Replicarz says its diecast Indy Car lineup is continuing to grow and that its long-awaited Marmon Wasp will be released in May.
The Wasp is a highly detailed replica of the 1911 Indy 500 winner, and Brian Fothergill of Replicarz says the firm has been tweaking the car for several months to ensure authenticity and create a show-stopper. He notes that the engine will be wired, and the end of the Wasp's stinger tail will be painted flat black to add depth.
But next up, also for release in May, is the 1984 Indy pole winner's car, the Texaco Star driven by Tom "The Gas Man" Sneva. He set a track record of 210.029 mph in the March chassis and continued his personal attack on the record books. Sneva was the first to hit 200 mph, too, in 1978. Replicarz plans to build 600 of this model.
Fothergill says some trim details are being worked out on the Sneva car, including larger radiator openings, and the car will have black wheels to match the original car. A similar car, Gordon Johncock's blue-and-orange 1984 March will also be released at the same time. Both will be made in limited quantities to ensure they maintain their collectability values.
He also says to look for several 1973 Eagles, arriving in May.
One will be Gordon Johncock's 1973 race winner, which previously had been released by Carousel 1, but this run also includes the STP team car of Swede Savage, who died in a crash after leading the 1973 race. All cars will have matte-finish interiors, like the recently released Jimmy Bryan and Bobby Marshman laydown roadsters, and other improvements.
There's more in the offing too, including some resin 1:43 scale Indy winners and notable racers.
Fothergill says that late this year he expects to offer the 1970 and 1971 Indy winning cars in 1:18 and 1:43 scale. Those were the nearly identical Johnny Lightning Specials driven back-to-back wins by Al Unser Sr., for the first two of his four Indy wins.
Replicarz also plans a 1:18 model of the revolutionary STP-Paxton turbine racer driven by Parnelli Jones in the 1967 Indy 500, which fell just four laps short of winning. The car was also entered in the 1968 race, but was wrecked in practice by Joe Leonard.