Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1974, Brabham, Helmuth Koinigg, Spark

1974 Brabham BT42 Koinigg

Italian sports car and touring car racing driver Martino Finotto briefly played with the idea of his own driver-owner Formula One racing team. He brought a pair of Brabham BT42s, but after a solitary test at Monza, he decided against racing them. The cars were leased to Swiss Jürg Dubler, a retired racing driver, who entered them under the Scuderia Finotto banner for a number of drivers throughout the 1974 season. Gerard Larousse started and retired in Belgian Grand Prix and was DNQ in France. Then Austrian Helmuth Koinigg tried his skills at his home Grand Prix at  Österreichring, but did not to qualified being 31st and last in the qualifying. The last outing for Scuderia Finotto came in Italy when Carlo Facetti failed to qualify. Koinigg, after his failure with Finotto’s Brabham,  was recruited by Team Surtees for the two last rounds of the championship in Canada and USA. He was able to finish 10th at Mosport Park, but was killed in an accident at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen when his Surtees crashed  into the Armco barrier. Koinigg’s accident was reminiscent of the death of François Cevert at the same track the previous year, and Romain Grosjean’s non-fatal crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.

1974F1WCAustrian GP
Driver No.Entrant
Helmuth Koinigg32Scuderia Finotto
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43SparkRaceland Gold Edition
Cat. No.QualityRarity
234 out of 300 pcs. Limited Edition

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