Racing continues to be a source of innovation, often just to meet or beat the ever changing rules and regulations, always taking advantage of the latest and greatest technology. While Porsche dominated much of the 1970's and early 80's racing, there were many other successful cars produced and many of those are found here. This part of the collection chronicles racing from the early 70's up to the present day.

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Racing Sports & GT Cars from 1970 to Present

RACING SPORTS & GT CARS 1970-1979:

1970 Ford Boss 302 Trans Am Mustang: The 1970 Trans-Am season was better for Ford, with Bud Moore's Ford backed race versions of the Mustang dominating the series. Lower, lightweight and with better weight distribution than the street Mustang, the 302 cu. in.(5.0L) V8 has aluminum heads on an iron Windsor block, and produces around 470 hp. Parnelli Jones drove one of the two the Bud Moore Mustang's in the 1970 Trans Am, who along with teammate George Follmer, brought the Trans-Am championship to Ford.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1970 Chevrolet-Chaparral Camaro: 1970 was the pinacle year for muscle car development and the SCCA Trans-Am racing was being contested in full fury by all of the U.S. manufacturers. Roger Penske had left the series and the Camaro's in 1970 were built for racing by Jim Hall. The Chaparral-Camaro had a 304 cu.in. V8, which produces 475 hp and featured the new generation body style Camaro introduced that year. Hall and Vic Elford drove this car to victory at Watkins Glen and 4th place at Road America.
Model by TRUE SCALE 1/43
1970 Chevrolet-Chaparral Camaro: Ed Leslie was the primary driver of the second Chaparral team entry in the 1970 Trans Am. The Trans Am was at its zenith, with stiff competition from Ford and AMC. The Chaparral-Camaro's had limited success due to both limited development time and weight and Chevy's best days in the series were behind it. Ed Leslie's best placing was a 2nd at Lime Rock. Three Chaparral-Camaro cars were built, the lone survivor still races in Historic Trans-Am races around the USA.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1970 Plymouth Superbird: The Superbird was developed for NASCAR racing from Plymouth's Road Runner production cars. It took lessons learned from Chrysler's 1969 NASCAR season with the Dodge Charger Daytona, providing increased perfrormance and better aerodynamics. The 7.0L hemi V8 (426 Cu. in.) engine produced over 425 hp and was capable of over 200 mph. Plymouth usd the Superbird to lure Richard Petty away from Ford and he used it to great advantage, winning 18 races including Riverside with this car.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1970 Chevron B16: Brian Redman drove this car in the 1970 European 2-Litre Manufacturers Championship, winning the championship for Chevron and finishing in 2nd place in the drivers standings. The B16 had a 1800cc 4-cylinder Cosworth FCV engine which produced 245 hp. Redman finished in first place at Paul Ricard in this car. By the end of the season the Lola T280 was dominating the series and Chevron introduced the spyder version of the B16 to be able to compete.
Model by LIBRA MINIATURES 1/43
1970 BRM P154: The P154 was raced in the Can Am series and was powered by a 8.0L Chevy V8, which produced 760 bhp. This car was driven for most of the 1970 season by George Eaton and a sister car by Pedro Rodriguez. The car had promise, but BRM was over extended in their F1 effort and did not give it its proper due and it usually did not go the distance. The best finish was by Rodriguez at Riverside with a 3rd place finish. Click on image to see the Rodriguez car.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1970 March 707: Powered by a 8.2L aluminum block Chevy V8 producing 730 bhp, the Robin Herd designed the aerodynamic March 707 to dominate Group 7/Can-Am racing. Racing the final three rounds of the 1970 Can-Am, this car piloted by Chris Amon scored a fifth place at Donnybrooke and fourth place at both Laguna Seca and Riverside. A great start, but March chose to focus on F1 racing instead and did not return to the Can-Am.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1971 Alpine Renault A110 1800S: Alpine produced this Renault powered rally car of 1800 cc, producing 180 bhp and weighing just over 1300 pounds, into a world-beater. A 1-2-3 finish on the 1971 Monte Carlo rally, which was repeated again in 1973 by this car driven by Jean-Claude Andruet and Michele Petit. Based on a 1962 design and primarily production parts, the A110 gave way to more modern cars such as the Stratos which copied its size and rear-engine design.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43

1970 AMC Javelin: AMC began racing the Javelin in the Trans-Am serieis in 1968. By the 1970 season AMC brought in Roger Penske and his organization to run the program, with Mark Donohue as driver and engineer. Penske modifications significantly improved the handling of the Javelin and performance of the 5.0L V8 engine. Donohue won three races and AMC finished second in the Over 2.0L Trans-Am Championship in 1970,to the Ford Mustang.
Model by SMTS 1/43
1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda: Dan Gurney and his All American Racers (AAR) were contracted by Plymouth in 1970 to campaign cars for himself and Swede Savage to drive in the Trans-Am series. AAR built three of the dark blue cars for running in the series, but budget cuts at Chrysler meant Gurney would only drive the first two races of the season. Plymouth finished fifth in the 1970 Trans-Am Championship with no wins and just 15 points.
Model by SMTS 1/43
1970 Dodge Challenger: Sam Posey was the primary driver fr the Plymouth entry in the 1970 Trans-Am. It and the Cuda AAR benefitted from chassis and roll cage development by AAR. The Challenger unlike its sister car the Challenger held together better than the Cuda; with Posey taking three third place finishes at Kent Road America and Lime Rock and Dodge bested Plymouth in the points championship. The great Tony Adamowicz drove at Riverside but was a DNF.
Model by SMTS 1/43
1971 Datsun 240Z: Datsun/Nissan had a very successful outing at the 19th East African Safari Rally in 1971. In it's first entry the 240/Fairlady Z won the Over-all Victory, Class Victory, Team Victory and Manufactures Championship. Edgar Hermann and Hans Shuller finished first in this car with team cars finishing second and seventh overall. Considered to be the world's toughest rally, the East African Safari routes through Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Model by IXO 1/43

1970 Datsun BRE 240Z: Pete Brock's BRE Racing began its successful association with Nissan with the Datsun 2000. This led to development of the new 240Z. BRE and drive John Morton won SCCA's C Production championship in 1970 and 1971. From there, BRE moved on to the 510 and Trans Am, but Bob Sharp kept the Z car in the winners circle much of the next ten years.
Model by DEL PRADO 1/43
1971 Datsun 510: BRE,in close conjunction with the Datsun factory, used their Datsun 2000 racing experieince to dominate the Trans-Am 2.5L class in 1971 and 1972. Powered by a 1.8L four-cyl.engine producing 150 hp, John Morton drove the sole car for the team in 1971, beating out John Weston in his Alfa Romeo for the class championship. Three cars were prepared for 1972, with Morton again taking the Championship.
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1971 Datsun 510: BRE on pre-grid at PIR Trans Am, 1972
1972 Datsun 510: Actor Paul Newman became an accomplished race car driver, winning several national championships in SCCA competition. He ran a Bob Sharp prepared 510 in the mid-70's. While qualifying at the SCCA Runoffs in 1973, he crashed heavily. The remains were put on a truck and hauled to Sharp's race shop, where after a few hours it was repaird and taken back to Atlanta for Newman to race. He finished 9th that year, 6th in 1975 and 3rd in 1976 in this car.
Model by TRUESCALE 1/43

1973 Toyota Starlet (KP47): Smaller brother of the Corolla, Toyota began producing the Starlet in both 1.0L and 1.2L coupe versions in 1973 and first generation Starlets (KP47) were produced until 1978 and were popular race cars in Japan due to their low cost and performance. In late 1973, TMSC-R, which was Toyota's racing development department, entered two cars in the final round of the 1.3L touring car series at Fuji. They beat the dominant Nissan Sunny's but direct factory involvement ended due to the oil crisis. One of two entries at Fuji, this car was driven by Toyota factory driver Hiroyuki Kukidome to first place in the Fuji Victory 200km; its sister car came in second. Kukidome set the pole for the race in the 1.2L fuel-injected, DOHC, twenty-four valve car. Starlet development would be left to Tachi Oiwa Motor Sport (TOM'S) in 1974, as would all other Toyota racing development going forward.
Model by REVE COLLECTION (SPARK) 1/43


1976 Ford Escort RS 1800 MkII: Four words describe the Lombard RAC Rally through the forests of Great Britain in November, cold, damp, foggy and frosty. The 1976 version was no exception and this Escort driven by one of the 'Flying Finns' Pentti Arikkala and co-driver Brit Mike Greasley led the rally for most of the stages, only to retire near the end. Arikkala took over the lead before the halfway mark of the rally. Unfortunately, the 1979 British Rally Champion was a minute late for a control and was eliminated. Carrying on, a protest lodged, he continued to lead until the clutch went a few stages from the end, handing the victory to Roger Clark in another Escort. The then new Ford Escort RS1800 rally cars in 1976 featured a more robust chassis and body structure then production cars, along with a 2.0L Cosworth BDG engine producing 250 hp.
Model by VITESSE 1/43

1972 Matra MS670 (LE MANS WINNER): Graham Hill and Henri Pescarolo gave the Equipe Matra-Simca Shell team its first outright win at Le Mans in 1972. This car finished 10 laps ahead of the other team car which took second place with Francois Cevert and Howden Ganley driving. The rule change that went into effect at Le Mans in 1972, limiting engines to 3.0 litres favored Matra with its developed 3.0L V12.
Model by IXO 1/43
1973 Matra MS 670B (LE MANS WINNER): For 1973, Matra planned an all-out assault on Le Mans with four entries and against stiff competitoin from Ferrari and Gulf-Mirage. This car piloted by French drivers Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larrousse won and it was to be the second of three consecutive wins for Pescarolo. Powered by a Matra V12, producing 450 hp. A MS 670B set fastest lap.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1974 Matra MS670C (LE MANS WINNER): Much to the delight of the French fans, Matra won Le Mans again in 1974, again with the duo of Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larousse that won Le Mans in a MS670B in 1973 and the third straight Le Mans win for Matra. Pescarolo put this car on the pole and Jean-Pierre Jarier in another Matra set fastest lap during the race.
Model by ALTATA/IXO 1/43
1975 Ligier JS2: Jean-Louis Lafosse and Guy Chasseuil drove to a 2nd place finish sandwhiched inbetween the Mirage cars at Le Mans in 1975. Powered by a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine (3.0L V8), the Ligier JS2 was based on the glass fibre bodied JS2 production car. Guy Ligier has always been a favorite of mine, primarily because of his rugby exploits for France, but also as an independent manufacturere who achieved success both at Le Mans and in F1.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43

1975 Gulf-Mirage GR8 (LE MANS WINNER): Derek Bell and Jackie Ickx drove this car to first place at Le Mans in 1975, powered by a detuned Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8. John Wyer's JW Automotive built, prepared and ran the Gulf sponsored Mirage cars at Le Mans after the GT40 and Porsche 917 culminating in the 1975 Le Mans win before the team was sold. A GR8 finished 2nd at Le Mans in 1976. I was fortunate to have the model signed by Derek Bell.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1975 Gulf-Mirage GR8: Vern Schuppan and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud finishe third overall at Le Mans in 1975, behind their winning sister car and a Ligier JS2. Despite electrical problems, this car was only six laps down at the finish of the race. This car (Chassis #802) was raced again at Le Mans in both 1976 and 1977 (with Schuppan) and finished 2nd both years. The GR8 was a great car for Le Mans with a low drag coefficient and good downforce from the rear wing.
Model by IXO 1/43
1975 Gulf-Mirage GR8: After Le Mans in 1975, the sportscar team of John Wyer disbanded and Gulf withdrew from sponsorship for awhile. The team and equipment, along with most personnel was aquired by Harley Cluxton and his USA based Grand Touring Cars. They brought both GR8's back to Le Mans in 1976. Even though this car lost its rear bodywork with 15 minutes left, a hasty repair preserved a second place finish for Jean-Louis Lafosse and Francois Migault.
Model by IXO 1/43
1975 Gulf-Mirage GR8: Harley Cluxton's Grand Touring Cars entered the GR8 (Ch. #802) again at Le Mans in 1977. This time powered by a 2.0L Renault turbo V6, with primary sponsorship from Elf Lubricants, and Renault Sport. Vern Schupan and Jean-Pierre Jarrier brought the car home in second place, the third straight podium finish for this chassis at Le Mans. The team was managed by John Horsman and received the counsel of John Wyer, who had sold the team to Cluxton in 1976. The Renault engine used in the GR8 was the same used in the Renault-Alpine 442 and produced just under 500 bhp.
Model by IXO 1/43

1973 Lancia Stratos HF: Sandro Munari and Manucci were winners of the 1973 Tour de France. Using a 2418 cc, 65° dohc V6 Ferrari engine, producing 280 hp, the Stratos was a dominant rally car in the 70's. Lancia won the 1974, 1975 and 1976 championship titles, including the 1975-77 Monte Carlo rallys.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1975 Lacia Stratos HF Turbo: The Lancia Stratos was a dominant force in world rallying in the 1970'sand started a new era of purpose built rally cars. Some Stratos were entered in road course competition, but were never as competitive as they were in the rally world, although a Stratos won the 1974 Targa Florio. Lacia built two turbocharged Stratos for Group 5 competition. Powered by a 2.4L Ferrari Dino V6 engine producing 560 hp,with a single KKK Turbocharger, Christine Dacremont & Marianne Hoepfner drove this car at Le Mans in 1977. They retired, classified 47th due to engine failure.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1977 Lancia Stratos: The 43rd Rallye Automobile de Monte Carlo was held in January 1977 as the opening round of the World Rally Championship. Departing from Rome, Sandro Munari and co-driver Silvio Maiga brought their Stratos 1977 RAC Champion home in first position. It was the third consecutive Monte Carlo Rally win for Munari, who the previous year had helped Lancia obtain their third consecutive World Rally Championship. For 1977, the corporate emphasis was placed on the Fiat 131 Abarth in World Rally competition. Still, Munari scored enough points to win the inaugural FIA Cup for Rally Drivers.
Model by ALTAYA (modified) 1/43
1974 AVS Shadow DN4: In 1970 Don Nichols founded Advanced Vehicle Systems(AVS) and began producing the cars known as Shadows. The cars were designed to limit areodynamic drag and be powered by some of the most powerful engines avaialble. Their distinctive black UOP sponsored livery were popular additions to the McLarens and Porsches which dominated the Can-Am grids in the early 70's. In 1974, the DN4 was introduced with Jackie Oliver and George Follmer as team drivers. Powered by a Keith Black prepared 8.7L aluminum block Chevrolet V*, producing 900hp, Oliver won the final Can-Am Championship in 1974. This is Follmers car from that season. He had two second place finishes behind Oliver.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1974 Chevrolet Corvette C3: John Greenwood entered the "Spirit of Sebring' in the Daytona 24 Hours in 1975, with co-drivers Vince Muzin and Carl Shafer. This was the first time Daytona was part of the IMSA series schedule. Greenwood put the car on pole and ran up front during the early stages of the race, but overheating problems ended their race. The car was run during part of the 1974 IMSA series, and finished 1st with Greenwood at the Daytona Finale in '74. The car was entered again at Sebring in 1975, qualified well, but was retired due to an accident. It was driven that race with legendary Corvette racer Dick Thompson as co-driver. It was contested for some of the remaining 1975 IMSA races.
Model by TSM MODEL 1/43
1976 Chevrolet/Greenwood Corvette: I remember John Greenwood running his fast Corvettes in IMSA in the mid-70's to early 80's. The Spirit of Le Mans was the meanest, widest and noisiest competition Corvette ever built. Greenwood was paid by the organizers to bring his widebody Corvette to Le Mans in 1976. Having wrecked his at Sebring, Greenwood modified customer Rick Mancuso's car (Ch. #CC007) and produced this 700 hp 7.0L V8 powered monster Corvette. The body styling came from Chevrolet design to provide downforce on the Mulsanne Straight were the car did ober 220 mph! Driven by Greenwood and Bernard Parniche, the car started 9th, but failed to finish due to a split fuel cell. Mancuso raced the car at Daytona and Sebring, as well as during the 1977 IMSA season, which is when I saw it run.
Model by BIZARRE 1/43
1977 Inaltera LM GTP: Jean Rondeau made the bold decision to put a Cosworth DFV engine in the new Group 6 GTP car he had designed for its power and reliability. This cost him French auto industry financial backing, but he found sponsorship support from Inaltera, a paper company. Rondeau completed three cars in his small shop outside Le Mans and at Le Mans in 1976, while not competitive with the turbochgarged cars, Inaltera's finished first in the GTP class. In 1977, Rondeau and Jean Ragnotti drove this car to 4th place overall and first in class. Inaltera was disbanded, but Rondeau would go on to build a LKe Mans winning car.
Model by Altaya/IXO 1/43
1977 Inaltera LM GTP: Jean Rondeau set his sights on Le Mans and chose to power his new race car with the 3.0L Ford-Cosworth DFV engines for greater horsepower (415bhp) over French engines. For this, most French companies turned their backs on him, with the exception of the wallpaper maker Inaltera. For their sponsorship and support, Rondeau named the cars for them. This car is the second of three built and was first driven at Le Mans in 1976 with Jean-Piere Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo finishing 8th overall and 1st in the GTP class. For Le Mans in 1977 as seen here, Beltoise partnered with Al Holbert and they finished 13th overall, 5th in class. Inaltera was sold in 1977, the team disbanded and the cars sold to a Swiss owner who ran them again in 1978. This car again finishing 13th overall and 2nd in class.
Model by Bizarre

1978 Alpine Renault A442B (LE MANS WINNER - 1978): Recovering from the prior's year's disappointment, the third time was a charm for the Alpine-Renault team at Le Mans, winning with Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at the wheel. The A442B was a continuation of the cars which ran at Le Mans the preceeding two years. Powered by the 2.0L V6 Renault-Gordini turbocharged engine, the car produced over 500 bhp. In full qualifying trim it achieved a top speed of 236 mph on the Mulsanne straight, making it the fastest car ever produced by Renault.This car (Ch. #4423) was run the prior to years at Le Mans, but failed to finish. With the 1978 win, the third time truly was the charm!
Model by SPARK 1/43
1978 Toyota Celica: Entered into the 1978 Acropolis Rally, a rally held on very dusty, rough and rocky mountain roads around Athens during the Greek hot summer period, Toyota sponsored this Greek entry driven by Evangelos Gallo and co-driver Andreas Arkentis. Due to the nature of the rally, with a mix of rough, twisty mountain stages and coupled with blistering heat and choking dust, the Acropolis Rally is one of the toughest on the world rally circuit. This car finished 8th overall and 1st in class.
Model by SOLIDO 1/43
1979 Ford Capri Turbo Gr. 5: Based on the production Capril Mark III and powered by a 1.4L inline four cylinder engine based on the Cosworth BDA twin-turbo engine, the Capri Turbo was built by Zakspeed to compete in Group 5 events. The cars were built around a tubular chassis and had Kevlar body panels. This car (Chassis #ZAK Gr. 5 00279) began life as a Zakspeed team car in Division II of the 1979 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM) series, where it was driven with success by Klaus Ludwig & Harald Ertl. In 1981it was sold to Jürgen Hamelmann who campaigned the car in 1981 and had 5 podium finishes and 9 races placing in the top 5.
Model by QUARTZO 1/43
1979 Triumph TR8:  In 1979 British Leyland backed the Group 44 team in its development and racing program with the Triumph TR8. Bob Tullius realized the potential of the lightweight, aerodynamic V8 powered TR8 and proved that it was a race winner. In its debut race at the Watkins Glen 6 Hour the TR8 dominated the class against the Corvettes and Camaros and finished 1st in class and 7th overall. It was so successful in SCCA competition that the SCCA continued to give the TR8 added weight penalties. Tullius took the TR8 to the IMSA series where it finished 1st in class and 6th overall at the Sebring 12 Hours. The TR8 continued to dominate the GTO class over the Chevrolet Corvettes and Porsche RSR’s placing second in the IMSA GTO championship. The British Leyland factory backed Group 44 team is one of the most recognizable in motorsports having gone on to race in the GTP category with the Jaguar powered GTP cars. The Triumph TR8 was one of the most successful SCCA and IMSA production based racing cars built. With 8 class wins in the 1979-1980 seasons and second place in the 1980 IMSA GTO points championship.
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