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Post by Alex_W » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:50 pm

I've posted quite a few of my Watson Roadster conversions, but I thought it might be cool to see the models of Indy?CART/IRL cars that are in folks collections. I'll start with these:

Replicarz 1957 Indy Winner - Sam Hanks - Epperly Offy
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Replicarz 1952 Indy Winner - Troy Ruttman - The youngest Indy Winner in history. He never won another champ car race. Kuzman Offy
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Tameo 1989 Indy Winner - Emerson Fittipaldi - Penske PC18 Chevy
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Post by JSB33 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:04 am

Wow, you are on it! I have wrestled with starting on the Replicarz 1:43 Indy car but as I have most of them in 1:18 I have yet to pull the trigger.

By the looks of them they are a fair nit nicer though.
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Post by reeft1 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:28 pm

57 looks pretty cool

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Post by Alex_W » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:37 pm

reeft1 wrote:
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57 looks pretty cool
That is what is referred to as a "lay-down" roadster. The Offy in-line 4 cyl. was mounted at 5 degrees from flat.

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Post by Alex_W » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:18 pm

The USAC Era from 1956-1995 was the golden age of Indianapolis 500 competition. Here are all of the winners I have from those years. Sorry for the duplication of a few cars

Modified Hobby Horse 1956 Indy Winner - Pat Flaherty - Watson Offy
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Replicarz 1957 Indy Winner - Sam Hanks - Salih (Epperly) Offy
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1958 - Jimmy Bryan

Modified Hobby Horse 1959 indy Winner Rodger Ward - Watson Offy
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Hobby Horse 1960 Indy Winner - Jim Rathmann - Watson Offy
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Hobby Horse 1961 Indy Winner - A.J. Foyt - Trevis Offy
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Hobby Horse 1962 Indy Winner - Rodger Ward - Watson Offy
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1963 Parnelli Jones

1964 A.J. Foyt

Spark 1965 Indy Winner - Jim Clark - Lotus Ford - The first win by a rear engine car.
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Spark 1966 Indy Winner - Graham Hill - Lola Ford
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Spark 1967 Indy Winner - A.J. Foyt - Coyote Ford - This is the last normally aspirated car of the era to win the Indianapolis 500.
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Spark 1968 Indy Winner - Bobby Unser - Eagle Offy - The turbo era begins!
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Spark 1969 Indy Winner - Mario Andretti - The first and only Andretti win as a driver at the Brickyard
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Replicarz 1970 Indy Winner - Al Unser - Colt Ford
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Replicarz 1971 Indy Winner - Al Unser - Colt Ford - Back-to-back wins!
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Spark 1972 Indy Winner - Mark Donohue - McLaren Offy
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Replicarz 1973 Indy Winner - Gordon Johncock - A tragic year at the Brickyard resulted in rules changes intended to slow down the cars and improve safety. Probably the most flat-out terrifying car ever to run at Indy.
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Spark 1974 Indy Winner - Johnny Rutherford - McLaren Offy
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Replicarz 1975 Indy Winner - Bobby Unser - Eagle Offy
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Spark 1976 Indy Winner - Johnny Rutherford - McLaren Offy
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1977 A.J. Foyt

1978 Al Unser

1979 Rick Mears

Spark 1980 Indy Winner - Johnny Rutherford - Chaparral Cosworth - The Yellow Submarine brings ground effects to Indy.
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1981 Bobby Unser

1982 Gordon Johncock

1983 Tom Sneva

1984 Rick Mears

Replicarz 1985 Indy Winner - Danny Sullivan - March Cosworth - Spin and Win!
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1986 Bobby Rahal

1987 Al Unser

1988 Rick Mears

Tameo 1989 Indy Winner - Emerson Fittipaldi - Penske PC18 Chevy - A perfect match of car and driver. 500 win and series Champ.
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Onyx 1990 Indy 500 Winner - Arie Luyendyk - Lola Chevy
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1991 Rick Mears

1992 Al Unser, Jr.

Minichamp 1993 Indy Winner - Emerson Fittipaldi - Penske Chevy - Passed up the milk for orange juice.
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Minichamps 1994 Indy Winner - Al Unser, Jr. - Penske Mercedes - One-off Mercedes engine with crazy horsepower.
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Minichamps 1995 Indy Winner - Jacques Villeneuve - Reynard Ford Cosworth - World Champion just two years later.
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And there they are!
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Post by reeft1 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:38 pm

Immense collection

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Post by Alex_W » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:10 pm

These are winners from the post-war AAA sanctioning era.

1946 - George Robson

Replicarz 1947 Indy Winner - Mauri Rose - Deidt Offy
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Replicarz 1948 Indy Winner - Mauri Rose - Deidt Offy - Back-to-back wins!
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Replicarz 1949 Indy Winner - Bill Holland - Deidt Offy
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1950 - Johnnie Parsons

1951 - Lee Wallard

Replicarz 1952 Indy Winner - Troy Ruttman - Kuzma Offy
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1953 - Bill Vukovitch

1954 - Bill Vukovitch

1955 - Bob Sweikert

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Post by Alex_W » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:28 pm

Rickenbacker Era – AAA sanctioning (1928–1945)

Replicarz 1928 Indy Winner - Louis Meyer - Miller
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Replicarz 1929 Indy Winner - Ray Keech - Miller
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1930 - Billy Arnold

1931 - Louis Schneider

1932 - Fred Frame

1933 - Louis Meyer

1934 - Bill Cummings

1935 - Kelly Petillo

1936 - Louis Meyer

1937 - Wilbur Shaw[

1938 - Floyd Roberts

1939 - Wilbur Shaw
Replicarz 1940 Indy Winner - Wilbur Shaw - Maserati - Back-to-back wins in the same car!
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1941 - Floyd Davis - Mauri Rose The second of two times the win was credited to two drivers.
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Post by Alex_W » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:36 pm

Pre WWI Fisher Era – AAA sanctioning - I only have one from this era

Franklin Mint 1911 Indy 500 Winner - Ray Harroun - Marmon
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1912 - Joe Dawson

1913 - Jules Goux

1914 - René Thomas

1915 - Ralph DePalma

1916 - Dario Resta

Post WWI Fisher Era – AAA sanctioning - Only one so far

1919 - Howdy Wilcox

1920 - Gaston Chevrolet The last French Winner, until this year.

1921 - Tommy Milton

1922 -Jimmy Murphy

1923 - Tommy Milton The first two-time winner

1924 - Lora L.Corum/Joe Boyer The first race credited to two drivers

1925 - Peter DePaolo

Replicarz 1926 Indy Winner - Frank Lockhart - Miller
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1927 - George Souders
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Post by Jager » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:21 am

That’s an excellent collection. It seems that in most cases, the Indy cars were lower and wider than their F1 counterparts from the equivalent era. Where did it all go wrong !
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Post by jag1954 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:26 am

Excellent collection. I have a few of the 1/43 REPLICARZ and they are very very good.

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Post by jinx » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:51 pm

1920 - Gaston Chevrolet Until this year, the only French Winner.

Er……Jules Goux & Rene Thomas weren't French?

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Post by Alex_W » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:42 pm

jinx wrote:
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1920 - Gaston Chevrolet Until this year, the only French Winner.

Er……Jules Goux & Rene Thomas weren't French?
This is a common misconception caused by incorrect spelling of their names. Mr. McGoo was Scottish (and also the only winner who was legally blind). Ronnie Thomas was English to the backbone (although his grandfather was German, hence his ability to drive a race car). :lol:

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Of course you are correct, sir. I meant to say that Monsieur Chevrolet was the last French winner until this year (But not the last french speaker to win).

I have made the correction and am drinking a nice Nuits-Saint-Georges as penance.

Nice collection, BTW. I particularly like the De Cadenet with the "Jack" on the wing, the Pantera, and the Edsel. When i was in high school my neighbor had a Pantera. Nice ride, that.
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Post by Alex_W » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:07 pm

That is all of my winners for the time being. Here are a few more significant cars from the Brickyard and elsewhere.

1958 was a tragic year at the Brickyard. I don't have the winner, but I have the front row none of whom completed the first lap.

Pole sitter Dick Rathmann
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Front row middle Ed Elisian
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Front row outside Jimmy Reese
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First 150+ qualifying run - Parnelli Jones 1962
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Emerson Fittipaldi crashed out of the 1996 Michigan 500 in spectacular fashion. That he survived is a testament to the construction of his Penske.
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Post by Tom » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:29 am

Fantastic collection!

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Post by reeft1 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:18 am

More cracking models. Nice one.

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Post by JSB33 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:11 am

Those roadsters are gorgeous.
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Post by Alex_W » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:10 pm

Tom wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:29 am
Fantastic collection!
reeft1 wrote:
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More cracking models. Nice one.
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Those roadsters are gorgeous.
Thanks. I have a few more roadster conversions that I'm re-photographing. I'll post those soon along with a better pic of the Parnelli Jones car. I'm getting much better photos now thanks to the tutorial on the board.

In the mean time here are a few more from the Brickyard.

Wyn Edwards 1955 Kurtis-Kraft Offy - Chapman Root and co-owner Don Smith of Terre Haute Indiana used their wives first names (Sue and Mary) to come up with the name "Sumar." This streamliner gave driver Jimmy Daywalt the fits, so it was raced "naked" at Indy in 1955. This was the car in which Marshall Teague crashed to his death while attempting to break the closed course speed record at Daytona in 1959.
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Tameo Lola T88 Chevy - Emerson Fittipaldi 1988 - 2nd place finish.
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These are by Minichamps. They are more than 20 years old but they show pretty well.

1993
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1994
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This one is from Replicarz.
Joe Leonard - PJ Colt-Ford - Classified 19th at Indy, but series champion. In 1971 the Indy 500 was part of the newly re-organized USAC Marlboro Championship Trail, in which dirt tracks were separated from the paved ovals and road courses. From then on, the Gold Crown championship schedule would consist solely of paved tracks (both ovals and road courses), giving the national championship a decidedly new look for the 1970s and beyond. In addition, with 500-mile races at Ontario and Pocono now on the schedule, Indy car racing formed its first "triple crown."

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And these are from Spark.

1966
Lloyd Ruby was star-crossed at the Indy 500. In 1966 he led for 68 laps before being sidelined with an engine failure. He was scored in 11th position.
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1966 - Jackie Stewart - First-time starter Jackie Stewart led by over a lap late in the race in John Mecom's Lola T90-Ford. However, inside ten laps to go, his oil pressure dropped too low due to a broken scavenger pump. Stewart parked the car, and walked back to the pits. Fellow rookie Graham Hill inherited the lead and led a total of 10 laps to win, the first rookie winner since 1927. Despite parking the car, Stewart was voted the rookie of the year over Hill.
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1966 - Jim Clark - Starting from the middle of the front row, defending race winner Jim Clark spun twice during the race, and still finished second.
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1967
In 1967 the brand new Chevrolet Camaro was chosen as the Indy 500 pace car, with three-time Indy winner Mauri Rose behind the wheel.
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1967 Granatelli Paxton Turbine - Parnelli Jones - Jets come to Indy! woosh! - Parnelli Jones qualified the car at Indianapolis in sixth place at 166.075 mph. At the start of the race, he quickly took the lead and rarely relinquished it. However, with just eight miles left to go, he coasted into the pits with a transmission bearing failure. The car was refurbished and entered by STP in the 1968 Indianapolis 500. Driven by Joe Leonard, the car crashed into the wall during qualifying and never raced again. Note that Spark labeled the car as a turbo instead of a turbine.
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Here is the SMTS kit I built of this car many years ago.
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1968
1968 - Lotus 56 Turbine - More woosh! Joe Leonard very nearly won the 1968 Indy 500 from pole in this 4-wheel drive turbine car.
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1971
1971 McLaren-Offy M16 - Peter Revson started on the pole with a speed of over 178 miles per hour, more than a mile per hour faster than any other qualifier, with defending champ Al Unser in the middle of the second row. Mark Donohue, who qualified in the middle of the front row, took the lead at the start of the race and led the first 50 laps. A mechanical issue ended his day after just 66 laps, and Unser assumed the lead. He and Joe Leonard swapped the lead several times during the middle portion of the race, but Unser led for the final 83 laps, giving him a win for the second year in a row.
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1971 McLaren-Offy M16 Denny Hulme started 4th and finished 17th.
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Post by Tom » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:34 pm

So many wild, crazy designs... impossible to pick a favourite. Beautiful collection.

I didn't know they ever raced with whitewalls.

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Post by csl143 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:50 pm

Great collection. Enjoying seeing these.

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Post by Alex_W » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:30 pm

Tom wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:34 pm
So many wild, crazy designs... impossible to pick a favourite. Beautiful collection.

I didn't know they ever raced with whitewalls.
Right on. I think this is what is so special about the Indianapolis 500 cars of the USAC era. It really was the "wild, wild west" when it came to car design. Some of these cars were one-off designs that would only race at the Brickyard. Some, like the rear-engine cars of the mid 1960's and the Chaparral "Yellow Submarine", brought a new design philosophy to ovals. Some, like the laydown roadsters were "outside the box". Some were WTF? like the Sumar Special and the turbines. Many pushed the rules like the 1970's McLarens and the 1994 Penske. A few were just flat-out terrifying like the 1973 Eagle. Seriously, what were they thinking?

In my view, the only series that ever came close to matching the wide-open innovation of the USAC era at Indy was the original Can-Am.

I'm flattered that the Watson Roadsters are so popular on the forum and on my blog. I've only recently become involved in any sort of online activity. I really never thought any one would see them but me.

I've updated the photo of the Parnelli Jones car above. Note the customized exhaust.

Here are a few more.

1961 Jim Rathmann
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These were shot in late afternoon light.
1961 Len Sutton
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1961 Eddie Sachs - Note the exhaust mod.
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1961 Al Keller
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1963 Roger McCluskey - The scoops on this one are carved from pine sticks.
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1963 Rodger Ward - Hand-carved scoops on this one as well.
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More info on the Watson conversions can be found here:

https://43mods.blogspot.com/p/watson-roadsters.html
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Post by Alex_W » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:59 pm

csl143 wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:50 pm
Great collection. Enjoying seeing these.
Thank you.

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Post by Tom » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:01 am

All my 1980s 1:43 conversions were disasters, it's tough to work in this scale. Your builds look great, I love seeing them.

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Post by JSB33 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:38 am

The Konstant Hot would be my pick as i would love to fill out this dance card.
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