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Replicarz creates scorching 1973 Indy Eagles

By Mark Savage
Published: November 5, 2013
STP's Indy racers were always easy to spot during the 1960s and 1970s, often slathered in a blinding fluorescent red that screamed "speed," even when the racers were sitting still.

Replicarz has nailed the color and the giant-winged models with its 1973 Eagle racers — the one driven to victory by two-time Indy champ Gordon Johncock, and the car of his youthful teammate, Swede Savage.

Johncock's 1973 winner was created a few years back by Carousel 1, and that was well-executed, but Replicarz ups the ante. The color is much closer to the glaring red that STP used. Replicarz also updated the driver's seat to make it matte white, creating a more realistic look along with the cars' black-trimmed-in-white numbers (20 for Johncock, 40 for Savage), which are more true to the 1:1 cars that raced in the tragic and rain-shortened 1973 Indy 500.

Replicarz also includes many more sponsor logos on the cars' side pods. Logos include Ashland Oil, Bell helmets, Aeroquip, Raybestos, Perfect Circle, and PowerHouse.
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Brian Fothergill of Replicarz says he and his team have modeled the cars as closely as possible to the way they were raced, which means more logos than a car might have had during practice or qualifying. An Internet search turned up the 1973 winner, and indeed, the decals seem accurate.

The seat belts are also black — not gray as in the former model. Just below the windshield, on the cowl, the Johncock car includes Jack Beckley's name as assistant chief mechanic, which was omitted on the Carousel 1 version.

Both cars have beautifully detailed Offenhauser engines with black pipes and red wiring to the four sparkplugs. Offys won the Indianapolis 500 a total of 27 times between 1934 and 1970, often powering all, or nearly all, of the 33 cars in the field. This was before the spec engines used in most series today that come from just one or two manufacturers.

These racers feature well-detailed rear suspensions, as did earlier models. I also like the smoky chrome 6-spoke racing wheels.

On the Savage car, the interior is a satin black and the wide rear wing's fluorescent red matches the rest of the car, whereas Johncock's winning car has white endplates on its wings. This was done to help the teams easily identify the cars as they raced by the pits and received their race instructions mostly via a chalk message on a blackboard.

Johncock was a highly successful Indy car driver for years, but this was his first Indy win. He later won one of the most dramatic 500s, barely edging Rick Mears for the 1982 victory. Savage was an up-and-coming racer who had been Dan Gurney's protege for several years, racing for Gurney's All-American Racers in Trans-Am. This was his second Indy 500, and he started fourth after setting a new track record of 196mph, later bested by three other drivers qualifying for the 1973 race. Sadly, he died after a fiery crash just beyond the race's halfway point.

The two STP team cars list at $159.99 each and are stunning to display on your desk or in a display case.

They both come in attractive black Replicarz boxes with large windows for easy, effective shelf display, even if you don't buy a case. Replicarz sells an acrylic top ($21.99) you can slip over the plastic checkered base the car is mounted on to create your own easy viewing case. The checkered base makes the car look like it's sitting in the winner's circle!

These are winners in their detail, fit, and finish. Can't wait to see what's next!

Vital Stats
Product: 1973 Indy Eagles (Johncock and Savage)
Maker: Replicarz
Scale: 1/18
Stock Nos.: R184711 (Johncock), R184712 (Savage)
MSRP: $159.99 (Eagles, each)

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