In the 80s, when there were no satellite/cable TV in India, our state run national TV station (we had a grand total of 2 TV channels) used to show F1 highlights and full race recordings each Sunday evening at 4 pm. That was the time I got into Formula One, watching Ayrton Senna power his McLaren Honda around the twisties in Monaco.

And when I got into the hobby, it was the McLarens that set me on the hunt. Senna’s cars continued to remain the holy grail until I found a cute (incomplete) set of pullback Mclarens on Aliexpress.

The McLaren MP4 Series Collection was a set of 8 McLaren F1 cars that were given away free with cans of Dydo Demattise Coffee in Japan. These 2 models of Senna’s #12 1988 MP4/4 and #1 1989 MP4/5

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And until this Fall, I couldn’t get my hands on an actual Senna car. Since then, this trickle has slowly becoming bigger. These are the first two that I got - both 1/43 scale by Minichamps.

The first one is a McLaren Ford MP4/1C that Senna tested at Silverstone in October 1983.

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The other one isn’t really a Mclaren. But it is still one of Senna’s cars, also from Minichamps. This is the Camel Team Lotus’s #12 Lotus 99T that Senna drove to the 3rd position in both the F1 Drivers and the Constructors Championship in 1987. Senna scored 8 podiums, including 2 wins in Montreal and Detroit.

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