The other day, Tecnomodel announced no less than half a dozen 1:43 replicas of the Lotus 18 Formula One car.
The most recognised subject has to be Stirling Moss’s Rob Walker-entered example that won the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix. As the race was run on a swelteringly hot day, the side panels were famously removed from the car. Moss then kept the trio of Ferrari 156 Sharknoses of Ginther, Hill and von Trips at bay for the full 100-lap duration of the race to take one of the hardest fought wins in the history of Formula One.
The green #14 example is also highly significant, as it is the very machine that the legendary Jim Clark scored his first ever world championship podium with. The race in question was the 1960 Portuguese GP, which was only the Scot’s fifth ever grand prix start. There is also another ‘first podium’ car, in the form of John Surtees’ second place #9 vehicle from the 1960 British GP. Incredibly, this was only the second ever world championship race for the former multiple 500cc motorcycle champion.
The other three cars will be for Jim Hall from the US GP (white #24), Alan Stacey from the Dutch GP (green #5) and Ron Flockhart from the French GP (green #22). The Stacey car is particularly poignant, as he would lose his life in the very next race at the daunting Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
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