A Scalex­tric Team Lotus Type 49b

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

It takes a bold per­son to ac­cept a job of­fer when the two pre­vi­ous oc­cu­piers of said job have per­ished un­der­tak­ing the re­quire­ments of the role — un­less you’re a For­mula 1 driver in the 1960s, when it’s prob­a­bly par for the course.

Gra­ham Hill be­came the num­ber-one driver for Lotus in 1968 in the Type 49B he helped de­velop fol­low­ing the deaths of Jim Clark and Mike Spence ear­lier in that same year. Hill went on to take his team to vic­tory for the sea­son and claim his se­cond driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship.

The Lotus 49 re­mains one of the most loved and re­spected cars in For­mula 1 his­tory. It was the first one to fea­ture the en­gine as a ‘stressed mem­ber’ (mean­ing that the mo­tor was in­te­gral to the struc­ture of the car), and had vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess with the first aero­foil wings in­tro­duced dur­ing the ’68 sea­son. The 49 was re­tired in 1970 but lives on in the hearts and minds of many who love the sport.

To get a chance to win our fea­tured Scalex­tric Type 49B — as sup­plied by the good guys at Toymod Ltd, the New Zealand Scalex­tric dis­trib­u­tor — just an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion:

Name Gra­ham Hill’s son, who also went on to For­mula 1 great­ness.

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