A contender for the most exciting announcement at Nuremberg this year was Norev’s 1:18 replica of the 1989 Le Mans winning Sauber Mercedes C9. It was driven by Jochen Mass, Manuel Reuter and Stanley Dickens.
After suffering the ignominy of having to withdraw from the previous year’s race, due to continued Michelin tyre failures, Sauber left no-one in any doubt as to the destiny of the 1989 trophy. The #63 car romped home a full five laps ahead of its team-mate, which in turn was another two tours up on the first non-Sauber.
Although this car was replicated many years ago in 1:18, not many were prepared to remortgage their houses to part with the hundreds of pounds then being asked for Exoto’s all singing, all dancing example.
By contrast, the retail price of Norev’s version will be a mere £64.99, which today represents a level of value for money bordering on the unimaginable! Who are we to complain though; bring it on Norev, more of the same please!
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