Race Cars on a Different Scale.
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1:18 2007 Audi Sport Team Joest A01 Formula 1 race car
Race Cars on a Different Scale.

A great big THANK YOU to Gary Pino of Chapparrels Diecast & Jim Dolan for this awesome 1:18 scale masterpiece.
Created by Chapparrels Diecast

When Gary Pino and Jim Dolan saw the images of the super-detailed CGI based Audi F1 car created by Australian architect and Audi enthusiast, Kim Stapleton, they new they had to make it!

As with Kim's work, the diecast car needed the same exacting livery he created on his computer. The Audi’s racecar livery was influenced from the R10 and R8, the DTM years, STW in the mid 1990’s, and also the historic Auto Union Grand Prix designs from the '30s. The Audi livery was laid out on the skin of a donor Mattel Renault R26 F1 racecar.

This was truely a departure for Chapparrel's. With the fantastic decal work by Jim Dolan and Gary Pino's mastery in painting the chassis and uncompromising detail work, we have turned out what is truly a very unique work of art.

This is truly a unique piece which will stand apart from the scores of 1:18 scale diecast race cars that I have in my collection.
Mike Rockenfeller admires the Audi F1.  Photo © Catherine Varela 2007 Vic asks "Rocky" to sign the base of the Audi F1.  Photo © Catherine Varela 2007 Mike graciously autographs the Audi F1.  Photo © Catherine Varela 2007
Allan and Marco are pleasantly surprised by Chapparrel's creation!  Photo © Catherine Varela 2007 Allan and Marco admire the concept of what could be a great car to see on the Grand prix grid.  Photo © Catherine Varela 2007 Marco obliges my request for his autograph on  the Audi F1.  Photo © Catherine Varela 2007
Allan surely wishes he had this car instead of the Toyota he drove while in Formula One.  Photo © Maria Varela 2007 Allan is happy to add his autograph to the Audi F1.  Photo © Maria Varela 2007 Dindo is all smiles as he admires the detail and originality of Gary Pino & Jim Dolan's work of art!  Photo © Maria Varela 2007
Dindo rounds out the autograph foursome on this truly unique 1:18 diecast replica.  Photo © Maria Varela 2007 Dindo cannot let go of this little beauty while Allan's eyes say it all.   Photo © Maria Varela 2007
Another THANK YOU goes out to the Audi Sport Team Joest drivers present at Laguna Seca for the 2007 ALMS race

Dindo Cappelo, Allan McNish, Marco Werner & Mike Rockenfeller

And last but not least, a great big
THANK YOU goes out to my wife Maria & my daughter Catherine, for the great pictures they took!