RACING TRANSPORTERS, SUPPORT VEHICLES AND OTHER TRUCKS PT. 1

The unsung heroes of many racing teams has been the support vehicles and transporters which haul gear, crew and cars to and from racing venues. They have been a simple as single axle open trailers towed behind old pickup trucks, to ulti-axle semi trailers which double as mobile workshops, crew quarters and lounges. Presented here is our collection ofthe vehicles that make the racing possible, listed by major teams/makes.

ABARTH

1966 OM Tigre: The Tigre is a large, heavy truck produced by Officine Mechaniche (OM) from 1958 to 1972. Its 6.9L four cyl. Diesel engine produced 105 hp and could transport up to 7.5 tons. It was used extensively by Abarth to transport race vehicles throughout Europe in the late 60s & 1970s.
Model by BARNINI 1/43
1966 OM Tigre: Abarth was the Division 1 ETCC Champions in 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1969. In 1966 they won the Championship with the Fiat-Abarth 1000 TC Corsa. Here is the team from the 1966 Monza 4 Hour race where they finished 1,2,3.

Abarth Team at Monza 1966: Abarth employed two transporters, the OM Tigre and a OM Leoncino (Lion Cub), which looked almost identical, but smaller. Here are both transporters together at Monza with some of the other Abarth support vehicles.

1966 OM Tigre: Valerio Barnini made handbuilt models and kits of those models, retiring from the business in 2005. Denis Carrara who had learned his model making skills under Umberto Codolo, bought the business and continued making Barnini models under his name. This is his version of the Abarth OM Tigre.
Model by CARRARA MODELS 1/43
1966 Fiat 1100 T2:The T2 was introduced in 1959 to suceed the T1. It featured a larger 1.2L four-cylinder engine, which gve the small truck a top speed of 60 mph. The open bed version of the T2 was sold alongside van and minibus versions.
Model by CARRARA MODELS 1/43
1970 Fiat 238: Introduced in 1967 as the successor to the Fiat 1100T, the 238 was powered by either a 1.2L petrol, or 1.4L diesel engine and was front wheen drive. Both engine variants produced around 45 hp.
Model by RIO 1/43
1960 Fiat 615N: Abarth used several small trucks such as this Fiat to transport their small cars and parts to race tracks across Europe. The 615N produced between 1951-1965 was a popular small duty truck powered by a 1.9L diesel engine which could propel the truck to a top speed of 55 mph.
Model by EAGLEMOSS (modified) 1/43

1970 Fiat 241: The 241 was produced from 1965-1974 and was available in truck, van or a bare chassis. It could carry up to 1400 Kg (1 1/2 ton) and the 1.5L petrol or 1.9L diesel powered truck was rear wheel drive, with its engine mid-cabin, which seated two.
Model by RIO 1/43

1957 1900 Berlina TI: Alfa Romeo built the 1900 in two (Sprint) and four door (Berlina) variants from 1950-1959. Powered by a 1.9L twin cam four-cylinder engine, the TI version of the 1900 had twin carburetors, larger valves and a higher compression ratio, producing 100 bhp. Alfa advertised these cars as "The Family Car That Wins Races", based on the success of these cars on the Targa Florio and international rally competition. This car placed first on the Geneva Rally in 1957, part of the European Rally Championship and was driven by Italians Leto Massimo and Lero Dore. The pair had also placed 6th on the Acropolis Rally that year.
Model by M4 1/43

ALFA ROMEO

1920 Fiat 18BL : Fiat produced the 18 BL as the first heavy truck to come from their Fiat Commercial Vehicles division between 1914 and 1921. These rugged trucks were larger and able to carry heavier payloads than their smaller stablemate, the Fiat 15 Ter. Favored by the military, the trucks could carry a 7.7 ton load (7,000 kilos) and were used by the Italian, British, French and Russian armies in WWI. Fiat produced over 20,000 of these trucks in both military and civilian versions, which saw use up to 1940.
Model by RIO 1/43
1920 Fiat 18BL : These tough trucks were propelled by a chain-driven 5.7L 4-cylinder engine producing 38hp. With a full load, they had a top speed of 15.5mph, which was adequate given the roads of the period and rough terrain they were utilized over. This civilian version wears Alfa Romeo livery, utilized as a race car hauler in the early to mid-1920's before Alfa Romeo produced their first truck in 1930.
Model by RIO 1/43
1936 Alfa Romeo 500: Scuderia Ferrari. The 500 series of 3 tonne trucks was made up to 1945, with the production during WWII going to the military. Prior to the outbreak of war, Scuderia Ferrari used at least three 500's as transport for grand prix and sports car racing support. Each truck could haul one car, spares, tools & fuel, powered by a six- cylinder, 75 HP diesel engine of 6.1L.
Model by EXOTO 1/43

1936 Alfa Romeo 500: Scuderia Ferrari - Alfa Romeo P2
Model by EXOTO 1/43
1936 Alfa Romeo 500: Scuderia Ferrari - Alfa Romeo P3
Model by EXOTO 1/43
1936 Alfa Romeo 500: As seen here, Scuderia Ferrari had three of the Alfa Romeo 500 transporters. Here they are loaded onto a ship for transport to the Vanderbuilt Cup races in New York in 1936. Alfa Romeo had entered three 12C-36's

1947 Alfa Romeo 500: For their first year of Formula One, Alfa used a second generation 500 (ex-military?) with its 6.1L, six-cylinder engine propelling the truck to a top speed of 50 mph. Alfa Corse would have run the cars for Alfa Romeo after WW2.
Model by EXOTO 1/43
1947 Alfa Romeo 500: : Room for two cars, or one car and all its spares.
Model by EXOTO 1/43
1947 Alfa Romeo 500: One of the transporters pre-1951. 1947 Alfa Romeo 500: In 1951, the transporters were painted red and featured the Alfa Romeo script on the side. Up until this time, the transporters were gray..

1951 Fiat 615 Series 1: Alfa Romeo used the versatile Fiat 615 as F1 course support in the early 1950's. Produced between 1951-53 the 615s like this one had a 1.4L petrol engine, which could properl the 1.5 ton truck to 50 mph at the sake of high fuel consumption. The 615 received a 1.9L diesel in 1952, which gave it an extra 6mph top speed, but better economy.
Model by IV-MODEL FACTORY 1/43
1951 Fiat 615 Series 1: Alberto Ascari looks on and thinks perhaps he should have driven for the shield and serpent like his father Antonio. While he would become World Champion with Ferrari after Alfa pulled out of F1 in 1952 & 53, he likely could have been Champion instead of runner up to Fangio, had he driven for the Milanese team in 1951. He did drive the 158 to victory in 1948.
Model by IV-MODEL FACTORY 1/43

1952 Alfa Romeo 900 Biscara: Ready to depart for Le Mans, 1953. The Alfa Romeo 900 Biscara is a heavy duty truck produced by Alfa from 1947 to 1954. Powered by a 9.5L six-cylinder diesel engine producing 128 hp. It is almost identical to the pre-war 800 it replaced, but with a larger engine for increased payload capacity. It was a popular heavy truck with long distance carriers, the military and even as the basis for bus bodies.
Model by GILA MODELLI 1/43
1953 Alfa Romeo 900 Biscara: The transporter used by Alfa Romeo was bodied by Bartoletti, noted for producing the Ferrari and Maserati transporters of the same era. Loading of the truck was accomplished by using ramps to the top deck. It could easily carry four race cars to Le Mans, as well as the teams spares, wheels, air cylinders, etc., although all were exposed to the elements, with no workshop for mechanics to use out of the weather.
Model by GILA MODELLI
1953 Alfa Romeo 900 Biscara
Model by GILA MODELLI
1953 Alfa Romeo 900 Biscara
Model by GILA MODELLI

1962 OM Leoncino Furgone: A typical light duty van which could have been used to haul racing spares, fuel, oil,tools, etc., or employed to haul materials to and from the factory. While Alfa may have used a van such as this, I think it was influenced by a more modern vintage race transporter.
ALTAYA (Modified)1/43

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super TI Colli Wagon: Sixteen Alfa Giulia Super sedans were converted to wagons by Carrozzeria Colli of Milan at the request of Alfa Romeo. Some such as this vehicle were used as race and rally support vehicles by Alfa Romeo in the period when new, as well as parts wagons for Alfa distributors in Europe. With a 1.6L four-cylinder twin cam engine using two Weber carbs and producing 97 hp, one can see this car chasing GTV's at rally events across the Alps, or in the pits at Monza or Spa providing service back-up for racing teams.
Model by PROGETTO K 1/43

ALFA ROMEO - AUTODELTA

1972 Alfa Romeo Mille - Autodelta: The Mille was the last heavy-duty truck produced by Alfa Romeo. Introduced in 1958, the line continued until 1964. Powered by a 11.1L straight six-cylinder diesel engine, the forward control 8-ton truck was offered in a variety of configurations. This is a truck I dreamed up as an Autodelta racing support vehicle from the early 1970s. I hope to pair it some day with a model of the Autodelta transporter from that era.
Model by DeAGOSTINI (modified) 1/43
1972 Alfa Romeo Mille - Autodelta
Model by DeAGOSTINI (modified) 1/43

ALFA ROMEO - BRABHAM

1976 Volvo F88 Transporter - Brabham: The transporter used by the Brabham-Alfa Romeo team in the 1976-77 F1 seasons. The Bernie Eccelstone owned Brabham team used Alfa Romeo power through the 1979 season, the team sponsored by Martini.
Model by IXO 1/43

1993 IVECO EuroTech Transporter - Alfa Romeo: .Voted the 1993 International Truck of the Year, the EuroTech was a heavy duty truck for long-distance hauling built between 1992 and 2002. It came in three cab configurations, with six engine options. The most common engine however was the 13.8L six-cylinder turbo diesel engine, which produced 420 hp.
1993 IVECO EuroTech Transporter - Alfa Romeo: Alfa Romeo was a strong contender in both the ITM and DTM in the mid-1990's. With Martini sponsorship, they used a transporter very similar to this to haul race cars and equipment across the continent.
Model by LOUIS SURBER 1/43

ALFA ROMEO - SCUDERIA SANT AMBROEUS & FILIPINETTi

1960 OM Leoncino - Scuderia St. Ambroeus: The OM Leoncino was a medium duty truck (3 to 8 tons) manufactured from 1950 to 1968. This is a first series truck which were made until 1963, and differs from the later series by its divided windshield and smaller 3.8L diesel engine (54 HP). The Leoncino had an advanced cab design for its time, giving the river greater visibility from is COE position.
Model by IV-MODEL 1/43
1960 OM Leoncino - Scuderia St. Ambroeus: This truck was used by the Italian racing team Scuderia Sant Ambroeus (named for the patron saint of Milan.) Founded in Milan in 1951, the Scuderia had some of Italy's best drivers and cars represent the team at international racing events until the late 1960's. Giampiero Biscaldi and Sergio Pedretti drove the teams Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ at Le Mans in 1963. They were disqualified for taking on oil too early.
Model by IV-MODEL 1/43
Land Rover Series 1 & Alfa Romeo Van:
Model by SPARK & RIO 1/43

BMW MOTORSPORTS

1968 Mercedes Benz 0317 Transporter: The first of three transporters made for Porsche in 1967, this transporter (S-YZ32) was sold to BMW in 1972 and used by BMW Motorsports until 1981. It was then sold to Helmut Marko who used it when he campaigned his BMW M1. It is believed to have been scrapped sometime in the 1980's.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1970 Mercedes Benz LP608:
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXs 1/43

CUNNINGHAM

1953 International Transporter: This truck and trailer outfit made several trips across the Atlantic to support Cunningham cars at Le Mans, including here in 1955.
Model by NEW RAY (Modified) 1/43
1950 Dodge Workshop Van: Accompanying the team to many races was this converted Dodge Route Van which was converted into a mobile workshop, for welding fabrication, etc.
Model by Matchbox (Modified) 1/43
1953 Mack Transporter: A larger version of the Cunningham transporter in a larger scale for our slot track, a Mack is used because no International in this scale is available.
Model by FIRST GEAR (Modified)1/35
1953 International Transporter: Used well into the 1960's, its last trip to Le Mans would have been in 1963 to support the Cunningham Jaguar E-Types.
Model by NEW RAY (Modified) 1/43

ECURIE ECOSSE

1960 Commer-Alexander TS3 Transporter: The iconic Ecurie Ecosse transporter in its famous flag blue and the toy that imortalized the transporter.
Model by CORGI 1/43
1960 Commer-Alexander TS3 Transporter: Powered by a supercharged 3.2L three-cylinder diesel engine, the transporter bodied by Alexander's produced 90 bhp.
1960 Commer-Alexander TS3 Transporter: Along too late to carry the team's famous D-Types, Ecurie Ecosse used the transporter all over Europe including Le Mans with the Tojero-Jaguar and Cooper T57.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1960 Commer-Alexander TS3 Transporter: Invariably, Jaguar's appear on the transporter as would have been seen after it Lynx restoration at historic racing venues such as Goodwood.
CMR 1/18

1960 Commer-Alexander TS3 Transporter
Model by CMR 1/18
1960 Commer-Alexander TS3 Transporter
Model by SMTSR 1/43
1960 Commer-Alexander TS3 Transporter
Model by CMR 1/18
1960 Commer-Alexander TS3 Transporter
Model by CMR 1/18

SCUDERIA FERRARI & PRIVATEERS

1950 Alfa Romeo 800 Biscara: Used by Ferrari for F1 and sports car racing 1950-1953.
Model by TRON 1/43
1950 Alfa Romeo 800 Biscara
Model by TRON 1/43
1957 Fiat 642/RN2 Bartoletti: Used by Ferrari from 1957 to 1970 for F1 and Sports Car Raceing Support. Probably the most iconic Ferrari transporter.
Model by CMG 1/18
Le Mans 1963: Both the 642/RN2 and 682 N2 in service at Le Mans in 1963.
Model by OLD CARS 1/43

1952 Fiat 642 Biscara: The 642N Biscara was a medium duty truck produced by Fiat from 1952-1963. These trucks had a 6.6L diesel six-cylinder engine, which allowed Ferrari to haul a couple of cars and gear to races across Europe.
Model by TRON 1/43
1952 Fiat 642 Biscara
Model by TRON 1/43
1952 Fiat 642 Biscara: Ferrari used these transporters from 1952-1956, eventually being replaced by the larger Bartoletti. They retained their two-tone gray color scheme, the tire supplier of the day the only difference in their appearance.
Model by TRON 1/43
1952 Fiat 642 Biscara
Model by TRON 1/43

1959 Fiat 615N: Ferrari used an open flat bed truck to haul spare motors, transmissions and other crated parts to races such as the Targa Florio in the mid-60's, while the big transporters carried the cars, body spares and wheels and tires. The Fiat 615N is a light truck made from 1955 to 1965. It was powered by a 1.9L fuel-injected diesel engine that allowed it to produce a top speed of 55 mph and carry a payload of just over 6000 lbs.
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43
1959 Fiat 615N: Most commonly was produced as a flatbed, with the ability to have a custom body fitted as needed. The engine of the 615N was derived from Fiat's 1.9L petrol engine and some trucks received this engine, which while powerful, was a fuel guzzler. The OM Fiat Lupetto used by Ferrari for hauling spares to races, was a medium truck with a slightly longer bed for a larger payload and a more squared off cabin.
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43
1959 Fiat 615N:
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43

1960 Fiat 682 N2 Biscara: An open transporter used by Ferrari into the 1970's.
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43
1960 Fiat 682 N2 Biscara: Le Mans 1961.
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43
1960 Fiat 682 N2 Biscara: Le Mans 1961.
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43
1960 Fiat 682 N2 Biscara: Le Mans 1962.
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43

1959 Fiat 682/RN2 Bartoletti: Ferrari had two older Bartoletti transporters in which to convey their race cars across Europe and added this faster 10.7L, six-cylinder transporter to their stable..
Model by OLD CARS 1/43
1961 Fiat 690 TI: This heavy transport would also have been used to transport raw and finished components to/from the factory.
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43
1964 Fiat Bartoletti Tipo 306/2 (Type II): Originally the 1956 Maserati transporter, this transporter used by by Carrol Shelby and Alan Mann in its new configuration, having been bought from Lance Reventhlow Scarab F1 team in 1963. Shelby had the a third axle and revised bodywork done for 1964.
Model by OLD CARS 1/43
1964 Fiat Bartoletti Tipo 306/2 (Type II): David Piper owned the transporter and painted it green before he sold it to Steve McQueen's Sola Productions for the movie Le Mans. Its last painted livery for the movie was this Ferrari livery. It was then used by the Mirage team before retirement.
Model by EXOTO 1/43

1968 OM 150: Officine Meccaniche (OM) has its roots back in 1899 when it started to manufacture rail cars. While it started making road cars earlier, OM started its truck and bus business in 1925. The company was purchased by Fiat in 1938 and was absorbed fully into the parent company in 1968, the brand disappearing in 1975. In 1967, OM introduced the 150 Series, which replaced the Tigrotto and Tigre models of trucks. It used the OM designed cab and continued into production until 1970.
Model by TRON 1/43
1968 OM 150: Powered by a 8.0L six-cylinder diesel, the OM 150 used its 186 HP to propel itself to a top speed of 50 mph (80 kph). Ferrari employed the OM 150 to haul its F1 and sports prototypes to races around Europe, but by slowly gave way in favor to the enclosed Fiat 642 van transporters in the early 70's.
Model by TRON 1/43
1968 OM 150 (Ferrari F1 - 1968): 1969 Le Mans:

1965 Alfa Romeo Guilia TI Super Colli Wagon - Ferrari: The Giulia TI Super was a low production road going sports racer that Alfa Romeo built in the mid-1960s for homologation for European touring car racing.
Model by PROGETTO K (modified) 1/43
1965 Alfa Romeo Guilia TI Super Colli Wagon - Ferrari: In 1965, the Milan coachbuilding firm of Colli built sixteen station wagons, or sports wagons based on the TI Super. These high performance wagons were equipped with the same 1.5L twin-cam four-cylinder engine as the Ti Super and the 110 HP engine could produce a top speed of 115 MPH. Ferrari used one of these sport wagons for race assistance and would have been a high speed way for crew and drivers to be transported to racing venues when not hauling race spares.
Model by PROGETTO K (modified) 1/43

1968 Fiat Bartoletti Tipo 642-R2: Used by the team through the 1970's this enclosed van gave mechanics a place to work out of the elements..
Model by OLD CARS 1/43
1968 Fiat Bartoletti Tipo 642-R2:
Model by OLD CARS 1/43
1973 Fiat 238 Van:
Model by RIO 1/43
1971 Ford 'C' Type: Georg Loos was a privateer that camapigned cars under GELO Racing, including Le Mans with this 512S in 1970. GELO actually used a Mercedes box transporter similar, but not this Ford./font>Model by EXOTO 1/43

1973 Fiat 238 Van:
Model by RIO 1/43
1973 Fiat 238 Van:
Model by RIO 1/43

1970 Fiat 619 N1 : N.A.R.T. did not own a transporter, but did have a semi-trailer for hauling tools, fuel, spares to race venues in N. America. This is a fantasy creation on that trailer.
Model by OLD IRISH RACING 1/43

1962 OM Leoncino: A flat bed truck used by Scuderia San Marco to transport their 250 GTO to the Targa Florio in 1963.
Model by IV Model 1/43
1962 OM Leoncino: Seems unimaginable now to transport a car worth millions this way!
Model by IV Model 1/43
1963 Fiat 643N: Le Mans 1967. Fiat produced the 643N medium-heavy duty truck from 1963 to 1970, when it was replaced by the newer 673. The 643 was the last Fiat truck to have the "baffo" cabin with its famous trademark "moustaches" before Fiat opted for a more contemporary square "Americanized" cabin. Powered by a 9.2L straight-six diesel engine, the 643N had a maximum horsepower output of 160hp through a 5-speed transmission and two-speed rear axle. It came in different configurations and was popular as a race transporter. Three-axle versions featured rear axle steering.
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43
: Bacicchi was a private Italian carrier, whose Fiat 662N was a common site around European race tracks. This transporter was often seen carrying the cars of privateer teams like N.A.R.T. and Scuderia Fillipinetti and others, directly from the Ferrari factory where they prepared to races such as Le Mans and back. This saved small teams the expense of owning and maintaining their own transporter, or the costs of shipping one from the UK to Europe.

1973 IVECO Fiat 125 Turbo Daily: A medium weight support van used by the Ferrari factory and race teams for race support in the early 1970's.
Model by 1st MODELS 1/43
1976 Fiat 170 NT33: Transporting the World Championship winning F1 cars, a modern race transporter joined the Ferrari fleet.
Model by OLD CARS 1/43
1976 Fiat 170 NT33:
Model by OLD CARS 1/43

1993 IVECO EuroTech 4500: Voted International Truck of the Year in 1994, the IVECO EuroTech 4500 wasthe top of the line of the IVECO range of redesigned heavy trucks in the early 1990's. There were seven different engine options, including a 13.8L diesel engine which would have been more than sufficient to haul this transporter, gear and cars across the Continent. Used by Ferrari at the start of their resurgence in F1 and at the beginning of the Michael Schumacher era.
Model by LOUIS SURBER 1/43

1995 IVECO Eurostar 440E:
Model by LOUIS SUBER/EGIOR 1/43
1980 Fiat 619 N & IVECO Trailer (2011):
Model by IXO/NEW RAY 1/43

2000 IVECO LD Eurostar :
Model by OLD CARS 1/43
2005 IVECO Stralis 540: Transporting the World Championship winning cars and spares of Michael Schumacher.
Model by NEW RAY 1/43
2006 IVECO Stralis 540:
Model by NEW RAY (Modified)1/43
2018 RAM Promaster 2500: Based on a photo of their transporter, I made this support vehicle for AF Corse.
Model by GREENLIGHT 1/43

MARANELLO CONCESSIONAIRES

1963 Ford Thames Trader - Maranello Concessionaires: Maranello Concessionaires became the distributor for Ferrari in the UK in 1960 and has continued to do so to this day, although now operating as Ferrari UK. The Tower Garage which was headquarters to the business for many years still operates as Maranello Spares. Col. Ronnie Hoare approached Ferrari after the death of his friend and contemporary Mike Hawthorn, who Ferrari had given the Ferrari distribution rights. Hoare was keen on endurance racing and from 1960-1967, his Ferrari's always had distinctive blue stripes and noses occupied the grids of every major European and British race of note including Le Mans.
Model by ABC BRIANZA 1/43
1963 Ford Thames Trader - Maranello Concessionaires: Maranello Concessionaires acquired this 5-ton Ford Thames Trader in 1963 to serve as the race team transporter. It was built by Brooke Motor Bodies and had a 6-cylinder diesel engine, with a two-speed rear axle, which allowed higher speed running. The transporter carried one car and a crew of three and race spares. It carried a 68-gallon petrol tank to ensure fuel for the race car was available at every track. Loading the cars was done with 15' alloy and fiberglass ramps and an electric winch if needed. Ford built the Thames Trader from 1957-1965 and was the first heavy commercial truck designed by Ford of Britain.
Model by ABC BRIANZA 1/43

1965 Ford "C" Series - Maranello Concessionaires: Another 'version' of the Ford Thames Trader cab & chassis that was used by Maranello Concessionaires, usine an American Ford C-Series truck cab and chassis. This is not an actual truck used by the team, but instead a way for the manufacturer to fully utilize their diecast molds and this cab, chassis and body were used on several transporters. High quality, but pure fantasy!
Model by Exoto 1/43

SCUDERIA FILIPINETTI

1963 OM Leoncino Furgone: A typical light duty van which would haul racing spares, fuel, oil,, tools, etc.
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43
1963 OM Leoncino Furgone:
Model by Altaya (modified) 1/43
1965 Alfa Romeo Romeo 2: Parts and spares van for Scuderia Filipinetti over sevral years.
Model by M4 (modified) 1/43
1964 Land Rover Series 1: Scuderia Filipinetti used this Series 1 Landy in conjunction with their racing activities to carry tires, crew and other spares.
Model by TSM 1/43

1952 Panhard K164 Movic: Scuderia Filipinetti operated a pair of Leyland 90 transporters in the mid-sixites. I have attempted to recreate one of these transporters here, but for the time being until a suitable replacement is found, a Panhard Movic truck serves the purpose.
Model by IXO (modified) 1/43
1967 Le Mans: 1967 Le Mans recreated.: 1965 Le Mans:

Fiat 238 Van - Scuderia Filipinetti/b>:
Model by RIO (modified) 1/43
Fiat 238 Van - Scuderia Filipinetti/b>:
Model by ALTAYA (modified) 1/43
Alfa Romeo Romeo 2 Van - Scuderia Filipinetti/b>:
Model by M4 (modified) 1/43

CH POZZI

1968 Fiat 238 Van: Used by Ch Pozzzi, a noted Ferrari privateer over sevral years as a race support vehicle.
Model by RIO 1/43
Ch Pozzi Le Mans 1972:
1970 IVECO Fiat OM55 Unic Van 2: Parts and spares van for CH Pozzi at Le Mans over sevral years.
Model by TRON 1/43
Ch Pozzi:

GROUP 44 RACING

1964 Group 44 International Harvester DC0-405: Group 44 raced a variety of cars in SCCA Group and Trans Am racing in the mid-1960's. MG's, Triumph, Dodge, Lotus-Cortina and Jaguar were all hauled in this transporter.
Model by NEW RAY (modified) 1/43
1964 Group 44 International Harvester DCO-405: Wherever they went, Group 44 cars looked sharp and immaculate. One of the first teams to use a full size transporter, friend Steve Knoll drove the first Group 44 transporter.
Model by NEW RAY (modified) 1/43
1975 Group 44 International Transtar CO4070: By the mid-1970-s, Group 44's primary focus was on Jaguar and they obtained a new transporter to capitalize of Jaguar sponsorship. From Trans Am to IMSA, the white and green striped cars were fast!
Model by NEW RAY (modified) 1/43
1975 Group 44 International Transtar CO4070: IMSA and Le Mans in the mid-1980's and the team had hit the big time! I remember being in awe of the cars and transporter when the team made its annual stop in Portland.
Model by NEW RAY (modified) 1/43

JAGUAR

1975 Scania LBS 140: Broadspeed developed and raced the Jaguar XJC with British Leyland sponsorship. Its likely the real transporter would have been a Leyland heavy truck.
Model by New Ray (modified)1/43
1975 Scania LBS 140: Lack of money for development led to promising but disappointing reults in 1976-77. BL pulled the plug for 1978 as the XJC as no longer in production.
Model by New Ray (modified)1/43

1983 Volvo F10: The TWR Castrol Jaguar team used a Volvo tractor to haul the Jaguar XKR-9 race cars in 1988-89 for IMSA events in the USA.
Model by IXO/NEW RAY (modified)
1983 Volvo F10!: This model is a prototype for making decals for a TWR Castrol transporter in this scale.
Model by IXO/NEW RAY (modified)


1987 MAN F90: The TWR Silk Cut Jaguar team ucampaigned Jaguar prototypes in Group C of the World Sportscar Championship, winning in 1987, 1988 & 1990.
Model by IXO/NEW RAY (modified)
The TWR Jaguar Team in 1988: The F90 was a heavy-duty truck produced by MAN truck and Bus Co. from 1986-1994 and was offered in a variety of configurations up to 48-tons and turbo-charged diesel engine options from 290-420 HP. It won International Truck of the Year honors in 1987. This image reflects how complex team race support has become.
1987 MAN F90: Jaguar won at Le Mans in 1988 and 1990, having come close in 1989. It took a lot of gear to suport up to six cars per outing at La Sarthe.
Model by IXO/NEW RAY (modified)
: Two full transporters and other support vehicles would show up for each European race. Here, the transporter is decked out in iconic Silk Cut livery.
Model by NEW RAY (modified)

2000 Volvo FH12: Under Ford ownership, Jaguar entered F1 in 2000 after buying the Stewart Racing Team as a means to increase brand presitige. Things looked very promising in the first season, but Ford never really stepped up to properly fund the team..
Model by ELGIOR (modified) 1/43
2000 Volvo FH12: Johnny Herbert left the team and Eddie Irvine was joined by Pedro de la Rosa in the 2001 through 2002 seasons. A constant change in management could not cure a lack of proper resources and Irvine left, replaced by Mark Webber in 2003.<.BR>Model by ELGIOR 1/43 2000 Volvo FH12: Podiums and wins never materialized and in 2004, the final season the handwriting was on the wall. Mark Webber and Christian Kleing drove the final season.Ford sold the team to Red Bull who within a season transformed it to a contender.
Model by New Ray (modified) 1/43
2000 Mercedes Benz Actros: Beck's Beer was a major sponsor the first years of Jaguar's F1 involvement. This is a promotional piece and MB because its a German beer?
Model by WELLY 1/84)

2014 Volvo FH: Emil Frey is the Jaguar distributor in Swotzerland and one of the oldest Jaguar distributors period.
Model by NEW RAY (modified) 1/43
2014 Volvo FH:
Model by New Ray (modified) 1/43

LANCIA

1953 Lancia Esatau P: The Lancia Esatau was a series of heavy trucks and bus chassis made between 1948-73. Lancia used this enclosed transporter, bodied by Garavini of Turin, for use on the Carrera Panamericana in 1953. It was also used for Lacia's efforts in F1 with the D-50 in 1954 & 55. Powered by a Lancia inline six-cyl. diesel engine engine producing 138 BHP, the transporter could haul four cars, crews and spares. It disappeared when Ferrari bought the teams assets and cars in 1955, thought to have been sold for use as a horse transporter.
Model by ABC BRIANZA 1/43


1962 Lancia Jolly: Lancia made the small Jolly lightweight van from 1953-63, so while looking good in this image, was almost a decade late to support Fangio's D24 on the 1953 Carrera Panamericana. Based on the Appia sedan, its small 1.1L V4 engine would have limited its carrying capacity, but good for light delivery.
Model by STARLINE 1/43

1972 Fiat 673N: (Marlboo Team Lancia-Italia 1972-74)) The 673N was the successor to the Fiat 643, a medium to heavy duty truck capable of hauling loads to 18 tons. It was produced from 1970-1973 in Italy, and until 1985 in Argentina and Brazil. Powered by a 7.4L, OM 6-cylinder diesel engine, the truck produced 145 hp and had a top speed of 50 MPH (80 KPH). Lancia used the truck as a transporter for its rally team throughout the 1970's. Model built from Gila Modelli kit by Giuseppe Alba in Palermo, Italy, bought on eBay from Giuseppe
Model by GILA Modelli (built kit) 1/43
1972 Fiat 673N: (Marlboo Team Lancia-Italia 1972-1974) With Lancia's focus on rallying, the open transporter would serve as the primary transportation vehicle of Fiats World Championship rallying efforts through the 1970's. It would be painted to match the new sponsor Alitalia Airlines in 1975.
Model by GILA Modelli (built kit) 1/43
1970 Fiat 238 Van: (Scuderia Lancia)
Model by Rio 1/43
1970 Fiat 238 Van: (Marlboro Team Lancia-Italia) Used as support to the rally efforts until the later 1970's when it gave way to a larger Fiat van.
Model by Rio 1/43

1972 Fiat 673N: (Team Lancia- Alitalia, 1975) The sponsorship for 1976 changed from Marlboro to the Italian airline Alitalia. The transporter was changed to reflect the change in spomnsorship for the dominanting Stratos in World Rallying. For the next season, the transporter would be in the green red and white Alitalia colors.
Model by IXO 1/43

1972 Fiat 673N: (Team Lancia- Alitalia, 1976-77) The final version of the livery on this Fiat transporter for the Lancia rally team which won the World Rally Championship in 1976 and Sandro Munari won the World Rally Drivers Championship in 1977. In 1978 Alitalia sponsorship would move to the Fiat 131 Abarth rally cars and Lancia would focus on road racing.
Model by IXO 1/43

1977 Fiat 242 Van: Lancia was very successful with the Stratos in rallying in the mid-1970's, particularly on the Monte Carlo Rallye, including this winner in 1977. Rally teams relied on quick and agile vans and trailers to transport cars between rally stages and as the crew would leap frog with tools, spares, tires and fuel; ahead of the cars to the end of the stage to service them.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43 1/43
1983 Fiat Ducato: The Ducato was a collaberation with Peugeot and Citroen to produce a medium weight van. The first series was made between 1981 and 1993. Powered by a 1.9L diesel 4-cyl. engine, the van was capable of hauling a full load of race equipment up to 1.8 tons. Likely used more by rally teams, it could also provide support to Lancia's Group C racing efforts at the time.
Model by IXO 1/43


LOTUS

1959 Ford F-100 PU - Arciero Brothers: The Arciero Brothers trailered their Lotus 19 cross-country in January 1962 behind a Ford F-100, for Dan Gurney to race at the first Daytona Continental 3-Hour. Gurney won the first of Many races in the Lotus.
Model by SPARK 1/43
On the Way to Daytona!
1959 Chevrolet El Camino - Arciero Brothers: Moving up to a Lotus 23B, the Arciero Brothers hired USAC Champion Bobby Unser to drive their car at Pikes Peak in 1964. King of that mountain, Unser won his thirteenth Pikes Peak Challenge!
Model by SPARK 1/43

1961 Bedford SB: This was the first purpose built transporter that Lotus owned and it was used to transport F1 cars from 1961-1967. Its first use was for the Monaco GP in 1961. Built on a Bedford SB bus chassis, with a 28' foot box body built by Arterial Motor Bodies in England. Bedford offered several gas and diesel motor options with the SB, driven through a four-speed gearbox and two-speed rear axle. It is reported to have had a top speed of 65 mph, so it would have been a larger displacement engine. It could carry three cars, and had accommodations for four crew members, plus a work bench and spares storage. In 1963, it was crashed into the BRM transporter while exiting Silverstone. After, the front end was altered to incorporate double headlights instead of its original single headlight configuration.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1962 Ford 400E Van: Used by Team Lotus for race support, light spares hauling, pick-up and delivery. Seen here in comparison to the contemporary Bedford race transporter. A van similar to this one was used to haul the Lotus 23 to Le Mans in 1962, indicating Lotus did use these vans for lighter race car loads to some races in the 1960's. The rejection of the 23 by the scrutineers at Le Mans made Colin Chapman vow to never race at Le Mans again!
Model by OXFORD 1/43
1970 AEC Reliance Transporter: Decked out in sponsor Gold Leaf's livery, the Lotus transporter new for the 1970 season, was purpose built for Lotus on a AEC Swift bus chassis. Lotus used this transporter for several years before going to a semi trailer race car hauler
Model by SPARK 1/43

1960's VW Pickup: Pete Lovely campaigned a Lotus 49B and later this 69 Special in Europe in 1971; driven from race to race on this modified VW pickup transporter. A VW dealer, Lovely transported all his formula cars to vintage races on similar VW's into the 1990's.
Model by CARARAMA (modified) SPARK 1/43

1970 AEC Reliance Transporter: In 1973, Lotus entered 74 F2 cars for Fittipaldi and Petersen in F1 support races. The cars were transported in the old AEC transporter. They made sure to advertise their 1972 F1 World Championship the year before.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1973 Ford Transit Van Mk1: The Mk1 Transit van was produced from 1965-1986, with a facelift in 1977. Powered by a Ford V4 of 1.7L or 2.0 liter petrol engines, or 2.5L diesel, which produced 43 bhp. Also known as the "T-Series", the Transit was produced in both the UK and Germany. The 1.75 tonne (2 ton) van was also available with a 3.0L V6. Both the V6 and diesel engine versions had a longer front end than the V4 powered vans. This van in John Player livery has the longer front engine and was powered by either the V6, or diesel. My bet is on the diesel.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1978 Volvo F88: In its iconic black and gold JPS livery, this transporter carried the World Champion Lotus team to F1 race in Europe in 1978. Mario Andretti won the World Championship with close support from teammate Ronnie Petersen.
Model by IXO 1/43

1981 Volvo F12 : Still resplendent in its JPS livery, new sponsors, new transporter. The Lotus 97T in 1985 proved to be one of the fastest cars on the grid with Aryton Senna driving, but poor engine reliability let the team down.
Model by IXO 1/43


MASERATI

1939 Fiat 621 (Maserati): In 1939, Maserati bought three new Fiat 621 trucks and had the Orlandi carrozzeria in Modena body the 2.5 ton trucks (one may have been a dual rear axle 3 ton) to be a combined car/spares hauler and mobile workshop for their racing efforts just before and soon after WWII. The Fiat 621 was powered by a 2.5L, six-cylinder. petrol engine which produced 45 BHP. With a capacity of one car, additional race cars were hauled on open trailers behind the truck. The Fiat 621 had a crew capacity of three. Maserati used these trucks until the early 1950's.
Model by Bardini Valerio/Fierenza 1/43
1939 Fiat 621 (Maserati): With room to hold one car, additional open wheel race cars were hauled on open trailers behind the trucks. Sports cars were either hauled, towed, or driven. They had a crew capacity of three. Maserati was a large producer and seller of spark plugs and batterys, as advertised on the sides of their Fiat transporters.
Model by Bardini Valerio/Fierenza 1/43

1956 Fiat 642/RN2 Bartoletti: Like Ferrari, Maserati obtained one of these Bartoletti bodied open transporters based on a Fiat bus chassis and powered bty a 6.7L, six-cylinder engine producing 92 hp. It used this transporter up until 1958.
Model by OLD CARS 1/43
1956 Fiat 642/RN2 Bartoletti: Maserati used this transporter to transport Fangio and his 250F in 1957 on his quest for his World Championship. It would also be that last vehicle to transport a car to be rqaced in anger by Fangio before he retired.
Model by OLD CARS 1/43
1956 Fiat 642/RN2 Bartoletti: Maserati sold the transporter to Lance Reventhlow who modified it and used it for his Scarab F1 cars. It was then sold to Carrol Shelby and transported Cobra's before Alan Mann used it and then sold to David Piper. It was eventually sold to Steve McQueen's movie company for Le Mans.
Model by OLD CARS 1/43

1957 OM Leoncino Furgone: While not made to replicate any Maserati support vehicle in particular, given the popularity of the OM Leoncino for light truck duty, it is highly likely Maserati would employ such a van in support of its F1 and sports car racing ventures in the late 1950's.
Model by ALTAYA (modified) 1/43
1957 OM Leoncino Furgone:
Model by ALTAYA (modified) 1/43
1957 OM Leoncino Furgone - Camoradi USA:
Model by ALTAYA (modified) 1/43

1955 GMC M650 and Fruehof Trailer: John Edgar was a wealthy industrialist based in Los Angeles, California, who campaigned Porsche, Ferrari and Maseratis in the late 1950s, driven by some of the greatest drivers at the time. He was also responsible for financing Riverside Raceway. Edgars team was one of the first to use a semi truck and trailer to transport their race cars. In 1955, they acquired a GMC M650 tractor and 35-foot Fruehauf trailer capable of hauling three cars and complete with four crew bunks, a kitchenette and liquor bar!
Model by SCHUCO 1/43
1955 GMC M650 and Fruehof Trailer: Edgars team was one of the preeminent racing team in the USA at the time, running the ex-Le Mans winning Ferrari 375 Plus and later the powerful Maserati 450 S. The team raced at all the big races in N. America, including Sebring, Road America, Riverside, Nassau, Cuba. Powered by a 324 Cu In. V8 producing 175 HP, the V8 in the GMC was modified by Edgars mechanic, a former truck mechanic who knew how to extract maximum power for long cross-country hauls
Model by SCHUCO 1/43
1955 GMC M650 and Fruehof Trailer: Edgar switched from Ferrari to Maserati in 1957 and Carroll Shelby was his principal driver. Not as well known was Joe Landaker, Edgars mechanic, fabricator, innovator and transporter driver. Shelby said of Landaker, "He lived for horsepower and the road and he was my best sports car mechanic in the 1950s. Joe could drive that transporter coast-to-coast in two days, living on cheese snacks and soda pop, and never once stopping to sleep."
Model by SCHUCO 1/43
Photo from Edgar Motorsport Archive

MERCEDES BENZ

1955 Mercedes Benz 'Blue Wonder': In order to transport their cars quickly from the factory in Stutgart to the track, or back again for quick repairs, the team employed this transporter. Nick named the "Blue Wonder", the purpose-built transporter was often seen traversing the high speed roads in Europe at well over 100 mph, powered by its 300SL engine.
Model by CONRAD 1/43
1954-55 Mercedes Benz F1 Team
Models by CMC 1/18
1955 Mercedes Benz 'Blue Wonder'
Model by CONRAD 1/43

1954 Mercedes Benz 170S-D: The 170S-D was made between 1953-55 as a continuation of the earlier 170 with revised sheet metal. The S-D used the 170 luxury car chassis powered by a 1.8L diesel engine of 40 hp, which delivered a top speed of 65 mph, depending on the load. Hence the D in the model number. The 170S-D was a popular chassis for commercial use such as ambulances, pickups and as in this case, vans. The great racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio befriended a teenager named Martin Varrona, who made deliveries to Fangio's home in Argentina. When Varrona went to start his own trucking business, Fangio helped finance it. A regular to Fangio's Mercedes dealership, Varrona noticed this 170S-D languishing in a corner; its days of delivering and picking up parts long over. Varrona was eventually able to acquire the van and had it completely restored as original. It sold at auction in 2016 for just under $50K.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1954 Mercedes Benz L3500: Based on the first post WWII truck from MB, the L3500 had a six-cylinder diesel engine of 4.7L, that had 90 hp. Perfect hauling a couple of lightweight F1 cars across Europe.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1954 Mercedes Benz L4500: A more robust dirivitive of the L3500, the L4500 had a more powerful 100 hp engine. Used by the Rennabteilung (Racing Department) to haul one orr two cars and necessary spares. Mercedes Benz had three of these trucks made to support their racing efforts, two to haul cars and the third was a mobile workshop.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1954 Mercedes Benz L3500: Special Delivery!
Models by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43

PORSCHE


In 1967, Porsche ordered three identical transporters made with bodywork by Robert Schenk on Mercedes Benz 0317 bus chassis. The first was delivered in 1967, the other two in 1968. Each was powered by a 210 bhp engine which was mid-mounted in the floor. The transporters were capable of a top speed of 70 mph and the drivers were expected to drive the transporters at top speed to get cars and equipment to the race track as quickly as possible from Stuttgart. Porsche used these distinctive transporters up until the 1990's. The transporters are known by their registration numbers SM 2187, SC 9003 and S-YZ32. The transporters were in red Porsche livery from 1967 to 1970. In 1971, one was loaned to John Wyer's Gulf-Porsche team and the other two were painted silver and used by Martini Racing. The transporters were painted white in 1976 with the distictive Martini colors. For Le Mans in 1979, two transporters were painted in the Essex Oil logos for Le Mans that year, after which they were returened to Porsche and wore the Porsche Motorsport livery. They were then utilized once again for a prominant Porsche backed team, the transporters were decked out in Rothman's livery at the advent of the Porsche 956 and 962 era. The whereabouts of two of these iconic transporters are known today, both restored, one (SC 9003) in the UK (ROFGO Collection) in Gulf livery and the other (SM 2187) in the USA (Brumos Collection) in its original Porsche livery. The third transporter (S-YZ32) after having served duty for BMW, is thought to have been scrapped in the 1980's.

1952 Mercedes Benz L3500
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1959 Opel Blitz A 1.9T: Blitz was the name given to the series of light to medium duty trucks produced by Opel from 1930-1975. The 1.9-ton with a 2.6-liter diesel engine replaced the previous model. Called the Opel Blitz A, it had a cab forward design. Its more powerful engine gave it greater hauling capacity, such as hauling Porsche race cars to Le Mans in 1959.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1960 Mercedes Benz L319: Mercedes produced the L319 from 1955 to 1967. Larger than a van, but smaller than a full size delivery truck, the L319 fit the niche of a medium duty truck. Propelled by a 1.4L 4-cylinder diesel from the 180D sedan, the truck could haul up to 1.8 tonnes.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1960 VW Transporter:
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43

1958 MAN 415: MAN is a German truck and bus manufacturer still in existence today. Porsche had a MAN 415 bus chassis converted to this transporter in 1959, which provided greater hauling capacity for cars, tools, spares and crew.It was used up to the late 1960's.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43
1967 VW T2: Introduced in 1967, the second generation of VW Transporter/Kombi/Microbus was a handy hauler of parts and race spares.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1967 VW T2: The high rise version of the VW T2 gave greater load capacity and versatility with the additional head/cargo room.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1967 Mercedes Benz 0317: Porsche commissioned three transporters to be built on the Mercedes 0317 bus chassis. These transporters were bodied by Robert Schenk and used in different liveries up to the 1990's.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43

1967 Neoplan FH11: Porsche used this converted bus as a mobile workshop/machine shop in support of the racing team's efforts until at least 1970. The bus also had a lounge and small kitchenette in the rear for crew use during race weekends.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43
1970 Mercedes Benz LP608
1970 Mercedes Benz L408:
Model by SCHUCO 1/43

Le Mans 1970
Le Mans 1970
Le Mans 1970
Le Mans 1965

There is an interesting article, which is an interview with Werner Hillburger who worked for Porsche for thirty-six years and drove the big Mercedes transporters into the 1980's. A great article by Marc Jolly in Classic Porsche magazine by following this link: "Rapid Transport" Enjoy!

PORSCHE - JWA/GULF

1968 Mercedes Benz 0317: The Gulf-JW Automotive team acquired one of the Porsche factory transporters to transport their Porsches in 1971. The transporter went back to Porsche and subsequently served the Martini, Essex and Rothmans teams up to 1982. It has subsequently been restoted back to JWA-Gulf livery.
Model by SCHUCO 1/18
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317
Model by SCHUCO 1/18
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317
Model by SCHUCO 1/18
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317
Model by SCHUCO 1/18

1968 Mercedes Benz 0317
Model by MA MODELS 1/43
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/18
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317
Model by MA MODELS & PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1970 Mercedes Benz LP608
Model by SCHUCO 1/43 1/43

1967 AEC Regal IV: JW Automotive acquired this AEC transporter built on a Regal bus chasis, which was powered by an in-floor 11.3L diesel engine. First used in the 1968 season, beside Porsches, this transporter would have carried the Le Mans winning GT40s in 1968 & 1969 as well as the Le Mans winning Mirages in the early 70s. It was acquired when JWA was sold in 1976 and believed to be in the USA.
Model by SPARK 1/43

PORSCHE - MARTINI

1968 VW T2 Transporter PU: A versitile parts and spares hauler for Martini Racing.
Model by PARTSWORKS 1/43
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317 Transporter: Most 0317's were used as buses, the transporters Robert Schenk built for Porsche had additional overhead storage to enable double stacking of race cars. The transporters were painted white in 1976.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317: Martini Racing utilized a pair of Porsche's 0317 transporters in 1971, the year they won Le Mans with their Porsche 917. The third Porsche 0317 was in the employ of the JWA-Gulf team.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43

1970 Mercedes Benz LP608: This light-medium duty truck was introduced in 1965 and bolstered Daimler-Benz presence in the commercial vehicle field. Within a short period after introduction, the LP 608 had captured 45% of its market and the fact that it could haul more than its competition (4.5 tons), forward cab and ease of operation made it a market success; which in turn spawned bigger Mercedes trucks based on the same design.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43
1970 Mercedes Benz LP608: Powered by a direct injection diesel engine of four-cylinders, the LP 608 produced 85 hp. It wasn't going to get you there in a hurry, but it would get you there! Porsche and its various supported teams like Martini Racing used the LP 608 to carry spares, fuel and tires to race tracks across Europe.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317: When Martini first took delivery of the ex-Porsche transporters, they were painted silver and stayed in this color scheme until 1976. After 1976, with the introduction of the 936, they were painted white with the familiar Martini blue and red stripes.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317:
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43

1970 Ford C-Series: Another 'fantasy' transporter by Exoto, with no actual Martini transporter as a basis. There was a plastic kit of a Ford semi-truck and trailer in this livery (used in N. America?) that it could be based on, but I have found no images of it.
Model by EXOTO 1/43

PORSCHE - ESSEX - ROTHMANS - KUNDENSPORT

1968 Mercedes Benz 0317: Used by Porsche again as race support after the long run with Martini, this was the transporter livery after being lent to Essex for Le Mans in 1979.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317: Essex Oil sponsored two 936's at Le Mans in 1979 and the ex-Porsche transporter was decked out in Essex livery for the occassion.After being the fastest cars in the race, unfortunately neither car would finish.
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1968 Mercedes Benz 0317: Some of Porsche's greatest success in Group C came with the Rothman's team and their 956 and 962's at Le Mans up to 1982. This would be the last tour of duty for any of the transporters, Porsche selling them off, worn and tired, yet proud. They carried a great number of champion race cars in their day!
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1983 Mercedes Benz 1625: To support its large group of racing customers in Group C, Porsche acquired a new semi-truck and trailer in 1983, for Kundensport, or customer race support. Porsche used a Mercedes Benz 1625 tractor powered by a 14.6L inter-cooled turbo V8, which produced 375 bhp. They equiped the trailer to carry spare parts, a workshop and a meeting room/lounge for Porsche racing customers. This semi-truck and trailer would have been a familiar sight in the paddock at European endurance races in the 1980's.
Model by LOUIS SURBER 1/43

PORSCHE PRIVATEERS - ALMERAS, BELGA, BRUMOS, FILIPINETTI & POLAK

1979 Berliet Stradair - 'ALMERAS': Equipe Almeras Freres was started in 1975 as a Porsche tuning and race preparation shop by brothers Jacques and Jean-Marie Almeras. The were involved in the WRC rally championship, with several outright wins. They also were entrants at Le Mans first in 1976, but consistently from 1980-1994.
Model by IXO 1/43
1979 Mercedes Benz L508D - 'ALMERAS': Made between 1968 and 1986, the 508D was a big medium duty van (6996 mm - 275 in. long), which came in multiple configurations. Most vans were powered by a 85 hp 3.8L OM314 four-cylinder diesel engine. Plenty of torque and power to pull a rally car and spares, which the Almeras team did with this van seen here towing their 1979 Monte Carlo Rally entry. Known as the Dusseldorf (for the town it was made in) the T2 series would continue to 1996, but the second generation of these trucks did not include a 508D after 1986.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43

1980 Porsche 911 SC - 'ALMERAS' - Almeras used this 911 SC in Group 4 specification as a service car on the 1980 Monte Carlo Rallye to support the 911 SC the team entered in the rally. Jacques Almeras finished 12th overall on the 1980 Monte Carlo Rallye.
Model by IXO 1/43

1978 Berliet TR 280 - 'ALMERAS' - Berliet was taken over by Citroen in 1967 and both companies were acquired by Michelin, who sold Berliet to Renault in 1973 after which the Berliet brand was gradually phased out. The TR280 introduced in 1972, was the last heavy truck produced under the Berliet name. It was powered by a 260 HP, 12.0L, six-cylinder, super-charged engine.
Model by IXO 1/43


1979 Ford Transit Mk II Van - 'BELGA': Belga sponsored several teams in motorsports, both road racing and rallying. In 1982, Joest Racing built this Porsche 936C to the new Group C regulations and Martin Racing achieved several podium finishes in the WEC that year, but at Le Mans, the engine expired costing them a shot at the outright win.
Model by IXO 1/43

1972 Mercedes Benz LPS 1632 - 'BRUMOS': Brumos racing began in the 1960's, but it was the team's win at Daytona in 1973 that brought international attention. Dominant in the IMSA series in the 1970's and 80's, the team carried on afte rowner Peter Gregg's death in 1980 until 2016. This transporter is a homage to the Brumos rigs I saw in the IMSA paddocks in the late 70's.
Model by IXO (modified) 1/43
1972 Mercedes Benz LPS 1632 - 'BRUMOS': Brumos 1973 & 1975 Daytona Winners
Models by Spark/IXO (modified) 1/43
1964 Land Rover Series 1- SCUDERIA FILIPINETTI (Le Mans 1962): Scuderia Filipinetti used this Series 1 Landy in conjunction with their racing activities to carry tires, crew and other spares.
Model by TSM 1/43
1964 Land Rover Series 1- SCUDERIA FILIPINETTI (Le Mans 1963):
Model by TSM 1/43

1957 VW Kombi Transporter - 'VASEK POLAK': A US racing legend, Vasek Polak emigrated from the Czech Republic to the US after WWII. He would move out to California where he opened the first exclusive Porsche dealership in the US. Operating a machine shop before the war, Polak was an accomplished mechanic and successful motorcycle racer before he turned to automobile racing while living in Europe after WWII. There he would meet Dr. Ferry Porsche and their acquaintance eventually led to his become a Porsche dealer. His auto franchise grew to include several different brands located in LA's South Bay. This VW van is from the early days.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43
1957 VW Kombi Transporter - 'VASEK POLAK': Polak eventually focused on race car preparation rather than driving. His cars helped put Porsche on the racing map in the US and he would eventually field champions in SCCA, Trans Am and Can Am racing. Star drivers that drove for Polak are numerous, but include names like Miles, Titus, Holbert, Penske, Behra, Bonnier, Von Trips and Folmer. In later years, Polak 917's, 934 & 935's were familiar sights for me with their trademark number "0". Polak dies in 1997 at the age of 82 from complications from injuries sustained in a crash on the German Autobahn in his 911 Turbo S at over 110 mph. His spirit lives on today through the Vasek Polak Auto Collection and his son, Vasek Polak, Jr.
Model by ALTAYA/IXO 1/43

SHELBY COBRA & GT40

1964 Ford C-Series: Shelby used this transporter to move Cobras and Daytonas and finally GT40s from race to race. Originally painted Viking Blue in 1964, it was repainted in the Guardsman Blue the team assumed for the 1965 season. Capable of carrying up to three cars, it must have been tricky to load and unload!
Model by EXOTO 1/43

1964 Fiat-Bartoletti 306/2: Another transporter with a storied history! Starting out life as Maserati's transporter, it was then used by the Scarab F1 team. It was sold to Camoradi, who sent it back to Bartoletti to be rebodied and a third axle added. The demise of that team before it was paid for allowed Shelby American to acquire it for use in Europe in 1964 & 65, before being sold to Alan Mann and then others till it was finally used in the movie Le Mans in 1970.

1960 Ford F-100: Shelby used a pair of Ford pickups to haul Cobras, tools and spares on open trailers. My guess is that they used them for running shop errands when they weren't pressed into towing duty. They were probably used for short hauls out to Riverside and other close venues to the shop located in Venice, California. From longer hauls, Shelby used a Ford semi-tractor and open car carrier and on at least one occasion, hauled one of the pickups along with the race cars.
Model by ALTAYA PW (modified)1/43


1964 Fiat-Bartoletti 306/2: Cobra's at the Targa Florio 1964.
Model by EXOTO 1/43

SEE RACING TRANSPORTERS, SUPPORT VEHICLES AND OTHER TRUCKS Pt.2


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JAGUAR RACING CARS:
To 1959
1960 - 1979
1980 - 1989
1990's - Present

ECURIE ECOSSE - JAGUAR and MORE!
GROUP 44, Inc., JAGUAR & TRIUMPH

JAGUAR AT LE MANS

JAGUAR AUTOMOBILIA

JAGUAR PRODUCTION CARS:
1926 to 1959
1960 to 1968
1969-1987
1988 - Present

JAGUAR CONCEPT CARS & SPECIAL EDITIONS

EACH JAGUAR MODEL FROM 1935 IN PRODUCTION ORDER

FERRARI RACING CARS:
1940 - 1959
1960 - 1969
1970 - 1979
1980 - Present

FERRARI FORMULA ONE

FERRARI PRODUCTION SPORTS, GT CARS & PROTOTYPES

PORSCHE RACING & PRODUCTION CARS:
1950 - 1969
1970 - 1979
1980 - 1989
1990 - Present

BRUMOS RACING TEAM

PORSCHE PRODUCTION CARS

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

GREAT AUTOMOTIVE MAKES & RACING TEAMS:
ABARTH RACING
ALFA ROMEO RACE & PRODUCTION
ASTON MARTIN RACE & PRODUCTION
AUDI RACING
AUSTIN HEALEY & HEALEY
BMW RACE & PRODUCTION
BRABHAM F1 CARS
BRM F1 & SPORTS CARS
BUGATTI
CHAPARRAL
CHEVROLET & GM POWER
COBRAS & DAYTONAS - SHELBY CARS
CUNNINGHAM EQUIPE - THE CARS OF BRIGGS CUNNINGHAM
DATSUN/NISSAN RACING
FORD POWER: GT40's, MUSTANGS & MORE
LANCIA RACE & PRODUCTION
LOLA SPORTS RACING CARS
LOTUS F1, RACE & PRODUCTION
MASERATI RACE & PRODUCTION
MERCEDES BENZ RACE & PRODUCTION
McLAREN RACING & PRODUCTION CARS
MG CARS - RACING & PRODUCTION
TOYOTA RACE & PRODUCTION CARS
TRIUMPH RACE & PRODUCTION CARS

MISC. MARQUES - RACING & PRODUCTION CARS:
AMERICAN MADE
BRITISH MADE
ITALIAN & SPANISH MADE
GERMAN & SWEDISH MADE
JAPAN & AUSTRALIAN MADE
FRENCH MADE

LAND SPEED AND ENDURANCE RECORD CARS

VETERAN, CLASSIC & SPECIAL INTEREST CARS All MARQUES

THE TRIPLE CROWN OF ENDURANCE RACES:
THE 24 HOURS of LE MANS 100 YEARS - 1923-2023
THE 12 Hours of SEBRING WINNERS
THE 24 HOURS of DAYTONA WINNERS

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

PLAY BALL! - IT'S BASEBALL TIME:
A TRIBUTE TO BOYHOOD HEROES AND MY DAD

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