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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Autoart Millenium Audi Sport Quattro Rally de Monte Carlo 1985, S. Blomqvist / B. Cederberg in 1:18 scale

An Autoart Millenium Audi Sport Quattro, Rally de Monte Carlo 1985, driven by: S. Blomqvist/ B. Cederberg, in 1:18 scale.

From Wikipedia:
The Audi Quattro is a road and rally car, produced by the German automobile
manufacturer Audi, part of the Volkswagen Group. It was first shown at the 1980
Geneva Motor Show on 3 March.
The word quattro is derived from the Italian word for "four". The name has also
been used by Audi to refer to the quattro four-wheel drive system, or any
four-wheel drive version of an Audi model. To avoid confusion, the original
Quattro model is also commonly referred to as the Ur-Quattro - the "Ur-" (German
for "primordial" or "ancestral") is an augmentative prefix, in this case meaning
"original", and is also applied to the first generation Audi S4 and Audi S6
models, as in "Ur-S4" and "Ur-S6".
The Audi Quattro was the first rally car to take advantage of the then-recently
changed rules which allowed the use of four-wheel drive in competition racing.
It won competition after competition for the next two years.[1] To commemorate
the success of the original vehicle, all subsequent Audis with their trademark
quattro four wheel drive system were badged "quattro" with a lower case "q". The
original car with the upper case "Q" in the Quattro name is a collector's piece.
The Audi Quattro shared many components and the core of its body style with the
Audi Coupé, which was a member of the Audi 80 (B2) model range.[1] It was
internally designated Typ 85, a type number it shared with the Audi Coupé GT,
Audi Coupé quattro and Audi 4000CS quattro. Its characteristic flared
wheelarches were styled by Martin Smith. The Audi Quattro also had independent
rear suspension and independent front suspension.
The Quattro A1 debuted at the 1983 season opener Monte Carlo Rally, and went on
to win the Swedish Rally and the Rally Portugal in the hands of Hannu Mikkola.
Driven by Stig Blomqvist, Mikkola and Walter Röhrl, the A2 evolution won a total
of eight world rallies; three in 1983 and five in 1984.

Disney Store Red Chase, Cars, Radiator Springs

A Disney Store Red chase car, radiator springs, from the Disney movie Cars.  Red is 1960s style fire truck, which closely resembles a mid-1960s Pirsch pumper or American LaFrance model.  Joe Ranft played Red, who died in 2005 in a car crash.

Norev Volkswagen Iltis 1980 Dakar Rally, F. Kottulinsky / G. Loffelmann 1:43 scale VW

A Norev Volkswagen Iltis 1980 Dakar Rally, driven by: Freddy Kottulinsky/ Gerd Loffelmann in 1:43 scale.  Great looking Europa jeep.

From Wikipedia:
The Volkswagen Type 183, more commonly known as the Iltis (German for the
European Polecat), is a military vehicle built by Volkswagen for use by the
German military and under licence by Bombardier for the Canadian Forces and
Belgian Army. Although the two vehicles were briefly offered simultaneously, the
Type 183 effectively replaced the Type 181.
The German military had been part of a cooperative effort beginning in the late
1960s to create what was dubbed the Europa Jeep, an amphibious four wheel drive
vehicle that could replace the small all-terrain transport vehicles being used
by several of the participating governments. With development taking longer than
expected, the German military requested that something inexpensive be built in
small quantities to fill their need for additional small transport vehicles
while the Europa Jeep project was still undergoing design research.
Volkswagen responded to the request, designing an updated version of their
Kübelwagen and designating it the Type 181. But by 1976 the Europa Jeep project
had fallen apart completely, the victim of skyrocketing costs and a difficult
development. Needing a suitable four wheel drive vehicle to take over the spots
that had been designated for the Europa Jeep, the German government issued
requests to several manufacturers to design and build prototype vehicles to be
considered for military use.
Dakar Rally winner of 1980The vehicle featured a variation of the Munga's
platform with newly modified suspension components, a four wheel drive system
based around components from the Audi 100 and a 1.7 litre four cylinder Audi
engine producing 75 horsepower. The design of this four wheel drive system
provided the basis for Audi's Quattro system, which debuted four years later in
1980 on the original Audi Quattro. Earlier that year, Freddy Kottulinsky and
Gerd Löffelmann had won the Paris-Dakar Rally in an Audi-prepared Iltis.
The Iltis, as VW was now calling it, passed the German government's tests with
ease, and was chosen over the equally competent but more expensive Mercedes-Benz
G-Wagen. Production began in the summer of 1978 and the first 200 units were
delivered in November; by late 1979 approximately 2,000 units had been delivered
with 310 units sent to the Luftwaffe and 20 sent to the German Navy. Although
most of the units produced were four-doored with open tops, ambulance,
anti-tank, artillery survey, command and field communications units with varying
bodystyles were produced in small numbers. A civilian model was also offered in
Germany, but found even fewer takers than the 181 had, largely due to price.