American Racing Miniatures (ARM) came together in the fall of 2013 when we, Tom Faletti and Ed Mautner, received word from Chris Etzel that he would turn over his Etzel’s Speed Classics to us. Chris sold us the name, rights to use the name, master patterns for nine racing cars, as well as many of the accessories and decals that Chris had created for Etzel’s Speed Classics.
Chris Etzel set the bar for low production, multi-media, race car model kits that is still the cottage industry’s gold standard for quality, accuracy, and, for want of a better word – buildability.
From the beginning, it has been ARM’s goal to maintain or improve his line and to carry that goal into the production of new models, accessories, decals, and other products that ARM is planning to develop and market in the future.
We are Indianapolis racing car enthusiasts and modelers. We will be researching future models, accessories, and decals that we think will be of greatest interest to the open wheel racing modeler. We also hope to provide assistance to the modeler by offering books, research sources and materials, and tools that we have found useful in our own model building experience.
So, thank you for checking out our site. We hope you find something of interest here, but mostly we hope you enjoy our shared hobby to the max.
1998 Winning Dallara IR8
The Indy Racing League switched to a 4 liter naturally aspirated DOHC V-8's with entirely new chassis designs in 1997. Whether motivated by performance or aesthetics, the air intake had become something of an identity point for the new Indy cars in 1998, making them easy to distinguish. The Dallara, manufactured in Italy by Gian Paolo Dallara, had an oval shaped intake that made it very easy to pick out in a field of cars.
1926, ’28 & ’29 Winning Miller 91 rear drive
Absolutely one of the most respected names in all of Motorsports, this was Harry A. Miller's most successful race car design. The Miller 91 rear drive won more races than any other type from 1926 to 1929. Simple yet elegant, the Miller 91 was akin to automotive jewelry. Powered by a 91 cubic inch, dual overhead cam, two valve per cylinder straight eight, they were fast.
1924, ’25 & ’27 Winning Duesenberg 91/122
The decade of the twenties is often considered the golden age of American racing. Fred and Augie Duesenberg's racing cars are an integral part of that history. The only car builders to stand up to Harry Miller's near domination, they captured the Memorial Day Speed Classics in 1924, 1925 and 1927. We are proud to offer this historically significant Duesenberg as our first Indy car kit.