This is a mostly-true story, although some of the details have become a bit fuzzy over time. It’s a story about old cars, family friends and lost opportunities. The story begins with my father, who as a youngster was very fond of an older boy, Jimmy, who lived just up the hill. One winter day during the war, Jimmy,…
Tfritsch wrote the definitive post on this car last July:
That is all.
Here’s another magazine wrapper special from China, manufacturer unknown. This little 1/43 beauty represents the second place finisher in the 1958 Tour de France, a Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta, driven by Francois Picard and Maurice Trintignant. For $18 shipped from China, I think this model is nicely detailed and…
After Ford’s 1-2-3 Le Mans domination in 1966, Enzo Ferrari and his chief engineer Mauro Forghieri rebounded with the 330 P4, considered one of the greatest Ferrari endurance race cars ever. The Ferrari P4 engine, a screaming 4.0 liter V12 with three valves per cylinder, was modeled after the Italian Grand…
There’s a funky, retro-cool shop about 200 yards from my house so I occasionally stop in to browse for cars. Not much luck, just a beat-up Matchbox crane #30 missing its crane and a Hot Wheels Cobra.
While researching Alfa GTVs, I came across this wonderful site, featuring an extensive diecast collection complete with notes, etc.
Here’s a very basic Progetto K Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV as raced in the 1972 24-hours at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Driven by Jean Ragnotti and Jean-Claude Andruet, the #42 GTV finished third in Division 2.
Sorry I don’t have anything else to contribute for Teutonic Two Thousand Twosday, so here’s another shot of Hans-Joachim Stuck getting airborne in his Group 5 320i.
A couple of Alfa Romeos battling it out, with the ‘65 TZ2 barely beating the ‘63 TZ. Both cars by Metro.
Two for one special today, although I’ve posted both of these cars before, just not on the track together. The #15 Jagermeister by Minichamps is the 320i that Hans Stuck drove to victory in the 1977 DRM at the Nurburgring in Division 2 (under 2-liter). The #58 320i is a Quartzo model from the BMW Belgium team.
Honestly, who can work with all these distractions?
I know, I know, this car has been touted too many times on Tuesdays, so what’s one more? Hans-Joachim Stuck, Nurburgring, 1970, 2002ti by Minichamps.
Having fun with my Nurburgring diorama...
Ok, know I’m early, but since we’re expecting a blizzard the next couple of days I figured I’d get a post out. This is the 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2, as driven in the 1966 Nurburgring 1000km race. I’ve posted this model before; this time it’s weathered a bit and showing more progress on my Nurburgring diorama.
Presenting a couple of recent purchases from the ‘Bay: a set of 1/43 mechanics by True Scale Miniatures, and a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 by Metro.
I took advantage of Citizen Patrick’s special deal on this Ford Sierra Cosworth by AUTOart. What a great model! I used to drive a grey Merkur XR4Ti back in the late ‘80s. At the time its 2.3 turbo four cranked out 175 hp, which seemed unbelievable back then.
Here’s a repost, a delPrado ‘59 356A. Hate to admit it was the year of my birth!
Just a semi-random purchase off the Bay: I was looking for some sort of emergency vehicle for my Nurburgring diorama and this little set intrigued me. No brand name anywhere, and the seller threw in a Mercedes McLaren SLR for free.
While waiting for an order of plastruct and Evergreen plastics to arrive so construction can start on the guard rails and catch fence, I realized something else was missing from the ‘Ring diorama: graffiti! So here’s my feeble attempt.