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Published by JasonB on Sep 24, 2023
Our weekly round up of news from the slot car world.
- Slot Car Corner Available now at Slot Car Corner are…
- Carrera Mercedes AMG GT3 The shipment is on its way according to Carrera, so we can expect to see this new livery on the Mercedes AMG GT3 arriving with retailers imminently. The model is a 1/32 scale version of the SunEnergy1 entry at Bathurst in 2022.
- Revoslot Chevrolet Corvette C5 Pendle Slot Racing have posted new photos of the forthcoming Revoslot Chevrolet Corvette C5, which is expected in the next few weeks.
- Slot.it Opel Calibra Slot.it have announced that their next Opel Calibra model will be available from October 6th. The model recreates the 1996 DTM/ITC car driven by Hans Joachim Stuck, who won both rounds at the Helsinki Thunder street circuit.
- Slot.it Oreca 07 Slot.it have posted production photos of the long awaited Oreca 07, a car which has dominated the LMP 2 category at the 24 hours of Le Mans for several years. The first livery for the Slot.it model recreates the 2022 DKR Engineering entry, driven by Laurents Hörr, Jean Glorieux, and Alexandre Cougnaud. Available to pre-order, and scheduled for release in Q3 2023.
- Racing Replicas MGB Pete Shepherd has built this lovely MGB for a customer. The colour is BMC pale primrose from Pro Scale Paints, who mix bespoke colours at no extra cost, and the kit comes from Pendle Slot Racing.
- National Digital Championship – North Staffs – 30th-Sep-23
- Worthing HO Wednesday – 4th-Oct-23
- Worthing Digital Saturday – 14th-Oct-23
- Bury St Edmunds Club Night 5-10pm – 14th-Oct-23
- National Digital Championship – Rockingham – 21st-Oct-23
- National GT3 – North Staffs – 29th-Oct-23
- Worthing HO Wednesday – 1st-Nov-23
- Vintage Carrera Frömter figures Slotracing Studio has added over 150 1/32 scale Carrera-Frömter figures from the 1970s and 1980s. Obviously these don’t compare in detail or realism to modern figures, but for collectors and fans of the era, they will be a must-have on the racetrack.
Photos of the Week
Fly Porsche 911S – Bathurst 1970
George Turner Models 1905 Daraq
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On This Day in History…
|29-09-1968||Mika Häkkinen, Finnish driver and two time World F1 Champion, born in Vantaa, Finland|
|29-09-1980||Bindo Maserati, Italian auto engineer and businessman (manager Maserati Racing; founder O.S.C.A. Racing), dies at 97|
|30-09-1997||Max Verstappen, Belgian-Dutch driver and F1 World Drivers Champion, born in Hasselt, Belgium|
|01-10-1967||Richard Petty continues his phenomenal NASCAR winning streak by taking the Wilkes 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway, an unprecedented 10th consecutive victory|
|01-10-1995||Michael Schumacher wins the Pacific Grand Prix at the TI Circuit in Aida, Japan to clinch his 2nd straight Formula 1 World Drivers Championship|
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