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Replicarz brings back Indy Cars

By Mark Savage
Published: August 17, 2012
Replicarz has revived, and plans to improve, the vintage die-cast Indy Car market after buying many of the molds from Frank Dalton’s former Carousel 1 lineup.

First up, according to Brian Fothergill of Replicarz, are two new laydown Indy roadsters in 1:18 scale. They will be followed by a new release of the 1911 Marmon Wasp that won the first Indianapolis 500 with Ray Harroun at the wheel.

Being released in September are the 1958 Indy Winner Jimmy Bryan’s Belond Special, the same basic car that Sam Hanks won the race in the previous year (and was a featured Carousel 1 product), plus Bobby Marshman’s 1961 Rookie of the Year car, the orange Hoover Motor Express Special. These are based off the former Carousel 1 mold, but with improvements, Fothergill said.

The 1958 Bryan car takes the former model’s main structure, but adds a roll bar and an elbow guard along with a new windshield. Fothergill says all the cars' interiors also will be upgraded to feature a satin finish that appears more realistic. Marshman’s Hoover racer features a similar body, but with a chrome rear fin with an exaggerated point, plus the changes in the Bryan car.

The MSRP is $149.99 on both laydown Indy racers and quantities will be quite limited; only 1,000 units will be made of the Bryan car and 750 of the Marshman racer.

Fothergill says the 1911 Indy winner will offer a variety of firsts, but he could not give details at the moment. However, he said the model will be released in October. The quantity is still to be determined.

All of the Replicarz Indy Car lineup will be available to hobby shops. More new releases are planned for later in the year and beyond. Fothergill said Replicarz bought all of the Carousel 1 tooling except the Watson roadsters and early Eagle and Lotus molds. So look for some 1984 March racers along with a couple A.J. Foyt Coyotes, 1973 Eagles, and 1972 and ’75 McLarens coming soon.