Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Mercedes-Benz introduced its 300 SLR for the first time at the Mille Miglia. Among its strongest competitors were Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin. Every minute a competing car got its starting clearance. Since 1949 the starting order had been decided by lot so that each starting number was a record of the starting time. The young-but-well-accomplished British race driver Stirling Moss, together with his co-pilot Denis Jenkinson (“Jenks”), received the starting number 722. It means that their exact starting time was 7:22 am. What an unforgettable race they presented that day. Denis Jenkinson invented the so-called Roller Map, a sort of “navigation system“ that would become a part of racing history. This Roller Map was a six-meter paper roll with details of the track information collected during the training sessions. As a result, he was able to give his pilot very exact tips. Thanks to his driving skills, his will to win, and the reliability of his 300 SLR, Stirling Moss already took the lead in Rome. After 10 hours, 17 minutes and 48 seconds, the duo of Moss and Jenkinson crossed the finishing line to become the victors. They reached an unbelievable average speed of 157.65 km/h. An unparalleled record for a long time to come. J.M. Fangio, also driving a 300 SLR, finished 2nd to complete a sweet dual triumph of the Mercedes-Benz. Our SLR is hand-mounted from more than 1,500 single parts. It is a precision model that incorporates well-documented historic details and authentic replication. Explore the realistic presentation of this great model, and you will feel somehow like Stirling Moss. By the way, Moss drove the whole race with the service panel removed to expedite maintenance work in the case of emergency. He simply could not bear to lose a single second unnecessarily. But if you do not feel capable of filling the shoes of this legendary race driver, then picture yourself as his co-pilot. A miniature version of Jenkinson’s Roller Map is also included. Buy it now
Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Richard Wagers Mini Miglia No.50 was originally built in 1991 by Ian Pattison and became to be known as the Kenwood Mini in its original black and red livery carrying Kenwood Car Hi-Fi sponsorship.The car won first time out at Pembrey breaking the lap record.It also won what is widely regarded as the closest ever Mini Miglia race at Castle Combe in 1996 when no less than 7 cars went over the line in under a second.In 2004 it underwent a face lift with the work carried out by Ludlow Motorsport and is now backed by Sean Devine Civil Engineering as well as Kenwood.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The Sun Star AEC Routemaster is a limited edition model and are getting rare to find as new ones find their place in collections. Sun Star have reportedly ceased making the Routemaster of which there are about 7 different models.
The detail is outstanding, the model 'looks right', it has a metal body and is quite heavy in weight but it is something you can look at from any angle and really enjoy.
The bonnet lifts to show a representation of the famous 9.6 litre AEC six cylinder diesel engine, turn the bus ovr and you get a detailed chassis with separate gearbox, a fan that goes round by hand and radiator pipes.
The interior is superb, the moquette seat patterns are accurately reproduced, the hand rails in chrome too, the wheels are poseable (steerable) and the wheels rotate and have lovely scaled AEC badges on the hubs, the front grille is a fine gauze and you can see the radiator through the mesh.
This really is an adults only model and is a striking conversation piece. Each model comes with a certificate recording the individual serial number of the bus in that edition. --Mr.M Sander
With a registration of 850 DYE, this collector's model of the Routemaster is finished in the silver livery celebrating the Queen's Silver Jubilee London Celebrations 1977. Buy here
Friday, May 7, 2010
The model from this excellent batch is the Lotus Ford Type 49B. Apart from the fact that all the rivets are modelled, and the wheels are superb, take a close look at the engine and suspension detail. The Quartzo model can certainly be fully recommended.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
The 700 model was the car heralded as turning around BMW in the late 1950s. When BMW showed off the 700 coupe and sedan model at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the autumn of 1959, it received enough orders for two years of production. The 700 was masterminded by Willy Black, the man who had designed the 600 that it replaced, Black again drew on the com,pany¡¦s motorcycle technology, but this time, he enlarged the twin-cylinder engine of the R67 motorcycle to get the power he needed for this larger car. Giovanni Michelotti of Italy styled the car, carrying over themes from his Triumph Herald, a contemporary of the 700. His first sketch was for a slant-roof coupe, which appealed to BMW although the company wanted more passenger room. Michelotti returned with a sketch of a saloon variant, and BMW decided to build both. The 700 Coupe entered production in August 1959 and the 700 Saloon joined it at the end of the year.