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Biante Collectors Club Newsletter - 8th April 2008
If you are a motorbike collector, Motogp or Superbike enthusiast then this week will be a stand out with numerous bike related releases from Minichamps.
Included is six of the ever popular 1:12 scale motorbikes, a Valentino Rossi figurine and three of his helmets. There is also two eagerly anticipated F1 cars, being Lewis Hamilton's Mclaren-Mercedes and Nigel Mansell's "Senna Special" Williams-Renault.
WEBSITE NEW RELEASES : Wednesday , 9 April 2008 2pm
First off for this week is the JIR Konica Minolta Honda of Makoto Tamada and the Fortuna Honda of Toni Elias who finished 12th and 9th respectively in the 2006 championship. Elias' bike notably being a race winner, finishing first on the RC211V in Portugul that year.
122 061006 HONDA RC211V - Makoto Tamada - MotoGP (2006)
122 061024 HONDA RC211V - Toni Elias - MotoGP (2006)
We then have the GSX-R's of Fabien Foret and Yukio Kakayama from the 2006 World Superbike series. In that year Kakayama had five podiums, went on to win three races and finish 7th in the championship.
122 062215 SUZUKI GSX-R1000 - Fabien Foret - WSBK (2006)
122 062271 SUZUKI GSX-R1000 - Yukio Kakayama - WSBK (2006)
The two stunning yellow and black 2006 Tech 3 Yamaha team M1's of Carlos Checa and James Ellison are also due for release.
122 063007 YAMAHA YZR-M1 - Carlos Checa - MotoGP (2006)
122 063077 YAMAHA YZR-M1 - James Ellison - MotoGP (2006)
For all the countless Rossi fanatics out there, we have four exciting products to release. The stand out item being the detailed 1:2 scale helmet from his last championship winning year of 2005.
312 060246 STANDING FIGURINE - Valentino Rossi - motoGP (2006)
327 050046 AGV HELMET - Valentino Rossi - motoGP (2005)
397 030046 AGV HELMET MOTOGP - VALENTINO ROSSI (2003)
397 060046 AGV HELMET MOTOGP - V.ROSSI (2006)
And at last for the many collectors waiting for the debut Lewis Hamilton F1 car, we have in 1:43 scale his Mclaren Mercedes that came so incredibly close to winning the championship.
530 074302 McLAREN MERCEDES MP4/22 - Lewis Hamilton (2007)
We also have in 1:43 scale the famous "Senna taxi" car that Nigel Mansell drove to a win at the British GP in 1991. This memorable F1 moment came about after the race when Senna ran out of fuel on the cool down lap. Mansell sportively offered him the "seat" on his sidepod and proceeded to give him a ride back to the pits.
540 914305 WILLIAMS-RENAULT FW14 - Nigel Mansell 'Senna Special'
A little left of field this week is the release of the 1:18 jagermeister wagon. This model will make an interesting addition to anyone who collects jagermeister sponsored cars and who ever likes to collect something a little different.
150 099044 TEMPO - HANSEAT KOFFERWAGEN JAEGERMEISTER
Lastly, we have the two 2008 Minichamps catalogues. The first covering all the specific 1:18 releases and the second covering the whole 2008 range.
KATA60108 MINICHAMPS - 2008 1:18 CATALOGUE
KATPMA108 MINICHAMPS CATALOGUE - EDITION #1 (2008)
WEBSITE NEW RELEASES : Wednesday , 16th April 2008 2pm
Next week sees another big list of Minichamps releases with a good variety of models including F1, LeMans, road and touring cars.
100 014402 AUDI A4 - SILVER METALLIC (2005)
100 023001 BMW 730I - RED METALLIC (1986)
100 060020 SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO-COSWORTH STR-1 - Vitantonio Liuzzi (2006)
100 060021 SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO-COSWORTH STR-1 - Scott Speed (2006)
100 066473 PORSCHE 911  GT3 RSR - Lambert / Lefort / Ianetta - LeMANS 24hr (2006)
400 166570 TOYOTA RAV 4 - SILVER (2005)
400 766301 PORSCHE 935 - Stommelen / Schurti - NURBURGRING 1000kms (1976)
400 766304 PORSCHE 935 - Stommelen / Schurti - WATKINS GLEN 6hr (1976)
400 772305 BMW 320i - DRM - Jorg Obermoser (1977)
400 772308 BMW 320i - 1977 DRM - Peter Schneeberger
400 772315 BMW 320i - 1977 DRM - Hans-Joachim Stuck (1977)\
436 830005 BRABHAM-BMW BT52 - Nelson Piquet (1983)
439 030204 MERCEDES-BENZ - UNIMOG 401 (Grey)
439 031071 MERCEDS BENZ L 322 DL30 - FEUERWEHR VILLINGEN
439 035040 MERCEDES BENZ UNIMOG 404 - KOFFER (1960)
439 140075 MAGIRUS-DEUTZ - S 6500 DL30 Aerial Ladder 'Albufeira Fire Dept'
439 144071 MAGIRUS-DEUTZ 150D10 LF16 - FEUERWEHR DUSSELDORF
499 034880 MERCEDES BENZ LPS1624 - KUHLSATTELZUG
With another eventful round at Bahrain on the weekend where we saw the under pressure Felipe Massa take the win and Lewis Hamilton have a shocker, there has been a change at the top of the finishline ladder. Gary Hargreaves and John Whatley now share top spot on 13 points with many contestants nipping at their heels.
13 points: Gary Hargreaves and John Whatley
12 points: Wayne Chippendale
11 points: Rocco D'aloia and Philip Wong
With the first three fly away rounds over with, the teams are on their way to start the European races. The podiums should prove to be even harder to pick now with many teams introducing new aero packages and therefore more competitive cars. Make sure you get your picks in for the next round before 5pm Friday 25th April.
The brilliant Autopics website has recently added some fantastic new photos to its ever increasing archives. There is some impressive pictures in these additions including a stunning shot of Peter Brocks Austin A30 at full tilt at Sandown in 1968.
There is also many more striking photos so be sure to check out the What's New section. http://www.autopics.com.au/public/whatsnew.ehtml