Created specially in Detroit GP livery, the model sold for $50K last Friday night and raised substantial funds for Michigan-based charities.
Bristol, UK, the 13th of June 2023
For the first time for 32 years, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returned to the streets of Downtown Detroit for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. As part of the celebrations, the world’s leading model makers Amalgam Collection were commissioned to produce a unique model of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES racing car in the livery of the 2023 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. This very special model sold for $50k at the PwC Grand Prixmiere presented by Chevrolet dinner on Friday, raising substantial funds for local charities.
As the official kick-off to the weekend, the PwC Grand Prixmiere presented by Chevrolet brought City of Detroit supporters together with the racing community to raise funds dedicated to creating meaningful change within the City, investing in people and the public spaces they enjoy. Funds raised will be dedicated to the Belle Isle Conservancy, Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Public Safety Foundation, Detroit 300 Conservancy and Pope Francis Center. Led by the commitment of title sponsor Chevrolet, which helped bring auto racing back to Detroit in 2012, the Grand Prix is proud of the event’s charitable tradition and its positive impact across Southeast Michigan and beyond.
Amalgam Collection’s US Ambassador Paul Pigman attended the event and the generous winning $50K bid set a new record for an Amalgam 1:8 scale model sold at auction.
Sandy Copeman, founder of Amalgam Collection said: “We were delighted to partner with the Detroit Grand Prix to create this special model, and help bring funds to the very worthy charities that the Detroit GP supports. We are honoured to be a part of the event’s legacy in Detroit”
The specially created model of the Dallara IR-12 Indy Car is a perfect replica of the show car exhibited around Detroit and the surrounding areas in the build-up to the Grand Prix. The model has been painted in the distinctive red and blue livery and logos of the 2023 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, and features the logos of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and series tyre supplier Firestone. A dedicated title plate, and their chosen graphics on the sidepods will now be added for the winning bidder.
Amalgam’s collaboration with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES began in 2021, leading to the development and launch of a 1:8 model in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES livery last year. This was soon followed by team liveried models, crafted specially for Arrow McLaren SP, and the company’s first limited edition team model, of Pato O'Ward‘s Arrow McLaren SP as raced to victory at the 2022 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Copeman continued “We fully expect Detroit Grand Prix and Arrow McLaren SP to be the first of many organisations and teams that will collaborate with us as we continue to establish our presence amongst the series. We recommend any interested parties contact our US Ambassador Paul Pigman to explore our team livery service for drivers, teams and sponsors.”
Amalgam Collection has also created a beautiful Miniature Sculpture that can be seen here
More details of Amalgam’s team livery programme, plus all of the models and sculptures in their NTT INDYCAR SERIES Collection, can be found on NTT INDYCAR SERIES – Amalgam Collection
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ABOUT AMALGAM COLLECTION AND THEIR HISTORY
- Amalgam are recognised worldwide as makers of the finest hand-made large-scale models. Their work is unique in its attention to detail, with a focus on creating models that truly capture the style and spirit of each car. They have dedicated all their skill and passion to achieving a level of excellence that raises the impact and value of each finished piece to a level far above anything previously created.
- For owners of cars they have already modelled at 1:8 in a limited edition, for which the tooling already exists, they offer a tailormade service, customising a model to perfectly match the specification of the real car.
- For owners of unique very high value cars, Amalgam Collection offer an even bigger 1:5 or 1:4 ‘one-off’ model build from their UK workshops in Bristol, England. They will digitally scan the car wherever it is in the world and take up to a thousand pictures of every detail, allowing them to perfectly and accurately replicate everything at scale. Given the significant number of hours required to develop a unique model the costs are high, so the model is built at a very large scale to maximise the impact and detail, and to deliver the ultimate finished piece.
Amalgam Collection’s design, management and development heart is in England, with extraordinarily skilled and dedicated teams producing the bigger editions in Hungary and China. They are a multinational, multicultural team of crafts-men and women, dedicated to creating the world’s most precise, beautiful and exclusive models. Inspired by the F1 teams and iconic luxury car marques of England and Italy that they serve and partner with, they take huge pride in their mission to perfectly capture the designs, and honour the designers, drivers and creators of the automotive art they love.
Originally a partnership of four talented model-makers formed in 1985, from the start Amalgam created finely tuned models for the most important UK and German designers and architects. Working closely with Norman Foster’s team on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and on the Hong Kong Airport project was a fast, steep learning curve which quickly opened their eyes to subtle aesthetics and refined engineering. Working with such gifted architects their passion and desire to model the very best designs was ignited, which in due course led them to Williams F1 and Adrian Newey who were dominating the F1 championship in 1995, then on to Maranello and to the massively important design heritage of Enzo Ferrari in 1999, and latterly to the works of Pininfarina and Ettore Bugatti.
The seminal performance and luxury car designers of the early to mid-20th century were obsessed with achieving ever higher speeds, lighter and more powerful engines, more streamlined bodies, an impassioned quest that inevitably resulted in elegant and beautiful solutions as a consequence of stretching the supreme excellence of the craftsmanship and engineering to the very limits of what could be achieved at the time.
The companies that today bear these iconic names continue to be inspired, and their creativity is still fuelled, by the extraordinary passion and genius of their founders. Amalgam Collection too find inspiration in the creations of the founders and their companies who continue to design and create automotive artworks.
Recognising the beauty and importance of these designs Amalgam Collection have utterly dedicated their energy and passion to modelling these cars to a level of accuracy, precision and excellence that raises the finished replica to a level far beyond anything previously created. Amalgam have chosen to work at a scale of 1:8 which is widely acknowledged to be the most satisfying scale to comprehend the entirety of a car’s design at a glance, whilst in addition showing the most minute details.
To create perfect scale replicas of modern cars they use original CAD data supplied by the manufacturer and work closely with the design team to perfect their rendition of the interior and exterior finishes.
With regard to classics, in their quest for supreme accuracy and authenticity Amalgam’s team goes to great lengths to locate the best examples of original cars and digitally scans them to capture the precise shape and proportions of every part of the car including the chassis, engine and drive train. In addition, 600 to 800 photographs of every aspect and detail of each car are shot, to ensure a complete understanding of the finishes and detailing. The resulting models beautifully and precisely capture the entirety of the original and are impossible to discern from a real car in photographs.
Amalgam is the only maker of model cars in the world that can be considered alongside a maker of luxury watches like Richard Mille or Hublot. In fact, Richard Mille is an Amalgam patron who recognising a shared passion for engineering detail and perfection has commissioned from Amalgam Collection many unique models of his own cars and those he sponsors.
HOW THE MODELS ARE CREATED
- The patterns are created using original CAD from the manufacturer, or extraordinarily accurate digital scans and hundreds of photographs of an original classic car.
- The patterns are used to create silicon rubber moulds that capture every detail.
- Prototyping resin is used to cast the parts from the silicon moulds. Around 20 to 30 parts can be cast from each mould and then a new one must be made.
- Each model is built from thousands of parts: castings, photo-etchings and CNC machined metal components.
- Genuine car paints and manufacturer or archive colour references are used to spray the bodywork.
- It takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours to develop the tooling for each model.
- It takes between 250 and 450 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and build each model.
Every Amalgam Fine Model Car is made entirely by hand from thousands of parts. Detailed original CAD data is supplied by the car's manufacturer or the race team of the car to be modelled. The process of developing each model and creating the master patterns takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours of skilled work depending on the complexity of the car, with classic cars taking the longest.
In the case of the classic cars an extremely accurate digital scan is made of the car, and hundreds of photographs of all the details of a carefully selected original car are taken, to ensure complete accuracy and adherence to the authentic finishes and materials. Many parts of the model are machined from metal with the major components hand cast from prototyping resin. Each model is individually assembled by a small team of highly skilled model-makers. In total the time taken to machine, cast, hand fettle, paint, polish and assemble each model is between 250 and 450 hours of highly skilled work depending on the complexity of the car.
The finished model is a very precise scale replica of the original car with every detail perfectly and authentically represented at an 8th of the original size. This is modelling elevated to such a high level that it becomes an art form.
Since 1995 Amalgam have been admired and hugely respected by leading designers and engineers in the European automotive industry, as well as F1 designers, drivers and team principals. Amalgam's models appear on the desks of CEOs and presidents of the world's most important car companies. Due to the extreme accuracy and authenticity of Amalgam's creations, made in small limited editions, they are also much sought after by devoted collectors of fine handmade objects across Europe and in the USA.