Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation
Cassutt Special I and II (USA)
Single-seat racing monoplanes. The Special I powered originally by a 63.5 kW (85 hp) Continental C85-8F flat-four engine. Plans are available to amateur constructors and by 1979 about 2,000 sets had been sold, including those for the smaller Special II and a sporting version of the Special I with a larger cockpit.
The sole British entrant at Reno was Stephen Alexander, who flew Cassut G-BKCH ‘Lumpy Custard’ in the Formula One races.
First Australian-built Cassutt Special, being flown by its builder, Peter Furlong of Traralgon, Victoria
Many model building techniques went into the building of this Cassutt "Special" racer. Only a few years old, it is fast becoming one of the top contenders in the racing field. Like most of the midget racers, it too is powered by an 85 h.p. Continental engine. The wing tips are carved from solid balsa.
Formula I racing does not yet enjoy the support in Britain that it is given in the USA, but a start has been made. Pictured are the ill-fated Owl Racer (which crashed May 1971) leading a Cassutt Racer and a couple of Rollason Betas in one of the first UK Formula I events.