I talked a little about the Tripoli Grand Prix and the Italian lottery when I reviewed the W165. In fact, I even mentioned that there was a story about how the lottery was rigged. Well, Aidan Millward released a very nice video about that infamous episode in 1934.
1986 Porsche 962C Pilots: D. Bell, J. Stuck, A.Holbert Team: Porsche AG / Rothmans Race: 1st overall (C1) at Le Mans in 1986 Spark - MAP02028613 (resin)
In 2019 Hachette released a pw series with Le Mans cars. No big deal there, since a lot of the pw editors release regularly a Le Mans series. However, this series was different. Why? Because Spark was making the models!
So that meant we would get Spark-good models at pw prices? Really?!? Well, not exactly. You can read more here.
1998 Nissan R390 GT1 Pilots: A. Suzuki, K. Hoshino, M. Kageyama Team: NISMO Nissan Motorsport / TWR Race: 3rd overall (GT1) at Le Mans in 1998 Spark (pw) - ? (diecast)
Rebel Williams Esports #1 won the first 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual! 🏆
Piloted by Raffaele Marciello (factory Mercedes GT driver), Louis Deletraz (Haas Formula 1 reserve), Nikodem Wisniewski (sim racer) and Kuba Brzezinski (sim racer), it started eighth in the grid. But slowly the team climbed up and finished in first.
In GTE, the #93 Porsche dominated the race. Piloted by Nick Tandy (Le Mans winner), Ayhancan Guven (Porsche Supercup), Joshua Rogers (Porsche Esports Supercup champion) and Tommy Ostgaard (sim racer), they took the flag. Pretty nice, since this weekend was Porsche’s 50th anniversary of their first overall Le Mans win.
Not the real thing, of course, but you know? It was cool to watch. Graphics were fantastic and the inboard filming looked like you were seeing it from a real race car.
Made me want to fire up Forza 7 on the Xbox One…
Well, in e-form we can watch something at least. The 24 Heures du Mans Facebook page is streaming the race simulation live now. The whole 24 hours 😲! Of course it’s not the same as a real race, but I’m extremely impressed with the graphics. This will sure be interesting to watch.
1968 Porsche 907 LH Pilots: H. Linge, R. Buchet Team: Philippe Farjon Race: DNF (P 3.0) at Le Mans in 1968 Spark - S3499 (resin)
I know it sounds weird, but yes, a metal can rot. Literally fall to pieces. The process is not exactly rare and it’s something that can happen to diecast models. It will occur with time and there’s NOTHING you can do about it. This phenomenon is popularly known as zamac rot and unfortunately it can happen to some models.
Click on the link above to read more 😯.
1958 Rover Company Land Rover TSM - 430274 (resin)
I’ve been busy these couple of weeks. With two new dioramas! 😎