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Biante Collectors Club Newsletter - 25th October 2006Finishline
The final round of the Formula 1 World Championship is now wrapped up for another year. Congratulations to Fernando Alonso on winning his second consecutive F1 World Drivers Championship. The end of this years championship also signals the end of the 2006 Biante Finishline competition. Before announcing this year's winners, we would like to thank all who took part in this years competition. However there can only be one winner. This year's winner is Robin Julius. Robin managed to lead the competition for most of the year, topping the points table and tipping the correct drivers at most rounds. Congratulations. The top three finishers are shown below.
1st Robin Julius 82pts
2nd David Byard 74pts
3rd Bob Stevenson 65pts
A special note on the above positions. Third place was actually equal on points with one other competitor, Terry Hines. However, Bob placed his selections earlier than did Terry Hines, therefore Terry was unfortunately pipped at the post. Just goes to shown what a great competition Finishline can be and we hope to have even more collectors take part next year.
This weekend sees the final Perth based running of Rally Australia, Round 14 in the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship. Hard to believe that this year is the nineteenth edition of this great event, one which motorsport fans here in the West will surely see off in style.
For more information on Telstra Rally Australia, visit the official event website :
The carnage wasn’t too great at Surfers Paradise last weekend, except that Mark Skaife found himself in the wars yet again. The other ‘Walkinshaw’ drivers had a reasonable time of things, with Todd Kelly coming out trumps for the weekend in his red HRT machine. Todd’s brother Rick scored a win for Toll-HSV in the last race of the weekend and his podium performance has resulted in the points gap in the Championship being narrowed down significantly.
Craig Lowndes holds a slender margin of only 30 points ahead of Rick Kelly, with Mark Winterbottom almost 300 points adrift in third position. The teams prize is perhaps not so close, with Toll-HSV having earned an even numbered 5,000 points, with Team Betta on 4,675 points ahead of FPR on 4,131 points.
With three rounds to go, the V8 Supercars next light up at Symmons Plains for the Ferodo Tasmania Challenge on the weekend of 11th and 12th November 2006. The event shapes ups to be a close one comprising the familiar three race format.
Just a whisper, with more information to come, Spark Models will be producing a 1:43 scale model of the car that Mark Skaife raced at the Le Mans 24hr endurance race in 1997. This is the stealth-like V12 powered Lister Storm, car number 46, entered in the livery of Newcastle United Lister, part of a two-car team assault.
Mark Skaife fans should keep an eye out for this one, which will be available in very limited numbers only. More details - and the all important product identification code - S0364.
This Weeks Releases
This week Biante will be releasing five indvidual new 1:64 scale models from our Biante Minicars range. This selection consists of the 2006 HRT and Toll HSVDT V8 Supercars, along the 4th placed Holden LH Torana SL/R5000 L34 driven by Colin Bond and Bob Skelton in the 1974 Bathurst 1000. A detailed listing of these five models can be found below.
B642901L - 1:64 HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE Mark Skaife - V8 Supercars (2006)
B642901M - 1:64 HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE Todd Kelly - V8 Supercars (2006)
B642901N - 1:64 HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE Rick Kelly - V8 Supercars (2006)
B642901P - 1:64 HOLDEN VZ COMMODORE Garth Tander - V8 Supercars (2006)
B642202A - 1:64 HOLDEN LH TORANA SL/R5000 L34 Bond / Skelton - BATHURST (1974)
The above five mentioned Minicars will be available for purchase through the website from 2pm Perth time Wednesday 25th October 2006.
This week we have received a new 1:6 scale engine from Liberty Classics. This engine was exclusivly fitted to the 1970 and 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda coupe and convertible. See the link below for more information.
LC84031 - 1:6 PLYMOUTH HEMI CUDA 426 HEMI V8 engine
Just arrived is the 1:18 scale Ferrari 375 Plus. This car won the 1954 LeMans 24hr endurance race driven by Jose Froilan Gonzales and Maurice Trintignant.
HE180003 - 1:18 FERRARI 375 PLUS Gonzales / Trintignant - LeMANS 24hr (1954)
Also this week sees Biante release three models from Minichamps. We have two classic 1:18 and a 1:6 scale Ducati Desmosedici which competed in the 2003 Moto Grand Prix. Details of these three models are below.
062 031495 - 1:6 DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP3 - Dirty Version - Loris Capirossi - MotoGP (2003)
150 137090 - 1:18 MORRIS MINOR - Police (1959)
150 137001 - 1:18 MORRIS MINOR - Pink (1960)
Finally this week we have more new models from Both Spark and Bizarre. Below is a detailed list of just what items have arrived in this latest shipment.
RL109 - 1:43 FERRARI 599 GTB Yellow (2006)
RL110 - 1:43 FERRARI 599 GTB Silver metallic (2006)
S0060 - 1:43 LOTUS SOAP BOX RACER (2002)
S0163 - 1:43 MERCEDES-BENZ CLK-GTR SPIDER (Silver metallic)
S02405 - 1:24 ASTON MARTIN DBR9 Bouchut / Fomenko / Vasiliev - FIA GT (2005)
S0414 - 1:43 BMW [E90 3-series] 320si Andy Priaulx - WTCC (2006)
S0415 - 1:43 BMW [E90 3-series] 320si Alex Zanardi - WTCC (2006)
S0418 - 1:43 BMW [E90 3-series] 320si Jorg Muller - WTCC (2006)
S0437 - 1:43 MG SVR X POWER (2005)
S0441 - 1:43 VOLKSWAGEN W12 SPYDER - Red (2002)
S0442 - 1:43 VOLKSWAGEN W12 WORLD 24hr SPEED RECORD (2002)
S0579 - 1:43 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE VOLANTE (1986)
S0612 - 1:43 ALFA ROMEO SZ - Red (1989)
S0631 - 1:43 LISTER STORM GTS Lees / Keegan / Chappell - LeMANS 24hr (1995)
S0862 - 1:43 DODGE CALIBER - Orange metallic (2006)
S0863 - 1:43 DODGE CALIBER - Black metallic (2006)
S0866 - 1:43 DODGE RAM SRT-10 - White (2005)
S0871 - 1:43 DODGE RAM SRT-10 Quadcab - Yellow (2005)
S0939 - 1:43 PORSCHE 962 Wollek / Bell / Andretti - DAYTONA 24hrs (1989)
S0967 - 1:43 PORSCHE 911  GT3 RSR Ianetta / Lambert / Lefort - LeMANS 24hr (2006)
SBZ048 - 1:43 HOWMET TX CONTINENTAL Tullius / Dibley - LeMANS 24hr (1968)
SBZ049 - 1:43 HOWMET TX CONTINENTAL Thompson / Heppenstall - LeMANS 24hr (1968)
SBZ118 - 1:43 FIAT 8V 'Otto Vu' - Red Metallic (1953)
SBZ209 - 1:43 FRAZER NASH SEBRING Stoop / Jopp - LeMANS 24hr (1957)
SBZ211 - 1:43 FRAZER NASH SEBRING Becquart / Stoop - LeMANS 24hr (1955)
SBZ235 - 1:43 ALFA ROMEO BAT 9 (1955)
SBZ321 - 1:43 FIAT 8V 'DAGRADA' Lurani / Mahe - LeMANS 24hr (1953)
All the above listed models from Liberty Classics, BBR Models, Minichamps, Spark and Bizzare will be available for purchase through the website from 2pm Perth time Wednesday 25th October 2006.
Next Weeks Releases
Next week Biante will be releasing two new models from our Biante Racing Legends series as well as releasing new products from Kyosho, Autoart and IXO Models. Some of these items are already set In Transit, others will be made so in the coming days. Keep an eye on the In Transit page of the website - more news in next week's newsletter.