Something that was bothering me was that my “Le Mans P-Z” page was getting too long. And that’s because I have a LOT of Porsches. Not my fault that Stuttgart’s cars are popular at La Sarthe…😋 So on top of the page I added a “Le Mans Porsche” link where you now can find all my Le Mans porkers. With that, the “Le Mans P-Z” will only be for manufacturers from P-Z other than Porsche.
2001 Audi R8 #1 Pilots: F. Biela, T. Kristensen, E. Pirro Team: Audi Sport / Joest Racing Race: 1st overall (LMP900) at Le Mans in 2001 Minichamps - 400011201 (diecast)
I’m a sedan type of car guy, through and through. And I hate SUVs with a passion. However, I do have a HUGE soft spot for hatchbacks, specially the so -called “hot hatches”. The Renault 5 Turbo is one of the best examples of a hot hatch. Weighing just 970 kg but with 160 hp on tap, the mid-engine homologation special was a driver’s dream. And the car was so good that instead of the minimum 400 units Renault needed for homologation, over 3100 cars were made.
I hate to look back and sound really old by saying those were the “good old days”. However, back then we had a Renault 5 Turbo. Nowadays, it looks like of every three cars on the road two are SUVs… 😣
1973 Sigma MC73 #26 Pilots: T. Ikuzawa, H. Fushida. P. Dal Bo Team: Sigma Automotive Race: DNF (S 2.5) at Le Mans in 1973 Bizarre - BZ 006 (resin)
Earlier this morning I received some very sad news. My great friend Gary Blythe passed away last night 😥
I knew Gary since around 2003. An avid diecast collector, we met through DiecastXchange, at the time the biggest diecast forum on the web, when I started to collect 1:18s. Since we were both pretty active in the community, in about one year we both became moderators on the forum. And by then we had become good friends, even though we had an ocean between us. Around 2008 I had to stop collecting, and a little later so did he. Unfortunately I drifted away from the diecast community and we lost touch. But in early 2017 I was back, but this time collecting 1:43s. Coincidentally, he also shifted to 1:43 some time earlier. Through S143 we got back in touch, and instantly rekindled our friendship.
Gary had a lot of health issues, but had a heart of gold. Despite the distance between us I’m privileged to consider him a friend. The Oaf (Earl of Northumberland, His Smeliness or Mr. Ugly) will be truly missed.
Rest in peace, my friend 😥.
Welt just released the full version (in HD!) of their “Legendary Porsches” documentary. It’s a full hour about many of Stuttgart’s most iconic cars, with interviews and vintage race footage. With all that, I would say it’s a VERY well spent hour in front of the computer. In fact, it’s so good that I’m downloading it to have it in my video library.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR #104 Pilots: S. Moss, P. Collins Team: Daimler Benz AG Race: 1st overall (S+ 2.0) at Targa Florio in 1955 Spark - 43TF55 (resin)
1999 BMW V12 LMR #15 Pilots: J. Winkelhock, Y. Dalmas, P. Martini Team: BMW Motorsport Race: 1st overall (LMP) at Le Mans in 1999 Minichamps - 430992915 (diecast)
In January last year Jay Leno released a very interesting episode in his “Jay Leno’s Garage”. I talked about this car in the second part of my Silver Arrows series last month. This is the replica of the original 1932 Silberpfeil that Mercedes Benz built in 2019, and Jay Leno made a fantastic 28 minutes video about it. In this video was the first time I heard Mercedes admit that it wasn’t Alfred Neubauer who originally coined the term.
Historical origins aside, as usual, Leno produced a fantastic video that’s really worth the watch.
This morning I came upon this video, about the great Mazda 787B. The 787B was the first Japanese car to win at La Sarthe. Additionally, and just as important, it was also the first car powered by a Wankel engine to do that. Rotary engines are basically a thing of the past, and do to emission concerns it’s unlikely that we’ll see them on the streets again. Therefore, the 787B will certainly be the one and only Wankel-powered car to ever win at Le Mans.