Here's a little gem of a model from Corgi Juniors - the Rover 3500 in the colours of the Triplex Esso Racing Team. Rovers and Racing - that's not normally two words that go together. But in 1980, Rover was trying to get rid of its staid image. The "SD" models introduced in 1977 were far more modern looking than their predecessors - but they still didn't have much a sporty image, despite their 3.5l V8 engine. It was more of a luxo-barge.
So for 1980, Rover backed an entry into the British Saloon Car Championship. The Driver was Jeff Allam, who had won the Chmapionship the previous year in a Ford Capri.
The car won only two races that year, but as part of the Sanyo Esso Team, it won the 1982 Championship overall.
The little Corgi is obviously derived from the model of the regular street Rover, just with racing decals - and a tow hook! But bodywise, the Saloon Racers were pretty standard, so that isn't really a problem. The racing livery is well represented - something that Corgi managed to do quite well with a number of their models.
While any sort of Rover is never really high on my "wanted" list, I do like racing models that come close to the real thing. The Triplex Esso Team only existed for one season, and it is a bit surprising that Corgi bothered to reproduce this one at all. So I was happy to snag one recently for cheap.