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  • ID help - MRRC BRM?

    I picked this up in a small collection of cars yesterday. I keep a catalog of my collection, listing manufacturer, part number, year, make, model, driver, number, race or series, and condition. I've searched the internet for background on this car without much luck. I've found only one picture of this model in green with #23; same model with other numbers or no number are listed as MRRC 9904. Also listed in places as Airfix or Airfix/MRRC.

    So a couple of questions for the experts:

    1. Is it an MRRC remake of an original Airfix model? I recall the MRRC produced a few Airfix F1 models around 2000; I have a Maserati 250F with a similar chassis.
    2. What model and year of BRM is it? The presence of a front wing suggests post 1967, but I can't find any period photos of a BRM with such a wing. Maybe it's not a BRM.
    3. Has anyone seen another with #23? Maybe these were owner supplied decals.
    4. Who drove this BRM in British Racing Green with #23 and a front wing, and when/where?

    Thanks in advance for any help,

    Bob

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  • #2
    Hi Bob......Your car is a BRM P261, that was designed and built for the 1964 World Championship. The car did not run with the front nose fins....these were added by MRRC to make some of their models look a bit more up to date when they re launched them years later with the brass "Clubman" chassis that your car has........the re issues, were not modelled after any car that actually ran, but, someone apparently thought that the market would accept them, and it was much cheaper than making completely new molds. So this would answer your last question....no one ever drove A BRM P261 with nose fins

    Cheers
    Chris Walker

    This is one of their "butchered" Eagles......again this never ran with nose fins, an airbag, nor, a rear wing !!

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    Same treatment for the re issue Honda..........


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    And the re issue Matra...............

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    With a bit of work, they can be made into quite good looking cars, and with a good chassis they can go like stink !!


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    Last edited by chrisguyw; April 5, 2020, 10:18 PM.

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    • #3
      Chris,

      Thanks for all the excellent background. I'm not much of a modeler, but I'm tempted to try to further butcher what MRRC butchered, and turn this into one that actually did race in '64. With the right chassis, it might be a nice companion to the new Scalextric Lotus 25. BTW, that Matra conversion is beautiful.

      Bob

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      • #4
        you guys are too well knowledged! LOL
        i sure do like the S.U Carburettors logo, though. (better than Solex!)

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