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Jaguar XJ-S - #8 Tom Walkinshaw / Win Percy (1985)
|Manufacturer:||Biante Model Cars|
|Price (excl. GST):||$177.27|
|Plus GST (Aus. Only):||$17.73|
|Total (incl. GST):||$195.00 AUD|
Status: In Stock
The arrival of the international Group A touring car regulations in Australia in 1985 also meant the arrival of Tom Walkinshaw and his pack of three hungry cats, otherwise known as Jaguar XJS race cars, for the James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst.
After barely moving on the starting grid for the 1984 race in John Goss’ Group C Jag before setting off a multi-car, race-stopping pile-up, Walkinshaw eyed revenge and brought the full force of his European squad out for The Great Race in ’85 with backing from JRA Australia. He was joined by Win Percy in the lead #8 Jag, paired Aussie Ron Dickson with Jeff Allam in #9 and German ace Armin Hahne with 1974 race winner John Goss in the #10 version. But there was no doubt that the #8 car was very much the leader of the pack and the Scotsman underlined his intent to dominate by his form in qualifying. The #8 Jaguar took pole position with a hot 2m18.82s lap in Hardies Heroes, 1.1s faster than the sister car of Brit Allam.
Walkinshaw started the race in the #8 car and quickly led the pack away, stretching his lead in the first stint and only losing the lead when he pitted to hand over to Brit Percy on lap 33. Percy, always the professional and loyal partner, quickly moved back to the front of the field as their rivals completed their pit stops and the lead TWR XJ-S would prove to dominate the majority of the rest of the race.
The roaring V12 rocket had managed to put itself a full lap ahead of the field, led by the sister Goss/Hahne car, but then came disaster on lap 128 when Percy pitted with oil everywhere inside the engine bay after an oil line had been fractured. It took the team over three minutes to send the car back on its way, by which time it had lost the lead to Goss, however the #8 machine would be back in only laps later for more attention to the oil systems.
The makeshift repairs at the earlier stop weren’t enough to solve the problem, so the TWR crew, led by Andy Morrison went to work and the leaking oil system was replaced. Walkinshaw was sent back into the fray to see what ground he could claw back. He rejoined sixth on lap 135 with all hopes of victory gone, but safe in the knowledge that Goss (despite a broken seat) was leading the way and on his way home to a victory for the ‘Big Cats’.
Walkinshaw became the hard charger of the closing stages of the race. First he picked off the BMW 635 of Kiwis Kent Baigent and Neal Lowe, and then he passed the similar JPS version of Jim Richards & Tony Longhurst. Just three laps from home, second-placed Peter Brock retired with a broken timing chain in his Mobil HDT Commodore, elevating Walkinshaw to the final podium position, three laps down on winners Goss and Hahne and the same distance behind runners-up Roberto Ravaglia and Johnny Cecotto in their Bob Jane T-Marts BMW 635.
The #8 Jaguar’s fastest lap of the race was 2m21.90s and Walkinshaw brought the #8 car over the line in formation with Goss’ victorious #10 example, making for a wonderful scene for Jaguar fans across the world. While he hadn’t won himself Walkinshaw’s assault on the James Hardie 1000 had proven successful and it remains the first, and only time a 12-cylinder car has conquered The Great Race at Bathurst.
Biante are pleased to present this faithfully replicated 1:18 Scale Jaguar XJ-S, which Walkinshaw and Percy drove to claim 3rd place at the 1985 Bathurst 1000.
Please note: Images shown above are for illustrative purposes only and may be a real car image or images of a prototype sample.
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