Brian Fothergill of Replicarz tells me that his team has modeled these 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. Compared to historic pictures you can find on the Internet, these two look identical to the 1:1 cars. There are sponsor logos on the cars' side pods of such notable firms as Valvoline, Bosch, STP, Aeroquip, and Old Milwaukee on the Johncock racer, and Halvoline Motor Oil, Champion, and Goodyear on the Sneva car. Naturally, Texaco is there too.
Cockpits are nicely detailed with the era's minimalistic dash gauges, shifters, and small black steering wheels. The seat belts are red in both cars, and the driver's name is near the windscreen on both, along with black roll bars integrated into the structure behind the cockpit.
Naturally, both cars have beautifully detailed Cosworth V-8 engines, with the appropriate wiring and plumbing. These racers' well-detailed rear suspensions look great too, as have earlier Replicarz 1973 Eagle racers. I like the Sneva car's smoky 6-spoke racing wheels, and the Johncock car has similar front wheels but much flashier rear wheels that reflect a weaved gold pattern.
Both models also feature realistically detailed chassis and carbon-fiber-look tubs, making both excellent body-off display cars. In fact, that's what makes these so special — they're not just nicely painted and decaled bodies, like some of the lower-price Indy diecast models on the market.
These also have a chromed area around the left side exhaust on each model, plus there's a chrome support for the side pod skirt. Unlike some more modern Indycar diecasts, these look like the real deal. Nothing looks like plastic, even when it is.
Both models roll on properly labeled Goodyear Eagle racing slicks, and the wheels can be posed.
The two Marches list at $169.99 each and are stunning to display on any desk or in any collector case. Both come in attractive black Replicarz boxes with large windows for easy, effective display, even if you don't buy a case.
However, Replicarz now 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. That checkered base makes the car look like it's sitting in the winner's circle too.
One thing is certain — these are both winners in their detail, fit, and finish.
1984 Indy Marches (Sneva and Johncock)
R185303 (Johncock), R185302 (Sneva)
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