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Published by JasonB on Jun 4, 2023
All of this week’s slot car news, hot off the press.
Featuring over a century of slot cars, from a 1905 Darracq, to a 2019 Porsche, with three BMWs, a Mercedes twin set, two Hondas, a Hesketh, a BRM, and a March, plus forthcoming events, our photo of the week, and the latest videos and podcasts.
- George Turner Darracq George Turner’s next kit is nearly finished. It is another in the Edwardian Racers series, a 1905 200hp Darracq, and production is expected to start in a couple of weeks.
- Avant Slot Mercedes Blue Wonder Avant Slot have posted prototype photos of their forthcoming Mercedes Benz race car transporter, nicknamed the Blue Wonder. Expected towards the end of the year, the transporter will come with a Mercedes W196 Grand Prix car on the back. Both the truck and the car will be working slot cars.
- Avant Slot BMW 635 Avant Slot have also unveiled prototype photos of three new liveries for the BMW 635 CSI. The new models represent cars driven in the 1984 Rally Valeo, the 1983 Spa 24hrs, and the 1984 24hrs of Nürburgring.
- Fly Hesketh 308 Fly have released photos of the forthcoming Hesketh 308, which models Torsten Palm’s 1975 Monaco GP car.
- Fly March 761 Also from Fly, are photos of the next March 761 model, which has a new airbox to recreate the car driven to sixth place in the 1976 Monaco GP by Hans Joachim Stuck.
- Scaleauto NSX GT3 After the Honda NSX GT3 white kit, Scaleauto have now released the first two liveries, both of which model cars from the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona.
- Slot.it Porsche 956 Slot.it have released photos of the new livery for their Porsche 956, which models the car driven at the Nürburgring 1000 km of 1984. The car finished eighth, and was driven by Henri Pescarolo, Stefan Johansson, and unusually by Ayrton Senna, in a rare outing in endurance racing. Available to pre-order.
- Worthing HO Wednesday – 7th-Jun-23
- Extreme Live! – 11th-Jun-23
- National GT3 – Rockingham – 18th-Jun-23
- Worthing Digital Saturday – 24th-Jun-23
- Bury St Edmunds club night 5-10pm – 1st-Jul-23
- Worthing HO Wednesday – 5th-Jul-23
- National GT3 – Molesey – 9th-Jul-23
- Worthing Digital Wednesday – 19th-Jul-23
- National Digital Championship – Rockingham – 29th-Jul-23
Audio & Video
The Road to Abergavenny
Scott has gone rally-mad ahead of his trip to Wales for the Abergavenny Rally Slot Car Club summer event. His excitement is palpable. Expect Manta banter, news of Nissans and mention of Mitsubishis to come.
Photo of the Week
Fly Renault 5 Turbo collection
Photo by Carlos Valen of HobbyClassic
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BRM, the Inside Story
Published by JasonB on May 5, 2023 in Features, Updates
We have a new and fairly substantial motor racing history section which we’ve added to the site. It could be encapsulated by just three letters, BRM, but in truth the full story would make a decent sized book.
The inspiration for our new section came from a British Racing Motors team mechanic, Dennis ‘Sheriff’ Perkins who worked for the team for well over a decade from the mid 1950s onwards, and who took photos throughout his time with the team.
Of course Perkins wasn’t a professional photographer, he was first and foremost a BRM mechanic. In fact he was so good at his job that he was elected to membership of the BRDC, being proposed by Graham Hill and seconded by Jackie Stewart.
But he took photos of some important motor racing events, and he took his photos from a different angle to the press, or the spectators. He snapped his pics from behind the scenes, from the oil stained pit boxes, from the workshops, or even from the team transporter which he drove across the continent in his slippers.
Through his photos we will tell the story of British Racing Motors, from the disastrous and all too obvious failings in the early days, through to being world champions and one of the most consistently successful teams in Formula One at their peak, before they were brought back down to earth with a bump, as the team declined.
BRM had always set out to match and beat the best in Formula One. To do that, they absolutely insisted that they should build their own engines as well as the chassis. They wanted to take Ferrari’s approach, and when it worked, it really worked, but when it didn’t, it really didn’t.
Nowadays of course, we can expect a netflix documentary for every F1 race, no matter how insignificant. But in those days there were a very limited cohort of press reporters and photographers. So this little treasure trove of photos from the pit lanes and paddocks of the 1950s and 1960s are important.
We’ve tried our best to tell the stories of not just BRM, but of the individual races for which we have photos, many of which have their own fascinating tales to tell.
We’ve tried to tell the story of the BRM drivers and the BRM cars. We’ve used a wide variety of sources for all of the information, including contemporary reports.
We’ve also included slot track plans for every circuit, and a comprehensive list of BRM slot cars.
So there you go, that’s a rough outline of what we’ve got for you, hope you enjoy having a look and a read.
Many thanks to John Perkins, son of Dennis, for his kind permission to use these photos. Many thanks also to Dennis ‘Sheriff’ Perkins himself, not just for his sterling work with BRM, but also for recording his time with the team.
BRM, the Inside Story