An all new series of 1:18 resin cast Land
Speed Car models produced by Replicarz. This is the 1959 Mickey Thompson
Challenger 1. Highly detailed and very accurate reproduction. Superb paint and
graphics, these high end scale models are sure to stand out in your 1:18
collection. Measuring at 13 inches in length, sure to make a statement when
displayed in your home, office, or business reception area. This is a sealed
body resin model with no opening features. The cockpit is detailed and visible
through the cockpit windows.
Mickey Thompson built this car on his own and
on October 6, 1959 he drove it to a World Speed Record of 363.48 MPH. That
record stood until 1990 when Al Teage broke it at 389.372 MPH. In 1960 Mickey
made a one way run of 406.60 MPH.
The first major technical problem was finding
tires capable of safe operation at speeds greater than ever achieved on land.
The problem seemed so insurmountable that the project came close to dying at
Mickey had went to various major companies
and asked them for tires capable of going well over 400 MPH. The Reaction:
negative, Get Lost. Until he went to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
Goodyear executives listened attentively to
Thompson's plans, deliberated, and said "OK, we'll build them."
Goodyear engineers had been working on development studies for a radically new
type of tire involving principles not to be found in any other commercially
available tire. Thus Thompson would receive the tires needed to handle the
power that the Challenger 1 generated. This is a very limited edition, quantity
to be announced.