Wednesday, 26 January 2011

NEWS: Lotus 49 Mexico

Scalextric Lotus 49
Jim Clark, 1967 Mexico Grand Prix

Scalextric is onto a good thing with the Lotus 49 and it seems slotters around the world can't get enough of this beautiful little car! Just released is the Jim Clark Mexico 1967 Grand Prix 49 which we have seen before in the original LE box set. I personally missed out on the LE box set so welcome the chance to add this stunning 49 to my existing collection.

This from Scalextric: 'In the Mexican Grand Prix on 22nd October 1967, Jim Clark was again on pole, with Chris Amon's Ferrari beside him and Dan Gurney's Eagle in third behind Clark. When the starter gave a false signal and hesitated, so did Clark, and Gurney accidently rammed the rear of the Clark's Lotus, which damaged the Eagle's radiator and put Gurney out of the race but left Clark's Lotus unscathed. Hill took the lead in the early stages, but Clark had put himself in first place by the third lap, with Hill ultimately being forced to retire on lap seventeen of the sixty-five lap race due to a transmission problem.

Typifying the 1967 season, the Brabham twins finished second (Brabham) and third (Hulme), which clinched the Drivers' Championship for Denis Hulme and the Constructors' Championship for the Brabham team.

Although the Lotus 49 and Clark had been beaten, Jimmy Clark had one satisfaction: his victory in Mexico was his 24th Grand Prix win, putting Clark even with the great Juan Manuel Fangio.'

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