Supermodified Model Donated to the Center
Award-winning model builder, Tom Clark of Oswego, N.Y., center, presents a hand-built Supermodified to Head Archivist Jenny Ambrose and Executive Director Tom Weidemann during the Center’s 4th Annual Model Car Show in March. The one-eighth-scale model is now part of the Center’s permanent collection.
A gallery of photographs by Angelo Lisuzzo from the Model Car Show and the talk by Frank Spena and Dave Van Duzer, can be viewed here.
Clark, a designer and builder of body work on Supermodifieds at the Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway since 1980, also uses his building skills on miniatures. This model of an open-wheeled, short-track race car was specially built for the Center and represents 1,500 hours of labor by Clark.
The model celebrates an exciting, viciously fast form of racing with design features elements characteristic of “Supers” – the left-sided offset, 900 hp Chevy engine; different-sized tires; front and rear wings; and tube frame with aluminum body work.
Details make it a uniquely IMRRC race car. It sports the number 48 to commemorate the first road race in Watkins Glen in 1948 and bears the IMRRC’s decal as well as logos of IMRRC sponsors Watkins Glen International, Glenora Wine Cellars and the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.