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Archived Updates - 2014

New Additions: 9 December 2014

It's December once again and 2014 is fast drawing to a close with one remaining Granville swap meet left this year. As I mentioned in last month's update, several 2014 F1 cars have arrived from Minichamps and Spark. Also from Spark is the Coyote Ford that A.J. Foyt drove to victory in the 1967 Indy 500; Spark's Indy series I think will become quite popular as collectors look to broaden their focus and include cars from this iconic American race in their collection. The pick from the sportscars would be the Suzuki SX4 that won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 2010. The Pikes Peak series is proving to a popular addition to the Spark range as these cars have long been neglected by other model manufacturers and this Suzuki really looks the part (i.e. BIG wings). Hands down, the 1939 Delage D8-120 in a magnificent metallic blue is my favourite road car this month; a timeless beauty. Well this ends my final update for the year and I hope to see you all at Granville on 12th December. Remember the next Granville swap is on the 9th January 2015. However, the big news for 2015 is the Diecast Model Expo (DME) will be returning to Sydney and more specifically will be held at Penrith Panthers Club on 25-27 September. Also, there are discussions between DME and Collectormania for the latter to hold their swapmeet next door at the Pavilion on Sunday to coincide with the DME; sounds like it's going to be a huge weekend for model car collectors!!! I will be updating my 2015 swap meet schedule as I get the dates from the organisers. So to all my customers and readers, have a safe and relaxing festive season and always, happy collecting.

Formula One / Indy 500

  • 2014 Caterham Renault CT05, K.Kobayashi (10) Australian GP (Spark)
  • 1967 Coyote Ford, A.J.Foyt (14) winner Indy 500 (Spark)
  • 2014 Force India Merc VJM07, N.Hulkenburg (27) "Sahara" (Minichamps)
  • 1967 Matra MS5 F2, J.Ickx German GP (European F2 Championship) (Spark)
  • 2014 McLaren Merc MP4/29, J.Button (Minichamps)
  • 1962 Porsche 787, J.Bonnier (2) Monaco GP (Spark)
  • 2014 Red Bull Renault RB10, D.Ricciardo (3) (Minichamps)
  • 1972 Surtees Ford TS14, J.Surtees (7) Italian GP (Spark)
  • 2014 Toro Rosso Ferrari STR9, D.Kvyat (26) (Minichamps)

Le Mans / Sportscar Racing / NASCAR / Rally

  • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, Bondurant/Guldstrand (9) Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1938 Delahaye 145, R.Dreyfus/L.Chiron (1) Le Mans (Spark)
  • 2013 Morgan Nissan LMP2, Merlin/Mondolt/Nicolet (45) Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1973 Porsche 908/3, Cheneviere/Fernadez/Torredemer (3) Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1982 Porsche 935, Akin/Miller/Cowart (76) Le Mans "Red Lobster" (Spark)
  • 2010 Suzuki SX4, N.Tajima Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner (Spark)

Road Cars

  • 1964 AC Cobra 289 in black (Spark)
  • 1937 Bugatti T57 SC Atalante in light blue (Spark)
  • 1939 Delage D8-120 (Figoni & Falaschi) in metallic blue (Spark)
  • 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spyder in light blue (Spark)
  • 1934 Mercedes 500K Autobahnkurier in black (Altaya Mercedes Collection)
  • 1935 Mercedes 150 Sport Roadster in red (Altaya Mercedes Collection)
  • 1936 Mercedes Benz 170H in blue/black (Altaya Mercedes Collection)
  • 1936 Mercedes 540K Roadster in dark green (Altaya Mercedes Collection)
  • 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SLR in silver (Altaya Mercedes Collection)
  • 2010 Mercedes SLS AMG in silver (Altaya Mercedes Collection)
  • 2012 Pagani Zonda R Evolution in white/carbon fibre black (Spark)

After thoughts: The Surtees TS14 Ford driven by John Surtees is an interesting model (Spark S4000) because only a very small group drivers drove cars that bore their own surname (i.e. owner/drivers). The others in this elite group of owner/drivers included Bruce McLaren, Jack Brabham and Chris Amon; there are probably others but none come readily to mind. John Surtees, 3 time 500cc motorcycle world champion and 1964 F1 champion formed the Surtees Racing Organisation in 1966 to race in the newly formed Can Am series where the team achieved considerable success. The team also participated in another new series in 1969, the Formula 5000, again with much success and these successes inspired Surtees to expand into Formula 1 in 1970. Throughout the nine season life of the team, the organisation was plagued with financial problems that forced them to employ "pay drivers" at various times. For Team Surtees 1972 was their most successful year and ironically Surtees had retired from full time driving at the end of 1971. He did however come out of retirement to race in what was to be, his last ever F1 race at Monza but had to retire from the race after 20 laps. His three full time drivers scored points throughout the 1972 season (Tim Schenken, 5th in Argentina; Andrea de Adamich, 4th in Spain and Mike Hailwood scored points in 4 races with the team's best ever finish of 2nd at the Italian GP). Sadly, unable to get sufficient money, the team left F1 after the 1978 season.

New Additions: 10 November 2014

I'm back on deck after a few weeks away in Europe where I spent most of my time in Italy. I got to visit some really interesting car museums and I hope to add some photos to my Motorsport Gallery soon. While I was away there were a heap of new releases from Spark and Minichamps with both releasing quite a few 2014 F1 cars which is unprecedented especially for Minichamps. I guess they finally realised they have to compete with Spark and they are going down the resin path to speed up their releases. I'm hoping to have a few more 2014 cars next month. So what are the stand out models for this month? Quite frankly there are many but the arrival of the Copersucars which have been much anticipated are sure to find a home in many F1 collections. The Talbot Lago T150 that raced at Le Mans in 1939 would have been a real head turner as it circulated the La Sarthe circuit and the sleek, timeless lines of the '68 E-type Jaguar is always a collector's favourite. Only two more Granville swap meets before Christmas so I hope to see you this Friday 14th. Happy collecting.

Formula One / Indy 500

  • 1967 Brabham Repco BT24, D.Hulme (2) 1st German GP (Spark)
  • 1965 BRM P261, G.Hill (3) 1st Monaco GP (Spark)
  • 1973 BRM P160B, C.Regazzoni (14) 6th Brazilian GP (Spark)
  • 1975 Copersucar Ford FD01, Press car (Spark)
  • 1977 Copersucar Ford F5, E.Fittipaldi (28) Belgium GP (Spark)
  • 1968 Eagle Mk4 Offenhauser, B.Unser (3) winner Indy 500 (Spark)
  • 1976 Ensign Ford N176, C.Amon (22) Belgium GP (Spark)
  • 1979 Ferrari 312T4, G.Villeneuve Dutch GP (on 3 wheels) (Brumm)
  • 1968 LDS Repco Mk3, S.Tingle South African GP (Team Gunston) (Spark)
  • 1966 Lola Ford T90, J.Stewart (43) 6th Indy 500 (Bowes Seal Fast) (Spark)
  • 1958 Lotus Climax 12, G.Hill (26) Monaco GP [debut GP] (Spark)
  • 1965 Lotus 38 Ford, J.Clark (82) winner Indy 500 (Spark)
  • 1966 Lotus 38 Ford, J.Clark (19) 2nd Indy 500 (STP Gas Treatment) (Spark)
  • 1968 Lotus Ford 49, J.Clark (4) South African GP winner (Vitesse)
  • 1968 Lotus Ford 49, G.Hill (10) Spanish GP winner (Vitesse)
  • 2014 Lotus Renault E22, R.Grosjean (8) Malaysian GP (Spark)
  • 1968 McLaren BRM M5A, D.Hulme (1) 5th South African GP (Spark)
  • 1969 McLaren Ford M7A, D.Hulme (5) 4th Spanish GP (Spark)
  • 1969 McLaren Ford M7B, V.Elford 10th Dutch GP (Antiques Auto) (Spark)
  • 1969 McLaren Ford M7B, V.Elford 5th French GP (Antiques Auto) (Spark)
  • 2012 Red Bull Renault RB8, S.Vettel (1) Brazil GP World Champion (Minichamps)
  • 2014 Red Bull Renault RB10, D.Ricciardo (3) Australian GP (Spark)
  • 1972 Surtees Ford TS14, T.Schenken (24) USA GP (Spark)
  • 2013 Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8, D.Ricciardo (19) (Minichamps)
  • 1980 Tyrrell Ford 010, M.Thackwell (43) Canadian GP (Spark)
  • 1981 Tyrrell Ford 010, D.Wilson (4) South African GP (Spark)
  • 1976 Williams Ford FW05, W.Brown (21) USA GP (Walter Wolf Racing) (Spark)

Le Mans / Sportscar Racing / NASCAR / Rally

  • 2013 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, Turner/Dumbreck/Mucke 17th Le Mans (Spark)
  • 2013 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, A.Simonsen/Poulsen/Nygaard Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1968 Ford Torino, D.Gurney (121) 1st NASCAR Riverside (Spark)
  • 1968 Ford Torino, D.Pearson 1st NASCAR Darlington Raceway (Spark)
  • 1968 Ford GT40 Mk1, Hawkins/Hobbs (10) "John Wyer" DNF Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1968 Ford GT40 Mk1, Oliver/Muir (11) "John Wyer" DNF Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1986 March 84G Porsche, Los/Touroul/Crang (66) Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1970 Plymouth Super Bird, R.Petty (43) 1st Riverside 400 (Spark)
  • 1970 Plymouth Super Bird, D.Gurney (42) 6th NASCAR Riverside (Spark)
  • 1968 Porsche 907 LH, Elford/Neerpasch (54) 1st Daytona 24h (Spark)
  • 1970 Porsche 917L, Larousse/Kauhsen "Hippie car" LM Qualifying (Minichamps)
  • 1939 Talbot Lago T150 SS, De Massa/Mahe (8) Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1994 Toyota Celica Super Sport, R.Millen Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner (Spark)
  • 1960 Austin Healey 3000, P.Moss/A.Wisdom 1st Liege/Rome/Liege Rally (Spark)

Road Cars

  • 1953 Cadillac Eldorado in light yellow in blister pack (Delprado)
  • 1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Hard top in white (Spark)
  • 1968 Jaguar E-Type S2 Coupe in dark grey metallic (Spark)
  • 1986 Lamborghini Countach in red in blister pack (Delprado)
  • 1970 Lancia Stratos in red in blister pack (Delprado)
  • 1982 Lotus Excel in white (Spark)
  • 1953 Mercedes-Benz 180 in black in blister pack (Delprado)
  • 1969 Pontiac GTO in blue in blister pack (Delprado)
  • 1947 Renault 4CV in black in blister pack (Delprado)
  • 1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Abarth in silver (Spark)
  • 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 Cabrio in white (Spark)
  • 1995 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Coupe in white (Spark)
  • 2013 Porsche 918 Spyder in yellow (Spark)
  • 1964 Sunbeam Tiger Mk1 Convertible in red (Spark)
  • 1955 Triumph TR3 in green in blister pack (Delprado)
  • 1960 Triumph TR3A in yellow (Spark)
  • 1971 Triumph Spitfire Mk4 in white (Spark)
  • 1975 Triumph Spitfire 1500 in green (Spark)
  • VW new Beetle in "Herbie" livery (IXO)
  • 2003 VW Kafer 1600 "Ultima Edicion" last edition Mexico - beige (IXO)
  • 1963 VW T1 Kastenwagen van, "Resch and Frisch" Light blue (Minichamps)
  • 1972 VW T2 Pritsche Pick up in beige (Minichamps)
  • VW Kastenwagen T2A, "Hochbach Porsche" white with high roof (Schuco)

After thoughts: The release by Spark of the 1981 Desire Wilson Tyrrell Ford [in stock] comes at a time when two women drivers are in contention for future F1 drives (Suzie Wolff for Williams and Simona de Silvestro* for Sauber). Only a handful of women have ever competed in F1 and only one (Lella Lombardi) has scored world championship points, albeit, half a point. After winning the South African Formula Ford championships in 1975 and 76, Wilson secured the "Driver to Europe" award so in 1977 she competed in Europe where she impressed many team bosses. In 1978 Wilson was signed up to race in the Aurora AFX F1 Championship (British F1 series). In 1979 she became the first woman to lead a F1 race, eventually finishing 3rd in that race but 1980 was Wilson's big year when she raced for Theodore Racing. Again driving in the British F1 series, she won at Brands Hatch thus becoming the first woman to win a F1 race. John Macdonald of RAM Racing offered Wilson a drive at the F1 world championship round at Brands Hatch but the Williams FW07 lacked many aerodynamic modifications and Desire's lack of experience at this level meant she failed to qualify. In 1981 she accepted a drive with Tyrrell Racing for her home GP but due to the on-going FISA-FOCA war the South African GP was declared a non-championship round so only FOCA aligned teams raced. The absence of the manufacturer teams (aligned with FISA) meant all 19 cars in the South African GP were powered by Ford Cosworth engines. Wilson qualified 16th and moved as high as 6th before spinning out her Tyrrell 010 with gearbox issues. Ken Tyrrell offered Wilson further drives but a lack of sponsorship meant she was unable to take up the offer and sportcars and American single seater racing became her focus.

* In October 2014 Sauber announced the team had suspended de Silvestro's driving chances due to contractual problems.

Special Update: 1 September 2014:

I would like to let everyone know that I will be having a break for a few weeks and I won't be attending any swap meets or shows in September and October, also I won't be able to post any models during this time as well. I will access my emails regularly and reply as soon as possible; please accept my apologies in advance if it takes a few days to get back to you. See you soon, meanwhile, happy collecting.

I nearly forgot to add the All British Day scheduled for 24 August was unfortunately postponed due to extreme wet weather. However, the show has been rescheduled and is confirmed as being on 14 September. Of course I will not be able to attend.

New Additions: 5 August 2014

Time for another monthly update! Firstly, I must inform everyone that I will NOT be attending the Granville swap in September and October and I will also miss the Collectormania show at Penrith on 19th October. Please accept my apologies as I will be having a break, however, I will be attending three events this month; the regular Friday night swap at Granville on 8th August, the Shannons Classic on 17th and then the All British Day on 24th. Notable new additions this month include the 1976 Ensign Ford of Jacky Ickx, the Chris Amon Ensign is on it's way and may be here in time for Granville. IXO have released another Le Mans winner; the 1981 Porsche 936/78 with the most unremarkable "Jules" livery but quite memorable for this very reason. IXO have also released the 1937 Delage D8 120-S Pourtout in silver as part of their Museum collection series; great value for the quality of this series! Happy collecting.

Formula 1

  • 1981 Alfa Romeo 179C, M.Andretti 4th Long Beach GP (Spark)
  • 1976 Ensign Ford N176, J.Ickx Italian GP (Spark)
  • 1970 Lotus 49 Ford FVA, J.Rindt 1st Pau GP (non-championship F2 race) (Spark)
  • 1974 Lotus Ford 76, R.Petersen 4th German GP (TSM)
  • 1968 McLaren Ford M7A, B.McLaren 1st Belgium GP (Spark)
  • 1954 Mercedes W196C, K.Kling 2nd French GP (Brumm)
  • 1980 Tyrrell Ford 010, D.Daly 4th British GP (Spark)

Le Mans/Sportscar Racing/Rally

  • 1972 Datsun 510, B.Allison Laguna Seca 3rd place "BRE" (TSM)
  • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, D.Gurney Trans-Am (Spark)
  • 1985 Jaguar XJ-S, A.Hahne/J.Goss TWR/JRA Bathurst winner (Minichamps)
  • 2011 McLaren MP4-12C GT3, Christodoulou/Geddie/Quaife/Wills Spa 24h (TSM)
  • 1981 Porsche 936/78, Ickx/Bell "Jules" Le Mans winner (IXO)
  • 1993 Porsche 966, Aase/Carradine/Hanauer/Cochrane Sebring 12h (TSM)
  • 1992 Subaru Legacy RS, P.Bourne/R.Freeth Rally NZ (IXO)

Road Cars

  • 1968 Alvis TD21 salon in gold with gray roof (Neo)
  • 1958 Aston Martin DB4 in metallic light green
  • 1999 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante in metallic green (Vitesse)
  • 1999 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante in rathlin red (Vitesse)
  • 2001 Aston Martin Vanquish in metallic racing green (Vitesse)
  • 2002 Aston Martin DB7 GT in nero black (Vitesse)
  • 2002 Aston Martin DB7 GT in vertigo blue (Vitesse)
  • 1961 Austin A60 Cambridge Traveller in dark red/white roof (Neo)
  • 1953 Bristol 404 in metallic light green (Neo)
  • 1937 Delage D8 120-S Pourtout in silver (IXO)
  • 1961 Jaguar E-Type in red (IXO)
  • 1973 Jensen Healey Mk2 in silver (Neo)
  • Lotus Europe S in white
  • 2009 Rolls Royce Phantom in black (TSM)
  • 2009 Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe in light grey (IXO)
  • 2010 Rolls Royce Phantom in grey over silver (IXO)
  • 1992 Porsche 968 Clubsport in white (Spark)
  • 1968 Triumph 2000 Mk1 2.5 PI in light mint/black roof (Neo)

After thoughts: Spark have finally released their long awaited Ensign F1 cars and the wait has been well worth it. The Ensign Racing Team was one of a number of small but enthusiatic F1 teams that raced during the 70's and 80's. These low budget teams added much depth and character to the F1 grids of the day and often gave up-and-coming young drivers their first taste of F1 racing and Ensign was no exception, giving Nelson Piquet and Marc Surer an opportunity to race. Other notable drivers to have raced for the Ensign team were Chris Amon (Spark model S1830), Jacky Ickx (Spark model S1832 in stock) and Clay Regazzoni. Founded by Mo Nunn in 1973, the team used the ubiquitous Ford Cosworth DFV engine and a chassis initially designed by Nunn himself. In all, the team participated in 133 grand prix and scored 19 championship points but no podium finishes. Their best result was 4th at the 1981 Brazilian GP. After the 1982 season the team merged with Teddy Yip's Theodore operation.

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New Additions: 8 July 2014

Welcome to my July update. I'd like to thank all those who dropped by my stand at the Hawkesbury Model and Hobby Show last weekend and welcome to those who are visiting my website for the first time. Also thanks to all the hard-working organisers who always manage to put on a great show at Hawkesbury. A reminder that Granville is on this Friday (11th) and Penrith on Sunday (13th). Just a handful of new models this month; the highlight being 4 classic 60's Honda F1 cars from Ebbro and the unusual 1956 Russian ZIS 112 from DIP. Happy collecting.

Formula 1

  • 1964 Honda RA271, R.Bucknum German GP (Ebbro)
  • 1965 Honda RA272, R.Ginther Monaco GP (Ebbro)
  • 1965 Honda RA272, R.Ginther Holland GP (Ebbro)
  • 1966 Honda RA273, R.Ginther 4th Mexico GP (Ebbro)
  • 2011 Mercedes MGP W02, M.Schumacher Race Car Ed.43 No.44 (Minichamps)
  • 2012 Mercedes AMG W03, M.Schumucher Last race Brazil GP Ed.43 N.52 (Minichamps)

Le Mans/Sportscar Racing/Rally

  • 1994 Alfa Romeo 155TS, Tarquini/Simoni BTCC Presentation (HPI)
  • 1966 Ford GT40 Mk1, P.Revson/Scott DNF Le Mans (Bang)
  • 1968 Ford GT40 Mk1, Hawkins/Hobbs "John Wyer" DNF Le Mans (Bang)
  • 1968 Ford GT40, Mairesse/Beurlys 1000km Spa (Bang)
  • 1905 Darracq V8 Record car, 200hp speed world record 175.42kph (Brumm)
  • 1984 Lancia 037 Rally, Alen/Kivimako Safari Rally "Martini" (HPI)

Road Cars

  • 2012 Aston Martin Vantage V12 in white (Spark)
  • 1993 Alfa Romeo 155V6 Ti in white (HPI)
  • 1938 Bugatti Galibier in silver (Spark)
  • 1959 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon in metallic blue (Spark)
  • 1952 Cunningham C3 Cabrio in red (Automodello)
  • 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T in orange (Minichamps)
  • 1949 Ford F1 Pick up in orange with "Coca-cola" signage (Minichamps)
  • 2008 Jaguar XKR GT3 race ("street" version) car in orange (Minichamps)
  • 1953 Pegaso Z-102 Berlinetta in cream (Neo)
  • 1964 Porsche 904 GTS in blue (Minichamps)
  • 2009 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RSR in white/black (Minichamps)
  • 2010 Porsche 9ff Speed 9 in metallic gray (Spark)
  • 1961 Volvo P1800 Jensen in red (Neo)
  • 1963 VW T1 Kastenwagen van "Continental" in blue (Minichamps)
  • 1956 ZIS 112 SWB in blue (DIP)

After thoughts: With the arrival of some 1960's Honda F1 cars into my stock, I thought I'd reflect a little on Honda's history in F1. Honda first entered F1 as a constructor and engine supplier in 1964 with American Ronnie Bucknum driving the RA271 in 3 races and scoring no points (Ebbro model in stock). In 1965 Honda raced the RA272 with Richie Ginther joining Bucknum and between them, they raced in 8 out of ten races and scored a total of 11 points (Ebbro, RBA and Quartzo models available). But significantly Ginther won the Mexican GP for Honda's first victory. The RA273 was introduced in 1966 again with Bucknum and Ginther as drivers but the team scored only a 4th place and competed in only 3 races (Ebbro model available). Honda persevered with the RA273 for most of the 1967 season with John Surtees replacing the American drivers. For the last two races in '67 Surtees drove the RA300 and scored Honda's 2nd win on the cars' race debut. In all, 20 points were scored in '67 with Surtees and Honda coming 4th in the driver's and constructors championship respectively. In 1968 Honda used the RA300, 301 and 302, again with Surtees as the team driver with Jo Schlesser and David Hobbs driving a race each. Surtees scored all the team's 12 points. The RA302 appeared in only the French GP where unfortunately Schlesser had a fatal crash; his car catching fire with the magnesium chassis contributing to the inferno. His death prompted Honda to withdraw from F1 at the end of the '68 season.

Honda returned to F1 in 1983 as an engine supplier to the Spirit team (Reve Model available) and remained until the end of 1992, at various times teaming with Williams (1984-87), Lotus (1987-88), McLaren (1988-92) and Tyrrell (1991). By the end of the '92 season, Honda powered cars had won 71 Grand Prix. From 1993 - 98 Honda's only presence in F1 was as an engine supplier through their independent partner, Mugen Motorsport who supplied engines to Footwork, Lotus, Ligier, Prost and Jordan.

Honda returned yet again in 2000 supplying engines to the BAR team and also to Jordan in 2001 and 2002. In 2003 Honda dropped Jordan to supply BAR exclusively and in 2004 purchased 45% of BAR. In 2005 Honda purchased the remaining 55% share of BAR and from 2006 the team was renamed Honda Racing F1 team with Jensen Button and Rubens Barichello as drivers. 2006 was a mediocre year with the RA106 chassis and the 2.4 V8 engine suffering poor reliability, the only highlight being the Hungarian GP where Button scored his maiden GP win (Minichamps model in stock). Honda introduced the RA107 for 2007 with little success; Button scoring only 6 points all season while Barichello score none (Minichamp model available). The RA108 chassis used for 2008 faired a little better; Barichello scoring 11 points, Button just 3 points. Honda decided to end the pain and withdrew from F1 at the end of 2008, with the team being saved by a management buy-out led by team principal Ross Brawn. Thus Brawn GP was born and entered F1 folklore by winning the 2009 World Championship with Mercedes engines. Honda's "satellite" team, Super Aguri (2006-08) failed to see out the 2008 season (Minichamps model in stock). In 2015 Honda plan to return as an engine supplier to the McLaren team.

Special Update: 22 June 2014

Just a reminder that the annual Hawkesbury Model and Hobby Show is on during the weekend of 5th/6th July. Check out their website for more information: www.hmhs.org.au Come and see me at stand 18.

Also on the following Friday (11th July) will be the monthly Granville Model Car Swapmeet and then on the Sunday (13th July) will be the Collectormania Show at Penrith. It's going to be a busy 10 days for me and I hope you can make it to at least one show!

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New Additions: 9 June 2014

Another month and nearly half the year has already gone by; welcome to my June update. I will be attending one swap meet this month which is Granville on Friday 13th and I have a swag of new and interesting models (by the way, Collectormania will be hosting fairs at Newcastle, Wollongong and Gold Coast in June but I will not be attending these events). The 1976 March Ford 761 that Ronnie Petersen drove for Theodore Racing at the USGP West is the standout F1 car this month mainly because the 70's is probably my favourite decade for Formula 1. In the sportscar section, the 2002 Vertigo made by the Belgium auto maker Gillet, is a stunning car and I believe this car once held the record as the fastest accelerating road car (3.1 sec for 0-100kph). The current record is held by an Ariel Atom V8 at 2.3 seconds but I'm happy to be corrected. The absolutely stylish 1937 Delage V12 Labourette is the stand out road car this month; it has a timeless beauty and hard to believe it was designed nearly 80 years ago. Ok that's it for this month but a reminder that Le Mans in on 14/15th June (go Webber). Just finished watching the Canadian GP - what an exciting race and congratulations to Dan Ricciardo on his first GP victory!! Happy collecting.

Formula 1

  • 1938 Auto Union Type D, T.Nuvolari 1st Italian GP (Minichamps)
  • 1961 Cooper Climax T53, R.Salvadori German GP (Brumm)
  • 2012 Force India Merc VJM05, N.Hulkenberg (Minichamps)
  • 1976 March Ford 761, R.Petersen USGP West "Theodore Racing" (TSM)
  • 1966 McLaren Ford M2B, B.McLaren Mexican GP (Spark)
  • 1970 McLaren Ford M7C, J.Surtees 6th Dutch GP (Spark)
  • 1989 McLaren Honda MP4/5, A.Prost 1st French GP (TSM)
  • 1954 Mercedes W196, J.M.Fangio 1st French GP (Minichamps)
  • 1962 Porsche 804, D.Gurney German GP (Spark)

Le Mans/Sportscars/Rally

  • 1951 Aston Martin DB2, Parnell/Hampshire 7th Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1952 Aston Martin DB2, Clarke/Keen 7th Le Mans (Spark)
  • 2012 Bentley Continental GT3, Concept race car Paris Motor Show version (TSM)
  • 1954 Ferrari 375MM, B.Cunningham Watkins Glen (Top Model)
  • 1968 Ford GT40, M.Pietra Sportitalia Team (Bang)
  • 2002 Gillet Vertigo, Record car (Spark)
  • 1964 McLaren M1A Oldsmobile, B.McLaren 2nd Nassau Trophy (Spark)
  • 1967 Porsche 910/8, P.Hawkins/R.Stommelen 1st Targa Florio (Spark)
  • 1973 Porsche 911 RSR 2.8, Donohue/Follmer 6th Watkins Glen 6 hr (Spark)
  • 1987 Peugeot 205 T16, A.Vatanen Pikes Peak Hill Climb (Spark)

Road Cars

  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ 2, Road car in red (Minichamps)
  • 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, Prototype road car in red (TSM)
  • 2011 Aston Martin AM V12 Zagato, Road car in red (Spark)
  • 2012 Aston Martin Vantage S, Road car in blue (Spark)
  • 1955 Cadillac Eldorado, Elvis Presley's pink cadillac (Motor City)
  • 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, Road car (convertible) in red (Spark)
  • 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, Road car in gold/black (Spark)
  • 1937 Delage V12 Labourette, road car in silver (Spark)
  • 1938 Delage D8 120 Letourneur, Road car in blue (Spark)
  • 1938 Jaguar SS100 Coupe, road car in dark grey (Spark)
  • 1961 Jaguar E-type S1 Coupe, road car in metallic light blue (Spark)
  • 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2, Speedster Clubsport single seater in white (Spark)
  • 1993 Porsche 911 (964), Speedster Turbolook in yellow (Spark)
  • 2005 Porsche RUF RT12, Road car in orange (Spark)
  • 2011 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 R, Plain body version matt black (Spark Dealer Box)
  • 1963 Studebaker Avanti, Road car (supercharged) in red (Automodello)
  • 1957 Triumph TR3A, Road car in green (Spark)

After thoughts: Just after posting last month's update, I received an interesting email from Robert from Sydney who added some poignant facts relating to the 1968 South African GP in which Basil Van Rooyen participated. Robert wrote that it was Jim Clark's last GP (and his last GP victory) and it was also Mike Spence's last GP, as he was killed in practice for the Indy 500. It was also the last GP that didn't feature unrestricted sponsorship; the Lotus 49's appeared in Gold Leaf Team colours at the next GP in Spain. Thanks Robert for your input.

One interesting car (amongst many) received this month is the McLaren M1A Oldsmobile, raced by Bruce McLaren to second place in the 1964 Nassau Trophy race. The Bahamas (Nassau is its capital) does not have a rich motor racing pedigree yet it was able to attract the cream of European and North American drivers to its annual Bahamas International Speed Week Event held from 1954 until 1966. Billed as a relaxed end of season racing carnival in the sun, the first event was held in1954 on an old airfield and the Nassau Trophy race was won by Masten Gregory in a Ferrari 375MM. In 1957 the event was transferred to the Oakes Field Airport where a 4.5 mile course was laid out and Stirling Moss was victorious in a Ferrari 290MM. The last race was held in 1966 as the motorsport world was changing with many championships now extending into the winter months. The last Trophy Race was won by Mark Donohue in a Lola T70. However in 2011 the event was "revived" as an event for historic sports cars and the Annual Bahamas Speed Week Revival is still running today.

New Additions: 6 May 2014

Welcome to another monthly update. As you probably know I'm a great fan of Spark model cars and I try to stock a wide range of these high quality resin models. Unfortunately I've heard that Spark are about to increase their prices but I'm not sure by how much. As always I'll try to keep my prices as competitively as possible. This month there are two swap meets in Sydney; the regular monthly Granville swap (9th May) and a new one by Collectormania at Hornsby on 11th May (see Swap link for details). Unfortunately as the two are so close together, I will only be attending the Granville swap. So what are the highlights of this month's additions? Spark are intending to release a number of Indy 500 winners and three are now available; the Lola is a particularly stunning car. Sebastien Loeb smashed the Pikes Peak Hill Climb record last year in a Peugeot 208 and Spark have done an excellent job in replicating this amazing car. Also worthy of mention is the re-release by IXO of the 1951 and 57 Jaguars that won at Le Mans; these have been unavailable for some time. Hope to see you at Granville, happy collecting.

Formula 1 / Indy 500

  • 1980 Chaparral 2K Cosworth, J.Rutherford "Penzoil" Indy 500 winner (Spark)
  • 1966 Lola Ford T90, G.Hill winner Indy 500 "American Red Ball" (Spark)
  • 1972 McLaren Offenhauser M16B, M.Donohue winner Indy 500 "Sunoco" (Spark)
  • 1969 McLaren Ford M7A, Basil Van Rooyen South Africa GP (Spark)
  • 2013 Mercedes AMG W04, L.Hamilton Chinese GP (Minichamps)
  • 2010 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, F1 Safety Car (Schuco)
  • 1961 Ferrari 156 P.Hill winner Italian GP (La Storia) (Vitesse)
  • 1966 Lotus BRM 25, M.Spence British GP (Spark)
  • 1968 McLaren Ford M7A, D.Hulme 1st Italian GP (Spark)
  • 1969 McLaren Ford M7A, D.Hulme 4th Dutch GP (Spark)

Le Mans/Sportscars/Rally

  • 1983 Porsche 956, V.Schuppan/Holbert/Haywood (3) Le Mans winner (Spark)
  • 2013 Peugeot 208 T16, S.Loeb Pikes Peak Hill Climb (Spark)
  • 1985-87 Mercedes O317, Rothmans Porsche Gr.C transporter (Prem Classixx)
  • 1967 Ford GT40 Mk2B, Schlesser/Ligier (6) Le Mans (IXO)
  • 1951 Jaguar XK120C, P.Whitehead/P.Walker Le Mans winner (IXO)
  • 1957 Jaguar D-Type, Bueb/Flockhart Le Mans winner (IXO)
  • 1998 Porsche 911 GT3 Evo, Graham/Poulain/Maury-Laribiere Le Mans (Minichamps)
  • 1993 Venturi 500LM, Laffite/Maisonneuve/Dechavanne Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1969 Porsche 910, Balas/Neyret Tour de France (Spark)

Road Cars

  • 1928 Bugatti Type 41 Royale in black & dark blue (IXO Museum Series)
  • 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 R in black with green rims (Dealer Box) (Spark)
  • 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Porsche Driving School Edition, white w/red rims (Spark)
  • 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Porsche Driving School Edition, white w/silver rims (Spark)
  • 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in white w/silver rims - Google Android (Spark)
  • 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 R in black w/silver rims - Google Android (Spark)
  • 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in black w/red rims - Google Android (Spark)

After thoughts: Just on the subject of Spark models, this manufacturer ought to be congratulated for releasing models that were not only driven by famous drivers but also by the not so well known steerers. A case in point is the McLaren M7A driven by Basil Van Rooyen (model just in stock); Basil who, you might ask? Surprisingly, Van Rooyen has an Australian connection. A native South African, he raced in two South African GPs in non-works cars; 1968 in a Cooper Climax and 1969 in the McLaren, in both races he qualified comfortably but retired with mechanical problems. And that Australian connection? Van Rooyen now lives in Sydney.

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New Additions: April 2014

Welcome to my update for April. Firstly, Collectormania, the guys that runs shows at Penrith have finally got their website up and running, check it out at http://collectormaniafairs.com.au/ Did you catch the Bahrain F1 race last weekend? Some close racing and overtaking for a change; especially between team mates! Some exciting new models for April including some more McLaren Ford M7A cars, the 85' Gebhardt Cosworth that raced at Le Mans and a 67' Chev Impala Coupe in a beautiful blue body. Only one swap meet this month at Granville on 11th, hope to see you there, happy collecting.

Formula 1

  • 1968 McLaren Ford M7A, D.Gurney (14) 4th USA GP (Spark)
  • 1968 McLaren Ford M7A, B.McLaren (2) Spanish GP (Spark)
  • 1980 Ligier Ford JS11-15, J.Laffite (26) 1st German GP (Spark)
  • 2010 Mercedes MGP W01, M.Schumacher MS Collection Ed.43 N.42 (Minichamps)
  • 2012 Mercedes MGP W03, M.Schumacher MS Collection Ed.43 N.46 (Minichamps)

Le Mans/Sportscars/Rally

  • 2012 Aston Martin Vantage, A.Simonsen/C.Nygaard/K.Poulsen Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1967 Ferrari 412P, Mairesse/Blaton (33) Daytona 24h (Bang)
  • 1968 Ferrari 412P, D.Piper (5) Bloemfontein (Bang)
  • 1985 Gebhardt Cosworth JC2/853, Jelinski/Graham/Adams (74) Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1984 Porsche 956, A.Grice/Craft/de Cadenet (21) Le Mans "Rollei" (Spark)
  • 2000 Porsche 911 GT3-R, Cohen-Oliver/Burgess/Neugarton 18th Le Mans (Onyx)
  • 2000 Porsche 911 GT3-R, Babini/Rosa/Ligonnet (81) Le Mans DNF (Onyx)
  • 1968 Alpine Renault A220, Guichet/Jabouille (29) 26th Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1986 Audi Quattro GR.S Prototype in white (Spark)
  • 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2, Waltrip/Kaufman/Aguas Le Mans (TSM/Fujimi)
  • 2012 Nissan Delta Wing, Franchitti/Krumm/Motoyama (0) DNF Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1993 Venturi 500LM, Maury-Laribiere/Kline/Camus (92) 29th Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1978 WM P77 Peugeot, Mamers/Raulet (77) Le Mans (Bizarre)

ATCC Cars

  • 2005 V8 Championship 1-2 finish, Ingall Falcon/Lowndes Falcon (Classic Carlectables)
  • 2009 V8 Championship 1-2 finish, Whincup Falcon/Davison Holden (Classic Carlectables)
  • 2010 Falcon FG DJR Twin set, Jim Beam Racing 2 car set Bathurst 1000 (Biante)

Road Cars

  • 2011 Porsche 911 (997 II) GT3 Cup in black with silver rims (Spark)
  • 1967 Chevrolet Impala Coupe in marina blue (TSM)
  • 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2, Presentation model in red (TSM/Fujimi)
  • 1955 Jaguar XK140 Drophead in black (Spark)
  • 1961 Jaguar E-type S1 in metallic grey (Spark)
  • 1974 MG Midget Mk4 in green (Spark)
  • 2012 Pagani Huayra in blue (Spark)
  • 1972 Rolls Royce Corniche Coupe in blue (TSM)
New Additions: 4 March 2014

March is always an exciting month; besides the two swap meets this month, the F1 season starts in Melbourne and it appears to be the most open season in ages with all the technical and engine changes. Getting back to the swap meets, the Collectormania Penrith Toy and Hobby Fair is on 9th March and the regular Granville swap in on 14th March; I will be attending both events with some exciting new models. For F1 collectors there is the 1968 McLaren Ford M7A which Bruce McLaren drove to victory in the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch; I only managed to get one model this time so I don't expect this one to last. Also in stock are some interesting GT40's from 1965-66 which I've never seen before from Bizarre and Minichamps. The 1967 Chevrolet Impala Coupe is stunning in white and it's massive even at 1:43 scale. Happy collecting.

Formula 1 Cars

  • 1979 Alfa Romeo 179, B.Giacomelli Italian Grand Prix (Spark)
  • 1967 Brabham Repco BT24, D.Hulme 1st German GP (Spark)
  • 1953 Ferrari 500 F2, Jacques Swaters 1st Avus GP (Brumm)
  • 1956 Ferrari Lancia D50, A.Pilette 6th Belgium GP (Brumm)
  • 1961 Ferrari Dino 156, O.Gendebien 4th Belgium GP (Brumm)
  • 2013 Ferrari F138, F.Alonso (Hot Wheels)
  • 1968 McLaren Ford M7A, B.McLaren winner Race of Champions (Spark)
  • 1980 McLaren Ford M29, A.Prost Argentine GP 6th (Spark)
  • 1994 Williams Renault FW16, D.Hill Winner British GP (Ltd UK Release) (Minichamps)

Le Mans/Sportscars/Rally

  • 2013 Audi R8 LMS, Lowndes/Luff/Salmon Bathurst 12 hr DNF (Spark)
  • BMW 320i E46 Super 2000, Plain body, racing version in white (Spark)
  • 1966 Chaparral 2D, P.Hill/J.Bonnier Nurburgring 1000Km winner (TSM)
  • 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe, Hall/Penske Sebring 12hr (TSM)
  • 1965 Ford GT40 Mk1, Bondurant/Maglioli Le Mans DNF (Bizarre)
  • 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II, F.Gardner/Whitmore Spa 1000km (Minichamps)
  • 1966 Ford GT40 Mk1, Ireland/Rindt Le Mans DNF (Bizarre)
  • 1964 Lotus Type 30, J.Clark LA Times GP Riverside 3rd (Spark)
  • 1971 Porsche 917 Flat 16, Prototype in white (TSM)
  • 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, Schickentanz/Bertrams Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1985 Porsche 962C, Foyt/Wolleck/Unser/Boutsen Daytona 24h 1st (Spark)
  • 1993 Porsche 966, J.Paul jnr/C.Slater Road America 500km (TSM)
  • 2013 Citroen DS3 WRC, Rally spec car in white (IXO)
  • 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, D'Hulster/Klinget Geko Ypres Rally (IXO)

Road Cars

  • 1970 Buick Riviera in metallic green/white (Neo)
  • 1967 Chevrolet Impala Coupe in white (TSM)
  • 1960 Facel Vega Excellence in metallic green (IXO)
  • 1958 Ford Edsel Citation 2 door hard top coupe in black/white roof (Spark)
  • 1938 Jaguar SS100 Roadster in green (Spark)
  • 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL in dark blue (IXO)

After thoughts: As I alluded to above, the 2014 F1 season appears to be wide open. The recent Bahrain tests shows the two Mercedes topping the timesheets, followed by the two McLarens, then Hulkenberg's Force India and then the two Ferraris. The Red Bulls were no where. The test revealed some interesting statistics: Mercedes powered cars completed the most laps with Williams-Mercedes lapping the most of all the teams (323 laps). Lotus, who missed the first test at Jerez could only manage 111 laps with Murussia the only other team to do less. So, time for some bold predictions for 2014: first points for Caterham with Kobayashi, first win for Force India with Hulkenberg and Lewis Hamilton to win the World Championship!

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New Additions: 4 February 2014

Happy new year to everyone again, that is, happy Chinese new year; do you believe it's February already! This month we have three swap meets, the first one was the Collectormania Fair in Newcastle which was held on the 2nd (which I did not attend), the next is the APCS Toy Fair at Penrith on the 9th (which I will be attending) and of course Granville on 14th. Some interesting models have arrived in time for Penrith; Kimi Raikkonen's 2013 Lotus Renault E21 will be a popular car with collectors. The Nissan Delta Wing has such a distinctive shape and has so much potential to be a winner but alas has yet to realise it; this silver 2013 version managed only 10 laps at the Sebring 12 hour. Spark has released the 2013 Le Mans winning Audi meanwhile IXO have just managed to bring out the 2012 car. Hope to see you sometime in February, happy collecting.

Formula 1 Cars

  • 2010 Lotus Cosworth T127F, H.Kovalainen 500th Lotus GP (Spark)
  • 2013 Lotus Renault E21, K.Raikkonen (Minichamps)

Le Mans/Sportscars/Rally

  • 1966 Alfa Romeo TZ2, Bartlett/Chivas Australia (Best)
  • 2010 Aston Martin DBRS9, Eddy/Tim/Koen/Van Hooydonck Spa 24h (Spark)
  • 2011 Audi A4, M.Molina DTM "Abt Junior Red Bull" (Spark)
  • 2012 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer winner Le Mans (IXO)
  • 2013 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, McNish/Kristensen/Duval winner Le Mans (Spark)
  • 1948 Fiat 1100S, Apruzzi/Apruzzi Mille Miglia 3rd place (Starline)
  • 1956 Fiat 8V Zagato, E.Jossipovich Mille Miglia (Starline)
  • 1967 Ford GT40 Mk2B, F.Gardner/McCluskey Le Mans DNF (IXO)
  • 1962 Maserati 151, McLaren/Hansgen Le Mans (Jolley Model)
  • 2013 Nissan Delta Wing, Meyrick/Pla (0) ALMS Sebring 12h DNF (Spark)
  • 1956 Osca MT4 1500, G.Cabianca Imola GP 4th (Starline)
  • 1956 Osca MT4 1500, G.Villoresi GP di Bari 8th (Starline)
  • 1956 Osca MT4 1500, G.Villoresi Mille Miglia (Starline)
  • 2013 Porsche 911 GT3-RSR, Narac/Bourret/Vernay LM GTEAm winner (Spark)
  • 2013 Porsche 997 GT3 R, Quinn/Quinn/Van Gisbergen 3rd Bathurst 12h (Spark)
  • 1950 Stanguellini 1100 Sport, Brandi/Taddei Mille Miglia DNF (Starline)
  • 1951 Stanguellini 1100 Sport, Schera/Spada Mille Miglia 125th (Starline)
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta RS WRC, C.Atkinson/Prevot WRC Mexico Rally (IXO)

Road Cars

  • Aston Martin DB7 GT in red (Vitesse)
  • Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante in dark green (Vitesse)
  • Aston Martin Vanquish in silver (Vitesse)
  • 1965 Buick Riviera in metallic lilac (Spark)
  • 1978 Chevrolet Camaro LT in red (Neo)
  • 1947 Cisitalia 202 Spyder in silver (Starline)
  • Datsun 260Z 2+2 in red (Neo)
  • 1961 Fiat 2300 Coupe in grey (Starline)
  • 1952 Fiat 8V Zagato in silver (Starline)
  • Jensen Interceptor SIII in red (Neo)
  • Lagonda Rapide RHD in red (Neo)
  • 1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV in silver/blue (Starline)
  • 1952 Lancia D20 Berlinetta in dark blue/white (Starline)
  • 1968 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3S in dark red (Starline)
  • 1954 Mercury Monterrey Sun Valley in red/white (Neo)
  • 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo in white (Neo)
  • 1993 Porsche 964 Speedster in white (Spark)
  • VW Beetle concept car in black (Schuco)

After thoughts: There have been quite a few technical and sporting regulation changes made to F1 for the 2014 season. One sporting change which lacked any controversy is that drivers can now choose their racing number which they keep for their entire F1 career. Number 27, made famous by Gilles Villeneuve and others has been taken by Hulkenberg, 99 will be used by Sutil, Maldonado will race with lucky 13 on his sidepod and Ricciardo has chosen number 3. The reigning world champion can choose to race with no.1 if he so choses and Vettel has done so, but he has reserved no.5 should he not be champion again. Previously racing numbers were allocated according to the team's finishing position in the Constructor's Championship. But prior to 1969 cars were allocated racing numbers on a race-by-race basis by lottery or by the order in which team entries were received so it was not uncommon for several drivers to have number 1 on their cars at different races.

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New Additions: 7 January 2014

Happy new year to everyone and I hope you all had a safe and relaxing holiday. I can't believe we are already into another year and the first swap meet is nearly upon us. The regular monthly swap at Granville is on this Friday 10th January; so what are the highlights this month? There is something really appealing about the long straight lines, the large flat surfaces and the sharp edges of the Ford Galaxie 500; the shiny dark red metallic paintwork just sets this big car apart. But if a sexy, curvaceous body is more your liking then you can't go pass the Jaguar XJR14 driven by David Brabham to victory in the '91 Sugo 500 mile race. In the histroy of F1 there are only a handful of cars that stand out from the rest for their radical design, the Tyrrell P34 is one of those and another is the Brabham Alfa BT46B "Fan car". In 1978 Niki Lauda won the Swedish GP in the ground effects "Fan Car" and soon after the authorities banned it having only raced once. TSM have just released this iconic model.

Also over the holiday break I've added a link to some websites that I've found useful and I've also added another race meeting (Porsche Rennsport) to my Motorsport Gallery. Hope to see you on Friday, in the mean time happy collecting.

Formula 1 Cars

  • 1978 Brabham Alfa BT46B, N.Lauda Swedish GP (TSM)
  • 2013 Red Bull Renault RB9, M.Webber (Minichamps)
  • 2013 Ferrari F138, F.Massa (Hot Wheels)

Le Mans/Sportscar/Rally

  • 1971 AVS Shadow Mk2, J.Oliver Can-Am St. Jovite (Spark)
  • 1964 Chevrolet Grand Sport, Hall/Penske/Sharp Road America (TSM)
  • 1991 Jaguar XJR14, Brabham/Fabi Sugo 500 (Spark, Japanese release)
  • 1978 Lola 333CS, A.Holbert Can-Am Laguna Seca (Spark)
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-class, M.Engel DTM (Minichamps)
  • 2010 Morgan Aero 8, Supersport GT3 (Spark)
  • 2004 Nissan Fairlady Z, Yanahashi/Omoto JGTC (Ebbro)
  • 2005 Nissan 350Z, Krumm/Yanagida Super GT500 (Ebbro)
  • 1953 Porsche 356, M.Lippmann Carrera Panamericana (TSM)
  • 2011 Citroen DS3 WRC, S.Loeb/D.Elena Sardegna Rally (Spark)
  • 1967 Mini Cooper, Aaltonen/Liddon East African Rally (spark)

Road Cars

  • 1961 Austin Healey Sprite Mk2 in white (Spark)
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier in black/red (Spark)
  • 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 in metallic dark red (Spark)
  • 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible in red (Spark)
  • 1979 Ford Falcon XD Panel Van in red (Trax)
  • 1971 Holden Monaro GTS350 in barbados green/black (Trax)

ATCC Cars

  • 1978 Fold Falcon XC Hardtop, Willmington/Barnes Bathurst (Trax)
  • 1988 Ford Sierra RS500, J.Bowe ATCC (Trax)

After thoughts: "Can Modern Racers keep on running?" I just love historic race cars and I try to get to as many Historic Car Race meetings as I can. So I was quite alarmed when I read an interesting article in a motor sport magazine which asked whether the race cars of today could ever be preserved so they can take part in historic racing in 25, 50 or even 100 years from now. With the modern car's dependence on electronic technology and in the age of instant obsolesence this becomes a particular area of concern. The computer hardware and software that makes these cars run will quickly become obsolete and unobtainable so they need to be preserved but how is this to be done? You can't simply get one made up in a workshop like some mechanical parts. And on the mechanical side, the durability of modern alloys being used in some racing engines is unknown. Also the ultra-violet degradation of exposed carbon composite components will have to be addressed if we are to preserve these modern racers for future generations to enjoy.

Special Update: 23 December 2013 "The Swap Meet Wars"

An interesting development has occurred which will affect the swap meets held at the Penrith Pavilion in 2014. There will now be two separate organisations holding "Toy and Hobby" fairs at the Penrith venue next year; the first one is to be held on February 9 and the next soon after on March 9. So how did this situation arise? Firstly some background information. For the last couple of years or so, the "APCS Collectormania" Toy and Hobby Fair had been operating at the Penrith venue and they quite deservedly billed the event as NSW #1 hobby fair. This event was run in partnership by Lyndsey, who owns the "Collectormania" name and Sonny, who owns the Australia Premier Collectables Show (APCS) trade name.

After the last show in October 2013, Lyndsey decided to end the partnership and strike out alone running under the "Collectormania" banner. He booked the Penrith venue for 9th March. Sonny has since decided to continue running at Penrith under his "APCS" name, calling his show the Penrith Toy and Hobby Fair with the first event being scheduled for 9th February.

So what does this mean for you the collector? There will be more shows to attend but you will not get the variety of traders as you would have under the combined banner. Some traders will only attend Sonny's event and others will only attend Lyndsey's show, while some traders will attend both. At this stage I've decided to attend both shows. However I don't believe the Sydney model car market is large enough to sustain two major events going head to head at Penrith which is a very large venue. Eventually I think one organiser will have to downsize to a smaller venue leaving one to continue at Penrith; my worst fear is that both may have to leave Penrith. Only time will tell. I will keep you posted as more news becomes available. All the best for Xmas and the new year.

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