Welcome to my F1 Diecast Model Collection
Welcome along to my Diecast Model Collection, I trust you find it as interesting as I have put while putting it all together. I have been a fan of Formula 1 since the mid 70’s, when a John Player Special was a racing car and not just a cigarette brand. In addition, Martini Brabham’s were screaming around the streets of Monte-Carlo and the “Anytime, Any Place, Any Where” TV Ad’s were common place. As a result this ignited my early interest in design and branding along with building a Diecast Model Collection.
1/12th scale Tamiya
My very first F1 car was this one. The 1/12th scale Tamiya John Player Special Lotus 72D as driven by Emerson Fittipaldi. World Champion in 1972. Over the years I had numerous others. Christmas & Birthdays were always exciting times.
Onyx Models were the 1st range of cars I purchased back in the late 80’s early 90’s. The Alain Prost McLaren MP4/04, now looking a bit tired, was my initial purchase.
The Olivier Panis Ligier JS43, Monaco 1996 Grand Prix Winner was the first Minichamps car for my Diecast Model Collection.
Up until the launch of the Formula 1 Car Collection in 2016, all of my old cars had been packed away. Looking at the list of proposed cars, my interest was re-ignited and I started to look and see what else was available. In addition to the well-known Minichamps models, I had never heard of Spark Models before and in no time at all my collection was growing rapidly.
Being a Designer and Photographer, I recently set to and photographed all of my Diecast Model Collection and this Catalogue Website is the result. You can use the links on the right-hand side or menu across the top to see the cars. You can search by: Driver, Teams, Years, Brands and World Champions. There are still several additions to be made which will be added over time.
Hope you enjoy looking at my Diecast Model Collection, feel free to make any Comments and add a Review to the Individual Cars.
This weeks Featured Cars: Niki Lauda
The regulations concerning Tobacco Advertising prevent a lot of model cars from displaying the original liveries. Some of the Early Onyx and Minichamps cars have the correct decals but these days there are just gaps were the branding appeared. With most Spark models, a separate sheet of decals is supplied with the model where appropriate.
If you have a F1 Diecast Model Collection, eBay is a great place to find decals, although with the Formula 1 Car Collection, Grand Prix Decals have made a set for the majority of the cars. You can find them at www.facebook.com/GrandPrixDecals/
The Best places to buy from: in my opinion!
I first came across DMHI at an NEC Toy Fair and then again at the Sandown Park event. Helen has an extensive stock of Minichamps and Spark Models and her display at the shows is excellent. You’ll find the website at www.dhmi.co.uk/ and the eBay Store at www.ebay.co.uk/usr/dhmi
Well worth a look, new cars are being added all the time.
Phil at P&P Racing was a recommendation from Spark Germany. I was after a Ligier JS17 for my F1 Diecast Model Collection and although he didn’t have that one I have purchased a number of models from them since. P&P attend the BP Toy Fairs at the NEC, Doncaster & Staffordshire. They also have a stunning display of Spark and Minichamps, the eBay shop is here.
A very helpful chap, well worth contacting or visiting his stand if you’re after something rare for your F1 Diecast Model Collection.
Gavin at Red Twenty 3 has a great stock of F1 Models and Memorabilia. The website is www.redtwenty3.co.uk His service is excellent, my last purchase arriving a couple of days after ordering it. Quite often has great deals and special offers.
Along with DMHI, Red Twenty 3 are major contributors at Formula 1 Diecast Model Collectors on Facebook
If you are ever in London, between Leicester Square and Covent Garden, you must visit St Martins Models. This shop and its predecessor just around the corner has been there for over 40 years.
Barry Potter Fairs (BP Fairs) run what I think are the biggest and best Toy Fairs in the UK. The NEC Birmingham show is the Britain’s Biggest Toy Fair with around 500 stalls. You’ll normally find DHMI & P&P there and I have always found numerous bargains. Sandown Park is another favourite. These and 7 other locations, mainly Midlands, are on 3 or 4 times a year.
Check out there website for further details: www.barrypotterfairs.com
Bulldog Fairs are found in the South West of England. The Show at Shepton Mallet is very good, being the biggest, followed by Exeter with about 200 stalls. Once again, I have usually picked up a number of bargains. With any Toy Fairs you have to look quite hard and have a rummage. Don’t worry if the cases are damaged, you can replace them. It’s the condition of the cars that’s important.
Here the website: www.bulldogfairs.com
Top 10 F1 World Champions
- Michael Schumacher – 7 time F1 World Champion
- Juan Manuel Fangio – 5 time F1 World Champion
- Lewis Hamilton – 5 time F1 World Champion
- Alain Prost – 4 time F1 World Champion
- Sebastian Vettel – 4 time F1 World Champion
- Jack Brabham – 3 time F1 World Champion
- Jackie Stewart – 3 time F1 World Champion
- Niki Lauda – 3 time F1 World Champion
- Nelson Piquet – 3 time F1 World Champion
- Ayrton Senna – 3 time F1 World Champion
Top 10 Drivers Never F1 World Champions
- Stirling Moss – 16 Wins
- David Coulthard – 13 Wins
- Carlos Reutemann- 12 Wins
- Rubens Barrichello – 11 Wins
- Felipe Massa – 11 Wins
- Ronnie Peterson – 10 Wins
- Gerhard Berger – 10 Wins
- Mark Webber – 9 Wins
- Jacky Ickx – 8 Wins
- Rene Arnoux – 7 Wins
- Juan-Pablo Montoya – 7 Wins
- Daniel Ricciardio – 7 Wins
Most races without a Win
- Andrea de Cesaris – 208 Starts
- Nick Heidfeld – 185 Starts
- Martin Brundle – 165 Starts
- Derek Warwick – 162 Starts
- Nico Hulkenberg – 150 Starts
- Sergio Perez – 150 Starts
- Jean-Pierre Jarier – 143 Starts
- Eddie Cheever – 143 Starts
- Romain Grosjean – 137 Starts
- Adrian Sutil – 128 Starts
View All of my Diecast Catalogue
The Collection, built up over a number of years includes cars manufactured my Minichamps, Spark, Formula 1 Car Collection, Altaya, and other brands.