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Replicarz expands Indy offerings

By Mark Savage
Published: February 26, 2013
Here's the newest look at the Replicarz Marmon Wasp.
Photo by Replicarz
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Pictured is the 1984 Indy pole winner’s car, the Texaco Star driven by the Gas Man, Tom Sneva.
Replicarz reports its Indy Car lineup will continue to grow and that its long-awaited Marmon Wasp will be released in May.

The Wasp is a highly detailed replica of the 1911 Indy 500 winner, and Brian Fothergill of Replicarz said the firm has been tweaking the car for several months to ensure authenticity and create a show stopper. He notes that the engine will be wired and that the end of the Wasp’s stinger tail will be painted flat black to add depth.

But next up and also for release in May is the 1984 Indy pole winner’s car, the Texaco Star driven by the Gas Man, Tom Sneva. He set a new track record at the time of 210.029 mph in the March chassis and continued his personal attack on the record books. Sneva was the first to hit 200 mph, too, in 1978. Replicarz plans to build 600 of this model. 

Fothergill said some trim details are being worked out on the Sneva pole car, including larger radiator openings. The car will have black wheels, to match the original car. 

A similar car, Gordon Johncock’s blue and orange ’84 March also will be released at the same time. Both will be made in limited quantities to ensure they maintain their collectability values.

He said to also look for several  1973 Eagles arriving in May.

One will be Gordon Johncock’s 1973 race winner, which previously had been released by Carousel 1, but this run also includes the STP team car of Swede Savage, who died in a crash after leading the 1973 race. All cars will have more matte finished interiors, like the recently released Jimmy Bryan and Bobby Marshman laydown roadsters, and other improvements. 

There’s more in the offing too, including some resin 1:43 scale Indy winners and notable racers.

Fothergill said that late this year he expects to offer the 1970 and ’71 Indy winning cars in both 1:18 and 1:43 scale. Those were the nearly identical Johnny Lightning Specials driven to back-to-back wins by Al Unser Sr. for the first two of his four Indy wins. But Replicarz also plans a 1:18 model of the revolutionary STP-Paxton turbine racer driven by Parnelli Jones, which fell just four laps short of winning the 1967 Indy 500. The car also was entered in the 1968 race, but was wrecked in practice by Joe Leonard.