Minichamps MIN122991211 1999 Ducati 996 Team Infostrada Superbike - Carl Fogarty (1:12 Scale)
"I get a call from Ducati asking if I was interested in the ride. I didn't need asking twice...!"
- Troy Bayliss, after being approached by the Ducati Factory to replace the injured "King Carl" Fogarty
Here it is, the reigning King of the Superbikes. Ducati's 996 and its predecessors have won the World Superbike Championship so many times, we've lost count. Somehow, its relatively low-tech desmodromic V-Twin engine and steel-trellis chassis continue to deliver the goods long after they should have been relegated to yesterday status. Someday, the 996 may have to rely on its good looks alone; fortunately, that won't be any time soon.
This particular 1:12 scale diecast replica of a 1999 Ducati 996 Superbike was driven by the legendary Carl Fogarty. This scintillating reproduction features a working suspension, two removable fairings, and an extremely detailed engine that rivals anything on the market today. Also includes a detachable kickstand. One piece left in stock!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Original Issue Price: $59.99
Historical Account: "Foggy" - Born on July 1st, 1966, in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, Carl Fogarty is the most successful superbike racer of all time when comparing race wins. Fogarty, known to his fans as 'Foggy' has now retired. He is renowned for his high corner speed riding style, combined with a ferocious aggressiveness and will to win, which netted him 59 victories and four World Superbike Championships.
Fogarty broke the lap record at the Isle of Man TT in 1992. His lap at 18 minutes, 18.8 seconds (123.61mph) on a Yamaha 750cc wasn't broken until seven years later by Jim Moodie riding a Honda RC45 in 1999. Riding for Ducati, Fogarty finished second at the 1995 Daytona 200 in the United States. Scott Russell crashed during the first lap of the race but was able to remount and pass Fogarty for the win. Fogarty argued that the pace car regrouping following the yellow flag allowed Russell to close the gap significantly. Ducati have never won a race at Daytona.
Fogarty was forced to retire from racing in 2000 after a racing incident when he hit a back-marker and crashed, causing a serious shoulder injury.
In 2002, Ducati released a special limited edition model (only 300 units were built) in his honour, the Monster S4 Fogarty. Fogarty now runs the Foggy Petronas team in the World Superbike Championship.
Carl Fogarty was never a person to stray away from controversy in the WSB paddock, even in his retirement, he frequently voices his opinion (most often in the British motorcycle newspaper 'MCN') in which he often berates past rivals such as Troy Corser, Neil Hodgson and Troy Bayliss. This attitude towards other racers has made him a love-or-hate personality in the motorcycling world. (courtesy: Wikipedia)