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May 8, 2012

It's been a while since our last Email Update. Last week's monster shipment from Spark & TSM and the arrival of a fresh selection of out-of-print books kept us pretty busy in late April, so there's lots of good stuff to tell you about today. 
Spark Lotus 25
The highlight of our recent Spark arrivals is this beautiful little 1/18 scale Lotus 25 as driven by Jim Clark to the 1963 Formula One World Championship. It's the hottest new model since the Brawner Hawk - and it's in short supply. We have a few slots open on our stand-by list for pre-orders that have not been claimed and for a small restock due sometime this summer.
This is basically 'last call' for this one.

TSM has released their 2-car AAR Toyota Eagle Mk III Signature Series set in a limited run of 500 numbered presentations. This impressive collection features 1/
43 scale resin replicas of the 1993 Daytona and Sebring winning Toyota Eagle Mk III GTP Toyota Eagle SetPrototypes mounted on a wood base alongside three plaques:

-The large plaque lists the impressive 1992-1993 race record of the Dan Gurney led AAR Toyota Eagle team, as they won 19 of 20 IMSA races entered - including an amazing 
17 in a row.

-The other two are hand signed by Juan Fangio II, driver of the #99 '93 Sebring winning Toyota Eagle and P.J. Jones, driver of the #98 '93 Daytona winning Toyota Eagle.

Juan Fangio II won 2 straight IMSA Drivers Championships driving the Toyota Eagles as the team captured consecutive Manufacturers Championships for Toyota during their remarkable run. A very attractive memento of the GTP era. Each set is individually numbered and priced at $180.00 plus shipping.

Reserve HERE.  

DeadliestCrashDue to the success of their latest film, 'Grand Prix: The Killer Years' here in the US, we've been able to persuade our friends at Bigger Picture Films to release a US format DVD of their acclaimed documentary on the 1955 LeMans disaster entitled 'Deadliest Crash', Previously, this program was only available in European PAL format.


'Deadliest Crash' aired on the BBC in 2009 and features rare and previously unseen film footage along with interviews with members of the Mercedes and Jaguar teams and with grandstand survivors to relive and analyze that tragic incident.


We expect our first shipment of 'Deadliest Crash' to arrive by early June. Order now and take advantage of a $5.00 advance order discount. You can also take advantage of a special price on remaining PAL format copies of 'Deadliest Crash' while supplies last.

Warr Team Lotus
Between 1969 and 1989 Peter Warr was one of the most respected figures in Formula 1. His compelling memoir 'Team Lotus: My View From the Pit Wall' provides candid perspectives on the people he knew, worked alongside and competed against. While the mercurial genius of Colin Chapman inspired Team Lotus to the heights it achieved, it was well known in the paddock that it was Peter's energy, commitment, drive and organisation that made it all work. After Chapman's untimely death in 1982, Warr's strength of character came to the fore as he ensured that the team carried on without its founder.
Half the book covers the drivers Peter worked with, providing rare portraits of legends such as Emerson Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson, Mario Andretti and Ayrton Senna. The memoir also explores Warr's personal observations of Bernie Ecclestone, Colin Chapman and the mechanics and engineers who formed the heart of Team Lotus. Unfinished at the time of Warr's death in October 2010, the book benefits from commentary and biographical additions by Simon Taylor, who knew Peter well throughout his Formula 1 career. $29.95 Order HERE!


Odds and ends.....
CMC Maserati Transporter 


- CMC's latest release is the Maserati Team version of their spectacular 1957 Fiat 642 RN2 Bartoletti Transporter. First shipments arrive in the US this week. We're offering the Maserati Transporter at the special price of $804.95. Reserve HERE.
- Replicarz has acquired much of Carousel 1's tooling and has announced their intention to release some all-new Eagle, McLaren, March, Coyote and Laydown roadsters as well as the re-release of some long 'sold out' Indianapolis 500 winners. You can check out their entire program HERE. Other good things are in the works at Replicarz. We'll keep you informed as new items are announced.


- The Elkhart Lake Historic Race Circuits Preservation Society will hold their Spring Dinner at Siebken's on Thursday, May 17. Guest Speaker will be Michael Argetsinger, author of acclaimed biographies of Walt Hansgen and Mark Donohue and of last year's award winning 'Formula One at Watkins Glen, 20 Years of the United States Grand Prix, 1961-1980'. Seating is limited, and preference is given to members but the best way to beat that is to join. Go to for additional information on both the dinner and membership.


- As an 'old school' fan of stock car racing, I'd like for you to remember two old heroes of mine as voting for the Class of 2013 of the NASCAR Hall of Fame takes place on Both Fred Lorenzen and Glenn 'Fireball' Roberts are finalists on this year's ballot. Roberts, sadly is not longer with us but Fred Lorenzen has returned to the Chicago area and currently lives at a care facility in the western suburbs Fred's health has declined in recent years. His family, friends and fans hope to see him inducted into the Hall of Fame while he is still able to appreciate it. Vote early and often. Here's a profile of NASCAR's 'Golden Boy':


Fred Lorenzen
Fred Lorenzen "Golden Boy of NASCAR" on TNT Pride of NASCAR


Gilles Villeneuve 1950 - 1982
30 years ago today, we lost Gilles Villeneuve. In tribute, today's banner features Gilles in his Ferrari 312T4 at Watkins Glen during Friday practice for the 1979 US Grand Prix. Gilles took to the track in a downpour and lapped a full 10 seconds faster than his closest rival, teammate Jody Scheckter, in a performance that is talked about to this day. Gilles scored three Grand Prix victories in 1979, at Kyalami, Long Beach and a (rainy, of course) Watkins Glen.
One of the great talents in racing history was lost at Zolder on May 8, 1982.
We'll always remember.


- Paul
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