For any diecast model collector the opportunity of owning some of the rarest models available is simple irresistible for any seasoned diecast model collector.
This was certainly the case during the 2011 Diecast Model Expo as each model available was exclusively produced for the event and whether you collect Ford or Holden diecast models in 1:18, 1:43 or 1:64 scales, there wasn’t a die cast model you couldn’t go home without. The models had never been produced before and replicated prominent Australian cars driven by the likes of Beechey, Brock, Geoghegan and Johnson.
In the Expo Room, the headquarters of the Diecast Model Expo, there were two 1:18 scale and two 1:64 scale die cast models available for every attendee to purchase.
In addition to the Event Models, each special ‘Expo Event’ also had an exclusive diecast model available. If you attended the Friday Night Bingo, Saturday Hawaiian Breakfast or Saturday night Gala dinner, you had the opportunity to be one of the first to own one of these very exclusive diecast model releases, of which only 400 pieces are available.
Below is a complete list of the exclusively produced die cast models that were produced for the 2011 Diecast Model Expo.
1:18 Biante – 1:18 scale 1983 Bathurst Ford XE Falcon driven by Dick Johnson/Kevin Bartlett – ‘The Morning After’ – Limited Edition of 600 pieces and was available for $225 to every registered attendee of the 2011 Diecast Model Expo. The 1983 great race was another defining moment for Dick Johnson. This was a weekend that clearly displayed the determination and spirit of what it means to compete at the mountain. This Bathurst racer will be the envy of any collector who doesn’t have this historic great in their collection and was one of the hottest items available during the 2011 Diecast Model Expo. You could have also made this model more special by asking Dick Johnson to sign your model at his special appearance between 10.30am and 12pm on Sunday August 7, 2011.
1:18 Classic Carlectables – 1:18 scale Holden 427 Monaro as driven by Peter Brock during the 2003 Australian Nations Cup Championship. This new age Aussie muscle car produced exclusively for the 2011 Diecast Model Expo by Classic Carlectables, was available to any registered attendee for $215 during the event. But you had to be quick as only 500 pieces were produced and have long since sold out.
1:64 Classic Carlectables – 1:64 scale Craig Lowndes twin pack, featured the 2005 ford BA Falcon V8 Supercar as raced at Shanghai and the 2006 Ford BA Falcon V8 Supercar as raced at Phillip Island. These 1:64 scale Craig Lowndes replicas came as a twin pack only and were not available separately. The twin pack was a 2011 Diecast Model Expo general release set available for $39.95. Limited to 700 twin packs and produced by Classic Carlectables, this twin pack was available exclusively to registered attendees of the 2011 Diecast Model Expo.
1:64 Hot Wheels – In an Australian first, the 2011 Diecast Model offered an exclusive Mattel Hot Wheels event model. This brutish muscle car looks fantastic being lime green in colour with flamed detail. On the roof is the official 2011 Diecast Model Expo logo and was available to every registered attendee of the 2011 Diecast Model Expo.
1:43 Models 56 – 1:43 scale 1970 ATCC winning HT 350 GTS Monaro. This is arguably the greatest Holden touring car ever built. It was not only the first Holden to win the Australian Touring Car Championship, but the first Australian car to do so against the best imports from Europe and the US. Norm Beechey’s immortal HT GTS 350 Monaro was, indeed, a world beater. With the support of Holden and Shell, Beechey and his small team designed and built a HT GTS 350 Monaro. This car not only proved a match for the mega-dollar US imports, it was built with a fraction of the development budgets the Ford and GM Trans-Am factory teams had. The car incorporated a multitude of engineering ideas from a small team of talented Aussies. Beechey said winning the 1970 ATCC with this car was his greatest racing achievement. Now every muscle car fan can share in that pride.
1:43 Models 56 – In 1970, Ford Australia built this super-lightweight Falcon, designed to destroy Norm Beechey’s Monaro in the Australian Touring Car Championship. The Super Falcon was built at a staggering cost in an era when motor racing was uncomplicated and all about horsepower and handling. This 1:43 scale replica produced by Models 56 was available to those who attended this event.
1:43 Biante – This beautifully presented triple set of Ford XE Falcons tells the story of the dramatic 1983 Bathurst campaign for one of Fords greatest ambassadors. Dick Johnson Racing was to show the determination that personifies racing at the mountain. This superb triple set, titled ‘The Last 24 Hours” was available only to attendees of the Saturday Night Gala Dinner.
1:18 Classic Carlectables – This mean-looking Holden Monaro was produced by Classic Carlectables in 1:18 scale. This Aussie muscle car captured the interest of many by becoming a welcome gift for volunteers and outstanding assistants who made the 2011 Diecast Model Expo an event to remember.