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Die-cast: Replicarz’s 1928 Indy 500-winning Miller

Replicarz delivers stellar 1/18 scale MillerR18011_D2 …

Beyond Ray Harroun’s 1911 Marmon Wasp that won the first Indianapolis 500, the Miller racers of the 1920s and 1930s may be the most recognizable early Indy cars.

Most famous, and recognizable, of those Millers is the gold No. 14 that Louis Meyer drove to victory in 1928, his first of three Indy wins. Continue reading Die-cast: Replicarz’s 1928 Indy 500-winning Miller

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Die-Cast: Replicarz 1911 Indy 500 Winner, Marmon Wasp

New Replicarz Marmon Wasp creates buzz!wasp

After all the buzz created by early preview photos, the new Replicarz 1911 Indianapolis 500-winning Marmon Wasp, proves worth the wait.

I know I’ve been telling you for a while, and showing you photos, that teased at how special this 1:18 scale diecast would be, but now I’ve got the final product sitting on my desk to prove it. All it needs do is belch a little smoke and it’d be ready to head out onto the bricks at Indy.

A little background, if you’re not a die-hard Indy fan.

Check out the engine crank handle below the radiator and prominent rearview mirror in front of the cockpit.
Check out the engine crank handle below the radiator and prominent rearview mirror in front of the cockpit.

First, the inaugural Indianapolis 500 was run in 1911 on the 2 ½-mile brick covered oval and all the cars, save one, featured a riding mechanic. The lone wolf in the pack was Ray Harroun, a successful racer at the time for Marmon, a car company located in Indianapolis, a thriving car building area in the early 1900s. Harroun had won a preliminary race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a year prior to the first 500 and retired after becoming national driving champ. Continue reading Die-Cast: Replicarz 1911 Indy 500 Winner, Marmon Wasp

Die-cast: Replicarz Marmon Wasp

Final look before the real deal hits

DC-wasp xray2I know I’ve been teasing you a bit with updates on the new Replicarz 1/18 die-cast model of the 1911 Marmon Wasp, but this one promises to be a winner.

Well, it already was the winner of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. (Uh, the real car, not the model.)

But I’ve snagged what appears to be the final update photos of the Wasp, which is due on the market by February, maybe sooner if the ship doesn’t dawdle crossing the Pacific and now that the dock workers have put off a strike. Continue reading Die-cast: Replicarz Marmon Wasp

Latest Replicarz Marmon Wasp spy photos

1911 Indy winning Wasp nears finish line1911 Indy 500 winner, Marmon Wasp

OK, so they aren’t really spy shots, but someone we know who is close to the project has sent us  more “spy photos” of the new Replicarz Marmon Wasp. This is the racer that won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 with Ray Harroun aboard.

Paint details are still being worked out, but you can see here that the car looks great with the No. 32 now in place on both sides of the car and on the grille. Replicarz will be the first to produce the Wasp in 1:18 scale and the folks at the Vermont-based diecast firm expect it to be something special. Continue reading Latest Replicarz Marmon Wasp spy photos

1911 Indy 500 winning Marmon Wasp

Sneak Peak Photos of Replicarz 1:18 Marmon Wasp

No secret, I’m an Indy 500 nut job. Love the cars, love the history, love all the wild crazy designs over the years. I also love die-cast models of historic Indy racers.

Marmon Wasp by Replicarz
The Wasp engine will be wired to match the original 1911 racer.

Don’t want to brag here, but I’ve got some sneak peak shots of the Replicarz 1:18 Marmon Wasp model that should be released in the next several months.The Wasp, with its distinctive yellow color and pointed tail (wonder how it got the “wasp” nickname?), was the only single-seat car in the inaugural 1911 Indianapolis 500. And Ray Harroun, a Marmon test driver and racer, won that rough and tumble first race for the Indianapolis-based car maker. Continue reading 1911 Indy 500 winning Marmon Wasp