Life has not been as much fun since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Our lives have changed dramatically as the normal, everyday things are quickly becoming a distant memory. Without racing or sports of any variety, our entertainment has suffered. Fortunately, the great group of people at Replicarz have stepped up to the plate. Mark Fothergill, President and founder of Replicarz, has shipped out two of his newest 1:18 scale Indianapolis 500 diecasts for me to give away.
Both of these models derive from 1966 – the 50th running of the Indianapolis 500. This race is well-known for the first-lap accident that took out one-third of the field, including legends AJ Foyt and Dan Gurney. The two Lola T90 diecasts in this collection are race winner Graham Hill and teammate Jackie Stewart, who earned Rookie of the Year honors.
1966 Lola T90 – Graham Hill, Indianapolis 500 Winner
Graham Hill only led ten laps in the three Indianapolis 500 races that he entered, but he sure made them count. Hill led the final ten laps of his first race in 1966, becoming the first rookie winner since George Souders in 1927. The late British racing driver and two-time Formula One World Champion is the only driver in history to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport – the Indianapolis 500, Monaco Grand Prix, and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The next couple of years didn’t go so well for Graham, as a piston issue and a crash in Turn 2 ended his races early. He had planned to race for a fourth consecutive year but he withdrew during practice when a hub failure issue was discovered. Hill was actually a late replacement for the Mecom Racing Team after Walt Hansgen perished during a test session at LeMans on April 3. The official program for the race didn’t even have Hill’s name on the entry list.
1966 Lola T90 – Jackie Stewart, Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
Stewart was leading the race by more than a full lap until a broken scavenge pump forced his oil pressure to drop. The Formula One ace slowed to a stop and began pushing his car towards the pits and eventually walked back to pit lane. Despite the rough ending and not being one of the top-two rookie finishers, he earned enough votes to win the award. He ended up finishing in 6th place and led 40 laps in the race. He would enter the 500 one more time the following year, only to not finish due to an engine issue in the second half of the race.
The Lola T90 diecasts feature removable hoods to show the fully detailed engine area. Superb cockpit detail with glass-faced gauges and all pedals, shifters, and controls. They are finished off with a beautiful high luster paint finish and authentic race day graphics. These resin-cast models represent the Replicarz slogan well; the difference is in the details.
The rules for the giveaway are fairly simple. Just Retweet and Like the tweet that I sent that is linked to this post. Two random winners will be chosen on Tuesday at 5 PM ET. The first person that is selected will have their choice of which car they would prefer. Once the cars have been assigned, I will ship them out to each winner.
I have had the pleasure of working with Mark and the fantastic group of people at Replicarz for many years now, doing multiple contests and giveaways. Mark wanted to do something during these tough times to lift the spirits of race fans across the country. These two are the latest arrivals in their “Indy series” collection.
If you don’t win one of these diecasts, I would encourage you to visit the Replicarz website, where you are sure to find something for a friend or family member. Better yet, create your own wish list and maybe one day you’ll find that prized package on your doorstep. There are always discounts and sales promotions going on, and you can also buy gift cards. Check out the complete New Arrivals section and visit the Coming Soon page to see what future models are in the works.
Remember that if you’re itching for more IndyCar racing like all of us, be sure to check out the Indianapolis 500 Races page that has links to every Indy 500 race in chronological order. The Season Video Review pages have all of IndyCar’s official Fast Forward recaps of every race over the past three seasons.