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Minichamps 1:12 1985 Freddie Spencer Honda NSR500

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  • Model: MC122 850004
  • Manufactured by: MiniChamps

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Born on December 20th, 1961, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Freddie Spencer, known by the nickname "Fast Freddie," is an American former World Champion motorcycle racer. Spencer is regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle racers of the early 1980s. He was a racing prodigy who began racing at the age of four, competing in dirt track events near his hometown of Shreveport.

After winning the 1978 250cc US National Road Racing Championship, American Honda signed Spencer to ride for their Superbike team. He gained international prominence at the 1980 U.S. versus Britain Trans-Atlantic Match races when he won two legs, defeating World Champions Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene in the process. In 1981, he split his time between the U.S. Superbike series, and the European Grand Prix circuit, helping Honda develop the exotic but snake-bitten, oval-cylindered NR500 four-stroke Grand Prix bike.

By 1982, he had been promoted full time to Honda's Grand Prix team, who by then had given up on the NR500 and developed the NS500 three cylinder, two stroke. In 1983, Spencer won his first 500cc World Championship, becoming the youngest person to win the title. The 1983 season would be remembered as one of the most dramatic title chases in the history of Grand Prix racing; Honda's Spencer and Yamaha's Kenny Roberts fought back and forth for the points lead with each of them earning six victories. The season culminated at the penultimate round in Sweden when the two riders collided on the last lap. Roberts ran off the track leaving Spencer to sprint to the finish line and victory. Roberts won the last race but Spencer finished second, securing his first world title by two points.

In 1984, Honda developed a radically new V4 NSR-500 that featured the fuel tank under the engine and the expansion chambers under a false tank above the engine. Teething problems and injuries from crashes hindered Spencer's defense of his crown and he was relegated to fourth place in the championship. In spite of this, he still managed to win 5 times that year.

Pictured here is a beautiful 1:12 scale diecast replica of a 1985 Honda NSR 500 motorcycle driven by Freddie Spencer. Comes in a handsome presentation case.


This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 14 November, 2012.