Model: Tarmac Works Mercedes-AMG GT3
Release: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019
eBay link: Tarmac Works Wynn’s Mercedes-AMG
Why I’m featuring it: It’s always cool to have a model of a car you’ve owned – or, as in this case, seen race. I attended the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona, where many cars sported retro-inspired liveries as part of the IMSA 50th anniversary celebrations. One of them was the Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating, Luca Stolz and Felipe Fraga.
This deco additionally commemorated the 80th anniversary of Wynn’s additives, so was retained on the car through the season. It was inspired by the Wynn’s-sponsored Porsche 962 that raced at Daytona in 1987. Thirty-two years later, the Mercedes finished 22nd overall, sixth in the GTD class.
I knew as soon as I saw it that it’d look great as a model, and it does! I’m sure some of you reading this will have other Wynn’s models in your collections, perhaps the Hot Wheels Super Vans or even the Matchbox Formula 1 promotional from the 1970s.
The detail on this Hobby64 release is fantastic, as you’d hope, and I haven’t detected any QC issues with this one.
It’s good to have another cool Tarmac Works race car join the collection. As I mentioned in my recent TWOC update, I’ve been underwhelmed by many of the releases so far in 2021 but hopefully this is the start of a strong finish to the year.
A couple of parting shots for you. First, here’s the new Wynn’s car with another Tarmac AMG in my collection, the Haribo machine from the 2016 Nürburgring 24h. My only criticism of the IMSA car is that it doesn’t roll as well as the Haribo one.
And here it is with two other throwback paint schemes from that 2019 Daytona weekend, both from the GTLM class – the Hot Wheels Team Transport Ford GT in Castrol livery and the Brumos-inspired Porsche 911 RSR by Sparky.
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