By Maz Woolley
All photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
It would seem that whilst Atlas has been passing models that form part of the current British Touring Car Championship series to wholesalers on the continent as they are now appearing in at least one retailers publicity material and are now appearing quite widely on eBay. This suggests that the series has not been as popular as Atlas hoped. Atlas has yet again been quite “Loose” in its range description as many of the cars featured won the British Saloon Car Championship which preceded the Touring Car Championship.
This article looks at one of the models from this series Triumph Dolomite Sprint driven by Andy Rouse to win the championship in 1975. The car came first equal in the manufacturers table with the Chevrolet Camaro.
The Atlas model is is interesting with quite a fine casting and quite a lot of separate parts and extensive printing. At the front the headlight rims could perhaps be a little narrower but all the lights are there and tape replicated on the headlights. When the photograph is enlarged the badging shows fine detail.
The sides are covered in the promotional material that seems to replicate the car as raced well. The complicated multiple coach lines are also well printed. The side windows are excellent, the fit flush and are plastic inserts used with the door frames printed on. Comparing this model to the Corgi Vanguards model in my collection this casting is not a re-cycled Corgi. It is newer and rather more delicate. Indeed Corgi did model the same car as VA5303 and this Atlas model seems to be a step up in a number of areas.
The wheels are modelled well capturing the alloy wheels becoming popular at the time.
The rear of the car is again pretty good with the lights moulded in plastic and coloured to match the lenses used. The badging is again excellent.
Inside the car the interior is stripped out to the rear and fitted with a neatly moulded roll cage. The steering wheel and dashboard are neatly moulded but no detailing has been added.
The only fault that I can see is the trailing edge of the roof where the casting is rough and looks almost as if it has been filed off.
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