Multi ta­lanted model maker

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read­ers will be fa­mil­iar with the work of Ge­off Wood and his scale model replica Al­lan Mof­fat cars. But Ge­off has more than one string to his (minia­ture) bow, and at last Novem­ber’s Ade­laide Mo­tor­sport Fes­ti­val he un­veiled some­thing rather unique: the orig­i­nal 1985 ar­chi­tect’s model of the Ade­laide Park­lands cir­cuit.

This model was used to show off Ade­laide’s plan to host the race (above), and it rep­re­sented the first tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence that For­mula 1 re­ally was com­ing down un­der, for the very first time.

Once the first Ade­laide F1 race was held, there was no need for the model, and so it sat in stor­age for years. Ge­off man­aged to save the de­cay­ing model a few years ago just be­fore they threw it out.

He spent nine months painstak­ingly restor­ing it. It was a mam­moth task. Con­sider that Ge­off had to ‘re­plant’ 1300 minia­ture plas­tic trees – that alone took nearly two weeks. All of the tiny pit build­ings had to be built by hand; and the faces in the crowd – Ge­off recre­ated the 1:750 scale hu­mans by us­ing com­mon ta­ble salt, painted dif­fer­ent colours…

It’s not an ex­act replica, be­cause Ge­off sought to in­cor­po­rate some as­pects from dif­fer­ent years of the grand prix. It’s what he calls ‘a big three­d­i­men­sional post­card to the grand prix’.

“It’s a his­tory, the grand prix in Ade­laide, that’s worth re­mem­ber­ing, and the model will hope­fully stay like this for­ever. I have added a few things from dif­fer­ent years here and there; the sig­nage and bridges around the track are from 1993, so it’s a bit of a mix and match. But we had 11 years of some of the best grands prix ever, and for me it’s a trib­ute to all 11 years.” A full fea­ture on Ge­off’s resto project ap­pears in F1 Racing’s Fe­bru­ary is­sue.

While the For­mula 1 grid fea­tures more than its fair share of tossers, an ex­cep­tion is our own Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, who makes us proud to be Aus­tralian with the way he car­ries him­self. And now he’s cre­ated his dream F1 cir­cuit con­structed en­tirely out of Scalex­tric. Dan the man’s lay­out fea­tures a sec­tion from Al­bert Park and the sig­na­ture climb from Austin, Texas, along­side iconic land­marks from the most fa­mous tracks in the world, in­clud­ing the Suzuka Fer­ris wheel and the Monaco Har­bour.

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