Wednesday, 24 March 2010

On Saturday August 20th 1955, Mike Hawthorn, partnered by Alfonso de Portago, drove a Scuderia Ferrari Monza 750 in the Goodwood 9 Hour Race. After a very successful practice, in which Mike secured pole position for the Le Mans type start, he set an early pace and recorded a new Goodwood sports car lap record of 1m 34.8sec (91.14mph) in the process. However, despite his heroic efforts, and following numerous problems with the gearbox, the 750s rear axle broke shortly after De Portago took over from Hawthorn. The team retired the car at 9.33pm on the 219th lap whilst in 3rd place.

My model has been built using an unpainted MMK resin shell. I’ve removed a few ‘body’ extensions and smoothed things down a bit to represent the number 6 car raced at Goodwood. It was also missing a few ‘accessories’ (I didn’t purchase it as a kit), but I’ve managed to gather most bits from my spares box. I’ll be entering it in the April Tendring Tourist Trophy Sports Car event; therefore running gear will be based upon PCS chassis components as required by the regulations. The wheels are the very well made PCS wire examples and the bodywork is finished in several coats of Halfords Sunburst Red. Mike himself is made from a cocktail of various body bits, again all from the spares box.
Apologies to anyone who has already read my little narrative on Slotforum, but I always like to add a peice of historical background to the model making. So just in case you havent already seen it, here it is!

Thank you for taking the time to look and read!

1 comment:

  1. Dave, I think the historical detail is always of interest, and whilst I will build annonymous cars on occasion more and more now tend to be particular cars from a particular race.
    I think my own MMK model will also lose those ducts, it leaves a much nicer shape.