Miniatures of the last of the breed
by Doug Breithaupt
Ferrari 250 GTO - Maisto
Bizzarini GT - Guisval
Iso Grifo - Matchbox
Maserati 3500GT - Penny
BMW 2800CS - Siku
|Summer is the time for vintage racing. World-wide, the interest in putting
vintage race cars back on the track has grown dramatically over the past
15 years. While everything from Formula 1 cars to off-road racers are being
collected and put into vintage competitions, the most popular cars are the
sport/GT cars of the early 1960's. These usually form the largest grids
at vintage races and are best loved by the public.
The reason for this popularity relates to these cars being the last where the owner could take their car to the track, switch tires and do basic race prep, be competitive and then switch back into a road car for the drive home. From the late 1960's on, purpose-built race cars and factory teams left little opportunity for the 'gentleman racer'. This twilight of the gentleman racer came at the same time that many sport/GT cars were moving to mid-engine layouts. As a result, this period is also represents the decline of serious competition from front-engine cars on the track.
Ten gentleman racers are represented here in small-scale. While many more could be selected, these are some of the favorites of the vintage racing and collector crowd today.
Chevrolet Corvette GS - Johnny Lightning
Shelby Cobra Daytona - Hot Wheels
Jaguar 'E' type - Zylmex
Lotus Super 7 - Matchbox
Toyota 2000GT - Yat Ming