Toyota GT-One TS020, Tamiya, 1/24
Most major manufacturers have tried to win the famous Le Mans 24 hour sports car race held annually in France. Porsche have been the most successful, but the Japanese have tried their best. Toyota so nearly won in 1998, managing second place after a tyre blow-out towards the end of the race. Returning in 1999 with the latest version of their GT-One they tried again but again to no avail. So far, Mazda have been the only Japanese marque to have achieved sucess, with Toyota yet again failing at the last minute this year.
My good friend, Olivier Rive, (are you there, Olivier?) posted his version of this Tamiya kit a while ago, finishing his car as the number three car with Esso backing, so I’ve posted this as the number one car backed by Zent. The red and white colour scheme is, of course, the Marlboro cigarette livery, but, due to European advertising regulations, the Toyotas never carried the full Marlboro markings at Le Mans. This is yet another great Tamiya kit, fully living up to their reputation. Hope you like it and thanks for looking, George
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