Formula one

Wolf-Ford WR3, Theodore Racing: Grand Prix Germany 1978, Keke Rosberg

Tamiya / Studio 27 1/12 scale

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Austrian-born Canadian, Walter Wolf came into Grand Prix racing when he backed the struggling Williams team from late in 1975. He acquired the equipment of the dissolved Hesketh team for use in 1976, when the cars carried Williams designations and were sometimes referred to, as “Wolf-Williams”. Wolf took over 60 percent of the Williams company. By 1977, Wolf set up a powerful team, with Harvey Postlethwaite to design a new car, Peter Warr persuaded to leave Lotus to manage affairs, and just one driver –Scheckter- who won three Grand Prix.



This was distinctive and workmanlike design by Postlethwaite, with a “wedge” theme to its outward lines in plan as well as in profile, and mechanically a conventional Cosworth DFV/Hewland FGA400 package. Jody Scheckter drove WR1/1 to a debut victory in Argentinia, and used the same car to win in Monaco and Canada. Beyond that, he scored two second places and four thirds in a remarkable display of mechanical and team reliability. The cars served on for the first races of 1978, when they were outmoded.

Teddy Yip (Theodore Racing)

Teddy Yip, one of the more colorful Formula 1 team owners in the 1970s, was born in the Dutch colony of Sumatra in 1907. Yip was sent to Holland to study, but afterwards went into business. He moved to Hong Kong in the 1940s, and began to build up his business empire which included travel agencies, hotels, casinos and trading companies.

In the early 1970s, Yip met Sid Taylor and agreed to sponsor Vern Schuppan in Formula 5000. This led to Yip backing Schuppan in Formula 1 with Team Ensign in 1974. There followed further involvement in America with Schuppan and then support of Alan Jones in the US Formula 5000 series in 1976. That year, he established Theodore Racing. It was run by Taylor and entered an Ensign for Patrick Tambay in F1. After a difficult year in 1977, Yip commissioned Ron Tauranac to build him a Formula 1 car. The car was difficult and Eddie Cheever failed to qualify in both Brazil and Argentina, but, then Keke Rosberg took over and won the International Trophy at Silverstone in the wet, although he qualified for only one GP in South Africa. The car was abandoned in the mid-season. Yip decided to buy the Wolf WR3 for Keke Rosberg. The WR3 was used during the 1978 Hockenheim and Zeltweg Grand Prix.
The Model was built with the known Tamiya Wolf WR1 kit in 1/12 scale, the decals are from Studio 27.

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