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IXO Lotus JPS Transporter

Post by Jager » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:47 am

I know there are concerns about the lack of IXO's new releases, but if this one sees the light of day it should prove very popular :

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Post by LUW » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:03 am

For me it's a pass.
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Post by Galaxy Gaz » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:35 am

Thats not a bad looking model . The old Volvo Globetrotter is quite a good casting .

They also do a later version of the Volvo FH12 cab with the race car trailer which I almost bought a couple of weeks ago.

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Post by Tom » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:59 am

Looks great, but I'll resist.

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Post by Serafa » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:51 pm

I'm sorry guys, but I will not resist. :shock:

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Post by oldirish33 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:05 pm

Serafa wrote:
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I'm sorry guys, but I will not resist. :shock:
I couldn't!
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Post by carcollector » Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:09 pm

...and I try to resist! :?

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Post by Serafa » Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:44 pm

oldirish33 wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:05 pm
Serafa wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:51 pm
I'm sorry guys, but I will not resist. :shock:
I couldn't!
I, on the other hand, eventually managed to resist that. :P

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Re: IXO Lotus JPS Transporter

Post by Jager » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:21 pm

If I collected Lotus F1 models I'd be all over that. Fortunately it doesn't fit with anything in my collection.

Lets hope this is a success and IXO decide to do some other liveries.
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Post by JSB33 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:30 am

I love transporters but as F1 is not my thing, neither is this. But I hope its a great success and they do more of them.
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Post by oldirish33 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:27 am

JSB33 wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:30 am
I love transporters but as F1 is not my thing, neither is this. But I hope its a great success and they do more of them.
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If I collected Lotus F1 models I'd be all over that. Fortunately it doesn't fit with anything in my collection.

Lets hope this is a success and IXO decide to do some other liveries.
I was bitten by the F1 bug decades ago, so I admire all of you that have the ability to withstand temptation and have better disipline than I do. ;) Since I am interested in F1 up till this era, I also hope they make more transporters. I often wonder what the logistics and costs are for getting licensing to reproduce team and product logos?
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Re: IXO Lotus JPS Transporter

Post by Tom » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:44 am

If they'd done a '70s JPS transporter this would've been hard to resist and I would need the F1 cars to go with it. As it is, no problems here.

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Post by oldirish33 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:39 pm

Tom wrote:
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If they'd done a '70s JPS transporter this would've been hard to resist and I would need the F1 cars to go with it. As it is, no problems here.
Now you have me wondering Tom when Lotus made the switch from the older transporters to tractor/trailer rigs. In a cursory internet look is no Lotus tractor/trailer image until about 1980, or when they switched to elf fuels. Maybe someone else knows for sure, or it will require more in-depth research. The transporter in the first image dates to the 1979 F1 season, but was used prior to that.
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Post by Tom » Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:01 pm

That looks really good, but it would have to be early '70s black and gold for me. My fave ever JPS cars.

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Post by Galaxy Gaz » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:28 pm

oldirish33 wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:39 pm
Tom wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:44 am
If they'd done a '70s JPS transporter this would've been hard to resist and I would need the F1 cars to go with it. As it is, no problems here.
Now you have me wondering Tom when Lotus made the switch from the older transporters to tractor/trailer rigs. In a cursory internet look is no Lotus tractor/trailer image until about 1980, or when they switched to elf fuels. Maybe someone else knows for sure, or it will require more in-depth research. The transporter in the first image dates to the 1979 F1 season, but was used prior to that.
The Ixo Volvo is a bit of a strange one .

The Volvo F12 came out in 1977.

In 1978 , JPS Lotus were using a 1978 Volvo F89 Tractor / trailer which was used right up until the 1983 season when it was written off in an accident on the way back from the Italian Grand Prix.
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The Ixo model is listed as a 1981 model , but it carries the registration number A169 STU which is a 1983 index number and could not have been on a 1981 season truck as legally you cannot put a newer regIstration number on an older vehicle in the UK .
A check on the reg number shows A169 STU being registered to a black 1983 Opel Manta , so you have to ask if Ixo got the reg number correct.

If the existing F89 was written off in 1983 then is it possible Lotus replaced it with a new F12 as in the ixo model that is registered as a 1983 truck?

The trailer is also wrong as period pictures show the Volvo to have a twin axle trailer, not a tri-axle , so again, you have to question the accuracy.
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Post by oldirish33 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:40 pm

The Ixo Volvo is a bit of a strange one .
I have to agree Gary and thanks for doing some additional research. I peg it as being the 1985 season, the first with Senna. When I got the transporter I knew after looking at sponsorship at the time for Lotus, 1980 wasn't right. In 1983 they were still using Pirelli tires and in 1984 they were using Goodyear, but didn't seem to have Olympus as a sponsor, at least as a major one. It wasn't until 1985 that the sponsors on the trailer lined up with the sponsors on the actual car. That is why I have Senna's 97T posed with my transporter model. I am sure IXO took some liberties with facts and produced a piece that they felt would have the most commercial success using existing molds, or perhaps molds they could use again in the future.

I just remembered that Politoys made a 1/64 JPS Lotus transporter with a Fiat tractor and trailer in the mid-70's. Not sure how factual that was either.
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Post by Jager » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:29 pm

Here's a few more pictures. This is the 1983 British Grand Prix with a single axle trailer :

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This appears to be the same tractor unit as the one Gary showed above. Based on the Goodyear tyre sponsorsip this must be +1984 (meaning it wasn't written off in 1983, or maybe just the trailer was written off ?)

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I feel like the triple axle trailers didn't become commonplace until the early 2000's based on other transporters I've seen.
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Re: IXO Lotus JPS Transporter

Post by Serafa » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:55 pm

Tom wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:01 pm
That looks really good, but it would have to be early '70s black and gold for me. My fave ever JPS cars.
There is the 1972 transporter that crashed in Europe before the Italian GP:

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Spark made this one in 1:43 (in the back):

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Post by Galaxy Gaz » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:03 pm

Jager wrote:
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This appears to be the same tractor unit as the one Gary showed above. Based on the Goodyear tyre sponsorsip this must be +1984 (meaning it wasn't written off in 1983, or maybe just the trailer was written off ?)
From what I found out from a Volvo fanatic on a truck forum , it was the cab that was written off on the return journey to the UK from the 1983 Italian Grand Prix but there was no mention of the trailer or its contents being damaged .

Another pic from Aosta in Italy taken in 1983 by another trucker and I quote him "I had seen this John Player Special Volvo on his way home some months before, it was parked up next to the airfield at Aosta in Italy. I was waiting to clear customs at the time and I decided to walk over and take this photo as to me it looked 'quite smart'. ......now , is that a Goodyear logo I see ?

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Team Lotus used several Volvo trucks in the past. It all started by a Volvo F89 (Reg. XNG60S) with trailer used as the main F1 transporter from 1978 to 1984, then as a secondary "test team" transporter from 1985 to 1987.

In 1985, it was replaced by a Volvo F12 Globetrotter tractor with a brand new trailer (reg. B801SNG). This one was used until the demise of Team Lotus in 1994.

They then acquired in 1986 or 1987 a Volvo F10 tractor which they mated to the F89 trailer. From what I know, this was a secondary tractor for the F1 team, used for the European GP.
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Post by Jager » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:25 pm

Here's the Lotus transporter at Spa in May 1983 (Monza in Italy was several months later in September) :

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Post by Jager » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:33 pm

Here's another interesting picture I found, the early transporter from 1979 in Martini colours before the switch to the JPS sponsorship in 1981.

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Post by oldirish33 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:54 am

In 1985, it was replaced by a Volvo F12 Globetrotter tractor with a brand new trailer (reg. B801SNG). This one was used until the demise of Team Lotus in 1994.
That would make the IXO model the transporter from the 1985 season, when Olympus became a major sponsor. As previously pointed out, the registration on the model is wrong and the fact that the trailer has three axles is also likely wrong. The fact that this thread has produced some excellent pictures is great!
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