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Located in Harrisburg, N.C., U.S. Legend Cars, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of race cars in the world, and is the exclusive producer of the Legend Car and Bandolero.

In 1992, the officials at Charlotte Motor Speedway began noticing a great need all across North America. This need was very simple: an affordable racecar with a unique design that requires little maintenance time and cost. This was brought about because many short tracks have allowed the cost of their competing racecars to escalate out of control with "loose" rules.

Car counts began to drop drastically, and at that moment, track officials estimate that 30% to 40% of the racecars in North America were not in competition because of cost. After further research, track officials noticed that when car costs went over $20,000, participation dwindled. Tracks featuring cars in the $10,000 to $15,000 price range with low maintenance expenses (cost of racing a car per race) had significantly increased car counts.

As a result of this research, in January 1992, U.S. Legend Cars International was launched, then known as 600 Racing, and began a highly-accelerated R&D program of a new race car that would be affordable, race on smaller tracks and have low maintenance costs.

It was then in April of 1992 that the first Legend Car was unveiled at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The concept of creating a fun and affordable "spec" class of racing for anyone to participate in was born.

Since that time, the Legend Car has become one of the fastest growing segments of motorsports today. With drivers being classified into four different divisions, the Legend Car is THE racing opportunity that is available to anyone! The Pro Division is for the experienced drivers. The Masters Division features drivers 40 years and older. The Semi-Pro Division is the novice class, featuring the drivers that are new to the sport or have been active in other forms of racing. Then there is the Young Lions Division which is designated for the drivers between the ages of 10 and 16. While the car stays the same from division to division, it is the driver that makes the difference!

The above mission statement is the foundation that the Legend Car has grown from and will continue to grow from in the future. It is also very important to note, that while we are undertaking the task of advancing the sport of Legend Car racing, we will not forget that we are promoting a "family-oriented" sport.

U.S. Legend Cars International and its sanctioning body INEX is proud to be a stepping stone for drivers climbing the ladder to NASCAR and has many notable alumni who have driven Legend Cars and Bandoleros!