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Race day, May 25, 1986, was car owner Jim Trueman's birthday. Trueman was in the late stages of a battle with cancer that was slowly taking his life. The team commemorated his birthday with a small "Happy Birthday JRT" insignia on the nose and rear wing endplates of the car.

Unfortunately race day was a washout, as was the next day and the race was postponed to Saturday May 31st.

The wait, however, was worth it as 1986 produced one of the most exciting finishes in Speedway history as a restart with 2 laps remaining allowed Bobby Rahal to get a jump and pass leader Kevin Cogan to take the victory.

Rahal dedicated the victory to Jim Trueman, who as well as Rahals, friend and car owner was the founder of Red Roof Inns. Trueman passed away eleven days later.




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Tips for building the Budweiser March:

A couple simple conversions need to be made to convert the Cummins March into the 1986 Indy winner. The exhaust port on the left side needs to be filled in with putty and an airscoop needs to be placed on the rear of the engine cover. For this I used a brake scoop from a Tamiya Wolf WR1 kit. The rear wing and wing support should be taken from a Penske PC17 kit. I recommend using Tamiya TS-8 Italian Red paint.


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Indycals makes the tire decals for this car. Note, if you are using tires with raised lettering you will need to remove that before applying decals. Click Image for details.


1986 Budweiser March

Driver: Bobby Rahal

1986 Budweiser March

1986 Budweiser March Decals

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Designed for the AMT Cummins March. Complete set of decals to replicate the car that carried Bobby Rahal to his dramatic Indy 500 win over Kevin Cogan and pole sitter Rick Mears.

This set of decals can be ordered with our new March 86C upgrade kit!

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