WIN a Scalextric Ford Escort MKI
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This month we’ve been ransacking shelves at the local Scalextric distributor in search of new arrivals — and while there were many new additions to the popular range of slot-car racers, this distinctive yellow-andgreen Escort MKI caught our eye. Further examination revealed a very familiar name, that of Jean Todt. While rally fans will know Todt from his involvement with rally stars such as Rauno Aaltonen, Ove Andersson, Timo Mäkinen, and Hannu Mikkola, amongst many others, Peugeot enthusiasts will be more familiar with his role as the director of Peugeot Talbot Sport during the ’80s and early ’90s. Naturally, the tifosi will point to Todt’s involvement as manager of Scuderia Ferrari — and, of course, he later took over from Max Mosley as president of the Fédération Internationale de l’automobile (FIA). However, back in the ’60s and early ’70s, Todt was making a name for himself as a rally co-driver — and it’s from this period that the Scalextric Escort dates. It carried the livery of Team Ford and BP, and Todt co-drove the car alongside Jean-françois Piot on many rallies during 1969–’72, including the 1970 Monte Carlo Rally — hence the signage for this rally on the Scalextric model. Alas, Piot and Todt didn’t have too much luck on the 1970 Monte — they retired with transmission woes. But you could get lucky thanks to the good guys at Toymod Ltd — the NZ Corgi/ Vanguard distributor — as we’ve got one of these Escort slot-car racers to give away to a lucky reader. Just answer the following question: Q: How is Jean Todt connected to the awardwinning movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Toenterthiscompetition,headto: classiccar.co.nz/competitions Competitionclosesoctober20,2015. Scalextricmodelsareavailablefromallgoodtoy andhobbyshops.contacttoymodltd (Pobox18263,auckland,ph.095270122/ fax095270144)tofindyourclosestretailer.
Kyosho Bentley Mulsanne Speed
We couldn’t resist making a quick mention of the two versions of the fabulous Mulsanne Speed that are part of Kyosho’s Original range. These impressive 1:18 die-cast models — available in either Onyx or Rubinho Red — are suitably massive and heavy. Detailing, as we’ve come to expect from Kyosho’s models, is superb, and having just got back from a drive in one of the top-of-the-range Bentleys, we can attest to the accuracy of the model, especially the authentic-looking interiors. Due to their sheer size, these models aren’t exactly bargain priced — unless you compare the cost with that of the real thing. Kyosho models are available from all good toy and hobby shops. Contact Toymod Ltd (PO Box 18263, Auckland, ph. 09 527 0122 / fax 09 527 0144) to find your closest retailer.
Not to be outdone by the US, Ford’s European divisions (plus a few well-known tuners) have a long tradition of turning standard fare into desirable performance cars — but can you identify all these fast Fords?