2018 Diecast Model Expo

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This will be a lot of fun. Held ev­ery cou­ple of years, the Diecast Expo is on again, in Sydney. It’s not only an op­por­tu­nity for col­lec­tors, traders and deal­ers to get to­gether with the mak­ers of our favourite model cars, but also a chance to get hold of some exclusive mod­els. It takes place at the Ry­dges Ho­tel in Par­ra­matta over the week­end of Novem­ber 10-11; for more info go to www.diecast­mod­el­expo.com.au

There will be room trad­ing, there’s a din­ner on the Satur­day night, and there’s even a com­pe­ti­tion for peo­ple who like to mod­ify their die-cast mod­els (go­ing to have to en­ter that, I am.) In past years, col­lec­tors have gath­ered from all over Aus­tralia for th­ese events. They’re a lot of fun and can also be quite use­ful in mak­ing con­tacts, as well as do­ing some wheel­ing and deal­ing.

There are also some very special guests – Dick John­son, John Bowe and Colin Bond. All will be in at­ten­dance at var­i­ous sub-events and will be avail­able to sign things…

Such as a model of John Bowe’s 1999 CAT Rac­ing EL Falcon. This 1:18 model, the rst time this EL has been made in this scale, is avail­able ONLY at the Diecast Model Expo. The EL V8 Su­per­car was a hand­some ma­chine and the black/yel­low of the CAT car looked a mil­lion dol­lars – as does Apex Replica’s model.

This isn’t the only signi cant John Bowe model avail­able at the Expo. There’s also the VC Com­modore that he used to win the 1980 Race of Cham­pi­ons at Calder’s Aus­tralian Grand Prix meet­ing. I think this was the rst time JB had raced a sedan and he showed his class right away, two sec­ond places earn­ing him the points to gar­ner the tro­phy.

Along with the John Bowe ROC ver­sion, there’s a very lim­ited num­ber of road-go­ing Satin Black HDT VCs be­ing made avail­able. The bulk of them will be go­ing to vol­un­teers at the Expo, with the re­main­der avail­able for sale. Like the Apex Repli­cas CAT Falcon, th­ese 1:18 scale cars are be­ing made by Biante ex­clu­sively for the Expo. If you’re lucky enough to bag one, they’ll set you back $350.

Stay­ing on the Bowe theme, there will also be a cou­ple of Bowe Tour­ing Car Masters Ford Mus­tang mod­els on of­fer at the Expo. For just $20 each, you can get th­ese Green­light Collectibles 1:64 Mus­tangs, as raced by John Bowe in TCM in 2012 and ’13. There are just 1000 of them but, if you want some­thing re­ally rare, the same mod­els are avail­able with Green­light’s green wheels and base. Th­ese are called ‘Chase Edi­tions’ and we’re told they’re much sought-af­ter. Only avail­able if you’re at the Expo’s din­ner on the Satur­day night; they’re $25 each.

While you’re at the Expo you might want to pick up ACE Mod­els’ HQ Monaro and panel van Mad Max set. We men­tioned th­ese a cou­ple of is­sues ago as part of our ‘Mus­cle Cars in Movies’ piece. It’s a two-car set of some of the sec­ondary cars (but still signi cant) from the rst Mad Max movie. There’s the HQ Monaro, a Main Force Pa­trol In­ter­cep­tor stolen by the Night Rider (a ‘fu­elin­jected sui­cide ma­chine’ – which is a line from Bruce Spring­steen’s Born To Run) and which fea­tures in the lm’s open­ing se­quence. As you will re­mem­ber, the car (and the Night Rider) comes to a sticky end.

There’s also Max’s per­sonal ride, a Holden panel van which he and his sax-play­ing lady (and Sprog, their lit­tle boy) go on a hol­i­day. That also comes to a sticky end. The hol­i­day, that is. The twin-set of mod­els in 1:64 will set you back $89.

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