Spark has been cranking out attractive 1/43 race cars for years, and this is a precisely crafted rendition of the 1966 Indy winner, complete with a driver figure of Hill and his trademark black helmet with white bars.
As with many of today's models, this one is a mix of handcast resin and diecast Zamak, a zink aluminum alloy. The result is a perfectly proportioned Lola T90 racer with well-shaped nose and tail, silver fuel filler couplers in front of the cockpit, and yellow mirrors on the windscreen. The wheels are accurately offset, with the left side tires being closer to the body. This design helped cars run counterclockwise around Indy's giant 2 1/2-mile oval.
The gold snakelike twin tailpipes and Ford V-8's stacks stick out of the engine bay behind the driver, and there are well-detailed suspension pieces, roll bar, and oil cooler. Tires are treaded, as they were on the 1960s racers, and these are labeled Firestones, the dominant tire at Indy from 1920 until 1966. (The next year, Foyt broke Firestone's long winning streak by using Goodyear tires.)
Spark's tampo printing and decals look great too, with a gold racing stripe the length of the car, even under the tailpipes, along with the well-executed American Red Ball decal just in front of the black No. 24 in a red circle on the car's sides. Hill's name is next to the cockpit, along with a bevy of sponsor logos — something that really took off about this time in all forms of racing.
The driver figure is well executed too, with blue painted-on seat belts and goggles that look to have clear lenses. Inside, the cockpit includes a black three-spoke steering wheel with silver hub and three dials on the dash — remarkable detail for this scale.
Spark promises you more Indy models in this scale, and already makes some F1 and LeMans racers from the 1960s era, and more recent racers too. At $73.99, they are a nice addition to any historic racing car collection, and in this size you can pack a lot of models into your display.
Hill's Lola comes in an acrylic case with a sturdy plastic base covered with a cardboard insert that looks like a pit lane with words indicating this is the 1966 Indy winner. The background is a vintage black-and-white photo of an Indy starting field, along with Indianapolis Motor Speedway's wings-and-wheels logo. Spark models are available through Replicarz, which also has its own exclusive line of larger 1/18 diecast Indy Cars. Check Replicarz.com
for a full selection.
1966 Indy 500 Winner, Lola T90, Graham Hill
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