1987 Porsche 962C Pilots: H-J. Stuck Jr, D. Bell, A. Holbert Team: Porsche Rothmans AG Race: 1st overall (C1 class) at Le Mans in 1987 Spark - S0492 (resin)
The first year of the 962 C at La Sarthe was 1985. At the time Porsche had a partnership with Rothmans, and the works team fielded three cars. The new 962 did not disappoint, and Rothmans managed a third place with car #2 (the winner was a 956B). The following year the result was even better: first place. For the 24 Heures du Mans of 1987 the Rothmans team brought again three cars to the field. Car #19 crashed in practice and #18 DNF. But 962C #17, piloted by Hans-Joachim Stuck Jr, Derek Bell and Al Holbert, finished in first place. That year was Derek Bell’s last win at La Sarthe.
Without a doubt the Rothmans livery is one of the most iconic ones ever to grace a Porsche. Fortunately Spark produces the model but it doesn’t come with the complete paint scheme. Because of the banning of any form of tobacco advertising, Spark can’t make the model with historic livery. Though I STRONGLY agree with the banning, from an historical standpoint, the model is incomplete.
However, the buyer can make his model historically correct. Spark provides the missing livery in decal form. The decals are of very good quality, and after a three minutes job you have the model with the complete livery. No need to hunt decals on the web contrarily to certain brands. So the 962C #17 here is proof that Spark is THE best 1:43 manufacturer out there.