Today marks the 22nd anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s untimely death at the 1994's running of the San Marino Grand Prix of Imola. Not only did the world lose arguably the greatest driver to sit in a F1 car. But the world lost a great man. A man who when was away from racing spent a lot of time and money on trying to help the poor in his home country of Brazil. Still to this day his foundation provides schooling to children all over Brazil. Giving children a chance to make it out of the poverty stricken world that they were born into. He has given so much to people that otherwise would of never seen the helping hand at all. And that right there is why I have idolized him for years. The fiercest driver F1 seen to date was also a real human being.
So here is my Minichamps 1/43 ‘88 MP4/4 from the 1988 San Marino Grand Prix. It is a beautiful model. Very detailed for the size and price. Now I would absolutely kill for 1/24th scale or 1/18th of this car. But I don’t have 600 to blow on one. And even if I did I probably wouldn’t let myself. I could just buy the entire 1/43 Senna collection and still have most of that money left.
The McLaren’s of Senna’s era in my Opinion were the prettiest of all time. They were after the bulky era and were before the start of the modern era’s cars. They were dangerous but absolutely beautiful.
The little details in this model are quite impressive.
The helmet details and the head padding are such a cool touch. It’s just like the real thing for sure!
It even has the Tag Heuer logo on the windscreen like the real thing.
Everything about this car makes me smile. It was properly done. As it should be! This was one of the greatest combinations in F1 history. Senna linked up with McLaren, and McLaren linked up with Honda. The time and chemistry was there. Senna drove his Honda McLaren to Three world championships. And left his mark on the F1 world forever.
If you have seven minutes to spare. please check out the small vid about Ayrton. And if you want to watch more you should check out the full length documentary titled “Senna.” It used to be on Netflix and YouTube in its entirety. I’m not sure if it still is or not. I personally picked up a hard copy because it is absolutely worth the money. But it is definitely worth the watch.
Senna is one of my heros. And you don’t have to be a race car driver for his story to inspire you.
I have a really big framed photo of one of his famous shots on the wall in front of my desk.
I even have the mans logo on my front bumper so people know what’s up on the highway.
Hopefully this inspires a few to watch the documentary. Just don’t watch the end with a lady friend. You will definitely cry your eyes out.
Thank you for the read! And thank you for helping me pay respect to one of my idols!