I wanted to build this car since I was 10. it is THE MOST FAMOUS AMERICAN RACING CAR of all time. owned by artist Peter Helck for 50 plus years the car is now in the Henry Ford.this big 16 liter racer still wears its original paint and has never been restored.it was the first American car to win the Vanderbilt Cup Race.an international competition dominated by the Europeans untill 1908- the year that the big Locomobile won.
for years I looked for a kit and at one time converted a 1/16 Mercer into this racer.however I was never satisfied with the results. thanks to ebay I eventually found there were 2 different kits produced in 1/16 scale.released in 1949 and 1961.both long gone when I was a young modeler  One was by Eldon/Ungar-under the title ''1908 RACER'' circa 1961-motorized and in colored styrene. a snap kit-basically a toy- I thought I would super detail it and have what I wanted but after seeing it in person I decided to save it for posterity.the second model was from Hudson Miniatures ''Old Timers'' Series released in 1949. it was in balsa wood with plastic wheels.and had an amazing set of plans-basically blueprints-to 1/16 scale-now I had what I needed to build my version of ''OLD 16''!!
after seeing the contents of the Old Timers kit I realized that I was about to enter the world of scratch building-im glad I did!
Edited by f1ford48, 17 February 2014 - 10:23 AM.