Le Mans Diecast 1978 to 1981

In the late seventies, the prototype scene was becoming full of old cars and indifferent manufacturers. The European economy was in a rut due to lingering effects of the oil crisis, and the Cold War was still going strong. The 'golden' era of expensive factory efforts and well-financed privateers had definitely come to a close. Le Mans remained the only event of any real singifigance for prototypes.

1978

The top-level prototypes were classified as 'B6' cars and conformed to the open-cockpit 3-litre and 2.0 litre turbo spec. The Renault-Alpine 442 series and Porsche 936 cars were the ones to beat in this era. Jean Rondeau created come memorable closed-cockpit 'GTP' spec cars.

Porsche 936/78

Porsche must have finally had some time to throw the 936 beast in a wind tunnel, as they showed up with a much sleeker car. 1978 was also the last year that the works Porsche cars ran in the famous "Martini" colors. Note that the #7 car is the 1977 version of the 936, and was run as a semi-works entry with Joest. In terms of diecast, both the Minichamps and Trofeu cars are excellent.

Renault Alpine

Renault pulled the old "win Le Mans and then cancel the sports-prototype program" trick in 1978. Although they did go on to pioneer turbos in F1. Note that this yellow paint scheme has been revived for the 2002 F1 cars.

Le Mans 1978 (Independently organized by the ACO)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Sportscars Class - FIA Group 6
1Renault-Alpine A442B
‘elf’
Didier Pironi
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
2
S +2.0
Minichamps
430 781102
Solido
('10' Series)
87
Solido
('Retro Le Mans' Series)
2435
Del Prado#??
2Porsche 936/78
'Martini'
Bob Wollek
Jürgen Barth
6
S +2.0
Minichamps
430 786906
Trofeu
1202
3Porsche 936/77
'Martini'
Hurley Haywood
Peter Gregg
Reinhold Jöst
7
S +2.0
Minichamps
430 776707
4Renault-Alpine A442A
‘elf’
Guy Fréquelin
Jean Ragnotti
José Dolhem
4
S +2.0
Solido
Racing
1938
15De Cadenet-Lola LM
Alain de Cadenet
Chris Craft
8
S +2.0
Bizarre
BZ087
DNFRenault-Alpine A443
‘elf’
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Patrick Depailler
1
S +2.0
Minichamps
430 781101
DNFPorsche 936/78
'Martini'
Jacky Ickx
Henri Pescarolo
Jochen Mass
5
S +2.0
Trofeu
1201
Minichamps
430 786905
DNFDe Cadenet-Lola T380
'BAT'
Nick Faure
John Beasley
Simon Phillips
Martin Raymond
12
S +2.0
Bizarre
BZ78
IMSA GT Class
5Porsche 935/77
Brian Redman
Dick Barbour
John Paul Sr.
90
IMSA +2.5
Spark
S2009
DNFPorsche 935/77
Bob Garretson
Steve Earle
Robert Akin
91
IMSA +2.5
Spark
S4163
DNFPorsche 935/77A
Don Whittington
Bill Whittington
Franz Konrad
94
IMSA +2.5
Spark
S2014
FIA Group 5
6Porsche 935/77A
'amdahl'
Jim Busby
Chris Cord
Rick Knoop
44
Gr. 5
Spark
S2010
7Porsche 935/77A
Alfredo Guaraná
Paulo Gomes
Mário Amaral
41
Gr. 5
Spark
S2011
8Porsche 935/78
'Martini'
Manfred Schurti
Rolf Stommelen
('Moby Dick')
43
Gr. 5
Minichamps
430786743
N/CPorsche 935/77A
Louis Krages
Dieter Schornstein
Philippe Gurdjian
45
Gr. 5
Spark
S2012
DNFPorsche 935
Herbert Müller
Claude Haldi
"Nico"
48
Gr. 5
Spark
S2013
DNFPorsche 935/77A
Martin Raymond
"Steve"
Mike Franey
46
Gr. 5
Spark
S2036
DNFPorsche 935/77A
'Weisberg'
John Fitzpatrick
Toine Hezemans
(First car to retire)
47
Gr. 5
Spark
S2035
GTP Class
9Rondeau M378 Ford
'SKF'
Jean Rondeau
Bernard Darniche
Jacky Haran
72
GTP 3.0
Le Mans
1978
QLM017
13Inaltera LM
André Chevalley
François Trisconi
71
GTP 3.0
Bizarre
BZ228
GT Class - FIA Group 4
DNFPorsche 934
'Jaegermeister'
Edgar Dören
Gerhard Holup
Hervé Poulain
Roman Feitler
68
GT +3.0
Premium X
PR0413
DNFPorsche 934
'VSD'
Willy Braillard
Jean-Louis Ravenel
Jacky Ravenel
69
GT +3.0
Minichamps
Solido
('10' series)
68
FIA Group 6 - Under 2.0
N/CSauber C5
Marc Surer
Eugen Strähl
Harry Blumer
23
S 2.0
Bizarre
BZ437
N/CLola T296
Michel Elkoubi
Pierre Yver
Philippe Streiff
24
S 2.0
Bizarre
BZ068
DNFLola T294
Jean-Marie Lemerle
Alain Levié
Pierre-François Rousselot
21
S 2.0
Bizarre
BZ169

1979

The underclass has its day

Not unlike recent Daytona 24 Hours events, this race was won by a car from the "lower" classed Group 5 ranks. All of the prototypes dropped out with mechanical woes, and even Jacky Ickx was tossed out for having a fan belt thrown to him during an on-track repair.

The Kremer K3 Porsche

The Group 5 class had the Porsche 935, but Kremer took it further and made yet a wilder version. Like Cher, this car had so much elective surgery the stock 930 buried underneath was undiscerable.

Le Mans 1979 (Independently organized by the ACO)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Group 5

1

Porsche Kremer K3 'Numero Reserve'
Klaus Ludwig
Don Whittington
Bill Whittington

41
Group 5

Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing

3001

3Porsche 935/77A
Laurent Ferrier
François Servanin
François Trisconi
40
Group 5
Spark
S2019
7Porsche 935/77A
Edgar Dören
Dieter Schornstein
Götz von Tschirnhaus
42
Group 5
Spark
S2020
11Porsche 935
Claude Haldi
Herbert Loewe
Rodrigo Terran
43
Gr. 5
Spark
S3432
13Porsche Kremer K3 'Minolta'
Axel Plankenhorn
Philippe Gurdjian
"John Winter"
45
Group 5
Quartzo
3009

15

Porsche 935 'Kores'
Jacques Guérin
"Chanaud"
Fréderic Alliot

39
Group 5

Solido

1702

N/CDe Tomaso 35
Gr. 5
Spark
DNFPorsche 93536
Gr. 5
Spark
DNFPorsche 93537
Gr. 5
Spark
IMSA GT Class
2Porsche 935/77A
Paul Newman
Dick Barbour
Rolf Stommelen
70
IMSA
Spark
S2015
6BMW M1
(Andy Warhol 'Art Car'; Not availble due to copyright issues)
76
IMSA

8Porsche 935/78
Edwin Abate
Bob Garretson
Skeeter McKitterick
72
IMSA
Spark
S2017
9Porsche 935/78
Robert Kirby
Bob Harmon
John Hotchkis
73
IMSA
Spark
S2016
12Ferrari 512 BB LM
Nick Faure
Steve O'Rourke
Bernard de Dryver
Jean Blaton
61
IMSA
Best
9281
Brumm
R212C
DNFFerrari 512 BB LM
'ISO'
Jean-Claude Andruet
Spartaco Dini
62
IMSA
Best
9306
Brumm
K002
DNFFerrari 512 BB LM
'3M'
Michel Leclère
Claude Ballot-Léna
Peter Gregg
63
IMSA
Best
9276
Brumm
K002
DNFPorsche 935/79 'interscope'
Ted Field
Milt Minter
John Morton
68
IMSA
Le Mans
1979
2412
DNFPorsche 68
IMSA

DNFPorsche 935/77A 'Hawaiian Tropic'
Rob McFarlin
Bob Akin
Roy Woods
71
IMSA
Le Mans
1979
2411
DNFPorsche 71
IMSA
Spark
DNFPorsche 74
IMSA
Spark
DNFFerrari 512 BB LM
Jean-Pierre Delaunay
Cyril Grandet
Preston Henn
64
IMSA
Brumm
R417
Best
9278
Group 6 Class
5Rondeau M379 Ford
'VSD'
Jean Ragnotti
Bernard Darniche
5
Gr. 6 +2.0
Quartzo
QLM019
10Rondeau M379 Ford
'ITT Oceanic'
Henri Pescarolo
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
4
Gr. 6 +2.0
Quartzo
QLM044
Porsche Works Team

DNF

Porsche 936 'Essex'
Jacky Ickx
Brian Redman
Jürgen Barth

12
Group 6

Trofeu

1203

Minichamps

430 796912

DNFPorsche 936
'Essex'
Jacky Ickx
Brian Redman
Jürgen Barth
(After accident)
12
S +2.0
Trofeu
1208

DNF

Porsche 936 'Essex'
Bob Wollek
Hurley Haywood

14
Group 6

Trofeu

1204

Minichamps

430 796914

Dome Works Team
DNFDome Zero RL
'Roland'
Chris Craft
Gordon Spice
Tony Trimmer
6
S +2.0
Bizarre
BZ04
DNFDome Zero RL
'Roland'
Bob Evans
Tony Trimmer
7
S +2.0
Bizarre
BZ05
Group 4
4Porsche 934
'Lubrifilm'
Herbert Müller
Angelo Pallavicini
Marco Vanoli
82
GT +3.0
Universal Hobbies
2302
Premium X
PR0414
19Porsche 934
'Lois'
Anny Charlotte Verney
Patrick Bardinon
René Metge
84
GT +3.0
Universal Hobbies
2304
DNFPorsche 934
'Denver'
Christian Bussi
Bernard Salam
87
GT +3.0
Universal Hobbies
2309
Group 6 Class - Under 2.0 Liters
21Lola T298 BMW
Pierre Yver
Max Cohen-Olivar
Michel Elkoubi
20
S 2.0
Bizarre
BZ172

1980

In 1980, Jean Rondeau won in a self-made car. In France, there is no better pick-up line to impress women than "I won Le Mans in my own car". He must have scored some serious babes... (Too bad he was killed shortly after at a railroad crossing)

The B6 Prototypes were subcategorized into 2.0 and 3.0 divisions. The Production based cars came in both the European "Group 5" and "IMSA" spec. Although many of the teams in the IMSA category had never turned a wheel in the United States.

Reinhold Joest got Jacky Ickx to share his 908/80 semi-works Porsche prototype, as the "Official" factory teams were in the GTP class. Derek Bell led a charge of three 924 coupes. There is no model of this car yet.

Group 4 was all but absent, but one of these was a Porsche 911SC, the only time that generation of 911's raced at Le Mans.

24 Hours of Le Mans 1980 (Part of the World Championship for Makes)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Group 6 (Prototype) Over 2.0 Litre Class
1Rondeau M379B Ford
'Le Point'
Jean Rondeau
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
16
Gr. 6 +2.0
Quartzo
QLM018
2Porsche 908/80
'Martini'
Jacky Ickx
Reinhold Joest
9
Gr. 6 +2.0
Solido
('Solido 2')
1700
Verem
750
7De Cadanet Lola LM
Alain de Cadenet
François Migault
8
Gr. 6 +2.0
Bizarre
BZ87
25Dome RL80
'Roland'
Chris Craft
Bob Evans
12
Gr. 6 +2.0
Bizarre
BZ11
DNFACR Lola 801
DNFRondeau M37915
GTP Class
3Rondeau M397B
'Belga'
Gordon Spice
Philippe Martin
Jean-Michel Martin
17
GTP
Quartzo
QLM046
4WM P79/80
Guy Fréquelin
Roger Dorchy
5
GTP
Bizarre
BZ28
6Porsche 924 Carrera GT
Manfred Schurti
Jürgen Barth
4
GTP
Spark
S0981
11WM P79/80

6
GTP
Bizarre
BZ29
12Porsche 924 Carrera GT
Andy Rouse
Tony Dron
2
GTP
Spark
S0982
13Porsche 924 Carrera GT
Derek Bell
Al Holbert
3
GTP
Spark
S0983
3Rondeau M397B
'Belga'
Gordon Spice
Philippe Martin
Jean-Michel Martin
17
GTP
Quartzo
(Classic Le Mans)QLM046
IMSA Class
5Porsche Kremer K3 'Sachs'
John Fitzpatrick
Brian Redman
Dick Barbour
70
IMSA
Fujimi
15234_9
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3006
9Porsche Kremer K3 'Newsweek'
John Paul
Guy Edwards
John Paul jr.
73
IMSA
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3008
14BMW M1 'BMW France'
Didier Pironi
Dieter Quester
Marcel Mignot
83
IMSA
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3039
Minichamps
430 802583
15BMW M1 'Marlboro'
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Dominique Lacaud
Hans-Georg Bürger
84
IMSA
Quartzo
('3000 Series')
3040
19Lancia Beta Monte Carlo
Carlo Facetti
Martino Finotto
53
Gr. 5
Spark
S1381
23Ferrari 512 BB LM
'EMKA'
Steve O'Rourke
Simon Phillips
Richard Down
78
IMSA
Brumm
R212
(Post-crash bodywork)Brumm
R212B
DNFPorsche Kremer K3 'Hawaiian Tropic'
Skeeter McKitterick
Charles Mendez
Leon Walger
68
IMSA
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3005
DNFPorsche Kremer K3 'Apple Computer'
Bobby Rahal
Bob Garretson
Allan Moffat
71
IMSA
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3011
DNFFerrari 512 BB LM
'European Univesity'
Jean-Claude Andruet
Claude Ballot-Léna
77
IMSA
Brumm
R214
Ixo
LMC077
DNFPorsche Kremer K3 'Sun Systems'
Hurley Haywood
Don Whittington
Dale Whittington
85
IMSA
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3010
DNFBMW M1 'ZOL AUTO'
François Servanin
Laurent Ferrier
Pierre-François Rousselot
95
IMSA
Quartzo
('3000 Series')
3041
DNFFerrari 512 BB LM
Spartaco Dini
Fabrizio Violati
Maurizio Micangeli
79
IMSA
Brumm
R414
Group 5
DNFPorsche Kremer K3 'Malardeau'
Xavier Lapeyre
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Anny-Charlotte Verney
43
Group 5
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3007
DNFPorsche Kremer K3
'Gozzi Kremer'
Tetsu Ikuzawa
Rolf Stommelen
Axel Plankenhorn
42
Gr. 5
Fujimi
15220-2
42
Group 5
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3002
DNFPorsche Kremer K3 'Travel Cruiser'
John Cooper
Dudley Wood
Pete Lovett
44
Group 5
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3013
DNFPorsche Kremer K3 'Sartec'
Ted Field
Danny Ongais
Jean-Louis Lafosse
41
Group 5
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3012
GTX Class
DNFBMW M1 'Garage du Bac'
Fréderic Alliot
Jacques Guérin
96
GTX
Quartzo
('3000 Series')
3042
GT Class
DNFPorsche 934
Christian Bussi
Bernard Salam
Cyril Grandet
91
GT
Premium X
PR0414

1981

BMW M1 (Leave it to BMW to make a Boring sports car)

The BMW M1 is just plain ugly, or boring, or both. Like Butt-head said to Beavis many years ago, "This sucks in ways we haven't seen before".

This year also gets the honor of having the car with the stupidist livery of all time. The BMW "Muenchen" car is covered with little knick-knack emblems that you would see on ceramics at tourist traps. Unless they are pulling off the ultimate irony, this paint job takes the concept of tacky to new levels. However, knowing the Bavarians they probably thought it was cool.

What happens when you get stoned and you have some Porsche 917 parts...

In a bizzare twist, Kremer got the bright idea to build a Porsche 917 replica and take it to Le Mans. They had won overall in 1979, and in some mescaline-induced moment of hubris must of thought they were invincible or could walk through walls or could fly or whatever. Anyway, they got some help from the Porsche factory, but only because they lied and said they were putting together a show car. They also got Bob Wollek to race along with two pay-driver shitheads to foot the bill. Supposedly they did fairly well before dropping out...

24 hours of Le Mans 1981 (Part of the World Championship for Drivers and Makes)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Group 6
1Porsche 936
'Jules'
Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell


11
S +2.0
Trofeu
1205
Minichamps
430 816711
12Porsche 936
'Jules'
Jochen Mass
Vern Schuppan
Hurley Haywood
12
S +2.0
Trofeu
1206
Minichamps
430 816712
DNFDe Cadenet Lola
'Belga'




20
S +2.0
Bizarre
BZ80
DNFDome RL81
'MADA'
Chris Craft
Bob Evans
23
S +2.0
Bizarre
BZ09
DNFPorsche 908/80
'Technocar'
Reinhold Jöst
Dale Whittington
Klaus Niedzwiedz
14
S +2.0
Minichamps
430 816714
DNFPorsche 908/80
'Technocar'




14
S +2.0
Solido
('Racing' Series)
1939
GTP Class
2Rondeau M379C Ford
'L'Automobile'
Jacky Haran
Jean-Louis Schlesser
Philippe Streiff
8
GTP
IXO
LMC050
3Rondeau M379C Ford
'OTIS'
Gordon Spice
François Migault
Philippe Streiff
7
GTP
IXO
LMC051
Group 5
14Lancia Beta Montecarlo'Lubrifilm'
Edgar Martino Finotto
Giorgio Schön
Giorgio Pianta
68
Group 5
Best
9217
DNFPorsche Kremer K3
'Tuff Kote'
Jan Lundgardh
Axel Plankenhorn
Mike Wilds
69
Group 5
Quartzo
3015
DNFPorsche Kremer K3
'Wera'
Edgar Dören
Jürgen Lässig
Gerhard Holup
61
Group 5
Quartzo
3004
IMSA GTX Class
5Ferrari 512 BB LM
'Pozzi'
Jean-Claude Andruet
Claude Ballot-Léna
Hervé Regout
47
IMSA GTX
Brumm
R213
IXO
LMC078
Altaya
24 Heures du Mans Collection
32
9Ferrari 512 BB LM
'European University'
Pierre Dieudonné
Jean Xhenceval
Jean-Paul Libert
46
IMSA GTX
Best
9327
DNFPorsche Kremer K3
'Coca-Cola'
Bob Akin
Paul Miller
Craig Siebert
43
IMSA GTX
Quartzo
3014
DNFFerrari 512 BB LM
'Gotti'
Simon Phillips
Mike Salmon
Steve Earle
48
IMSA GTX
Brumm
R211
Best
9330
DNFPorsche Kremer K3
'Swap Shop'
Preston Henn
Michael Chandler
Marcel Mignot
41
IMSA GTX
Quartzo
3016
Group 4
17Porsche 934
'Denver'
Thierry Perrier
Valentin Bertapelle
Bernard Salam
70
Group 4
Universal Hobbies
2303
DNFBMW M1
'VSD'
Pierre-François Rousselot
François Servanin
Laurent Ferrier
72
Group 4
Minichamps
430 812572
Quartzo
('3000 Series')
3043
DNFBMW M1
'Munchen'
Christian Danner
Peter Oberndorfer
Leopold von Bayern
71
Group 4
Quartzo
3044
Minichamps
430 812571
IMSA GTO
DNFMazda RX-7
'JUN'
Yojiro Terada
Hiroshi Fushida
Win Percy
38
IMSA GTO
Bizarre
BZ373
Group C
DNFWM P81
Jean-Daniel Raulet
Marcel Mamers
83
C
Bizarre
BZ198
DNFWM P81
Thierry Boutsen
Michel Pignard
Serge Saulnier
82
C
Bizarre
BZ199
Sportscars - 2.0 Liter
18Lola T298
Jean-Philippe Grand
Yves Courage
31
S 2.0
Bizarre
BZ182
N/CLola T298
Pierre Yver
Michel Dubois
Jacques Heuclin
33
S 2.0
Bizarre
BZ183