The Speed Champions series of Lego kits is fantastic for fans of cars and motor racing alike, with current entries in the series featuring everything from modern hypercars to F1 cars and even classic Le Mans racers.
Lego has just announced a new batch of sets for 2018, the stand-out of which has to be the Ultimate Ferrari Garage, which comes with a classic 250 GTO, the modern 488 GTE and - best of all - the 312T4 as raced by a certain Gilles Villeneuve during the 1979 F1 season.
Though he never won a championship there’s an argument for Gilles being possibly the greatest racing driver of all time, and almost certainly the most spectacular. For that reason it was his more consistent teammate Jody Scheckter who won the title in 1979 while Gilles etched himself onto everyone’s memories by doing things like driving flat-out with a puncture, being 11 seconds faster per lap than anyone in the wet and - of course - his wheel-banging scrap with René Arnoux in the closing stages of the French Grand Prix.
The other new sets are worthy of mention, too. There’s the World Rally Championship winning M-Sport Ford Fiesta, the Ford Mustang Fastback, a Ferrari 488 GT3, a Porsche 919 LMP1 car, and a pretty cool set featuring the current Porsche 911 RSR race car alongside a classic 930 Turbo.
They’re set to be released on 1 March so it’s probably a good idea to use the time until then to start clearing some shelf space, because obviously you’re going to buy the lot of ‘em.