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.

DATSUN/NISSAN RACING SPORTS & GT CARS:

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

1986 Nissan GTP ZX-T: Using a Lola T810 chassis, Electramotive Engineering developed the GTP ZX-T for Nissan to compete in the IMSA GT Championship. The GTP ZX-T was named due to its shared engine with the production Nissan 300ZX, a turbocharged 3.0L V6. The GTP ZX Turbo engine was highly modified for racing. 1986 was a development season for the team, with the car showing signs of the competitive form it would take on in subsequent seasons. Tony Adamowicz, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Don Devendorf drove this car (#T710-3) at the inaugural race for the GTP ZX-T at the Lowenbrau GP of Miami in 1986 and finished 10th. It was raceed through the 1990 season, winning the Miami race in 1987.
Model by TRUESCALE 1/43
1988 Nissan R88C: Using a March designed body work and aluminium chassis, Nissan developed a new engine for its Group C car in 1988. Using a 750 bhp twin-turbo V8,the new R88C was better than the previous R87E, but still off the pace of the Jaguars and Porsches which dominated Group C. For Le Mans in 1988, Nissan entered this car driven by our friend Mike Wilds, Win Percy and Allan Grice. They finished in 14th position overall.
Model by EBBRO 1/43
1994 Nissan 300ZX (Le Mans 1994): Coming off outright wins against the prototypes at both Daytona and Sebring, Cunningham Racing hoped to vie for an outright win at Le Mans in 1974. However, they had overestimated the amount of downforce needed and their cars had too much drag, only managing a top speed of 184 mph. Not enough top-end speed to keep up with the prototypes on the Mulsanne Straight. Powered by a 3.0L DOHC V6 that produced 700 bhp, the two Cunningham entered cars were capable, just not fast enough at Le Mans. This was the driven by Paul Gentilozzi to the win at Daytona, who was joined with Eric van der Poole and Shunji Kasuya at Le Mans. A fire during morning warm-up led to ignition system failure during the 4th hour. Its sister car, despite drive belt failure, finished 5th overall and took the class win.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1998 Nissan R390 GT1 (Astec-TWR): Satoshi Motoyama, Takuyo Kurosawa and Masami Kageyama brought the Nissa Motorsports entry home in 10th place, 9th in class at Le Mans in 1998. Nissan had four of their GT1 class cars place in the top ten at Le Mans that year. Powered by a 3.5L VRH35L twin turbo DOHC V8, producing 641 bhp. The car's styling group was led by Ian Callum, and the mechanical and aerodynamic design led by Tony Southgate, both of Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR).
Model by VITESSE 1/43

2011 Oreca 03-Nissan: French team Signature Racing obtained one of the five Oreca 03's built in 2011 and combined forces with Nissan to create Signatech Racing. They campaigned this car together in the FIA World Endurance Championship and at Le Mans. Powered by a Nissan 4.5L V8 producing a regulated 460bhp, the carbon fibre monocoque car proved to be competitive from the beginning. At Le Mans in 2011, the team drivers Franck Mailleux, Lucas Ordonel and Soheil Ayari placed 9th overall and second in the LMP2 class. Signatech campaigned the car again in 2012, finishing 10th overall at Le Mans and 4th in class. In 2013, Signature combined with Alpine and this car was rechristened as an Alpine A450 in homage to the great Alpine Le Mans cars of the early 70's. Used primarily as a second team car, Signatech-Alpine entered the cars once more at Le Mans in 2015. Unfortunately during the sixth hour, it was crashed at Mulsanne Corner and effectively ended the cars racing life. Le Mans 2011 was the team's best finish.
Model by SPARK 1/43
2013 Oreca 03R-Nissan: In 2013 Oreca made a ĎLe Mans kití available to their customers which took advantage of new regulations and the evolution in aerodynamics, to modify the 03ís front and rear bodywork. Modified cars were designated as 03Rís. Murphy Prototypes is a Dublin based team started by ex-racer Greg Murphy in 2012. Campaigning the Oreca in the European Le Mans series in 2013, they finished 4th overall in the LMP2 class and had a strong performance at Le Mans, finishing 12th overall and 6th in class. The car upgraded to 03R specs raced at Le Mans again in 2014 as seen here. Nathan Berthen, Rodolfo Gonzalez and ex-F1 driver Karun Chandhok qualified the car in 15th position. Unfortunately, on lap 73 in heavy rain they were crashed out of the race by another LMP2 competitor. At Le Mans in 2015 with Chandhok and Berthan driving, they took the car to 13th overall and 5th in class. The car ultimately raced at Le Mans five times and five seasons in ELMS. Murphy put the car up for sale at the end of the 2017 race season.
Model by SPARK 1/43



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THE SIGNATURE PROJECT & RACING DIORAMAS

RACING SUPPORT VEHICLES, TRANSPORTERS & OTHER TRUCKS

JAGUAR RACING CARS:
1950's
1960 - 1979
1980 - 1989
1990's - Present

JAGUAR AT LE MANS

JAGUAR AUTOMOBILIA

JAGUAR PRODUCTION CARS:
PRE-WAR to 1959
1960 to 1968
1969-1987
1988 - Present

JAGUAR CONCEPT CARS

EACH JAGUAR MODEL FROM 1935 IN PRODUCTION ORDER

FERRARI RACING CARS:
1949 - 1959
1960 - 1969
1970 - 1979
1980 - Current

FERRARI FORMULA ONE

FERRARI PRODUCTION CARS

PORSCHE RACING & PRODUCTION CARS:
PORSCHE RACING 1950's & 60's
PORSCHE RACING 1970's
PORSCHE RACING 1980's
PORSCHE RACING 1990 - Current

PORSCHE PRODUCTION CARS

FORMULA 1, GRAND PRIX, INDY:
1900 - 1959
1960 - 1969
1970 - 1979
1980 - PRESENT

THE TRIPLE CROWN OF ENDURANCE RACES:
THE 24 HOURS of LE MANS 1923-2019
THE 12 Hours of SEBRING WINNERS
THE 24 HOURS of DAYTONA WINNERS

GREAT AUTOMOTIVE MAKES:
ABARTH
ALFA ROMEO
ASTON MARTIN
AUDI
AUSTIN HEALEY & HEALEY
BMW
CHAPARRAL
CHEVROLET POWER
DATSUN/NISSAN
FORD POWER - GT40's, MUSTANGS, MIRAGE & MORE
LANCIA
LOLA SPORTS CARS
LOTUS
McLAREN
MASERATI
MERCEDES BENZ
MG CARS
SHELBY'S COBRAS, DAYTONAS, FORD GT40's & MUSTANGS
TOYOTA
TRIUMPH

RACING, RALLYE, SPORTS, GT & CLASSIC CARS
RACING SPORTS, GT & PROTOTYPE CARS 1945 to 1959
RACING SPORTS, GT & PROTOTYPE CARS 1960 to 1969
RACING SPORTS, GT & PROTOTYPE CARS 1970 to 1979
RACING SPORTS, GT & PROTOTYPE CARS 1980 to Current
LAND SPEED RECORD CARS
SPORTS. GT & TOURING CARS
VETERAN, CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST CARS

DRIVER TRIBUTES:
THE OLD IRISH RACING HALL OF FAME
JUAN MANUEL FANGIO TRIBUTE
STIRLING MOSS TRIBUTE
DAN GURNEY TRIBUTE
JIM CLARK TRIBUTE
WORLD DRIVER & CONSTRUCTORS CHAMPIONS 1950 - 1985

GREAT RACING TEAMS:
BRUMOS RACING TEAM
CUNNINGHAM RACING TEAM
ECURIE ECOSSE
GROUP 44, Inc.
MARTINI RACING TEAM
NORTH AMERICAN RACING TEAM (N.A.R.T.)

GREAT NORTH AMERICAN RACING SERIES: (Under Development)
USRRC 1963 to 1968
CAN-AM SERIES 1966 - 1974
IMSA SERIES 1971 - 1998
TRANS-AM SERIES 1966 - 2013

OLD IRISH AIR FORCE:
HISTORIC AIRCRAFT

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