Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 Holden Racing Team VF Commodore Garth Tander and James Courtney

The 2014 HRT Models were released last week.

Our original order sold out very quickly and we were able to get a couple more of each.

They are priced at $150 and are sealed body diecast.

If you are after one grab it now.

 

1977 FORD XB FALCON GT HARDTOP BATHURST RON DICKSON / FRED GIBSON

1:18 Diecast Model

1977 FORD XB FALCON GT HARDTOP BATHURST RON DICKSON / FRED GIBSON

 

We have just finished unpacking this stunning looking model and we have one available now to purchase.

The model number is A87716 and it is priced at $215.

This model is limited to 564. Get the last one now!

Ford teams headed to Mount Panorama in 1977 looking for redemption after a crushing display by Holden in 1976, where Toranas filled the first seven positions in the race and the highest-placed Ford was an under 3-litre class Capri! A total of 11 Falcons were entered for the 1977 edition (the highest number of Falcons at Bathurst in six years) represented by a mix of new XC GS500 Hardtop models, and the older XB GT. As Ford Australia had recently retired the Falcon GT, the five XB GTs entered in this race would be the last Falcons to ever carry the GT nameplate in the Bathurst 1000. One of these outgoing XB GTs is also notable for one of the most unique and memorable liveries in Australian touring car racing. Ron Dickson’s Pioneer Falcon was easily recognised by its yellow and blue livery, and (in deference to sponsor Pioneer Car Stereo) a giant hand-painted ear on the car’s flanks.

This was long before the days of stickers and vinyl application on race cars, and one would dread to think of the job the sign-writer would have had if Dickson ever scratched the big Ford! Dickson ran the car in most rounds of the ATCC in 1977 with a best finish of fifth at Lakeside. For the endurance races, Dickson secured the services of Ford hero Fred Gibson as his co-driver, 10 years after Gibson won the Gallaher 500 driving an XR Falcon GT with Harry Firth. With additional backing from Tridon tools and Snooper car alarms, the Pioneer Falcon qualified 22nd with a best time of 2m32.3s, some way off Peter Brock’s pole time of 2m24.1s. However, survival on Sunday counted for more than outright speed in this era of The Great Race.

An over-rev early in the race caused damage to the car’s engine and for the remainder of the day Dickson and Gibson fought on with a lack of power. In the end, only 22 of the 60 starters finished the race of attrition and after just over seven hours the Pioneer Falcon came home 10th, 16 laps adrift of Moffat and Belgian international ace Jacky Ickx. ‘Big Ears’ was also the next Falcon home after the Moffat Fords had crossed the line in famous 1-2 fashion. While neither Dickson nor Gibson may be remembered for their achievements in the ‘77 Bathurst classic, both would go on to enjoy very successful careers at high levels in motorsport. Gibson famously went on to join the Nissan factory touring car team, initially as a driver and then team manager and owner of what would ultimately become Gibson Motor Sport, the powerhouse team of Australian touring car racing in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Dickson would retire from racing in the late 1980s after 13 Bathurst 1000 starts, the last coming with the factory Jaguar/TWR program in 1985. He later established D3 Motorsport Management, a race track design and development company. This is certainly one of the more uniquely decorated models that we have produced at Biante. Produced in diecast with high detail and fully opening parts, featuring countless sprays, masks and tampo printing steps, this is an interesting model for collectors with Bathurst themes and will certainly stand out in any collection.

 

1969 WINTON RACEWAY HOLDEN HR PREMIER SEDAN PETER BROCK

1:18 Diecast  Model

1969 WINTON RACEWAY HOLDEN HR PREMIER SEDAN PETER BROCK

This model has been released and will be in stock early next week.

The model number is A86963 and it is priced at $230.

This model will be in short supply as they were short produced and stores had there orders cut back.

We have a couple available here.

The career of Peter Brock came to prominence in 1969 when Harry Firth gave the then-24-year old speed shop owner the opportunity that would define his career – a drive with the factory Holden Dealer Team at Bathurst. Brock’s performances driving his famous Holden-powered Austin A30 in Sports Sedan races and hill climbs captured the attention of HDT boss Firth, as did a single drive in a car that is little-known among the legendary machines Brock drove in over 30 years of motor racing.

In March 1969, Brock raced this HR Holden Premier in a race for production-type cars at Benalla’s Winton Raceway. Car dealership Watson’s of Greensborough, from the Diamond Valley region where Brock lived, had the Premier in its possession but found difficulty moving it out the door. In a bid to generate publicity for the dealership (and to attract a buyer for the Premier), Watson’s engaged Brock to race it. Previously run as a drag car, the HR scored some special Dunlop tyres, six-inch wheels and brake scoops and was prepared for Brock to have his first race in a car other than the Austin A30.

Brock greatly impressed in the Premier, finishing third behind Alan Hamilton’s Porsche 911 and one of the top Minis, both of which were well-suited to the tight and twisty Winton circuit. Brock held off all the other Holdens in the race and his performance against well-known benchmarks further caught Firth’s eye.

Soon after, Brock received the call-up of a lifetime from Firth when he was working at the Diamond Valley Speed Shop and was headed to Bathurst to drive one of the HDT’s three HT Monaro GTS two-doors alongside veteran Des West. Brock had also received an approach from Datsun team boss John Roxburgh who was keen for Brock to race one of the Japanese brand’s diminutive 1600s, but the bearded bloke from Melbourne instantly became one of the General’s favourite sons.

In the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500, West and Brock finished third and Brock announced his arrival with a strong performance and faster lap times than his established teammate. The journey that would lead to Brock becoming one of the greatest Australian drivers of all-time was now on its way, and the HR Premier that he raced on that one day at Winton in March 1969 shared something in common with every machine Brock would go on to race – he got in, gave it a red hot go and starred.

To faithfully replicate this model, we have included new tooling features such as the special brake ducts, wheels and bonnet straps. In addition to those new features, various ‘road car’ components also had to be removed to accurately produce this model including the windscreen sun visor, rear wheel covers, paint protectors underneath the door handles and bumper over riders. These changes combined with the die-cast body, opening parts, highly detailed features and finishing ensure that this 1:18 Scale HR Premier will be a special addition to the Biante Peter Brock Collection.


1979 HARDIE-FERODO 1000 FORD XC COBRA DICK JOHNSON / GARY SCOTT

 

This 1:18 scale model has been released by Biante and is available to purchase now.

The model number is A87910 and it is priced at $225.

This new addition to the Biante Dick Johnson Collection has been produced in a limited edition run of 1140 pieces and includes a signed Certificate of Authenticity by the Ford hero himself.

Before Dick Johnson Racing came into existence, one of Australia’s most iconic racing drivers was given his big break by a Queensland Ford dealer. Bryan Byrt chose Dick Johnson to race an XB Falcon GT in selected rounds of the Australian Touring Car Championship and the Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Bathurst. Byrt, a passionate motorsport patron who loved seeing his cars race, passed away due to cancer in 1978.

His dealership continued its support of Johnson in 1979, but it began to wind back its involvement after fielding two cars at Bathurst in ’78. 1979 was the swan song of the XC Falcon Hardtop, replaced by the four-door XD sedan in 1980 with the Holden Torana also set to make way for the VB Commodore. After contesting just two rounds of that year’s ATCC (at the local Lakeside and Surfers Paradise circuits in Queensland), the Bryan Byrt Ford team entered one Falcon for Bathurst to be driven by Johnson and Gary Scott. Sponsorship came from Ford Credit, radio station 4BC, television station Channel O and one of Johnson’s close friends and longest supporters, Ross Palmer of Palmer Tube Mills.

The lead-up to the big race was positive, with Johnson setting the fifth fastest time in qualifying (the fastest Falcon among a horde of Torana A9Xs) before being bumped back to ninth in the Hardies Heroes Top 10 Shootout. Sunday’s race would be a short-lived, hard luck affair for Johnson and Scott, despite a strong start that saw Johnson move up to seventh on the opening lap he spun down the escape road at Murray’s Corner on lap three, and on lap eight was in the pits with a flat front tyre. At the 24-lap mark, their race was dealt a brutal blow when the Falcon broke a wheel in The Dipper, which caused a tyre to go flat.

The out-of-control Ford slammed into the guardrail, causing major damage to its front-right corner, the car was towed back to the pits and hasty repairs made to enable Scott to return to the track behind the wheel. But he only made it as far as the second corner, Griffin’s Bend, before he spun and also made contact with the wall, this time on the car’s left-hand side. That was it for the #17 Falcon and, as Peter Brock and Jim Richards romped to a record six-lap victory in their Holden Dealer Team Torana, the Queenslanders were left to rue their luck as the Mountain played host to Ford’s hardtop, two-door Falcon for the final time It might have been a day to forget for Johnson and Scott, but Dick would return 12 months later in a brand new XD Falcon. His collision with an errant rock while leading in the early stages would become the stuff of Mountain folklore and the former service station proprietor would instantly become a household name as a result.

Produced in die-cast with fully opening parts, detailed engine bay, racing interior and wheels, this model is an important addition to the Biante Dick Johnson Collection given it is one of the few Bathurst cars left to include in the series.