High-End, Investment Grade, Museum Quality. Midget FIA Hot Rod F1 Racing Formula 1 12 19 6 0's. Approx 9 Inches in Length.
High-Detail, Precision Model Show Art. The ghastly crash that killed Eddie Sachs and Dave McDonald on the second lap brought out instant horror, a red flag and reform that changed the face of the greatest spectacle in racing. And, even though it turned out to be the last hurrah for the front-engine roadster, fuel cells were mandated and a minimum was put on pit stops, the indelible memory of that day was the crash, the fire, the dark clouds of smoke rising above the front-stretch grandstands and the impending gloom.When McDonald spun exciting Turn 4 and bounced off the inside wall and into the path of Sachs, it triggered a fireball that erupted into something reminiscent of a World War II battle scene. "It was like a black curtain had been pulled across the track, " recalled driver, Johnny Rutherford.
The photo that accompanies this story was snapped just before a one-car wreck mushroomed into the towering inferno. It shows McDonald sliding across the track and into the path of Sachs, Rutherford, Ronnie Duman and Unser who were lined up nose-to-tail trying to figure out an escape route. And it also illustrates how close two future Indy 500 winners came to death. "I saw a flash of a red car and it exploded, " said Rutherford.
Eddie (Sachs) was right in front of me and I was hard on the brakes. He (Sachs) veered a little left and I saw two tailpipes (McDonald) sticking out of the flames so I turned right. I went under Eddie's car and my car rode up on the wall.Sachs slammed into McDonald, which set off a huge explosion of the gasoline-filled tanks. "I couldn't see anything but fire and smoke so I just buried the throttle because I didn't want to get stopped in that mess, " said Unser, who was wheeling the 2,300-pound Novi for Andy Granatelli. I just closed my eyes and hoped for the best. Unser rear-ended Duman, pushing his car into and past the burning cars of McDonald and Sachs, where it slid backward into the inside wall on fire. Then the Novi rammed Rutherford's Watson roadster as both cars limped down the track but out of purgatory. The item "Vintage Metal Racer Sports Race Car Built Model GP F1 18 Indy 500 40 12 gt 24 43" is in sale since Sunday, November 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Diecast & Toy Vehicles\Cars, Trucks & Vans\Vintage Manufacture". The seller is "gifts-for-men" and is located in Lansing, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.