By Hans-Georg Schmitt
All photographs provided by Le Mans Miniatures.
Le Mans Miniatures are a French firm famous for making accessories and slot cars in a variety of scales. Here we look at some of their releases expected before the end of the year.
A range of motor racing personalities have been produced by Le Mans Miniatures to 1:18 scale. These are detailed painted miniatures. This Autumn sees the release of Mauro Forghieiri the celebrated Ferrari designer and engineer.
The latest release of team mechanics is for Team Matra in 1974. These will liven up slot car circuits. All three mechanics are named and captured in a pit lane task.
A new slot car is the R5 Alpine Gr2 which appeared for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in 1976. It was a heavily tuned and developed sports version of Renault 5. The racing car had the body altered to fit additional lights, wider wheels and the racing fuel fillers. Inside the car was stripped out and fitted with a roll cage and spare wheels in the back. The model shown is as raced by Guy Fréquelin and Jacques Delaval at Monte Carlo in 1978. Unlike the team on car number 19, the two drivers have a “rallye” helmet. They finished 3rd, just behind Renault 5 car number 19 of Ragnotti and Andrié, and only three minutes after the winning Porsche.
This model is also available with no race number so you can add your own.
Four new figure sets are to be released:
Set One – Racing Drivers
Jim Clark, Fangio, Pedro Rodriguez & Jo Siffert
Set Two – Team Leaders
John Wyer, Alfred Neubauer, Enzo Ferrari & Norbert Singer
Set Three – Various Figures
Robert, the photographer, Léon Swen race director and Manfred, the mechanic
Set Four – Hawaiian Tropic Girls
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