No need to explain what the Rekordhalter part is here I suppose but for those living under a rock: this car holds the all-time record for the fastest vehicle ever to lap the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife. Driven by Stefan Bellof in a 1983 qualifying session for the 1000 km Sports Car race.
But if you want to know more on the 956 just go check TFritch’s post out on chassis number 106. Excellent write up (must read!) and I have very little to add.
This one is in the New Man livery which always intrigued me as a kid. As you could turn the New Man logo upside down and still see... New Man. And years later the greatest character in comedy ever would be named just that. Wasn’t it in Philipilihp’s top 10 as well?
And believe it or not: This is a tiny 1/64. By Spark. They themselves named these little boogers Sparky and I must admit: Could be the best 1/64 I have. I’ve shown a red 919 in LaLD Car Week, that should say enough about how much I love these.
Just check out all the tiny decals. Even the drivers are readable: Klaus Ludwig, Paolo Barilla and John Winter. Driving for the Joest team and winning the 1985 edition of Le Mans in it. John Winter actually is a character just like Newman was in Seinfeld. His real name was Louis Krages, from Germany. But as he didn’t want his family to find out about his dangerous “hobby” he started his racing career under a pseudonym.
But with winning the 1985 Le Mans race there was no holding back: his alter ego was revealed to his family when, the next day, his mother picked up a newspaper, with a picture of Krages on the rostrum. Probably on the front page. Best idea ever I suppose.
And that’s it for today. Of to the interwebz to get me some more of these Sparkies. They’re that awesome.