Carlos Reutemann, born at Santa Fe, Argentina in 1942.
Carlos was a leading protagonist of formula 1 between 1972 and 1982.
His driver carrer began in 1965 in a Fiat Saloon car, then touring cars and Formula 2.
In 1970, he moves to Europe in order to enter the Formula 2 championship.
for the 72 season, Brabham team boss Bernie Ecclestone signed Reutemann alongside Graham Hill.
For his first race, front of the argentinian crowd, he qualifies first and finished the race seventh.
In 1973, Carlos finished at rank 7 in the driver championship. The next year, the very well born Brabham BT44 allowed the team to finish 5 in the constructor championship. This very same year, Carlos took his three first victories in South Africa, USA and Austria.
In 1975, regularity allowed him to finish at the third place in the driver championship.
Then, in 1976, Brabham gave up the Ford DFV for the all new Alfa Romeo flat 12 in a new car closely derived from the BT44, the BT45 that is the car i present you today.
The BT45 was awesome and powerfull but suffered from a patent lack of reliability.
Because of Niki Lauda terrible accident at Nurburgring, Ferrari was looking for a temporary replacement and Carlos negociated his release from Brabham to take place of Lauda aboard the Ferrari 312 T2.
While Lauda made an incredible physical recovery, Reutemann raced only once in the Ferrari as a third driver and then sitting out for the final three rounds.
As Clay Reggazoni, Lauda teammate, left Ferrari for Ensign, Reutemann became official full time driver for Ferrari in 1977.
Reuteman left Ferrari for Lotus in 1979 then Williams in 1980.
In 1981, he finished 2nd in the driver championship, the year of a real "battle of destiny" at the last GP at Las Vegas where 3 drivers (Jacques Lafitte, Nelson Piquet and Carlos Reutemann) were struggling to decide who would win the title.
Carlos Reutemann stopped his driver carrer at the end of 1982 but participated some Rally for Fiat and Peugeot.
He then enters the world of politic in Argentina where he is still in activity.
Now, the car:
The BT45 is the first brabham powered by Alfa-Romeo but the chassis remains very close to the BT44 ford powered, a very good car.
While not very reliable at first (because of the new Alfa Romeo power plant), the car will be used in A,B and C variations from 1976 to early 1978 where it will be replaced by the BT46/BT46B "fan car".
In a white martini livery at his presentation show, the car will race under the alfa romeo/martini red livery. And, just a fact, this thing is purely awesome, one of the most underrated F1 design. It bears for 1976 a very unique twin airscoop set up induced by the flat/boxer engine configuration
So, this moc despicts the car in his 1976 configuration. It features, as usual, shocks on four wheels, differential, steering, Technic engine (flat 12), and of course a killer martini livery, iconic and magic stripes of real race cars :D
As all my cars, stickers are homemade, drawn with paint the apply with crystal tape. It only cost a little time, a little skill, some papers and some ink for a very very satisfying result.
This car could have been my 18th big scale car, in white martini livery. The development had reached 60% then i swaped for another project (Ferrari 412P).
Felt guilty to have "killed" an half complete project and decided to finish it, this time in red livery.
So, for the first time at this scale in Lego Bricks, let me introduce you the Brabham BT45 Alfa Romeo!
I have built several cars of the 1976 F1 season (M23, T2, P34, BT45)...could be soon able to make a BIG SCALE Lego Rush: the Movie :D :D :D
My face hurts from smiling at this! The red Martini livery couldn't be better. I had forgotten that he subbed for Niki after his wreck, great to be reminded of Carlos being a class act. Love how you built those ducts, very distinct as well as that nose. Beautiful car faithfully represented here. Excellante!
dude that is sick, both your build and the real thing! also, if your "Lego Ideas" doesnt pan out, you can take a piece count of your cars, start a website, and sell them kit by kit yourself, much like Brickmania.com is doing... im sure theres many racing fans out the who would by these detailed F1 lego replicas, although even more if your branched out into Le Mans... and yes, i would buy these