Monza and other open wheel

"The chief qualities of a racing driver are concentration, determination and anticipation ... A 1929 Austin without brakes develops all three - anticipation rather more than the first two, perhaps." Graham Hill, F-1 World Champion, 1962, 1965, commenting on his first owned car.

Foreground, Resilient Resin 1954 Mercedes W196 Stromline F-1 car, and a Strombecker W-196 standard open wheel F-1 machine. Driver figures from Fujimi Driver kits. Note period "polo" helmets.

Carrera bodies, '37 Auto Union C Type and '37 Mercedes W-125 Cars as raced at Avus Rennen, Berlin, May, 1937. Carrera bodies remounted on scratch built brass chassis powered by Pro Slot 2002 16-D motors running on Pro Track 1 1/8th" rims/tires

Hawk '39 Mercedes W163 modeling the factory Gran Prix car Manfred von Brauchitsch drove to 3rd at the rainy August 10, 1939 Swiss GP at Berne. The car was hidden in Czechoslovakia during WW II. In 1947 and '48 this car was raced at Indianapolis as the Don Lee Special. Note the period cloth helmet. MZB's wire wheel inserts are made from cut down rims supplied in Tamiya Morgan kit, fitted to narrowed Pro-Track #N211 rims/tires.

Strombecker '56 Lancia-Ferrari D-50. Driver is from a Fujimi driver kit that provides an optional "polo" helmet. The 1/24th car is a model of one of Ferrari Scuderia's entries at the '56 European Grand Prix. Note the additional left side exhausts not included in original Strombecker model. Wire wheels are inserts cut down from static models and fitted to slot car rims. Rear rims are 1- 1/8 Pro-Track wheel set with tires narrowed to 1/2"

Monogram '55 Curtis Craft Indy Racer. Decals from Cady. Car grungy from having just run in a 5 hour endurance event.

Strombecker Indy Lotus converted to a '64 Lotus 25; Cox '64 Ferrari T-158 Note suspension detail made from piano wire. Both cars were built by T. Messinger in 1964 and raced at MESAC in Southern California. Rebuilt, they are now powered by Parma 16-D 500 series motors.

Hasagawa '92 Jordon-Yamaha; Revell Ferrari 412T-B. Driver figures from Fujimi #1100 -4 GT driver figure kit

Another look at the Resilient Resin 1954 Mercedes W-196 Stromline F-1 car. The W196, introduced at the 1954 Reims Grand Prix, looked like nothing else on the grid. The straight 8 cylinder engine was tilted 37 degrees resulting in smaller frontal area. There were no valve springs closing the valves as the W196 was equipped with a desmodromic valve operating systems, with one camshaft opening the valves and a second one closing them again. Bosch direct fuel injection developed for the 300 SL was used, a similar technology as found in the four time 24 Hours of Le Mans winning Audi R8, 45 years after it was first introduced. To decrease the unsprung weight the drum brakes were moved inboard. The W196 was as complex as it pre-war cousins and as successful.

Resilient resin 1956 Maserati 250F. Driver figure from the Fujimi GT driver figure kit#1100-4 kit. The Maserati 250F (first raced January 1954 - last raced November 1960) used in '2.5 litre' Formula One racing (thus, the '250' and 'F'). 26 examples were made in total. It was introduced for the 1954 Formula One season and remained in use by customer teams until 1960. The #28 car was driven to victory at the Monaco Gran Prix by Stirling Moss.

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