Idon’t think I’ve been so happy to be wrong for ages. Remember not long ago I said there would never be a model of the Group C Nissan Bluebird? Well, Authentic Collectibles just had to go and make me wrong! And well done them. Plans are afoot for a 1:18 scale resin-bodied replica of the turbo terror. The only one announced so far is the 1984 Bathurst pole position winner. George Fury’s 2m13.85s lap is still spoken of by us old farts. Watching from the pits the lap looked very quick. We didn’t have sector timing loops and stuff back then; you just had to know when a lap looked the goods. George was smooth and fast and the weather probably helped a bit – it was viciously, bitingly cold that morning. George whistled across the line at the end of the lap and there was a second or so of silence. When Bernie King announced the time, the pits erupted.
It was a magic moment and all who were there remember it well (and for all we remember that last year of Group C as the last of the Bog
Bangers, the record books show that the fastest car in ’84 was not a 5.7-litre Cleveland V8powered Falcon or a 5.0-litre V8 Commodore VK, but rather a 1.8-litre turbocharged Japanese car).
Tooling up for it will be an expensive exercise, and Authentic will need some surety before they can go ahead, so if you can, get over to their website and put down a deposit. Price will be $230 for the model. www.authenticcollectibles.com.au for ordering information. They offer afterpay as an option, too. Hmmm – might have to sneak one in the back way so the wife doesn’t see it.
Speaking of Authentic Collectibles, they’ve got the 2018 Erebus retro-livery cars down as future releases. These were, you might
Lastly, the podcast is the latest iteration of citizen journalism. And Australia’s model car scene is not to be left out. The V8 Sleuth’s Aaron Noonan and Dmitiri Comino from Motorfocus have teamed up to bring you an all new podcast! Tune in to hear all about new releases, models just landed, model discussion, special guests and Q&A sessions. Each episode will be up fortnightly on a Thursday. We hope you listen in, and send any questions you would like answered. Have a listen at https://www.motorfocus.com.au/podcast/
Holden HG Monaro Street Machine
Some people like to spend lots of time and effort modifying their model cars. If you’d really like a hotted-up die-cast Monaro but lack the time (and amazing skills) to do it, this might be your nextbest thing. As with Biante’s earlier HK and HT Monaro Street Machines, the HG also includes a supercharged V8 engine, quick shifter, gauges, customised number plates, larger retro wheels and tyres, modern big brakes, revised exhaust system and custom suspension. This combination of features together with the low ride height gives this street machine an impressive and intimidating stance. It’s painted a nice satin chrome that gives it a bare-metal look – certainly it’s eye-catching. Like the Rally Red car, it’s due out later this year. It’s got opening parts and will retail for $270. Check it out at www.biante.com.au