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Replicarz creates superdetailed 1984 Indy 500 March racers

By Mark Savage
Published: December 16, 2013
The March chassis was dominant at the Indianapolis 500 during the early 1980s, with track records falling regularly because of one guy in particular: Tom Sneva, The Gas Man.

A March won the Indianapolis 500 from 1983 through 1987, with Sneva giving March its first Indy title and Al Unser Sr. its final at the Brickyard. In 1984, Sneva crushed the lap time and speed record in a bright white racer with blue-and-red stripes: the Texaco Star.

Replicarz has sent us its final production models of that pole car, which set the record at 210.029 mph, plus the Gordon Johncock-driven STP No. 20 March that qualified 5th and finished 25th after crashing halfway through the race.

We saw preproduction versions of these racers earlier this year, and the final versions are as well-finished as Replicarz's earlier Indy racers.
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1984 Texaco Star March
 
Brian Fothergill of Replicarz tells me that his team has modeled these cars as closely as possible to the way they were raced, which means more logos than a car might have had during practice or qualifying. Compared to historic pictures you can find on the Internet, these two look identical to the 1:1 cars. There are sponsor logos on the cars' side pods of such notable firms as Valvoline, Bosch, STP, Aeroquip, and Old Milwaukee on the Johncock racer, and Halvoline Motor Oil, Champion, and Goodyear on the Sneva car. Naturally, Texaco is there too.

Cockpits are nicely detailed with the era's minimalistic dash gauges, shifters, and small black steering wheels. The seat belts are red in both cars, and the driver's name is near the windscreen on both, along with black roll bars integrated into the structure behind the cockpit.

Naturally, both cars have beautifully detailed Cosworth V-8 engines, with the appropriate wiring and plumbing. These racers' well-detailed rear suspensions look great too, as have earlier Replicarz 1973 Eagle racers. I like the Sneva car's smoky 6-spoke racing wheels, and the Johncock car has similar front wheels but much flashier rear wheels that reflect a weaved gold pattern.

Both models also feature realistically detailed chassis and carbon-fiber-look tubs, making both excellent body-off display cars. In fact, that's what makes these so special — they're not just nicely painted and decaled bodies, like some of the lower-price Indy diecast models on the market.

These also have a chromed area around the left side exhaust on each model, plus there's a chrome support for the side pod skirt. Unlike some more modern Indycar diecasts, these look like the real deal. Nothing looks like plastic, even when it is.

Both models roll on properly labeled Goodyear Eagle racing slicks, and the wheels can be posed.

The two Marches list at $169.99 each and are stunning to display on any desk or in any collector case. Both come in attractive black Replicarz boxes with large windows for easy, effective display, even if you don't buy a case.

However, Replicarz now sells an acrylic top ($21.99) you can slip over the plastic checkered base the car is mounted on to create your own easy viewing case. That checkered base makes the car look like it's sitting in the winner's circle too.

One thing is certain — these are both winners in their detail, fit, and finish.

Vital Stats
Product:
1984 Indy Marches (Sneva and Johncock)
Maker: Replicarz
Scale: 1/18
Stock Nos.: R185303 (Johncock), R185302 (Sneva)
MSRP: $169.99

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