Auto World Bruce Larson “USA-1” Funny Car

May 18, 2014 No Comments by

Speaking of the Legends series, this 1970s-vintage Camaro represents the bow-tie contingent as Bruce Larson’s particularly patriotic “USA-1” funny – one of the prettier cars Larson ran in his career, and, thanks to its Hemi engine and sleek shape, one that kept him running and winning match races in the early ’70s, despite the lack of a major corporate sponsor. The decos on the model match perfectly to a few in-action shots we found (some of which showed alarming, full-flame burnouts), and the livery – including a high end grouping of tamped-on sponsor logos, all sealed under a piano-smooth clear coat – makes the car a great adjunct to the ever-growing Legends set. Our  favorite business, topside, is the beautiful metallic in the blue stripes – a great, and authentic contrast to the rest of the colors on the car; underneath, it’s that same, well-done funny chassis that’s rolled under nigh on all of the Legends of the Quarter Mile cars, done here in a correct red. Here’s our greatest hope: that the success of this line will allow AW to break out some new bodies (which they are – stay tuned), and drill down even deeper into one of the greatest eras in drag car history. We’ll be waiting.  — Joe Kelly, Jr.

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I’ll start by saying that my “real world” job for 37 years was being an AeroSpace Engineer in the Preliminary Design Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 37 years. I’ve been a car nut (as well as an airplane nut) for as long as I can remember but I never intended to be a writer. I began collecting 1/43 scale diecast models in 1966 and wrote a story about making the Dinky and Mebetoys Ford GT models more accurate for Collector’s Automotive Replica Society (CARS) in ’68. Then in the early ‘70’s I bought one of John Day’s first white-metal kits, the Mercedes 300SLR, and wrote a story about that which was published in Scale Modeler in 1972. John liked it and sent some more kits and, well, things just got out of hand. I’ve written about 1/43 scale models (and kits) in one or more magazine continuously since then and those Fords and the 300SLR (yes, I still have it) have been joined by about 3500 more models. Although I’ve never been out of the country, this hobby has given me the opportunity to make friends all over the world, something that would never have happened if I hadn’t bought those Ford GT’s. At this point I’ve had more than 1700 magazine articles published and plan to add some more to that with DiecastX. I’m really looking forward to this association with a great group of people who have helped make the hobby what it is and hope to make a lot more new friends through these pages.
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