We have three spectacular Holden VF Commodore Supercar models for you this week - all very limited editions in the grand 1:12 scale.
TEAM VORTEX HOLDEN VF COMMODORE
TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING
2017 SANDOWN 500 RETRO ROUND
#888 CRAIG LOWNDES / STEVEN RICHARDS
1:12 - LIMITED EDITION OF 100 PIECES
The Sandown 500 holds a special place in Australian motorsport as one of the most historic touring car events after starting as a six-hour race back in 1964. In recent years the endurance classic has become the annual ‘Retro Round’ where cars, drivers and achievements of years gone by are celebrated, in particular by ‘throwback’ liveries on the cars.
For the 2017 race Triple Eight Race Engineering came up with striking retro liveries on its three cars for the Melbourne classic, giving them a much different appearance to their regular look they carried in previous rounds of the championship.
For 2017 Triple Eight Race Engineering's Caltex-backed #888 entry of Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards adopted a livery inspired by the Caltex-backed Alfa, Ford Sierras and Toyota Corolla Secas raced by Hall of Famer Colin Bond during the 1980s and early 1990s.
Lowndes and Richards - the most experienced combination in the race - were forced to start 23rd for the Sunday race after a broken power steering rack meant a non-finish in Lowndes’ qualifying race on Saturday. They soldiered on strongly in the ‘500, eventually finishing 12th but frustrated that the time-certain finish had robbed them of further laps to reclaim even more positions.
They were elevated post-race to 11th place following the Slade/Walsh exclusion.
While the Wilson Security Sandown 500 in 2018 was ultimately a tough day for Triple Eight Race Engineering, its embrace of the retro round concept made its three cars instant standouts in the pack.
WILSON SECURITY HOLDEN VF COMMODORE
HOLDEN RACING TEAM
2016 SANDOWN 500 WINNER (THE LAST HRT WIN)
#2 GARTH TANDER / WARREN LUFF
1:12 - LIMITED EDITION OF 120
In possibly the biggest news of the 2016 Supercars Championship season, Holden announced that it would no longer be supporting the Walkinshaw Racing-run Holden Racing Team in 2017. Instead, Holden opted to send its funding and the 'official factory team' title to the Triple Eight Race Engineering-run Red Bull Racing Australia. It was a move that created mass headlines and significant backlash from the HRT faithful at the time but at the end of the day the deal had been done and ultimately most people moved on.
Later that season came the Wilson Security Sandown 500, dubbed the 'Retro Round' as many teams embraced the history of the sport or their teams by running retro styled liveries or uniforms. HRT bucked the trend and arrived with the same livery they had run all year, clearly opting to focus on their results on track rather than the celebrations around it. It worked.
Starting from P2, Tander and Luff took out the iconic race with the front guard of their car hanging off and Red Bull Racing Australia's Shane van Gisbergen finishing fast, closing the final gap to 0.34 seconds. The win added a Sandown 500 victory to an already long list of achievements for Tander and history will show that the result would also mark the last win for that era of the Holden Racing Team, a fitting finish given only Mark Skaife represented the team more times than Tander.
BIANTE 1:1 RACING HOLDEN VF COMMODORE
BRAD JONES RACING
2017 TYREPOWER TASMANIA SUPERSPRINT
#8 NICK PERCAT
1:12 - LIMITED EDITION OF 60
Everyone at Biante Model Cars wa thrilled with the feedback we received when the Biante-backed Nick Percat Holden VF Commodore was announced to the public in late March 2017. After a long association supporting and producing collectable scale models for Brad Jones Racing (and many other teams up and down pitlane), this was the first time a full Biante in-house designed and branded livery would be seen on a Supercar as part of a championship round.
After coming off the biggest crash of his career at the AGP due to a brake failure, Percat and his Biante-backed Commodore were yet again in the race highlights for the wrong reasons at the Tasmania round. A wet track and atrocious visibility all combined when a racing tussle between Fabian Coulthard and Rick Kelly set off a chain reaction for essentially the back half of the field to create one of the biggest multi-car pile ups race fans have seen in recent memory, if not of all time. Unfortunately as racing goes, Percat was in the wrong place at the wrong time with this one and couldn't avoid being hit from multiple angles. While the race was ultimately awarded no points in the ensuing chaos, the unfortunate, yet spectacular racing incident will certainly be remembered by race fans for a very long time.