Howie Ursaner was dominating at the 1967 Arco Nats. With his car as a Coupe it was TQ and won the race by eight laps...
... and by simply swapping bodies the car, now a Sports Car, set a new 2-minute qualifying record and another top qualifer mark. That is two TQs out of two races!
Through no fault of his own, this rocket ship Sports Car was wrecked before the race even started. Here is Howie telling what happened:
There is a great Car Model multipage article on this race posted earlier in this topic. I won the Coupe race and was tied in points with Cozine who had not won a race. The final race was Sports Cars and I was TQ with a 2-minute run. This gave me an extra point to put me in the overall lead. When they called drivers to the race I saw a child put my car on the track and the car was walled and destroyed before I even plugged in my controller. All I had to do was finish fifth to win overall but they did not give me any time to fix the car so it was launching in the bank. That is how he won. Phil won the race. I would have most likely won. Same car as the Coupe, which was pretty unbeatable there.
A lot up for grabs, hometown crowd in Atlanta, conspiracy theories abound, they would not give me time to fix my car. They did not want me to win. I was crushed. They were happy. End of story.
Both cars used the same chassis shown below:
The one picture above of the Coupe version and various bare chassis pictures are all the documentation we have of the super fast but ill-fated car. With Howies help Im going to do my best to bring a tribute to the Sports Car version back to life.
Lets start with the Car Model magazine and Model Racing Journal coverage of the Arco Nats event:
That's the background, now we need to start building. But, Howie, I need some info about your car.
Howie question number 1: What motor did you use?
I'm guessing it wasn't a Champion 517 based on this picture:
Your car on the left and the Mike Morrissey copy on the right both seem to have a Mabuchi-size endbell bearing hole in the motor bracket.
Howie question number 2: What body did you use on your Sports Car?
I found this picture that I think my be of the Arco Nats. Some of the cars seem to match those shown in the above pictures from the race... but this is just a guess:
I see Dynamic Handling Bodies like a Lola T70, Mirage, and McLaren Mk 6 and Mk 3.
What do you think, Howie?