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January 24, 2017

The latest 1/12 scale Porsche 956 release is the #8 Marlboro sponsored Joest Racing entry driven by Bob Wollek, Klaus Ludwig and Stefan Johansson in the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans. The fastest of the 'privateer' 956 contingent in '83, the Joest Porsche, fitted with a high compression engine, overcame nagging ignition problems and a Klaus Ludwig shunt to finish the race in 6th place overall.  

TSM's stunning 1/12 scale replica is mounted on a simulated carbon fibre base. A decal sheet is included to make the model historically accurate, as seen below. 

A limited edition of just 300 pieces world wide. Ordering info below:

TSM 151210
#8 Porsche 956
Wollek / Ludwig / Johansson
Joest Racing
6th Overall, 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans
$365.00 - Order HERE

TMC Display Case for 1/12 scale TSM Porsche 956
$65.00 - Order HERE

1/12 scale Porsche 917 Case coming soon. Email us for information.

1/12 scale TSM
MAZDA 787B #55
Winner, 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans
$365.00 - Order HERE
1/12 scale TSM
PORSCHE 956 #1
Winner, 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans
$365.00 - Order HERE
1/12 scale TSM
PORSCHE 917K #23
Winner, 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans
$350.00 - Order HERE
1/12 scale
PORSCHE 956 #7
Winner, 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans
$365.00 - Order HERE


We've been waiting for this one for a long time!

The next 1/12 scale TSM release is the iconic #2 Gulf Porsche 917K driven to a dominant victory in the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona by Pedro Rodriguez and Leo Kinnunen.

We expect delivery in the next few weeks. We're told the Limited Edition of 300 pieces is 'pre-sold out'. A handful of models are available from our allotment. You can reserve one below.  I will be confirming our existing advance orders over the next few days.

$350.00 - Reserve HERE


by Paul Parker
The 1960s was an evocative but brutal decade in sports-car racing and still essentially unchanged from its late 1950s origins during the first two or three seasons; ditto the venues.
Here in colour and monochrome are the machines, their intrepid drivers and the many and varied circuits, some of them still public roads, which provided a stunning period backdrop that remained largely au naturel.
From the Ferraris, Maseratis, Porsches, Aston Martins, Jaguars et al to the beginning of the rear-engine era and the advent of American interests, sports-car racing underwent a radical transformation from the road-based racers of the previous decade.
Ferrari and Porsche largely dominated the first five seasons in their separate classes, but there was plenty of opposition and the rise of the GT category provided some more variety. The arrival of Carroll Shelby's AC Cobra and later the legendary Daytona Cobra finally saw off the omnipotent Ferrari 250 GTO. This category also included mildly modified road cars, which allowed amateur racers to compete in championship events. 
However, it took Ford two seasons to make their V8 prototypes reliable enough to take on Ferrari at endurance races, and the debut of their 7-litre cars handed them back-to-back Le Mans victories in 1966 and '67. More radical were Jim Hall's Chaparrals, which won at Sebring in 1965, the Nürburgring 1000km in 1966 and the 1967 BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch. The latter 2F's automatic transmission was fragile; otherwise it would have won at least two other rounds in 1967.
From 1965 onwards Ferrari's hegemony was gradually eroding, they were absent in 1968, the year that specified a 3-litre limit for the 'prototypes' and 5-litres for the GT prototypes as in Ford's still-effective GT40s and the spectacular but fragile Lola T70s. Porsche introduced their iconic 3-litre flat-8 908 as Matra and Alpine-Renault joined the 3-litre class whilst Ray Heppenstall and Bob McKee produced the truly innovative helicopter-turbine-powered Howmet TX.  
Meanwhile the voluptuous Cosworth DFV-powered Ford P68 entered by Alan Mann looked very impressive, but various problems, which included a dreadful accident for Chris Irwin at the Nürburgring, damned it. Another attempt in 1969 fared no better.
In the last year of the decade Ferrari reappeared, but it was a half-hearted effort, matching its F1 form, whilst John Wyer Automotive, having won the manufacturers' championship and Le Mans in 1968, repeated their Sarthe win in 1969 to Porsche's great discomfort. Wyer also tried a Len Terry-designed BRM V12-powered Mirage, which later used a Cosworth DFV, but it was a relative dud. 
So Porsche won the most races and introduced their terrifying 917, which would dominate in 1970 and '71, whilst Roger Penske's SUNOCO-sponsored Lola T70 Mk3B won at Sebring. Alfa Romeo (Auto Delta) had been racing their cars from the mid-60s and by 1969 had a 3-litre Tipo 33/3 that would carry them into the next decade.
This then is Volume 2 of Sports Car Racing in Camera, 1960-69; we hope you enjoy it.
Hardbound | 240 pages | 300+ b/w & color photographs
$79.95 - ORDER HERE

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