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September 3, 2015

Quite a dramatic conclusion to the 2015 Verizon Indycar Series at Sonoma last weekend with Scott Dixon coming from third place in the point standings to snatch the Championship from Juan Pablo Montoya in a tie breaker! The issue was in doubt until the last lap as Montoya tried in vain to catch and pass Ryan Briscoe for 5th place to gain that final point needed to complete his start to finish sweep of the season Championship.

Congratulations to Scott Dixon on his 4th Indycar title and to Target Chip Ganassi for their 100th Indycar victory.

A 1/18 scale model of Dixon's Championship winning #9 Dallara Chevrolet is available for $59.99 plus shipping. Order HERE.


 Spark / TSM Model Update
We expect delivery of the latest releases from Spark and TSM Friday afternoon. Here are some of the highlights:
- Spark's 1/18 scale resin replica of Lewis Hamilton's 2014 Formula One Championship clinching Mercedes from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, seen above. Also in this shipment, Spark's 1/18 scale 2014 British Grand Prix version of Hamilton's Mercedes W05. Limited quantities on both.

- TSM Model's first Limited Edition (500) 1/18 scale McLaren Formula One release, Gerhard Berger's MP4/6 from the 1991 Japanese Grand Prix. We'll post photos of the actual model on the TMC Facebook page before we close for the Labor Day weekend Saturday afternoon.
- Three 1/43 scale versions of the Lotus 24 as driven by Jim Clark (above), Roger Penske and Masten Gregory in 1962. Also, three 1/43 models of the Williams FW12 from 1998 with Nigel Mansell, Martin Brundle and Jean-Louis Schlesser behind the wheel. Several other interesting F1 cars are also in this shipment.
- A pair of Trans Am Mustangs, the Jerry Titus Terlingua Racing Team car from 1967 (above) and the Bud Moore Parnelli Jones car from 1969.

We're also receiving a few additional pieces of Peter Revson's 1971 Indianapolis Pole Winning McLaren M16. Several other models in this shipment are pre-sold out but there are still nearly two dozen exciting models to choose from. Click HERE for the complete list.
Spark Advance Orders
This week, we received Advance Order requests from Spark for 60 new models set for future release. All sixty (59 in 1/43 and 1 in 1/18) have been uploaded to our Online Shopping website. The list contains an almost overwhelming selection of historic Formula One, Le Mans and other sports cars, Indianapolis cars (Dan Gurney's 1968 Rex Mays 300 winning Eagle is pictured above), Trans Am cars, Stock Cars, Touring Cars and Road Cars. 
About a dozen of the additions are from Spark's various National Series collections, including an American National Series Limited Edition (500) of the DeltaWing DWC-13 (driven by Rossi, Chaves et al) that ran in the 2014 Daytona 24 Hour. 
Spark has also added the Brabham/Robinson/Luyendyk  1989 winning #83 Nissan GTP ZXT  to their new series of Sebring Winners.

You can check out the entire list HERE. Advance order deadline is September 17.
One final model note: Minichamps has announced final production of their excellent 1/18 scale 1995 Le Mans winning #59 Ueno Clinic McLaren F1 GTR. Delivery is expected in 8-10 weeks. Reserve HERE.
Online Auction Update
Our August 31 Online Auction was successful but revealed a few small gliches with our Zencart software which we have identified and corrected. They involved email responses to non-winning bids. We expect to launch a new set of auctions late next week. 

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal carried a feature story on Lewis Hamilton as he approaches several milestones in his extraordinary Formula One career. In one section, his fascination with the late Ayrton Senna is discussed:

"Hamilton never met his hero. Instead, he got to know him through compulsive viewing of a television documentary called Racing is in My Blood - Hamilton remembered the scenes of Senna whipping around a jet ski above all. A few years ago, Hamilton even test drove the McLaren MP4/4 that Senna piloted to the 1988 championship. So it's an eerie feeling, Hamilton said, to match Senna's pace almost exactly."

Ayrton Senna: Racing is in my Blood was recently released on DVD and is now in stock. Order HERE!

You can access the full WSJ article HERE.

Labor Day Weekend
We will be open our normal 10am-3pm hours this Saturday but will be closed Monday, September 7 for Labor Day.

Porsche Rennsport V at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Since we had vendor displays at the last 3 Rennsport events at Daytona and Laguna Seca, we've been asked if we will be participating in Rennsport V later this month. It was a hard decision (not really) but I've decided to get out of the tent for a change and enjoy the atmosphere of Monterey as a spectator and a fan. 

See you there!

  - Paul
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