John Bishop, the man behind Can-Am and Trans-Am racing, was the founder of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Started as a series for FIA Group 1, 2, 3 & 4 cars, the series over the years embraced turbocharged engines and Group 5 (GT) and Group C (GTP) cars. The series was wildly popular with race fans and featured the best manufacturers, teams and drivers from all over the world. IMSA regrouped at the end of the GTP era and introduced the World Sports Cars which lasted five years and was the swan song of the IMSA era in racing.

IMSA SERIES 1971 - 1998

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Sport Spyder: Built by Cisitalia in 1948 (Chassis 04), the car was sold to Carlo Abarth who modified the tube framed racer, coaxing the 1.1L OHC aluminium engine engine to 80hp, which made it a formidible class contender. This was one of the last Cisitalia racers built before that firm's bankruptcy and one of the first Abarth cars (Abarth Chassis #08). The great Tazio Nuvolari drove the car at the Targa Florio but failed to finish due to a broken gearbox, but won the Palermo-Montepellegrino Hillclimb with this car, reputed to be his last win and his last race. The car spent most of its life in Argentina after that, but surfaced and was sold at auction in 2013 for $4.62 million!
Model by HANCHETTE 1/43

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JAGUAR:
JAGUAR RACING CARS
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GREAT MARQUES:
ABARTH
ASTON MARTIN
ALFA ROMEO
AUSTIN HEALEY
BMW
FERRARI
MERCEDES W196 & 300SLR
PORSCHE RACING
CHAPARRALS, FORD GT40 & LOLA T70

GREAT RACING & AUTOMOTIVE LEGENDS:
GRAND PRIX, INDY & F1 CARS
F1 WORLD DRIVER & CONSTRUCTORS CHAMPIONS 1950 - 1985
USRRC 1963 to 1968
CAN-AM SERIES 1966 - 1974
IMSA SERIES 1971 - 1998
TRANS-AM SERIES 1966 - 2013
RACING CARS 1945 to PRESENT
LAND SPEED RECORD CARS
SPORTCARS. GT & TOURING CARS
PRE-WAR, SPECIAL INTEREST & CLASSICS
RACING DIORAMAS

THE TRIPLE CROWN OF ENDURANCE RACES:
THE 24 HOURS of LE MANS
THE 12 Hours of SEBRING
THE 24 HOURS of DAYTONA

DRIVER TRIBUTES:
THE LEGENDS OF RACING HALL OF FAME
JUAN MANUEL FANGIO TRIBUTE
STIRLING MOSS TRIBUTE

GREAT RACING TEAMS:
ECURIE ECOSSE
GULF OIL RACING
MARTINI RACING TEAM
GROUP 44, Inc.
CUNNINGHAM RACING TEAM

AIRCRAFT:
HISTORIC AIRCRAFT

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