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Andy Granatelli 3/18/1923 – 12/29/2013

The world of motorsports lost a true icon on December 29, 2013, when Andy Granatelli passed away at age 90. Best known as the CEO of STP and an Indianapolis 500 car owner for nearly three decades from the 1940s … Continue reading

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1968 MPC Olsonite Eagle – fixing the rear track

One of the best early plastic Indy car models was the MPC Olsonite Eagle kit, replicating the Weslake powered car driven by Dan Gurney or the Ford DOHC powered car driven by team mate Dennis Hulme. This kit featured a … Continue reading

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Ebbro Team Lotus type 72C (1970)

There’s a new player in the 1/20 F1 Plastic Model field. It’s name is Ebbro and it will be a force to be reckoned with! Ebbro was founded by a former Tamiya engineer who helped develop many of Tamiya’s legendary … Continue reading

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2012 Indy 500 pt 1 – a champion missed.

It is impossible to talk about this year’s race without thinking about last year’s winner Dan Wheldon. In the twenty-seven Indianapolis 500′s I have attended, Dan was the best champion. His enthusiasm for Indy and his love for life was … Continue reading

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Dan Wheldon 1978-2011

“YES! YES! YES! INDY I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!” It was less than five months ago that Dan Wheldon yelled that in his radio after taking a last lap win in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 for his second Indy 500 … Continue reading

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Monogram Kurtis Roadster update kit

The Monogram Kurtis 500 Roadster is one of the first plastic Indy car kits produced. Despite it’s age, it regularly gets re-issued, including most recently in 2010. It can still be readily found in hobby shops. For those of you … Continue reading

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1973 Indianapolis 500

“This is what everyone has feared! This is why there’s been such a terrible atmosphere of fear here all weekend long!“ – Jim McKay, calling the Salt Walther crash on Monday, May 28, 1973 Despite the nature of the accident … Continue reading

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IPMS 2011 Report

This year, at the invitation of my friend Steve Mohlenkamp, I attended my first International Plastic Modeler’s Society Nationals meet in Omaha Nebraska. For those who’ve never been, it’s a combination of model/diorama contests and vendors selling kits/books/tools/finishing products. I … Continue reading

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100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Part 2

Usually when qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 ends, things calm down for the ensuing week. But not this year. Ryan Hunter-Reay and his new primary sponsors SunDrop and DHL found themselves on the outside of the Indianapolis 500 looking in… … Continue reading

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100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 – Pt 1

The 100th Anniversary running of the Indianapolis 500 was billed as “the most important race in history.” Even the bronze badges sold by the speedway as garage passes were embossed with this saying. That’s a lot of pressure for a … Continue reading

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