Car was sold as a bare chassis for autocrossing in Southern Ca. Later modified for SCCA racing. Car was found in Texas by Chuck Tatum and purchased by current owner. Custom design and built, only one with this style body, not original Crusader body. The Crusader Sports Racer was designed by Chuck Tatum and manufactured by Crusader cars, owned and operated by Chuck Tatum and Jerry Demele of Stockton California. The original Crusader was a joint project between Joe Vittone, owner of EMPI (Engineered Motor Products, Inc.) of Riverside California and Crusader Cars. At that time EMPI was the world's largest producer of speed and power equipment and had the reputation of having the hot "setup" for making Volkswagens go fast. In the early sixties, Crusader cars had gained an enviable reputation as builders of the Crusader Formula Vee racing cars. Crusader Formula Vees had been driven to many wins and championships by Jerry Demele and other SCCA drivers.
This Crusader has raced at the following: Monterey Historic Vintage Races, Steamboat Springs Vintage Races, Wine Country Classic Vintage Races, Columbia River Classic Races, Portland Historic Races and SCCA Vintage Races.