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Biante Collectors Club Newsletter - 22nd November 2006Biante Christmas Closure
Christmas is fast approaching and time is running out to get your orders in before we close - Biante will be closing our office from Friday 15th December 2006 until Monday 8th January 2007. During this time orders will not be processed from the website until our return on Monday 8th January 2007. Orders will continue to be accepted through our website during the Christmas period.
If you are purchasing models as Christmas presents then we suggest you place then as soon as possible. Biante suggest orders be placed no later than Sunday the 10th December 2006. This will help us get all paid orders sent before our closure. Biante give no guarantee on orders arriving before Christmas. International orders should be placed before the first week of December 2006. More information on Shipping can be found in our website FAQ or by visiting the URL below.
Shipping Information: www.biante.com.au/faq_8.htm
The City of Perth Great Bike Ride
Only four days remain before this event. Biante's own webmaster Nathan Rzepecki will be participating in this event. Nathan is aiming to raise $1,000 which will be shared between the following three charities : The Heart Foundation, St John of God Foundation Lighthouse Project and Hope for Children. This event is held on the roads and pathways around the Swan River. To sponsor Nathan and help a worthwhile cause please visit the link below to make a donation.
Donations can also be pledged offline. Please contact Nathan via email on email@example.com and a sponsorship form will be emailed back to you. More information on this event can be found at the official website www.greatbikeride.com.au.
V8 Supercars - Bahrain - Desert 400
With a brand new circuit far away from home, the inaugural Desert 400 this week in Bahrain could be a wildcard in the fight for the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series. Rick Kelly leads the Championship to the tune of 73 points after a successful round in Tasmania. While the circuit itself will be brand new for all of the V8 Supercar teams, many engineers and drivers believe that things will play out similar to last year’s trip to Shanghai in China.
And, two of Holden’s leading drivers, Garth Tander and Todd Kelly, may have gained a minor advantage in that they raced on the track earlier this year in a ProAm race supporting the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix. Garth Tander actually won the Celebrity Challenge event alongside five-time Olympic gold medal rower Steve Redgrave in a field of 20 race-modified HSV Clubsport cars that were manufactured specifically for a one make Middle East series that will this week support the V8 Supercars event.
With only the Bahrain and Phillip Island rounds remaining, we wish Rick the best of luck in his chase for the 2006 title.
The Diecast Magazine
Issue 1 of The Diecast Magazine (formerly 1:18 Diecast Downunder) will be released on the 4th December 2006. Advance Orders for this item close on the 30th November 2006. Product code TDM-01. Announced this week is the second in the series of Diecast Downunder limited edition collections. This particular collection features four magazines - issues five to eight - of the 1:18 Diecast Downunder magazine. As with the last collection, this lot also comes in special Limited Edition packaging. Advance Orders are now open for this item, but will close on the 30th November 2006 with Issue 1 of the new format magazine. Product Code DDUFolder-Series2.
This Weeks Releases
Biante - HOLDEN 48-215 / FX - Leo Geoghegan - NSW SCC (1956)
This week Biante is releasing the 1:18 scale Holden 45-215 / FX driven by Leo Geoghegan in the 1956 New South Wales Sedan Car Championship. Part of the significance of this car is the fact that Leo's win marks the first Championship title for Holden in sedan / touring car racing in Australia. Leo went on to race sports and formula type cars with great success and was often a podium finisher at the Bathurst touring car enduro in the late 60s and early 70s. His final race at Bathurst in 1973 netted third place for he and Colin Bond in an HDT Holden Torana GTR XU-1. Product code: A85662
This week Biante have a large selection of models to release from Minichamps. This shipment contains a great selection of Motorcycles, Sports Cars, Formula 1 and Road diecast models. Below you will find a detailed list of all the Minichamps items being released this week.
100 171612 - 1:18 VOLVO P 1800 ES - ORANGE (1971)
100 878906 - 1:18 FORD SIERRA RS500 Soper / Dieudonne - BATHURST (1987)
109 905020 - 1:18 2-AXLE DROPSIDE TRAILER - Green
122 050007 - 1:12 DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP5 Carlos Checa - MotoGP (2005)
122 050065 - 1:12 DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP5 Loris Capirossi - MotoGP (2005)
122 053005 - 1:12 YAMAHA YZR-M1 Colin Edwards - MotoGP (2005)
122 053024 - 1:12 YAMAHA YZR-M1 Toni Elias - MotoGP (2005)
122 053046 - 1:12 YAMAHA YZR-M1 Valentino Rossi - MotoGP (2005)
122 053095 - 1:12 YAMAHA YZR-M1 Colin Edwards - MotoGP, Laguna Seca (2005)
180 039001 - 1:18 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL 'Gullwing' - Red (1955)
400 035120 - 1:43 MERCEDES-BENZ W124 500E - Grey Metallic
400 043001 - 1:43 OPEL ASTRA - Blue Metallic (2004)
400 043011 - 1:43 OPEL ASTRA Wagon - Red (2004)
400 044100 - 1:43 OPEL KADETT 'D' - Brown (1979)
400 045412 - 1:43 LOTUS RENAULT 98T Bruno Senna (2004)
400 048497 - 1:43 FORD FOCUS RS WRC Martin / Park - RALLYE CATALUNYA (2004)
400 051303 - 1:43 AUDI R8 Kristensen / Lehto / Werner - LeMANS 24hr (2005)
400 054500 - 1:43 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R32 - Red (2005)
400 056261 - 1:43 PORSCHE 911  GT3 CUP Nearn / Lacey / etc. - DAYTONA 24hr (2005)
400 058404 - 1:43 FORD FOCUS RS WRC Kresta / Tomanek - RALLYE MONTE-CARLO (2005)
400 058414 - 1:43 FORD FOCUS RS WRC Warmbold / Connolly - RALLYE MONTE-CARLO (2005)
400 062524 - 1:43 PORSCHE 959 - White (1987)
400 082071 - 1:43 FORD LOTUS CORTINA Mk 1 - White (1963)
400 082101 - 1:43 FORD MODEL A Coupe - Green (1928)
400 120332 - 1:43 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER - Red (2003)
400 120620 - 1:43 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL - Orange (1972)
400 121232 - 1:43 FIAT 850 SPORT Spider - Yellow (1968)
400 123322 - 1:43 MASERATI GHIBLI - Yellow (1969)
400 123421 - 1:43 MASERATI MERAK - Blue metallic (1974)
400 137422 - 1:43 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE - Blue Metallic (2005)
400 166212 - 1:43 TOYOTA AVENSIS - Green metallic (2002)
400 166301 - 1:43 TOYOTA PRIUS - Black (2004)
400 166361 - 1:43 TOYOTA COROLLA VERSO - Green metallic (2004)
400 166400 - 1:24 TOYOTA ATGO - Silver metallic (2005)
400 166421 - 1:43 TOYOTA CELICA - Red (1975)
400 716122 - 1:43 PORSCHE 917 K Marko / van Lennep - LeMANS 24hr WINNER (1971)
400 780032 - 1:43 WOLF-FORD WR1 Keke Rosberg (1978)
400 800050 - 1:43 WILLIAMS-FORD FW07 Rupert Keegan (1980)
400 800051 - 1:43 WILLIAMS-FORD FW07 Kevin Cogan (1980)
400 840003 - 1:43 TYRRELL-FORD 012 Martin Brundle (1984)
430 015922 - 1:48 WARTBURG A312 Coupe - Green & White (1958)
430 022110 - 1:43 BMW 1600-2 - Green (1966)
430 046075 - 1:43 OPEL DIPLOMAT - Yellow (1969)
430 046162 - 1:43 OPEL COMMODORE 2-door - Silver Metallic (1970)
430 121664 - 1:43 FIAT X1/9 - Blue metallic (1974)
430 130690 - 1:43 JAGUAR MkII - Police (1959)
430 161528 - 1:43 HONDA CR-X - Green metallic (1989)
430 171005 - 1:43 VOLVO 121 AMAZON - Green & White (1966)
430 171014 - 1:43 VOLVO 121 AMAZON Wagon - Red (1966)
430 171670 - 1:43 VOLVO P1800 ES - White (1971)
430 171680 - 1:43 VOLVO P1800 S - Dark Red (1969)
431 023001 - 1:43 BMW [E12 5-series] 520 - Red (1972)
431 051290 - 1:43 VOLKSWAGEN 1200 EXPORT 'Dortmund Fire Dept' (1951)
431 138202 - 1:43 NEW MINI COOPER 'S' - Green metallic (2002)
436 139004 - 1:43 BENTLEY ARNAGE RED LABEL - Blue Metallic (2001)
436 139025 - 1:43 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT - Red metallic (2003)
436 820699 - 1:43 WILLIAMS-FORD FW08B 6-wheeler F1 prototype (1982)
439 034040 - 1:43 MERCEDES-BENZ ATEGO 815 'Sinalco' (2004)
439 070024 - 1:43 MAN F8 'Fulda'
439 142071 - 1:43 MAGIRUS-DEUTZ MERKUR 150 DL30 Aerial Ladder - Bayreuth Fire Dept
530 061894 - 1:18 McLAREN-MERCEDES MP4/20 Pedro de la Rosa - TEST CAR (2006)
540 941802 - 1:18 WILLIAMS-RENAULT FW16 Ayrton Senna (1994)
Also being released this week is the Tom Kristensen AUDI R8 2005 LeMans 24hr Winner. Unlike all other Spark models, this particular model is a 1:18 scale version with fully sealed bodywork. Details below.
SPA 180001 - 1:18 AUDI R8 2005 LeMans 24hr (Winner) - Lehto / Werner / Kristensen (2005)
Lastly this week, a new model from CMC has just arrived. This is the 1:18 scale Maserati Tipo 61 (Birdcage). The original 'Birdcage' has a charmingly graceful body designed by the mastermind Giulio Alfieri, who integrated a light frame of barely 30 kg with more than 200 single pieces of tube. Because of this engineering innovation, the Maserati Tipo 60/61 acquired the legendary nickname Birdcage. Only 23 units were made during the years from 1959 through 1961.
The American Lucky Casner was one of the most successful owners of the Birdcage Tipo 61. In May 1960, Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney won the 1,000-km race of Nürburgring. With the starting number 5, they accomplished an outstanding victory in the pouring rain against keen competition. Only one year later, the Camoradi Team (Casner Motor Racing Division) repeated the winning record with Casner and Gregory as the drivers. These consecutive victories added new glory to Maserati and sustained its everlasting top position in the illustrious circle of racing car manufacturers.
This model is composed of 1,140 single parts, 507 of which are made of stainless steel, copper, and brass. This model is an exact replica of the winning car of Moss/ Gurney. What is extraordinary about its build is the adherence of its body to a cage-like framework as if it were a second skin. While looking at the exact details of this model, you are likely to feel transported
back to the adventurous experience of racing in old times.
M-047 - 1:18 MASERATI TIPO 61 (Birdcage) Moss / Gurney - NURBURGRING 1000kms (1960)
All of the above listed models will be made available for purchase on the website from 2pm Perth time Wednesday 22nd November 2006.
Next Weeks Releaes
Next week Biante will be releasing the 1:18 scale Ford XY Falcon driven by John French to second place in the 1972 HARDIE-FERODO 500. Many people remember John as Dick Johnson's co-driver in the 1980s, helping pilot the blue and green XD/XE Falcons around Mt Panorama. Well, John's driving career goes way back to the 1950s - maybe some older collectors are aware that he and Leo Geoghegan were a couple of tearaways in their FJ Holdens ! John French raced the XY Falcon GTHO for the factory and as a privateer, and in the latter guise he did a remarkable job to finish as runner-up to Peter Brock in the last of the 500 mile events at Bathurst.
A87210 - 1:18 FORD XY FALCON GTHO John French - BATHURST (1972)
This item will be available from 2pm Perth time Wednesday the 29th November 2006 through the Biante website.