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January 23, 2015

Lots to cover today! Before we get into the latest model news, here are two exciting new books we're bringing in from Germany:

Targa Florio: 1955-1973
by Ed Heuvink
Foreword by Nino Vaccarella

Photos by McKlein, LAT & Bernard Cahier


  2014 ADAC Best Motorsport Book

In this 400-page book, Author Ed Heuvink takes the reader on a journey into the great years of this spectacular race. The book describes the Targa Florio 1955 to 1973 every year with short, informative text. In addition, it portrays the fascinating drivers and cars, as well as the specifics of the Targa - such as training on public roads - from A to Z. All of this is achieved by large-format images from the archives of Bernard Cahier, LAT and McKlein, including many color photographs from the first world championship years. The foreword was written by "Professor" Nino Vaccarella. In addition to the headmaster from Palermo and three-time Targa Florio winner, many other former heroes tell their stories.


Hardbound in Slipcase | 400 pages | English, German & Italian Text


$150.00 plus shipping

Reserve HERE for February Delivery! 




Jacky Ickx:  Mr. LeMans and Much More
by Ed Heuvink

Foreword by Mario Andretti


Only very few pilots in Formula 1 also competed in sports cars and desert rallies. Even fewer drivers enjoyed success in all three disciplines. In his almost 40 year career Jacky Ickx was always competitive, whether aboard a 350+ km/h Porsche 956 at Le Mans, a Formula 1 Ferrari or Mercedes G-model in the Paris-Dakar.


This detailed retrospective covers Ickx's career from his first races in a Ford Lotus Cortina and Mustang. The book describes the Grand Prix career of the Belgian at Ferrari, Brabham and Lotus and looks back at his great successes in sports cars, including the six overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ford and Porsche, where he earned the nickname "Mister Le Mans". Finally, it also covers Jacky's desert adventures, such as the infamous Paris-Dakar Rally.


At 256 pages this comprehensive work shows more than 200 photos from the career of the versatile Ickx, including many previously unpublished images. In addition, some of Jacky's former companions - former teammate Mario Andretti and Jochen Mass - discuss their experiences with Ickx. 


Hardcover | 110 color, 115 b&w illustrations | 256 pages | Text in English and German


$64.95 plus shipping

Reserve HERE for February Delivery! 



As you can see, February is shaping up to be an exciting month. Along with the two titles featured here, we expect the arrival of Graham Gauld's new 'Jim Clark - Racing Hero', the new BMW Touring Car DVD 'Adrenalin', hopefully Pete Lyons' new 'Riverside' book, several shipments from Spark and TSM Model (linked below) the Hot Wheels Elite 1/18 LaFerrari (in 3 colors) and Lauda Ferrari 312T2 - and then there's Nuremberg.

Next week, all the major model companies will participate in the annual Nuremberg International Toy Fair in Germany. They will showcase their latest prototype models and make announcements regarding future releases. We will forward news from Toy Fair all week.

As we mentioned in a previous Email Update, TSM Model has already released a list of planned releases for 2015 and beyond. They've also announced a new 'Collection d'Elegance' line of classic car models. They have requested that dealers submit orders in about 2 weeks, so early reservations are greatly appreciated.

The most exiting pre-order I have for you today is BBR's forthcoming 1/18 scale resin Limited Edition (100) NART Ferrari GTO as driven by Bob Grossman and 'Fireball' Roberts to a 6th overall finish (1st in the 3 litre 'Experimental' class) in the 1962 24 Hours of LeMans. A Summer 2015 release has been announced by BBR. We have several pieces reserved. $495.00 plus shipping. Click HERE to get on our list!

Replicarz has released an update on their long-awaited 1/18 scale STP Turbine: 

"Right now, it looks as though we should land this one in March or April. Our apologies for the long delay, but the last thing we will do is release a subpar model of this very significant car. The wait will be well worth it".

Reserve your Parnelli Jones STP Turbine from TMC HERE.

Replicarz also warns that their proposed 1/18 scale 1974 and 1977 AJ Foyt Coyotes "may be in jeopardy."

"In order for us to go into production, we need to have enough pre-sales to warrant the investment".

Whatever happens, it is refreshing to have a manufacturer give us the straight story for a change.

You can place a pre-order with us for either Replicarz Coyote HERE

Back to February: As we mentioned earlier this month, TSM Model will deliver 3 of their excellent 1/43 scale Signature Series presentations (seen above) in the next few weeks. 

Top Left: 
McLaren F1 - Limited Edition of 300 
Signed by Gordon Murray
$135.00 Reserve HERE

Top Right:
McLaren MP4/2 - World Champion 1984 - Limited Edition of 999
Signed by Niki Lauda
$115.25 Reserve HERE

McLaren F1 / F1 GTR Two Car Set - Limited Edition of 300
Signed by Gordon Murray
$190.00 Reserve HERE


On the left are two new 1/18 scale Juan Manuel Fangio Figurines from LeMans Miniatures. In stock now. $39.99 each. Click the links to order:
 Top: Wearing Helmet     Bottom: Holding Helmet

A fresh shipment of Spark Models arrived this afternoon. It contained a small restock of one of our all-time favorite subjects, the Gulf Ford GT40 that won LeMans in 1968. This 1/18 scale resin replica is available for $199.00 plus shipping. Grab one HERE.

For a list of everything that arrived today: Click HERE.

You can reserve models from our next shipment HERE.


Enjoy the Rolex 24 this weekend. Wish we were there!!!

 - Paul



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