John Rhodes was born in Wolverhampton in August 1927 into a family whose interest in motorsport was deep-rooted. His own interest started when his father took him to a race at a very early age. His golden racing years were the 1960s, a period of classic car racing and John Rhodes’ extravagant motoring antics involving high speed and smoking tyres earned him the name ‘Smokin’ Rhodes’. The crowds loved him and he enjoyed playing to them with his driving skills, often resulting in the destruction of the dipswitch in every race! John’s racing career included Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, the British Grand Prix and many others in a variety of cars. However, his greatest successes came as part of the John Cooper’s works Mini Cooper stable, including saloon car racing and international sports car racing with BMC on circuits such as Le Mans and Targa Florio. It was with John Cooper’s team that he won the 1300cc Class B in the British Touring Car Championship every year between 1965 and 1968. Following retirement, John’s interests centred on both boats and car restoration but he came out of retirement to compete in the Goodwood Revival meeting, which also re-kindled his thirst and saw him making several subsequent appearances in different cars. However, after a serious accident at Brands Hatch, he decided enough was enough! Now in his late 80s, John is still a great enthusiast but from a safe distance.
Our 1:76 scale model is a replica of John’s Mini Cooper in which he made his last appearance at Brands Hatch in 1968. Painted dark green with white roof and decorative stripes, his white race number 11 adorns both the doors and the bonnet. The BMC rosette features below the rear side windows, along with a mass of sponsorship decals including Ferodo and Castrol. The interior, including the steering wheel, is completely black. A particular detail sees the headlights with black ‘taped’ glass, just like the real thing.
Orders can be placed online, by phone or by post. The UK Postal address for orders is: Oxford Diecast Ltd, PO Box 363, Southampton S014 0TJ
As well as accepting sterling cheques we accept Euro cheques (over 50 euros) and US$ cheques (over 50 dollars).
The postage charges for non members are:
Order Value: £0.00 - £19.99UK: £2.95
Rest of the World: £6.45
Order Value: £20.00 & OverUK: £4.95
Rest of the World: £6.95
Orders are dispatched within 3 working days and can take between 3-5 working days for UK mainland.
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You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, please contact our customer services team on 023 8024 8850