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Replicarz delivers new Indy Eagles and 1984 March

By Mark Savage
Published: April 30, 2013
Some of us old-timers remember front-engine roadsters at Indy, but many more of us remember the variety of 1960s, '70s and '80s rear-end engine racers: the Eagle, March, Foyt, and Lotus chassis that won the Indianapolis 500 from 1965 forward.

Drivers such as A.J. Foyt, Gordon Johncock, Mario Andretti, and Rick Mears piloted these big-winged racers that took aerodynamics to a whole new level, and speeds along with them. Replicarz now brings back some of these colorful Indy cars, including two new versions that haven't been done previously. All are 1/18 scale and used molds that previously served to create the fine Carousel 1 models.

The STP team cars that Johncock and Swede Savage drove in the 1973 Indy 500 and the March that Johncock piloted in 1984 are being released in May or early June.

I've got to admit that I'm a sucker for Indy cars, and already own a Carousel 1 version of Johncock's 1973 Indy winner. But these raise the bar from those already well-detailed models.
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1/18 1973 Eagle STP team car driven by Gordon Johncock (Stock No. R184711)
 
Here's what I noticed different on the new Replicarz version of the 1973 Eagle:

In addition to going with a matte-white seat that looks more realistic, the car's color is more true to the 1:1 racer, a DayGlo orange that STP was noted for as its standout racing markings. The two Eagles numbers, both models, are more true to the 1:1 cars raced in 1973, plus there are many more sponsor logos on the side pods, and just below the roll bar on the sides of the cockpit.

Brian Fothergill of Replicarz says that he and his team have modeled the cars as closely as possible to the way they were raced, which mean more logos than a car might have had during practice or qualifying. An Internet search turned up the 1973 winner, and indeed, the decals seem accurate.

The seat belts also are black not gray as in the former model. Just below the windshield, on the cowl, this model includes Jack Beckley's name as assistant chief mechanic, which was omitted on the earlier version. Both cars also have beautifully detailed Offenhauser engines and rear suspensions, as did the earlier models.

On the Savage car, the interior is a satin black and the monster rear wing is all DayGlo orange, whereas the Johncock car has white endplates. This was done to help the teams easily identify the cars as they raced by the pits. Although the Johncock car has been done before, the Savage car is a new release.

Savage was an up-and-coming racer who had been Dan Gurney's protege for several years, racing for Gurney's All-American Racers in Trans-Am. This was his second Indy 500 in 1973, and he started fourth after setting a new track record of 196 mph, later bested by three other drivers qualifying for the 1973 race.

Earlier this year, Replicarz said it would produce the 1984 pole-winning, record-breaking March of Tom Sneva and sponsored by Texaco. Now it also delivers a brilliant blue-and-orange STP-sponsored March that Johncock drove. Like the other model, this had fine detail, and when you slip off the car's body you see a realistic, finely detailed chassis and carbon-fiber tub, making this an excellent body-off display car.

The March racer also has a black roll bar integrated into the structure behind the driver, a chromed area around the left side exhaust for the Cosworth engine, a chrome support for the side pod skirt, and realistic trim and markings. Unlike some more modern Indy car diecasts, these look like the real deal, with nothing looking like plastic even when it is.

Replicarz creates a finely detailed cockpit, with wiring, cables, realistic gas-faced gauges, shift knob, and driver's safety harness.

The two STP team cars will list at $159.99 each, and the Johncock March will list at $169.99. They all come in attractive black Replicarz boxes with large windows for easy, effective shelf display. The attached base is a checkered pattern, so your car looks like it's sitting in the winner's circle. You won't even have to buy a display case, unless you want to.

Vital Stats:
Product: 1973 Indy Eagles (Johncock and Savage) and 1984 Indy March (Johncock)
Maker: Replicarz
Scale: 1/18
Stock Nos.: R184711 (1973 Johncock), R184712 (1973 Savage), R185303 (1984 Johncock)
MSRP: $159.99 (Eagles, each) and $169.99 (March)

Prefer 1:1 cars? Visit www.savageonwheels.com to read full-size new car and truck reviews by Mark Savage.
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