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LESNEY MODELS OF YESTERYEAR Y-6 SUPERCHARGED BUGATTI

My original red version was purchased many years ago as just another dusty toy car from a second hand/junk shop. I could only dream back in those days of seeing a real Bugatti, but since then I have attended many Vintage Sports Car Club race meetings to watch and hear the real Type 35s in action. Although this is a simple model, it captures the lines of the real car and the, unique for the period, aluminium wheels very well. I’ve recently purchased the Powder blue version to complement my original red version.

CORGI TOYS NO. 341 MINI MARCOS GT850 ‘GOLDEN JACKS’

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Following on the motorsport theme is this Mini Marcos. It was interesting to read John Marshall’s Mettoy Memoirs feature in last month’s issue of MC, as what a brilliant piece of miniature engineering Corgi Toys’ ‘Golden Jacks’ (the lever that released the wheel, then doubled as the jack) was. The model itself is wonderfully proportioned in a lovely shade of metallic red, with opening doors and bonnet and even a representation of the A Series engine and twin SU Carbs. The box art features the Marcos up on all four jacks, a common sight in the paddock of a race meeting while maintenance is being carried out. In the background is a Hillman Imp and a Mini, also both familiar sights at historic race meetings today.

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TROFEU NO.1609 AUDI QUATTRO, 1ST RAC RALLY, STIG BLOMQUIST/BJORN CEDERBERG It was a difficult choice this model, as it is one of many in my collection representing what I consider to be the golden age of British rallying, namely the late 70s/ early 80s when Lombard sponsored the RAC Rally of Great Britain. What makes this model stand out for me, though, apart from its British registration – as it was run by David Sutton Cars as opposed to the ‘IN’ Ingolstat registrations of the ‘works’ cars, is how finely Trofeu has captured and detailed the wheels, which on the real car were supplied by the main sponsor BBS.

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