RACE SUPPORT VEHICLES AND TRANSPORTERS & OTHER TRUCKS

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 medium-large truck produced by Officine Meccaniche (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 60's & 1970's.
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

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

1936 Alfa Romeo 500: The 500 series of 3 tonne trucks was made up to 1947, 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.
Model by EXOTO 1/43
1936 Alfa Romeo 500:
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 the 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..

1952 Alfa Romeo 900 Biscara: 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 Colli Giardiniera: Between eleven and 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
1969 Alfa Romeo F20 Van: Possibly used by Autodelta as a race support van for hauling tools and spares up into the 1970's.Based off the photo I have of just a rear end of such a van in an old book on Alfa Romeo in my library.
Model by ALTAYA (modified) 1/43

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

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 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 Transporter: Powered by a supercharged 3.2L three-cylinder diesel engine, the transporter bodied by Alexander's produced 90 bhp.
1960 Commer-Alexander 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 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 Transporter
Model by CMR 1/18

FERRARI

1950 Alfa Romeo 800 Biscara: Used by Ferrari for F1 and sports car racing 1950-1953.
Model by TRON
1950 Alfa Romeo 800 Biscara
Model by TRON
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

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. It most commonly was produced as a flatbed, with the ability to have a custom body fitted as needed. The engine 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
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

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 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

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

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:

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

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
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

2000 IVECO LD Eurostar :
Model by OLD CARS
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

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
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 for the Carrera Panamericana in 1953 and F1 in 1954 & 55. Powered by a Lancia V10 engine producing 138 bhp, it disappeared when Ferrari bought the teams assets in 1955.
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

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

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

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.
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-florr 11.3L diesel engine. First used in the 1968 season, beside Porsches, this transporter would have carried the Le Mans winning GT40's as well as the Le Mans winning Mirage's. 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 & 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

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

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

VARIOUS OTHER TEAMS, SUPPORT VEHICLES & CAR TRANSPORTERS


ALPINE RENAULT - ASTON MARTIN

1971 Saviem SG2: Built by Saviem from 1965 to 1980, the 3.0L diesel powered 3.5 Ton van was branded as a Renault to 1970 and then Saviem afterwords. Utilized by Alpine Renault as a service vehicle for the Alpine A110 rally team, including it 1971 and 1973 Monte Carlo wins.
Model by IXO 1/43
1971 Saviem SG2
Model by IXO
Saviem SG2
1957 Jaguar Mk VII: Mike Salmon used his big Jaguar saloon to tow his Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato to Le Mans in 1962. The 3.4L six-cylinder Jaguar would have been capable of hauling the Aston from England to France, just dont stop quickly!
Modle by OXFORD (modified) 1/43


ASTON MARTIN RACING

2011 MAN F2000: At Le Mans in 2011, Gulf Aston Martin Racing Middle East campaigned this V8 Vantage GT2 in the GTE Am class. After leading its class, its race was over after an accident early Sunday morning.
Model by NEWRAY (modified) 1/43
2018 RAM Promaster 2500: The RAM Promaster is a durable cargo van which offers a standard 3.6L V6 engine, capable of hauling a good sized load. I thought it would make a good race spares hauler and made this "what if" van in the livery of Aston Martin Racing.
Model by GREENLIGHT (modified) 1/43


BMC

1955 Morris Van: To support their MGA effort at Le Mans in 1955, BMC had a specialized race support van constructed from a Morris 5-ton truck chassis (FV or FE). Designed as a transporter, mobile workshop, crew quarters and field kitchen, the van was used by BMC for several years, undergoing modifications along the way. When it was no longer of use, it was sold and apparently used as a chicken coop in Ireland. A reconstruction of the original van was made, but without detailed original plans or drawings, it was done from photos and by memory of those that drove and/or worked for BMC at the time.
Model by DINKY (modified) 1/43
1955 Morris Van: In 1955, the MGA's raced at Le Mans were driven to the track in caravan, with the van in close support. It carried the spares, tires and other equipment required for the race. During the race, in back it had fold down bunks on which the crew could try and get some rest. It also had a large boiler which kept water hot for tea at all times, as well as a single ring burner for heating soup. Before the race, the crew was stationed at a nearby hotel and the courtyard was used as a rudimentary paddock. As needed, a car could be driven onto the van on ramps and then backed onto elevated ramps to allow underside repairs and adjustments.
Model by DINKY (modified) 1/43
1955 Morris Van: Coming Soon! I am in the process of converting an old Dinky Horse Van into a replica of the BMC transporter used at Le Mans in 1955. The project is currently on my workbench and will be completed in the coming months. My friend Bill Emerson has provided me with decals and inspiration for this project.
Model by DINKY (modified) 1/43
1955 Morris Van: In the event of a complete breakdown during the race, a car could be loaded into the van for transport back to England from wherever the team was racing or rallying, as it did at Le Mans in 1955. Loaded with tools, spares, etc., the van had a top speed of 40 mph. It was driven by a 4.3L six-cylinder diesel engine producing 100 hp and had a top-speed of 40 mph. It's non-synchro 4-speed transmission, drum brakes and no power steering made the fully loaded truck a real bear to drive over the Alps! The transporter was used by the BMC Competition Department until about 1960, when it was replaced by a more modern transporter.
Model by Bill Emerson from DINKY (modified) 1/43

1959 Morris LD150 Van: Introduced in 1954 to replace the K8 3-way van, the LD150 was a rugged 1 ton van which was powered by either a petrol or diesel engine, both of 2.2L. Badged as either an Austin or Morris, It was discontinued by BMC in 1960. BMC at the time was the largest British car company, with 39 percent of British output, producing a wide range of cars under brand names including Austin, Morris, MG, Austin-Healey, Wolseley as well as commercial vehicles and agricultural tractors.
Model by VITESSE 1/43
1960 Austin J2 Van: Introduced in 1956, the J2 was the first van from Austin to feature unit body construction. Badged as either an Austin or Morris, it was powered by a 1.5L or 1.6L B Series 4-cyl engine. The van was J2 was available in four different body configurations.
Model by OXFORD 1/43
1965 Austin J4 Van: The Austin branded version of the Morris J4 was produced from 1960 to 1968, until the consolidation of British Motor Holdings into British Leyland, when the Morris and Austin versions became the BMC J4 until 1974. The 1/2 ton van was slightly smaller than the J2 van and is powered by either a B Series 1.6L petrol or 1.5L diesel engine.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1968 Austin Mini 1000 Van: The iconic Austin Mini with its 1.0L four-cylinder engine and front wheel drive, was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Perfect as a light delivery vehicle in urban settings with narrow streets, limited parking and where great maneuverability and operational economy were required.
Model by OXFORD 1/43


BMC - BREMBO

1955 BMC Leyland LAD Transporter: Introduced in 1950, the Leyland medium to heavy duty COE truck with its new 'Vista Vue' cab was a favorite with lorry drivers in the UK. While not a race support vehicle, BMC used similar transporters to deliver race cars to the ferry and on to France for Le Mans when not transporting production cars for export.
Model by OXFORD 1/76
1955 Morris J Van: This is a smaller version of the large Morris van that BMC used to support the MG Team at Le Mans in 1955. Not designed to carry cars, it carried all the teams tools, spares, etc. and served as a mobile workshop.
Model by CORGI 1/50
Austin Mini: .
Model by OXFORD 1/43
1975 Ford Transit Van: Started in Italy in 1961, Brembo has become the world leader in competition and performance braking systems. They gained prominence in 1975 by developing the braking systems for Ferrari's F1 cars and Brembo brakes are standard on most high performance and racing cars today.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43


ELVA

1947 Morris Commercial PV Van - 'ELVA CARS': The Morris Commercial PV (Parcel Van) was produced post-WWII from 1946 to 1953 and an estimated 15,000 were built, with few surviving today. Morris built the one ton van on a steel chassis with timber frame and alloy body work, often with a canvas top. It provided a durable walk through van for deliveries and light hauling. Powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder petrol engine, the PV had a top speed of about 50 mph. The average cruising speed for the van was 35 mph! Considering the narrow, winding British roads at the time that was probably fast enough, especially with a loaded trailer and dodgy brakes!
Model by SPARK 1/43
1947 Morris Commercial PV Van - 'ELVA CARS': Frank Nichols started Elva Engineering in 1947, the year this van was made. Elva acquired the van second hand in the early 50's and used it into the early 60's. It was used alongside a Fordson E83W Pickup. Both vehicles were used to regularly tow cars such as the Courier on a trailer to the London Docks for export. From there, the driver would proceed on to Birmingham and Coventry for parts and Coventry Climax engines, returning to Bexhill-on-Sea, Elva's base several hours later. In the late 1950's, the van was used as a race hauler for Elva supported cars raced by Archie Scott-Brown and Robbie Mackenzie-Low.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1947 Morris Commercial PV Van - 'ELVA CARS': This van exists today, although as a recreation of the original Elva van. The van was finally restored in 2006 and was a proud piece of the Elva Racing Components team. Faithfully redone in the Elva colors and signage, this van is a rare walk through van which had no passenger seat. A future project of mine, is to replicate the Elva Fordson pickup in model form, as well as a period Elva car to go with them both. This Morris van is a very nice piece of kit!
Model by SPARK 1/43


FIAT

1978 Fiat 131 Panorama (Fiat/Alitalia): Based on the Series 2 Fiat 131 sedan introduced in 1978, the Panorama estate was powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder OHV engine, producing 74 hp. The Series 2 Panorama was produced until 1981. This car is a service barge for the Fiat Ailtalia Rally Team and was used in 1978-79 when Marrku Allen and Walter Rohr were drivers, both winning the WRC Drivers Championship in 1978 & 1980 respectively.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43

1974-87 Fiat 242 Van (Jolly Club): The 242 was a light commercial van that Fiat built in conjunction with Citroen and was sold in France as the Citroen C35 until 1992. The front wheel drive van had a flat floor which made it a popular van among rally teams for its ability to carry spares and crew in support on a rally. It was powered by a 2.2L Fiat diesel engine. Jolly Club used this van in support of their Lancia and Fiat rally entries.
(Model by IXO 1/43)


HEALEY

1959 Morris LD 150: A bit of whimsy, made during a period of recovery from surgery. The Healey works never had a service vehicle like this, their only service vehicle being a small Austin PU. Instead, they relied on passenger vehicles to get cars and spares to and from Le Mans.
Model by VITESSE (modified)
1963 Austin A110 Westminster: The Healey team in 1970 borrowed Clive Baker's Austin and trailer to tow the XR37 to Le Mans in 1970. Baker ha a Austin Healey 3000 engine fitted to the sedan, which gave it a bit more performance.
Model by Old Irish Racing/K&R Replicas (kit) 1/43
1962 Bussing Burglowe Universal Van: Bussing was a German bus and truck maker established in 1903 and was consolidated into MAN in 1971. This is a Universal moving van body on a 5 tonne truck chassis and would have been powered by a six-cylinder diesel. It is used for historic racing and was never a Healey factory transporter.
Model by BERKINA 1/87
1962 Bussing Burglowe Universal Van & AH 100


JAGERMEISTER - LIGIER

1970 Mercedes Benz LP 608 - Jagermeister: The popular liqueur maker Jägermeister has been a major sponsor of racing teams in just about every racing discipline. There support has been primarily of German makes such as Porsche and BMW, but they have had their distinctive logo and orange paint on many, many cars over the years.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43

1971 Saviem S45 - Ligier:  Société Anonyme de Véhicules Industriels et d'Equipements Mécaniques (Saviem) was founded in 1955 as part of the Renault Group. The S45 was a 45 seat bus chassis produced from 1963 for 30-years. It was powerd by a 7.0L, 170 hp MAN diesel.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1971 Saviem S45 - Ligier: For the 1974 season, Equipe Ligier sported new colors of their new sponsor Total on their trusty Saviem transporter. Ligier would campaign the Maserati engined JS2, based on Ligier's road car. They would have moderate success in the World Sports Car Championship, finishing 8th at Le Mans, but finishing 1-2 at the Tour de France Auto. In 1975, the sponsor changed to Gitanes and the power to Ford-Cosworth, with a second place finish at Le Mans.
Model by SPARK 1/43


McLAREN

1965 Bedford TK 860 - McLAREN: When Bruce McLaren started producing his own F1 cars in 1966, the team needed a way to transport their cars across the continent to races on the F1 schedule. They used a Ford truck with van body which could haul two cars, tools and spares. Unable to find a suitable Ford cab, I used this Bedford which resembles the Ford and made the van body from scratch. McLaren used the transporter until 1970, painted papaya orange and white in 1968.
Model by ALTAYA (modified) 1/43

Coming Soon!
1991 Renault AE Magnum - McLAREN: The 1991 International Truck of the Year, the AE Magnum was introduced in 1990, continuing in production until 2013. It was powered by a 503hp Mack turbo-diesel engine and is the first semi to have a mechanically separate cab and engine compartment. Here it is hauling the McLaren works F1 team with Aryton Senna repeating as World Drivers Championship in 1991 and McLaren winning the F1 Constructors Championship in both 1990 & 1991.
Model by LOUIS SURBER 1/43


MG

1953 Ford Thames ET6: From 1959 through 1961, a private effort to race an MGA Twin Cam at Le Mans was undertaken. The effort was spearheaded by Ted Lund, a former factory MG driver.
Model by IXO (modified) 1/43
1953 Ford Thames ET6: Funded by an MG Club and investors, the effort In 1960 used a flat bed Ford that belonged to a team member and supporter, was employed to haul the car and spares to Le Mans.
Model by IXO (modified) 1/43
1958 Land Rover 88: Ted Lund who drove the car all three years had purchased the MGA from MG and ran in 1961 as a private effort. The car was towed to France behind Lund's Land Rover.
Model by TSM 1/43


OLD IRISH RACING - Purely Fiction

2014 RAM Sprinter 2500: This was a decal making exercise and could I fit a logo from each major marque and racing team in my collection?
Model by ELGIOR 1/43
2015 Ford Transit 250: For grins, a mock-up of the Old Irish Racing support van.
Model by GREENLIGHT (modified) 1/43
2018 RAM Promaster 2500


ROB WALKER RACING

1968 Ford D Series: Ford introduced the D Series in 1965 to replace the Thames Trader. To compete with GM’s Bedford TK, the truck was given an updated appearance with cab over engine design, which was popular in the US at the time. The tilting cab was access to the engine and was a one man operation. It was powered by three diesel options, a 4-cylinder 3.97L and two six-cylinder versions of 5.42L and 5.95L; the latter producing 128 bhp. The truck could carry a payload of up to 12.75 British tons. The D Series stayed in production until 1981.
Model by MEAkits 1/43
1968 Ford D Series: This transporter used by Rob Walkers racing team in the late 1960’s took them through their final season in 1970, when Graham Hill drove Walkers Lotus 72C. It often carried two cars, the newer 72C and the older Lotus 49 as backup. Walker was one of the most successful priateers in racing, especially F1. Great drivers such as Stirling Moss and Jo Siffert gave Walker epic victories in both open wheel, as well as sports cars. When he retired his F1 team in 1970 after twelve years at the pinnicle of racing, his team had claimed nine victories.
Model by MEAkits 1/43
1968 Ford D Series:
Model by MEAkits 1/43


SAFETY VEHICLES

1965 Citroen DS 19 Ambulance: The DS model was made from 1955-1975 and underwent several transformations during that twenty year span. What was constant though was the hydraulic suspension, clutch and transmission, which provided a smooth ride. Perfect for a small ambulance built utilizing the wagon/estate version of the DS.
Model by ATLAS 1/43
1969 Jaguar XJ12 - Silverstone: Jaguar loaned the Silverstone Circuit the prototype XJ12 to be used as a high-speed fire tender. It was used at the circuit for a number of years before a newer Jaguar model was supplied.
Model by VANGUARDS 1/43
1970 Citroen SM - Gendarmerie: The ever present police force at Le Mans. With its high performance 3.0L Maserati engine, it would have made a formidable pursuit vehicle, or in this case, suitable for a ranking officer on the force.
Model by NOREV 1/43
2006 Audi Q7 - Le Mans: One of four rapid response vehicles disbursed throughout the Le Mans Circuit, the medical car carries doctors that can be deployed immediately to an accident quickly, anywhere on the track. Audi supplied the Q7, their mid-size 3.0L TDI engine SUV in 2006.
Model by SCHUCO 1/43


SCUDERIA CENTRO SUD - TEAM TYRRELL

1957 OM Leoncino : "Mimmo" Dei, a Rome Maserati dealer, started Centro Sud in 1956 and the team was active in F1 and sports car racing until 1965. Primarily fielding Maserati's, the team also campaigned Coopers and BRM's in F1. Dei was a former race driver and had a knack for spotting and attracting talented drivers to his team, though he never won a F1 race. He also sponsored the first female F1 driver in 1958, Maria Teresa de Filppis. The OM Fiat Leoncino was a popular choice among race teams, as well as light haulers across Europe. Introduced in 1950, the Leoncino was available in 2-2.5 ton capacity and later became the basis for heavier OM trucks and transporters. With a top speed of 48 mph produced from its 4.6L 4-cylinder diesel engine, I can imagine it bumping down the back roads of Europe to the next race.
Model by Altaya 1/43
1957 OM Leoncino : Among the all-star list of drivers for Centro Sud were Luigi Volloresi, Harry Schell, Jo Bonnier, Masten Gregory, Carroll Shelby and Lorenzo Bandini. Centro Sud refers to the parts of Italy where Dei was from.
Model by Altaya 1/43
1969 Leyland World Master: Team Tyrrell set new standards for the F1 paddock with this big sic-cylinder diesl powered transporter, which easily handled the narrow roads of Europe. Room for six-crew, three or four cars and all the spares, this was what got Championships won, long before three or four semi's were required!
Model by SPARK 1/43
1969 Leyland World Master: The distinctive blue and white transporter sported the same livery as th World Championship winning cars of Jackie Stewart in both 1971 and 1973. Team Tyrell took delivery of the transporter in late 1969, just after the split with Matra.
Model by SPARK 1/43


BARRIE SMITH - TOUR DE FRANCE - WILLIAMS F1

1960's Bedford Van - Barrie Smith: A superb Le Mans privateer success story! Barrie got Kodak France to sponsor his Lola T90 at Le Mans in 1972, and his races in France that season. He finished 1st in the 2.0L class and 14th overall. Barrie made his career after racing as an accomplished photographer.
Model by: Corgi (modified)
1953 Berliet Caimon PIK8 - Tour de France:
Model by ALTAYA 1/43

1992 Renault R 350 Major - WILLIAMS: The R series was Renault's heavy duty truck produced from 1980-1996 and came about as a result of the consolidation of Saviem and Berliet. The R was equipped with Renault's 12-litre G-series inline-six turbodiesel and was well suited to haul the Williams Renault F1 team to its championship victories.
Model by LOUIS SURBER 1/43


GAS & OIL VEHICLES

1960 Fiat 1100 T2 - Castrol: The Fiat 1100 T was made from 1957 as a panel van, pickup and minibus. The car was equipped with a in-line engine with 1,089 cc (type 103 D.007) with 38 PS (28 kW) at 4800 rpm and it had a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph). In 1959, its successor was unveiled, the Fiat 1100 T2, that had a 45 PS (33 kW) 1,222 cc engine.[24] Production continued with a steady stream of updated engines, until production of the 1100 T4 finally came to an end in 1971.
Model by ALTAYAI 1/43
1950 Bedford O Series - Duckhams
Model by CORGI 1/43
1950 Citroen 2CV Fourgonnett Van - Esso
1950 Renault Galion 2T5 - Esso
Model by ALTAYA 1/43

1955 Somua/Panhard JL17T - Esso: The Somua Bus & Truck Co.and Panhard companies merged just after WWII. The JL17 had a large 8.6L six-cylinder diesel engine, which produced 130hp. This is also a Panhard K224?
Model by FRENCH DINKY 1/60?
Le Mans Paddock 1959 - Esso
1960 Leyland Octopus - Esso
Model by DINKY 1/50
1950 Foden S18 FG6/15 - Mobilgas: Foden introduced this rigid eight wheeled truck in 1948. For the heaviest loads, an upgraded Gardner diesel engine of 150 bhp was available over the Foden two-stroke. The truck has a capcity of 14 tons.
Model by DINKY 1/50

1958 Fiat 1100E Van - Shell:
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1968 Renault Estafette Van - Shell:
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1994 GMC Sierra - Exxon: The fourth generation GM C/K truck was versitile hauler with a 6.5L V8 diesel engine. Exxon sponsored the IMSA World Sports Car Championship from 1994-1996 and made a series of transporters promoting that sponsorship. This rig comes with a pair of Riley & Scott MkIII's run by Doyle Racing.
Model by UNKNOWN 1/43
1995 Kenworth T600 - Exxon: The 1995 transporter for the Exxon sponsered IMSA World Sports Car Championship from 1994-1996. This is the 5th series of models produced for Exxon. Carries 4 cars (not included), features Ferrari 333SP which won the Championship in 1995 with Scandia Racing.
Model by UNKNOWN 1/43

1960 Citroen Type H Furgone - Bardahl: The H Type van was produced from 1947 to 1981 in factories in both France and Belgium. A small, compact light weight van, it competed heavily with the VW van of the period. Its popularity resulted in almost a half-million vans being produced. Using a detuned Traction Avant engine, the van had a 1.9L petrol, four-cylinder engine. It is turn produced a top-speed of 60 mph (100 kph). The van featured a corrugated sheet metal body, which in turn provided additional strength to the panels without increasing weight. Something common in early aircraft up into WWII.
Model by ELGIOR 1/43
1960 Citroen Type H Furgone - Bardahl:
Model by ELGIOR 1/43


TIRE COMPANY VEHICLES

1927 Talbot Van - Dunlop: The box says 1927, but its not clear what Talbot this van is based on (14-45?), but it is known that Talbot which began in 1903, made many light to medium duty trucks during WWI. After the war, a major part of the business was refurbishing these vehicles, so it may stem from that era.
Model by MATCHBOX 1/43
This van made a great subject for this diorama set in 1929, as the the tow vehicle for Sir Henry Segrave's massive Golden Arrow. Segrave set a new record of 231.35 mph on the sands of Daytona Beach with the 23.9L Napier aero engined car.

1958 Opel Blitz 1.75T - Dunlop
Model by NEO 1/43
1961 Mercedes Benz L319 - Dunlop
Model by NEO 1/43
1962 Merceds Benz LP9111 - Dunlop
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43
1970 Merceds Benz LP608 - Dunlop
Model by PREMIUM CLASSIXXS 1/43

1956 Willeme LD610T - Dunlop: Willeme was a French firm which made heavey trucks and buses between 1923 and 1970. The trucks were powered by German Deutz diesel engines primarily, but also AEC engines. In the 1960's they sold rebadged AEC and BMC trucks.
Model by NOREV 1/43
1956 Willeme LD610T - Dunlop
Model by NOREV 1/43
1956 Willeme LD610T - Dunlop

1970 Saviem JM240 - Firestone
Model by ALTAYA (modified) 1/43
1970 Saviem JM240 - Firestone
Model by ALTAYA (modified) 1/43
1972 Ford Transit Van - Firestone
Model by SPARK 1/43
1972 Ford Transit Van - Firestone
Model by SPARK 1/43

1962 Renault Estafette Van - Michelin
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1972 Fiat 1100T - Michelin
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1972 Saviem SG2 - Michelin
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
MICHELIN

1939 Citroen TUB- Michelin: The TUB was a light van produced from 1939 to 1941. It was based on the Traction Avant passenger car and used the same 35 hp, 4-Cylinder engine. Extreme frontal weight bias made these vans a handful, unless fully loaded.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1952 Fiat 1100 ELR - Pirelli: After WWII, Fiat introduced a light commercial vehicle based on the 1100 passenger car. Propelled by a 1.1L four-cylinder engine, it was reported to be capable of a top speed of 88 mph. However, that was probably unloaded, downhill with a tail wind. Like most of the commercial vehicles of its day, the 1100 ELR was an efficient light delivery vehicle, right sized for the narrow European streets it would have called home.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43


OTHER TRUCKS & SUPPORT VEHICLES

1947 Austin K8 Three-Way Van - MANN EGGERTON:
Model by OXFORD 1/43
1947 Austin K8 Three-Way Van
1947 Austin K8 Three-Way Van - ERIC OLIVER:
Model by OXFORD 1/43

1960 Land Rover Series II - Donald Campbell/Bluebird: When I was a young impressionable lad growing up in the early 1960's, land and water speed record attempts were often front page news. In the jet age, American's were fascinated with what seemed like new records being set and old ones broken almost weekly. The idea that breaking the sound barrier on land might be possible, was riveting and so, record breaking was news more important than just for the sports pages. The fact that almost all land speed record attempts in the early 1960's were being done at Bonneville, gave the proceedings a nationalistic feel, even if the drivers might not be American. In this time, I came to admire Craig Breedlove, the Arfon's and Summer's brothers, but most particularly, Donald Campbell.
Model by TSM 1/43
1960 Land Rover Series II - Donald Campbell/Bluebird: The Series II Landy needs no introduction I'm sure. TSM have done their usual superb job of modeling the Land Rover. This iconic staple of on and off road adventures was part of the big launch of the Bluebird CN7 at Silverstone in 1960, as well as the actual ill-fated LSR attempts in Utah later that summer. One of my books shows what appears to be the same Land Rover again at Lake Eyre in Australia for the aborted attempt at reclaiming the record in 1963.
Model by TSM 1/43
1960 Land Rover Series II - Donald Campbell/Bluebird: It's uncertain to me if the Rover was used again for the successful attempt to reclaim the LSR in 1964 at 403.10 mph. Most likely it was given Campbell's finances at the time. There is also a photo in one of my books of his water speed record breaking attempt in Australia in 1964 that shows a portion of a front fender which I think is this Landy. Here it is seen with the Bluebird as it appeared in 1963 & 1964 with the rear tail fin. A fine addition to my LSR collection and Campbell memorabilia.
Model by TSM 1/43
1956 Ford F-600 Auto Transporter - Art Castor:
Model by AUTOMODELL 1/43

1960 Unic MZ36 TCA:
Model by ALTAYA 1/43

1959 VW T1 Kombi - 'MAX MEYER': Founded in 1895, Max Meyer Carrozzeria is an Italian firm that is a leader in automotive paint and finishing products.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1969 Mercedes Benz L1113 - Jagermeister: The L1113, a medium -duty "Kurzhauber" (short-bonnet) truck with the engine in front of the cab, was manufactured from 1959-1995. The 5.7L direct-injection diesel truck was a popular export, as well as domestic use truck in different configurations.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1969 Mercedes Benz L1113 - Jagermeister: It might make a nice companion piece to my Jagermeister Racing truck with some added decals.
Model by ALTAYA 1/43
1970 Citroen DS 21 Break - Total: The DS advanced achievable standards in automobile ride quality, handling, and braking. Powered by a 2.4L four-cyl. engine, with its hydropneumatic automatic levelling suspension system, it was a great race/rally support vehicle.
Model by NOREV 1/43


LAND ROVER

1955 Leyland LAD Transporter - Land Rover: A fresh load of Series One Land Rovers for delivery.
Model by OXFORD 1/76

1965 Land Rover Series One: Even the durable, dependable Land Rover needs assistance from time to time!
Model by TSM MODEL 1/43
1958 Land Rover 109:  Helping deliver the bright and shiny new tractor.
Model by OXFORD 1/43

1955 Leyland LAD Transporter - Land Rover: A fresh load of Series One Land Rovers for delivery.
Model by OXFORD 1/76

1965 Land Rover Series One: Even the durable, dependable Land Rover needs assistance from time to time!
Model by TSM MODEL 1/43
1958 Land Rover 109:  Helping deliver the bright and shiny new tractor.
Model by OXFORD 1/43

1970 Range Rover:
Model by WHITE BOX 1/76
1982 Land Rover 109 Safari:
Model by HONGWELL 1/43
2012 Range Rover Sport:
Model by UNIVERSAL HOBBY 1/43
2013 Range Rover Evoque:
Model by TRIPLE 9 1/43


TRUCKS AND VANS AWAITING CONVERSION

There are a number of trucks and vans out there which would lend themselves very well to making replicas of rigs used by racing teams form the 1950's to the 1980's. Here are some of the trucks and vans I currently have awaiting an eventual make over.

1976 Kenworth K100 COE Aerodyne: Kenworth has been making trucks since 1923 and has been a subsidiary of PACCAR along with its sister brand Peterbuilt since 1945. The K100 Aerodyne introduced in 1976 featured the first manufactured sleeper cab that allowed full stand up capability. Despite sometimes being difficult to climb out of, cab over designs were popular up until the late 1970's, as length restrictions limited a tractor and trailer combination to 65 feet (19.8 meters). Powered by a 14.6L 6-cylinder turbocharged Cummings diesel producing 300 bhp, these massive tractors were once a common sight on American roads.
Model by IXO 1/43
1976 Kenworth K100 COE Aerodyne:
Model by IXO 1/43
1979 Peterbuilt 352: Even though the length of a tractor trailer semi combo had been increased to 74 feet, cab over trucks were still popular for their greater maneuverability; especially on short hauls and delivery work. The 352 model was built from 1959 to 1980 and was Peterbuilt's first cab over truck. Originally equipped with a Cummings 290 hp diesel engine, the tractor was noted for its torque, an important feature when pulling loads up hills and mountain passes. The top legal truck speed in the USA was still 55 mph. Like many cab over trucks built after 1976, it features a shorter chassis to maximize rig length to fit new regulations.
Model by IXO 1/43
1979 Peterbuilt 352: Carroll Shelby has owned the West Coast USA Goodyear racing tire distributorship since the early 1960's. Every year at the "big" races at my home track, Portland International Raceway, a Shelby tractor trailer rig would be there for tire service. This tractor will likely be the basis for a rig replicating the rigs I saw in the late 70's, early 80's.
Model by IXO 1/43



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FERRARI FORMULA ONE

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THE TRIPLE CROWN OF ENDURANCE RACES:
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GREAT AUTOMOTIVE MAKES:
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AUDI
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LAND SPEED RECORD CARS
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DAN GURNEY TRIBUTE
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