Billy Wade drove this car for Cotton Owens to the 1963 Rookie of the Year Title. Wade would become the first driver to win 4 consecutive races the following season, before being tragically killed in a tire test in January 1965.
His stats for the 1963 Season: 31 starts (of 55 possible races), 4 Top 5s, 14 Top 10s, 21 laps led of 6008 run, completing 4,988.6 miles and earning $15,204 dollars, placing 16th in the final standings. His best finish of the year was a second, at Nashville on August 4th of 1963.
When I built this model, I didn't think to look at the Rookie of the Year Charts, and didn't notice this was his Rookie of the Year winning ride until nearly 2 months after I finished the model. As such, it's missing the Rookie stripe.
The model is a resin kit, from R&R Vacuum Craft, that I won as a door prize at the NNL Nationals in 2006. I started the model exactly 1 week before this year's NNL Nationals, and got it done in time to make the two day drive out there!
The interior is scratchbuilt, and the cage is from Plastic Performance Products. The wheels and tires are Modelhaus. Unfortunatly I didn't think to build in room for the rear tires so the chassis sticks out below the body. I may correct it someday. The decals are by my friend Bernie from Guadeloupe. The only plastic kit parts are the steering wheel and the seat, and the seat has been modified. All the rest is either Resin or scratchbuilt.
Really a very simple, easy and fun kit to build, it was a pure joy to do this R&R kit!