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Retro Give Aways – Apollo Mission and Racing Cars

Phone Card Jim Clark

Apollo Mission Construction Kits

During the height of Apollo Moon Shot in the late 1960s, lots of brands and organisations tried to cash in on the excitement by issuing freebie memorabilia such as mugs, coins and stamps. Many of these now rare items have since become retro favorites for collectors. Shell Petrol Stations did a particularly nice range of silver coins, but the item that caught my attention as a 9 year old, was the tiny Lunar Mission construction kits issued by Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. In particular, the items I wanted were the Command Module (the bit that circled the Moon) and the Lunar Lander kits.Apollo space misison kist given away with the cereal Both items came with parts attached to a small rectangular plastic frame, each with about five or six white plastic pieces. So they were not unlike the much larger and familiar Airfix Construction kits. The quality was quite poor, but they were free after all – and best of all, the Lunar Lander was designed to clip (or dock) into the nose cone of the Command Module- just as the real vehicles did in 1969. With a bit of imagination, you could recreate the whole landing and return to Earth!  The image was sourced from a really good retro site, dedicated to the famous Gerry Anderson, where you can see similar kits: Moonbase Central

Formula One Racing Car Construction Kits

Prior to the Lunar Lander and Command Module, Kellogs included free construction kits of Formula One Racing Cars. These came in different colours for different models. So the Lotus was Green and the Brabham was blue. The wheels were designed to spin and could be interchanged by model. The models were freely exchanged at school and the green Lotus model similar to the one driven by Jim Clark was particularly sought after. That is, until Jim’s fatal crash in a Formula Two car in Germany in April 1968. It was one of the saddest days of my early life when the news papers and TV reported his tragic and dramatic death. If you do not know about the brilliant driver,  Jim Clark, you can look up on Wiki here: Jim Clark

Formula One Theme Retro PhoneCards

Many years later, I was lucky enough to pick up a collection of Retro Phone Cards that featured famous Formula One British Racing Car Champions including Jim Clark. They are available for sale on the Retrotempo shop. They date from 1999, but the subjects hark back to the golden age of British Racing. I hope any potential buyer will appreciate them as much as I do.

By Paul Bates (thepaulbates)

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