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Die-cast: Replicarz’s Mickey Thompson Challengers

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This was Mickey’s second Challenger, with the massive air scoops and darker blue paint job.

Replicarz creates Thompson’s sleek land speed record cars

In today’s world where the speed of sound bites being delivered via every digital medium is of utmost importance, it’s difficult to imagine the days when men driving cars at record speeds would grab newspaper headlines. Nowadays even newspapers are passe!

But Mickey Thompson was a headline grabber from his days as a drag racer to setting land speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats to designing race cars for the Indianapolis 500 to his murder in 1978.

It was his land speed record attempts that put him in the nation’s eye as he created streamlined four-wheeled beasts to challenge the existing speed record of 394 mph set after World War II by Britain’s John Cobb. Now Replicarz delivers two beautiful sealed body, cast resin renditions of Thompson’s Challenger 1 racers in 1/18 scale.

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