James May, on the Grand Tour (S01E06) presents a very nice account on the Ford × Ferrari Wars of the 60’s at La Sarthe. If you have 15 minutes to spare, it’s a great show.
1979 Rondeau M379
Pilots: H. Pescarolo, J-P. Beltoise
Team: Jean Rondeau / ITT Oceani
Race: 10th GC (2nd S+2.0 class) at Le Mans in 1979
Quartzo - QLM044 (diecast)
The gold paint arrived (Tamiya’s X-12) so I started on the wheel lug nuts and then metallic silver (X-11) for the door handles. From the looks of it the door handles won’t look very good, since they should be chrome. But since there’s no way I can chrome them, flaky silver paint will have to do. From a meter away I think they will convince.
And this is a model car blog, so no comments on the (lack of) latte art. A cappuccino with the perfect proportion of espresso, milk and micro foam. And perfect shot of espresso. Flavor was friggintastic, and that’s what matters – looks be damned.
In August 9, 1975, Mark Donohue drove a 917/30 at an average speed of 353.84 km/h (221.160 mph) at the Talladega Superspeedway, in Alabama, USA.
Nowadays the record belongs to Gil de Ferran. In 2000, aboard a Penske Reynard-Honda, he reached an average of 386.285 km/h (241.428 mph) at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
But Donohue’s car was MUCH cooler.
1993 McLaren F1
Minichamps - 530133436 (diecast)
Do NOT believe anyone saying that this is an easy project… The white around the door handles is tampo-printed, and at least in my car, the paint was pretty thick. So I had a bear of a time to remove it without damaging the red paint around. But even using acetone-free nail polish remover, a bit of the red rubbed off. So I had to make some retouches to the paint in the recessed area around the door handle and of course to the door handles too.
Now I’m waiting to receive a flask of gold paint (for wheel nuts) and I’ll also have to paint the door handles silver. That done, then it’s decal time.
But I have to say it was NOT easy to remove all the decals. It took a lot of scratching with fingernails and a plastic knife. The decals were really adhered to the paint, so it was not exactly easy. I can only hope that the decals on my other models from Minichamps are as solid as these.
And now the part that I’m most worried about: to remove that white around the door handles.
And it’s NOT the espresso, since that’s done and savored at the time of this writing.
So why would I need a second 911 Carrera RSR #58?
1997 Porsche 911 GT1
Pilots: E. Collard, Y. Dalmas, R. Kelleners
Team: Porsche AG
Race: DNF (GT1 class) at Le Mans in 1997
Minichamps - 430976826 (diecast)
A look into the historic 1980 race, when Jean Rondeau drove to victory in a car he himself had built. But what I really liked to see was pit crews working on the cars – sooooooo different from the surgical precision of today.