Model: Aoshima Williams FW15C
Release: Alain Prost, Monaco Grand Prix 1993
eBay link: Aoshima Williams
Why I’m featuring it: It’s the Monaco Grand Prix this Sunday, so I thought I’d dig into the collection for a machine from Monaco races past.
Eighteen years ago this weekend, Alain Prost was on his way to his fourth F1 World Championship in the dominant Williams FW15C, the last of the active-suspension cars. Prost put the car on pole on the streets of Monte Carlo – one of 13 pole positions in 16 races that he achieved that season – but was penalized for a jump start. The stop-go punishment was compounded when he stalled leaving the pits, but he recovered to finish fourth behind Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill and Jean Alesi.
This 1:64-scale Aoshima replica was issued as one of a series of 12 Williams models in blind boxes, Kyosho-style. They’re excellent quality and good value for money.
I’m a lifelong Williams fan and have a particular soft spot for the 1993 Canon deco with added Sega – look closely and you’ll see Sonic the Hedgehog’s foot putting the pedal to the metal! The only major omissions here are the Camel logos, for obvious reasons.
Happily, the Aoshima Williams models don’t attract the same interest as some of the Kyosho Porsche and Ferrari race cars, so you can get some great models for reasonable money on eBay. Thanks for reading and enjoy the race!
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