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Sneak peek photos of Replicarz prototype 1911 Indy winner

By Mark Savage
Published: October 31, 2012
We’ve received some sneak peek shots of the Replicarz 1:18 Marmon Wasp model that should be released in the next several months.

The Wasp, with its distinctive yellow color and pointed tail (wonder how it got the “wasp” nickname?), was the only single-seat car in the inaugural 1911 Indianapolis 500. And Ray Harroun, a Marmon test driver and racer, won that rough-and-tumble first race for the Indianapolis-based car maker.

So here’s what we’re seeing, a highly detailed model that will have an opening hood, a detailed engine (I’m told accurate wiring will be added too), detailed wheels, and the crank in front that was needed to start racers and other cars of the day.

There are black fuel caps in back, a detailed suspension (such as they were at the time) and of course, the famous rearview mirror. Harroun reasoned that he’d be faster and get better fuel mileage with the reduced rate of only a driver on board. Other racers had a riding mechanic at the time. But without the other set of eyes, Harroun needed the mirror to see any racers approaching from behind. Clever! Now, every racer and all us denizens of the freeway have rearview mirrors.

The cockpit also looks to be accurate here too. About all that’s needed now is the famous No. 32 on the sides and tail.

I can’t wait to see the finished product from Replicarz. Oh, and I’m told the paint job here is a bit too glossy and will be more muted in the final product.

Keep checking Model Retailer’s website for updates on Wasp. This promised to be a real winner for us Indy fans.