This, to me, is the ultimate 936 aesthetically. Longtail, high airbox, white Martini livery, and a vestige of the 917’s shape underneath the latest developments of the time. And for chassis 936-002 shown here, it’s a Le Mans winner in its first attempt with Belgian Jacky Ickx and longtime Porsche ace, Dutchman Gijs Van Lennep behind the wheel. The cars were developed heavily from here, winning Le Mans twice more, but this is the one for me.
Conveniently, our friend Patrick at Model Citizen offered this amazing Spark 1:43 of the car, and I used what was left of my bonus to make it a Christmas present to myself for being such an awesome dad :). I’ve never owned a Spark before, and I’m just blown away. It’s beautiful, there’s no other word. I can’t wait to give it some stablemates over time. As ever, my crummy phone does not do the car justice. I don’t own a camera, and would really like to avoid buying one, but this car really deserves better.
You’ll notice what looks like tape haphazardly applied below the windscreen. Interestingly, photos from early in the race show this area clean, with just the small NACA duct there. Later in the race, there is white tape in precisely this pattern over that intake. I wonder if perhaps the cockpit temperature became too cool at some point, or there was some other issue that made it necessary to block off that small duct. Very cool detail in any case, and representative of the care that went into modeling this car at such a precise level.
I took advantage of the generous Model Citizen LaLD discount, and our
pusher man friend Patrick was kind enough to send along a handwritten note of thanks. Classy touch! I’d love to add the 908LH he has in stock next, but I really need to be careful with these, I can’t afford to play at such a level very often!