Team Russkit’s Old Survivor…

July 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This Team Russkit box, issued to the original team members, COULD be the sole survivor of a dozen or so. It came with matching polyester jacket, navy blue slacks and tie and white shirt with Russkit patch.

This is Len Vucci’s box. Len was one of the 4 original team members with Mike Morrissey, Ron Quintana and Rick Durkee. Mike was of course, team captain.

Fortunately the box has survived with all its contents. Morrissey picked Len for the Team after his win in a 24-hour race organized by sponsor Ralston Purina. His winning car still exists and you can see it inside the box. Original tire dirt included. This box was used in the famous 1966 Russkit “Tour” of over 50 raceways in 3 weeks, leading to tall stories by local losers as well as winners. Note the intact bag of “Tiny’s” tires… not too many of those around.

Len’s McLaren-Elva was built by Morrissey (frame) and by Len himself (body and rewound Russkit 23 motor). Note the Mylar spoiler. The back one fell off and I have to re-attach it one of these days.

The chassis is made mostly of piano wire and not the usual brass rod. Below is a copy of the famous Rod & Custom issue reporting the first race of the series organized by the magazine. You can see the cars of Mike Morrissey and Rick Durkee, almost identical to Len Vucci’s own example.

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  • 1 Eric Smith // Apr 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for showing this vintage Team Russkit box with cars.A discovery was made when I saw the Mclaren-Elva.

    Thanks for the nice photos,

    Eric

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