Classic Driver - - MODEL ADVICE - John Ben­noch


Iwant to thank Clas­sic Driver for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to write this reg­u­lar col­umn on mod­els. Each is­sue I will se­lect a new re­lease from one of our five ranges, write about the ac­tual car, and give read­ers a chance to win the fea­tured model. In this first col­umn I’m fea­tur­ing some­thing rather spe­cial from the Aus­tralian ARMCO range - a beau­ti­fully de­tailed 1:43rd resin model of Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan’s #1 1967 Ford Mus­tang GTA, win­ner of three Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onships. Ex­te­rior fin­ish of this model is ex­cel­lent, and it fea­tures a de­tailed in­te­rior. Very un­usual for a 1:43rd model, it has a re­mov­able bon­net and an ex­tremely well de­tailed V8 en­gine, com­plete with tiny plug leads. This is a lim­ited edi­tion model (only 500 have been pro­duced) and comes with a num­bered cer­tifi­cate of authen­tic­ity. It is mounted on a plas­tic plinth and pro­tected by a clear acrylic dis­play case.

Pete Geoghegan’s 1967 Mus­tang GTA started life as a hum­ble V8 au­to­matic road car. Ini­tially pow­ered by a 289 cu. in. V8 with four 48 IDA We­bers, the Mus­tang was later up­dated to a 302 cu. in. equipped with Lu­cas fuel in­jec­tion fit­ted to a Shelby Co­bra man­i­fold. In 1970 a rule change al­lowed the car to be fit­ted with flared wheel arches and 10” wide Minilites. Win­ning three con­sec­u­tive Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onships – 1967, 1968 & 1969 – makes the Pete Geoghegan 1967 Mus­tang GTA one of the most sig­nif­i­cant Tour­ing Cars in Aus­tralian mo­tor rac­ing his­tory.

SPR Mod­els now has its own online store of­fer­ing five brands...

Spark pro­duce a wide range of 1:43rd and 1:18th sports and com­pe­ti­tion ve­hi­cles with a strong em­pha­sis on Le Mans cars, sports rac­ing cars and clas­sic F1. Race­cars driven by New Zealan­ders are well rep­re­sented in the Spark range, in­clud­ing cars driven by Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon, Denny Hulme, Howden Gan­ley, An­drew Bag­nall, An­gus Hys­lop, Scott Dixon, Rob Wil­son, Roger Wills, and Bren­don Hart­ley. A large se­lec­tion of McLaren F1 and CanAm cars are also listed in the Spark range.

Bizarre, as the name sug­gests, pro­duce the more un­usual mod­els of­ten over­looked by main­stream model man­u­fac­tur­ers. They spe­cialise in 1:43rd mod­els of sports rac­ing cars from the 1950s to 1980s. Bizarre also pro­duce a range of Land Speed Record cars and man­u­fac­turer pro­to­types. TrueS­cale Minia­tures pro­duce hi-qual­ity 1:43 & 1:18 road & race car mod­els, plus a range of ac­ces­sories in­clud­ing pit crew and driver fig­urines, en­gines, tool chests, hoists, and garage equip­ment.

ARMCO Model Cars im­mor­talise in minia­ture a range of Aussie 1960s – 70s race cars; clas­sic Holden sedans, sta­tion wag­ons & utes; and even a clas­sic FJ Holden drag car and the GTR-X Con­cept car. Pro­duc­tion of th­ese 1:43rd resin mod­els is lim­ited to a cer­tifi­cated 500 num­bered units.

Brumm was founded in 1972, and pro­duce a wide range of 1:43rd scale minia­tures of vin­tage car­riages; steam & vin­tage cars; pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cles; sports rac­ing & F1 cars; race trans­porters; and pit crew & driver fig­urines. Be­ing an Ital­ian com­pany, there are of course a large num­ber of Alfa Romeo, Fer­rari, Fiat and Maserati mod­els in the Brumm range.

This Pete Geoghegan Mus­tang GTA, along with the rest of the ARMCO range, is avail­able di­rect from SPR’s online store or from spe­cial­ist hobby shops. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Spark, Bizarre, TrueS­cale, Brumm or ARMCO ranges, phone John on 09-414 5959, or visit www.spr-mod­els.co.nz.

An­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion. How many times did Pete Geoghegan win the Aus­tralian

Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onships in this Mus­tang? To en­ter – email your an­swer to mod­els@clas­sic­driver.co.nz

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