1972 McRae GM1 Formula 5000
Serial Number: #9
Price: $91000 USD
Location: New York, USA
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This highly successful historic Formula 5000 is well known in American Vintage Racing Circles. Numerous race wins at Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Atlanta and Mid Ohio attest to its competitive capability.
The McRae chassis uses a compound curve "Coke bottle" shape which gives graceful appearance unique to the period. More importantly however, the tub shape provides form stiffness which far exceeds its contemporaries in rigidity and strength. The structure carries full height, adding safety and torsional stiffness, yet the McRae weighs in at a minimum weight of 1350 pounds. Most other Formula 5000's are at least 100 pounds more.
The car was parked after winning the 1998 Monoposto Formula 5000 Championship and is available race prepared for a test or race day.
This McRae has been raced for 10 years without a mechanical DNF, it is in race prepared condition and is ready for a test day or race.
Purchased new by Quicksilver Racing in 1973 as one of a two car team. Prepared during that time by Sandy Shamlain, currently the owner of Quicksilver Race Engines in Maryland.
Driven by Chuck and Jim Sarich in the 1974 Formula 5000 Series. Original Log Book is intact.
Stored at Quicksilver thru 1986 when it was purchased by ted Wenz and Peter Marcovicci owners of Marcovicci-Wenz Engineering in New York.
The car was restored over a two year period at MWE by MWE staff including Mark Wehrmann.
Driven by Ted Wenz from 1989 thru 1998 in SVRA and HSR sanctioned events. Many class and overall wins with continued development within the spirit of original basic components to a high level of competitiveness and user friendliness.
A 1997 testing crash required extensive tub rebuild by Mark Bahner, resulting in a better than new tub as evidenced by this car winning the 1998 Monoposto F-5000 Championship.
This car is available exactly as raced including a very specially developed 605 HP 305 cubic inch Chevrolet engine, the result of years of "house car" refinement. This engine has 936.45 miles since last complete rebuild. Normal cycle between rebuilds is about 1500 miles.