Saturday, December 3, 2011


Of the 2 Grand Sport Roadsters ever built, Roger Penske bought BOTH! Chassis 001 was picked up from the GM factory and prepped for the 1966 Sebring 12-Hour event. It made its racing debut against Ford GT40's, Ferraris, Chaparrals, and Porsches. After the 1966 Sebring race, George Wintersteen bought Grand Sport chassis 002 from Roger Penske and picked up his Roadster. The Wintersteen Roadster was immediately updated by Traco with a 427 ci engine equipped with a single Holley carburetor. This gorgeous car was recreated faithfully by Exoto! There are a ton of features crammed into this 1/18 scale beauty - here's just a few: - die-cast metal-body, full opening parts - carpeted interior - fabric seat belts with photo-etched hardware - steering function - special louvered hood with to-scale bungie strap - photo-etched radiator with genuine rod bracing - rubber-like Goodyear tires with genuine tread pattern - independent die-cast metal rolling chassis - working suspension & rear suspension trailing arms - ...and MUCH MORE! Here's a little more information on the Wintersteen Roadster, as provided by Competing in the 1966 US Road Racing Championship, Wintersteen and chassis 002 delivered impressive results at Bridgehampton, Watkins Glen and Mosport, given that the competition was now two years ahead and far more sophisticated. The 1966 USRRC event at Watkins Glen, in particular, stands out from the other races. George remembers being bumped by Charlie Parsons' McLaren before moving over to give Parsons the racing line. "The next thing I knew, Parsons was off in the weeds amid great clouds of dust," Wintersteen recalls. He does not, however, recall stopping his Corvette to pull Mark Donohue from his crashed and burning Lola T70! Shop here

1 comment:

Juanh said...

Precioso Corvette, tengo un par de ellos "racing" en 1/43.