Grand Prix Models
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Whether it is models, accessories, books or motor racing DVDs that you are searching for, Grand Prix Models is the only place to shop! We supply enthusiasts worldwide - either in person or by mail order - with the latest and best miniatures and have available to us the largest and most comprehensive ranges of unique models that there is. We have been at the forefront of the model business since 1972; bringing collectors the best fine scale kits, hand built and die-cast models. We are constantly at the sharp end of what's happening and can usually ensure that the models that need to be made do actually get made, more importantly we make sure they get made accurately and to a high standard. That means - no false modesty - that we're unique and so are the thousands who deal with us. They are the best-informed collectors with the best quality collections in the world. Our new showroom is located in the North Oxfordshire market town of Banbury. We are right in the heart of the motor sport industry with Pro-drive, Honda Racing F1, Arden Motorsport, Renault F1 and Zytek all within a 20-mile radius. We are easily accessible by the M40 and close to the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon and Silverstone Circuit. Although GPM is predominantly a mail-order company, we open our showroom once a month on a Saturday. Grand Prix Models are the model world's best-known model car specialists, but few realise that we were one of the industry's pioneers. “I think we were the first specialist model racing car shop in Europe,” says co-founder Brian Harvey (pictured). With his wife Rachael, they first opened the doors of what was then a shop, in Hertfordshire's pretty Radlett village in 1972. “It all started when I took a year off from motoring journalism,” said Brian, who had been Managing Editor of Cars and Car Conversions magazine. “I'd been building plastic kits for review and came to the conclusion that no-one was offering selected high quality scale models of great cars direct to motoring enthusiasts. Rachael and I were both racing - Lotus Cortina, Unipower GT, Ginetta G12 Lotus, Allard Ford, works Hillman Imp etc. And we found that among fellow race drivers there was a lack of knowledge of good scale models. To cut a long story very short, we opened Radlett as a dual-purpose business; the intention was to start a motoring magazine from the rear and sell model cars from the front. From day one we were inundated with enthusiasts looking for just the kind of models we'd located. From there on it was self-generating but driven by our own enthusiasm to scour the world and find the best new models. At first we had to deal in ready-made die-cast models - there was little else. Then the first specialist metal kits came along and we began to be able to offer things like Jaguar Cs and Ds but still no-one would make many of the models we felt needed to be made.” From that conclusion it was only a short step for GPM - as it became known - to start making its own models. Within a few years GPM had four ranges of models and over 200 kits available. “It was a means to an end,” says Brian, “we wanted to encourage others to make obscure subjects like the J2 Allard Cadillac Le Mans, famous rally cars like those of Roger Clark, the Brooklands Chitty Bang Bang and the first Corvette - but at first they were reluctant. Soon however, many others followed our lead and from those small beginnings emerged the industry we know today. As worthwhile new model makers arrived we gave up kit making to concentrate on what we thought we were best at: discovering and supplying enthusiasts with the best exact scale high detail model cars from every source we could locate.”

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