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17/02/2014

BIANTE MODEL CARS WELCOMES SIX TIME BATHURST 1000 WINNER LARRY PERKINS TO THE FAMILY

With a great deal of pleasure, Biante Model Cars would like to announce that we have signed an exclusive deal with legendary Australian touring car driver, team owner and engineer Larry Perkins to produce a range of model cars from his career under a new drivers collection. The Biante Larry Perkins Collection will feature a range of models previously unreleased by Biante from various stages of Larry's career with each model including an exclusive signed Certificate of Authenticity by the six time Bathurst 1000 winner himself.

Larry Perkins certainly needs no introduction. The self-taught engineer took himself all the way to Formula 1 without a cheque book after humble beginnings in Formula Ford and Formula 2 open wheelers. Victory in the 1975 European F3 Championship opened the door to F1 and a drive with the Bernie Ecclestone-owned Brabham team. A lack of cash bounced 'LP' from the piranha world but not before he'd lined up on the Grand Prix grid 11 times.

From there Perkins became one of the most celebrated touring car drivers in Australia. Three Bathurst wins with Peter Brock in the 80s cemented his engineering prowess. Having developed the Holden Dealer Team Commodores, Perkins struck out on his own and formed Perkins Engineering in 1986. Since then the results speak for themselves. A further three Bathurst crowns, two Sandown 500 wins and a Queensland 500 win have all established his team as endurance specialists. He gave Russell Ingall his full-time shot at V8 Supercar racing and the two became a feared combination over seven years.

Along the way he was contracted to run the HSV race team which eventually became the Holden Racing Team. He was signed by Tom Walkinshaw in 1988 to drive for the works Jaguar team in the famous Le Mans 24 Hour in France. Fourth place proved that Perkins was indeed world class. Perkins decided to call time on his full-time driving career at the end of 2002 before making his last Bathurst start a year later.

General Manager of Biante, William Hall has been working tirelessly behind the scenes at Biante and believes that this is another positive step forward for the business while being true to our roots; "I am very proud that we have secured the signature of one of Australia's most successful and popular motorsport faces in Larry Perkins to form an association with Biante. We are extremely proud to be associated with Larry, his achievements and his standing in the Australian and World motorsport community are second to none and we look forward to bringing his fans a range of unreleased cars celebrating his illustrious career."

The newly formed Biante Larry Perkins Collection will feature the 1:18 Scale Holden VL SS Group A, driven by Larry during his 1988 Australian Touring Car Championship campaign which is now available to pre-order. Other models on the Biante horizon are Larrys 1993 and 1997 Bathurst Winners, as well as his 1986 Enzed Bathurst VK.

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