1962 Porsche 718/2 F1 Car by Spark
Just the 1962 German GP grid illustrates this perfectly. In the "greatest" camp, we have Dan Gurney, who drove the #7 Porsche 804, and Jo Bonnier in the #8 804. Then in the "colorful" camp, there is Dutch gentleman driver and nobleman Jonkheer (lord) Karel Pieter Antoni Jan Hubertus (Carel) Godin de Beaufort.
And then there is the driver in the model that is today's subject: Italian Nino Vaccarella. He is neither among the greatest nor the most colorful of F1 drivers of the era, although the school teacher from Palermo was known in his day as a Targa Florio specialist. He led the 1960 race until the car broke down, won the 1965 race with Lorenzo Bandini, in 1966 he again led the majority of the race until his car ran off the track, and won the 1971 race in an Alfa T33/3 alongside Toine Hezemans. In F1, however, he would net exactly 0 points in his career between 1961 and 1965.
Nino Vaccarella, photographed by Lothar Spurzem (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nino_Vaccarella#/media/File:Vaccarella,_Nino_1972-07-07.jpg)
In this particular race, the 1962 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, he finished one lap down in 15th out of 16 finishers. Not that great. The car, however, is gorgeous. Dressed in a nice Italian rosso corsa, I always thought the Porsche 718 was the better looking Porsche F1 racer in comparison with the 804. To me it's one of the underrated gems of the cigar car era.
Spark did a great job with this one. Engine grilles are nicely executed, decals are present and accounted for, and even mr. Vaccarella himself is sitting pretty in the cockpit, ready to pilot the 142 furious quad-cam'ed horses to vic... erm... the finish line.
This little F1 monster is the first F1 car in my Porsche racer 1:43 collection, but I'm sure it will not be the last. I'd like to add the 804 sometime soon as well, and my countryman with the best name in the biz, mr. KPAJH Godin de Beaufort is too good not to get his 718 as well just to highlight him. Luckily Spark makes one of his cars as well!
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