This is the second version of the 8C ’Monza’ that I have created. This version is the winner of the 1932 Targa Florio, driven by the legendary Tazio Nuvolari, who also drove my previous version from the 1932 Monaco Grand Prix.
Nuvolari, together with his riding mechanic Mambelli, got off to a flying start in car #10, and by the time he had completed the first lap (in a race of eight laps over a 72km circuit) he had shot into the lead and remained there for the rest of the race. In an exhausting race dominated by the Alfas of Scuderia Ferrari (three of the six cars that finished the race were Alfas) Nuvolari crossed the line in a time of just over 7 hours and 15 minutes, just over 5 minutes ahead of his nearest rival in another Monza.
Like the previous Monza, the model was inspired by an MCM Top Queens kit, but was virtually rebuilt, either from scratch or using specially-commissioned photo-etched parts (almost 95% of the model has been scratch-built). Only the seats and front radiator cover remain from the original kit, although these have been modified and improved upon. The body was completely rebuilt in resin, and the engine was scratch-built as well as the firewall. Everything else has been scratch-built using brass and resin, amongst other materials.
In March 2015 I began the initial work of preparing those parts of the model that were to be made using my photo-etched parts: the brass chassis; the turned aluminium brake drums; front and rear suspensions in brass, including the leaf springs and shock absorbers; the transmission in turned aluminium; the pedal and braking systems; the steering system and steering box; and a piece of the new brass bonnet.
This model was finished in July 2015. Other versions of the Monza are planned.
A model of this version of the Monza was exhibited at Retromobile 2016 and at The London Classic Car Show 2016 in February 2016.
If you are interested in model of the 8C 2300, please do not hesitate to Contact Me.
All the brass tube for the scratch-built parts is from Albion Alloys.