Frank Lockhart's 1928 LSR Stutz Black Hawk Model Car Kit, 1/25 Scale
Lockhart began the design and construction of the Black Hawk in the Stutz factory building in Indianapolis with the intention of setting the world’s land speed.
When the Black Hawk emerged it was completely antithetical to the LSR cars of the day. It was about half the usual size, and rather than a large number of massive engines, it relied on a small engine that was built from the blocks of two Miller 91s on a common crankcase. Upon completion,the car was transported to Ormond Beach, Florida(near Daytona) and speed trials commenced.After a few abortive attempts and a wreck in February of 1928 the car went back to Indianapolis and was repaired and returned to Ormond Beach on April 20th, 1928 to try again. With a few days of runs to sort the car out, Lockhart was ready for a serious attempt on Wednesday April 25th. The first runs North and South warmed up the car and at 7:32AM he made a third run south averaging 203.5mph. On the required return trip, 700 feet short of the timing wires, his right rear tire blew. The car skidded, bounced, and flipped before coming to rest 1000 feet down the course after ejecting Lockhart's lifeless body. AAA estimated he was traveling about 220 mph when the right wheel tire blew. At the end of the first warm-up run, Lockhart locked the right rear tire and skidded the car to a stop. It is thought that, the skid caused the tire to be cut, weakening the casing. Because the run was not completed, Frank never actually set the LSR overall, but he did set the American National Class D record (122-181 cubic inches) and it stood formerly 45 years.
The Stutz Black Hawk is curbside(no engine), includes a full cockpit and is designed for very trouble free construction. It consists of eight resin castings, plus an additional seventeen resin and white metal castings. Decals are also included. The finished Black Hawk model measures over 7-1/2 inches long and makes a historically significant and beautiful art deco model.