20 September 2009

The Jagermeister Files... Fly BMW M3 E30 DTM

Today I'll start another new section on this blog. This will also be the first topic about my collection of slot cars that belong to a unique theme.

Back in late 2007 I purchased two models that would be the "founding fathers" of my collection of Jagermeister decorated models. They were the Slot.It Porsche 956 KH and the Revell-Monogram BMW 320 Gr.5.

In this topic, I'll comment a bit on the only model that appears twice in my collection: the BMW E30 M3 that contested the DTM... but at the hands of two different drivers. Both of them are brought to us by Fly, a brand that has dedicated some attention towards Jagermeister decorated cars. No wonder it's the slot car brand that is most represented in my collection. These are the cars that I will talk about today:

Being two models that look really alike, I'm glad to see that Fly did not take the easy way around this, the "copy-paste" strategy. Although they share much in common, as one could expect since the models come from the same mould, there are subtle differences between them. I guess that Fly wanted a better looking approach to the 1992 model, which belongs to the "Bikers in Cars" series.

The 1988 model was driven by Mario Ketterer, which managed 2 points during the same season. The 1992 model was driven by Wayne Gardner, which contested both the Hockenheim (this model) and Nurburgring rounds of that season.

The basic differences between the models, when identical parts are concerned, is the different color scheme. The roll cages are painted in blue for the 1988 car, whereas the 1992 models features an all-orange look. Side rear-view mirrors are identical, but painted in black for the 1988 model, and orange again for the 1992 car. The placement of some Jagermeister logos is different, specially on the doors. Even the ones that are placed on the hood and roof seem to have subtle differences. The 1992 model's windscreen and rear window present the green stripe similar to the same green banner from the Jagermeister bottles. This is just the single detail that misses on the 1988 car.

So, what exactly is structurally different between these models?

Although a quite easy route, Fly featured each car with distinct wheels (I can't find photos of the real cars to confirm they are correct), as can be seen here:

Next stop: the rear wings. The 1988 model features a simple wing design, which seems to have been evolved to the looks on the rear wing on the1992 version:

Fly seems to have payed more attention to the detail of Wayne's helmet than on the looks of Ketterer:

So, here ends the first showing of my Jagermeister models. The BMW M3 E30 is one of my all-time BMW favorites indeed, that also contributed for the acquisition of this model "in double" - I wasn't that impressed about the 1992 M3 being part of the "Bikers in Cars" series, but it always sits well next to the other orange Jagermeister "cousins".

Until next time, for more Jagermeister Files...


  1. I also love collecting toy cars, too! From smallest to biggest! Maybe we can that this is my great addiction. If I'm a woman, I'm a shopaholic for toy cars! Yesterday, I visited a car showroom and I found a Dodge. Dealer Edmonton-based explained the details and the performance of this car. That then, I've become interested to buy this model. I'll go back again in Edmonton maybe next week to finally make a deal for buying that car.