I love that John Warren casts the Wolverine, a car that didn't do well, and ended up for sale in boxes on eBay.

I'm updating the spreadsheet with your additions as I read them. I'll post a new version in a day or so. Thanks
 

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A very useful list. John Warren (Munter) has the mould of the Wolverine I carved some time ago and I'm sure he would be happy to supply one. I have a couple of spare 'kits' if anyone is interested.

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G.Turner made both Cheetah and Cro-sal , as a lotus 40 too. Sorry to forget them .

McKee Mk6 was issued by Strombecker that is sure , and I think AMT made one too but you must ask the vintage's specialist on the forum for this one .

The Scarab Mk4 was made by french resin manufacturer MMK It was only sold as RtR and very few body kits were issued . Pretty difficult to find ....

Maxi Models had a very nice range of cars , but I don't know if they are from the period you're looking for ....
 

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@Bigblock, you are correct that AMT modeled a McKee. In fact, they produced two. Their (McKee) Chevette in 1/32 scale is the Mk1 that competed in 1964 and 1965 and faired rather well with 7 wins over 28 starts. The McKee Chevy is based on the Mk 5, which ran in the 1965 and 1966 seasons. Both models are handling bodies and apparently good performers, but I don't find that the bodies are particularly accurate. I wonder whether anyone produces a cast body or a better vacuformed body is out there somewhere.

There is also a Lotus 30 in this Sebring Series.
 

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Here is an updated spreadsheet. It includes a few wishlist cars, such as the two Webster Specials, of which the U2 race car was likely one of the most attractive specials produced. I also have some leads to confirm, such as the reference to a Lotus 19 on Tony Condon's old site, and someone with the handle Stubbo on the Auslot Forum that might be producing a resin Matich SR3 in 1/32 scale. Anyone have info on either of these?

I'm particularly interested in those producing the garagista one off and limited run Specials that were prolific at the time. I've also yet to fully include the front engined cars that competed in the early years before giving way to the mid-engined racers.

Again, all help greatly appreciated.

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Photos below are the Pactra Hussein body. It seems pretty good - certainly not a blob but it is quite small which makes it hard to squeeze in a vintage motor and chassis.

I believe it is one of the harder vacform bodies to find but I expect Don, Phil or Joel will be able to give a better opinion on availability.

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Sorry the photos aren't great quality but it isn't easy to photograph vacforms
 

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I received the Wolverine, a collaboration between David Mitcham and John Warren. It is a truly spectacular rendition of a rather obscure USRRC and Can-Am contender. The lines are sharp and John's driver figure and parts wonderfully detailed. I think it's great that these unique "specials" are available.

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American driver Jerry Hansen commissioned GM designer Lee Dykstra and coachbuilder George Anderson to create the car, so named as the distinct nose was said to resemble the wolverine's claws. Hansen won the 1966 SCCA National at Greenwood (a non championship race), but only finished 20th in the first Can-Am event at Mont Tremblant later that year. Frustrated, Hansen switched to a competitive McLaren and the Wolverine continued its lackluster performance in SCCA events until 1972, never to finish another race.

More recently, the dismantled car sold on eBay to Europe, but has since been restored and today runs in vintage racing events back in North America.

I'm debating what livery to apply. Hansen originally painted it in his race color, maroon. Subsequent owner/drivers Frank Opalka, and then Jim Place, campaigned it in white.

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That Wolverine's a seriously smart looking car.
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I'd never heard of it until reading about it here.
 

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Very nice David. I recognized Hansen right off ; ) I'm rather leaning towards the maroon myself. It's the original livery and there will always be plenty of white car possibilities.

@chappyman66, do you know of anyone that has printed a Hussein from that file? I'm curious how they turn out. Phil Kalbfell of Tassie Resins casts a Hussein, but I've not checked in on him in a while.
 

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Yes, I have printed it, and I know of and have seen at least one other example here in MN.

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I think it's quite reasonable. The files included a mold for the windscreen, so I have vac form glass too, as well as wheel inserts.
 

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