This week Biante Model Cars are excited to release two giant examples of Holden's last hurrah in local manufacturing, but first this awesome classic:
1:18 FORD MUSTANG GTA
1967 ATCC WINNER - IAN “PETE” GEOGHEGAN
LIMITED EDITION OF 450 PIECES
Biante Model Cars together with Apex Replicas are very proud to announce the 1:18 scale Ford Mustang driven by Ian “Pete” Geoghegan to win the 1967 Australian Touring Car Championship.
Every legend has its starting point. For Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan’s incredible 1967 Ford Mustang GTA, July 30, 1967 is that beginning. The immaculate Wimbledon White pony car with the Castrol green stripes, built by the legendary John Sheppard, contributed three Australian Touring Car Championships to Geoghegan’s career tally of five. It's first one came on that July day in 1967 at Lakeside Raceway.
The ATCC was still two years away from expanding into a multi-race series, a championship comprising events all around the country. The 1967 event was a one race, winner-takes-all affair, returning to the picturesque Queensland circuit for the first time since 1964 – where Geoghegan won his first title.
The 1967 race was the first "out of the box" for Geoghegan’s new Mustang, replacing the ’65 model in which he claimed the 1966 ATCC and other races. So tight was the build time of the car – coming off the US production line in April – that it hadn’t turned a wheel prior to arriving at Lakeside on the Saturday of the meeting and it missed that day’s practice while its front springs were replaced.
Officials allowed Geoghegan to do a handful of shakedown laps on Sunday morning prior to the preliminary races that would set the grid for the ATCC-deciding 50-lapper, his quickest lap in the sprints good enough to earn him second on the grid alongside Norm Beechey’s Chevy Nova.
Tyre choice proved pivotal, Beechey’s softer Goodyears allowing him to pull out a lead over Geoghegan and his harder Firestones, despite a clutch problem in the Nova that was making gear changes tricky.
The race turned on its head on Lap 40. The leading car’s left rear tyre blew, pitching the Nova into the fence just before the Dunlop Bridge. From there, Geoghegan cruised the final 10 laps to come home a comfortable winner with Mini Coopers rounding out the podium, Beechey applauding his great rival as the Mustang came around on its victory lap.
Geoghegan’s Mustang kept on winning after its victorious debut, backing up his 1967 title with two more aboard the Mustang, including the inaugural ATCC held over multiple rounds in 1969.
Produced in high-quality, sealed body resin, this 1:18 Mustang is a finely-crafted collectable with impressive interior detail, clearly seen through the windows. The simple but effective paint job and stripes works so well together it will be a beautiful addition to anyone's ATCC Winners collection.
As with all Biante/Apex 1:18 scale models, this model comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and comes presented in closed box Apex Replicas packaging.
Overall this famous Australian racing car is a real beauty and given its limited numbers, it’s one that shouldn’t be missed.
HSV GTSR W1
LIMITED EDITION OF 145 PIECES
LIMITED EDITION OF 135 PIECES
Biante Model Cars are very proud to announce the second editions from the stunning 1:12 2017 HSV GTSR range. These being the striking Heron White GTSR W1 and Sting Red GTSR.
After the fantastic response from collectors late last year when we announced the first 2 colours of this range, we agreed with HSV to produce the rest of the colours pending orders. These are part of a project we have been working on with HSV for over a year to provide something very special for both model collectors and the very proud owners of the 1:1 versions, so we would like to give each owner an opportunity to have a model of their car in their colour at the centre piece 1:12 scale.
As previously stated these models are our first foray into 1:12 road cars and we haven’t held back. Developed directly from the genuine HSV CAD data, these models are as accurate in shape as possible in model form. We’ve also added extra details like metal etch parts for the brake discs and front grille mesh, together with all the little details that distinguish the W1 from the GTSR such as the Pirelli P-Zero tyres, carbon fibre detailing and W1 badging. We’ve even gone so far that if you turn the W1 model over you will see the dry sump of the fire-breathing LS9 engine.
These models have been produced with the rear wing as a separate piece to avoid damage during shipping. Once removed from the packaging, the separate rear wing easily sits in the two designated anchor points on the boot to complete the look of the model.
Produced in high quality sealed body resin, the 1:12 GTSR and GTSR W1 are finely crafted collectables. Their production number have been based on orders received and as with all Biante 1:12 scale models, they come with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and premium packaging.
These three items will be available to purchase online at biante.com.au from 12:00 midday WST (3:00 pm AEDT) on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019