This week we've got two classic touring cars from 1994 to tempt you - can it really be 25 years ago?
Biante Model Cars are very pleased to present the Ford EB Falcon driven to second place in the 1994 Australian Touring Car Championship by Glenn Seton and the 1994 Sandown 500 winner of Dick Johnson and John Bowe.
The arrival of the new five-litre touring car regulations for the 1993 season prompted an instant surge in success for Glenn Seton and his Peter Jackson team, finishing 1-2 in the Australian Touring Car Championship, sweeping all before them in a dominant display for Ford fans.
Seton’s championship defense in 1994 came at the wheel of the #1 Peter Jackson Racing Falcon EB, a car that had been built new for the second half of the previous season and ultimately took him to runner-up honours in the ’94 title chase.
Apart from its new number - signifying Seton as reigning touring car champion - his car (along with all Falcon EBs for 1994) looked slightly different with the addition of small winglet scoops on the front spoiler for the new season.
While somewhat unsightly, they were added in a bid to give the Ford enhanced front downforce and make it competitive again with Holden’s Commodore after the VP model swept all before it at Bathurst in 1993.
It was a fairly tumultuous season, with wins at Phillip Island, Winton and second places at Amaroo Park and Symmons Plains tempered with the disappointment of crashes at Sandown and Lakeside and engine issues at Mallala and Barbagallo. The best Seton could hope for in the championship when he arrived at Oran Park for the final round was second in the points behind champ-elect Skaife - and he duly delivered. The Ford pilot was on fire at the Sydney layout, sweeping home to win the PJ Dash for Cash, both races and the round overall, clear of Peter Brock and Dick Johnson.
The result meant Seton pipped Brock to finish as runner-up in the championship to Skaife by just six points. It was the second time that Seton had finished as runner-up in the ATCC after being beaten to the crown in 1987 by Jim Richards. However, the Ford hero would go on to claim another championship win for his own Falcon team in 1997 in Ford Credit colours and later be inducted into the Supercars Hall of Fame in 2009.
BNQ0001: 1994 Sandown 500 Winner - #17 Dick Johnson / John Bowe
Limited edition of 750 pieces with dual-signed certificate.
Victory in the annual Sandown endurance classic eluded Dick Johnson since the mid-1970s, however, he and long-time teammate John Bowe finally conquered the 500-kilometre race in 1994 aboard their #17 Shell-FAI Racing Ford EB Falcon.
The victory was the beginning of a unique endurance double as Johnson and Bowe also went on to win the Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst too, becoming the first combination in 10 years (since Brock and Perkins in 1984) to do so.
After rain hampered their qualifying efforts, #17 started the race in 15th place, in a mixed-field of touring cars and production cars. But that proved no obstacle to the Tasmanian star, who sliced his way through the field to assume the lead by lap 30. A long brake pad change in the first pit stop cost them time when Johnson climbed aboard the car, however a Safety Car period soon after allowed him to regain the lost ground easily and Bowe jumped back in to finish off the race and take a strong victory.
Please be sure to get in quick to avoid disappointment as we don't want you to miss out. They will be available to purchase online at www.biante.com.au from 12 Midday WST, Wednesday, February 13th.