License to Thrill: AUTOart Lola /Aston Martin B09/60 (DBR1-2) #007

Sep 27, 2012 No Comments by

Lola / Aston Martin’s Gulf Oil-liveried #007 LMP1 prototype dominated the 2009 five-race Le Mans Series, winning the Team, Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships, and was the highest-finishing gasoline-powered racer to complete the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing fourth behind the diesel powered cars of Peugeot and Audi. Powered by a raucous production-based engine, and liveried in the iconic powder blue and orange of Gulf Oil racing, this car brought back welcome memories of races from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s when Gulf cars played such an important part in the action. AUTOart’s #007 accurately captures the stance and aesthetics of this wonderful race car. The outside skin is all about cast-in aerodynamics and applied graphics atop AUTOart’s amazing paint; with four antennae and a pitot tube bristling from the cars surface, along with the small body latches and through-the-body fender vents, the little details do a lot. Underneath the skin, the non-functioning suspension and power plant detailing are mostly shrouded beneath carbon fiber ducting and plumbing, as in life; opening the cockpit’s delicate doors exposes a no-frills, single-seat interior replicated in understated accuracy. If Bond were a race driver…  – Bill Bennett

   

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I have been a car guy since my early teens. From managing a performance center on Long Island NY to being a partner of the world’s largest traveling global car show series; my career path has taken me on an exciting journey. I have consulted for MTV, McDonalds, Turtle Wax, Dodge and other high profile companies and have been published in multiple automotive journals. Alpha Penguin Publishing recruited me to co-author “The Complete Idiots Guide to Customizing Your Ride” for which one of my cars graces the cover.My diecast addiction began about 12 years back. My girlfriend at the time knew I was saving for a Mustang Cobra. She thought it would be humorous and purchased a diecast version to hold me over for a while. What was an initial joke struck a chord because I was fascinated with how Hot Wheels could make such a cool replica for a buck. The next time we went shopping I stopped in the toy aisle and ended up purchasing additional Hot Wheels and a few Jada vehicles. Well you all know the story from here; one shelf led to a book case. The book case quickly became an apartment filled with hundreds of HotWheels, Jada and other 1:64th scale replicas. Next came my introduction to 1:24th and 1:18th scale die cast and twelve years later I am the proud owner of a collection that is displayed in a 2000sq foot facility with a current count of over 12 thousand unique pieces. My then girlfriend, now wife, has a lot of patience for my hobby and my two little girls enjoy it with us too.Today I find myself fascinated with all scales and all models of customized vehicles. From tuners to rat rods, lead sleds to pro street drag. I do have an appreciation for the well delivered OEM vehicles as well. Most of all I enjoy the hunt to complete a set or series of vehicles. I look forward to being a part of DieCast X Magazine and helping to strengthen, grow and deliver our hobby to people who do not know how rewarding it is to an individual and a family.
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