The late Tim Richmond would have turned 63 today. The 1980 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, Richmond blazed a trail for future open-wheel drivers to make the switch to stock car racing. He had just begun to reach the peak of his talents in 1986, winning a Winston Cup-best seven races and finishing third in points, before falling ill. He passed away at age 34 due to complications from AIDS, at the time still a highly stigmatized and misunderstood disease.

Pictured are Action’s replica of Richmond’s 1985 Blue Max Racing car (front right), as well as Ertl’s model (back left) of Richmond’s Hendrick Motorsports ride from the 1986-87 season.

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