“Late last year we unfortunately had to advise our dealers and collectors that one of our factories had fallen into Bankruptcy. This came at a particularly bad time for the both Biante and our collectors as much of our sales plan for the later part of last year was centred around our V8 Supercar Program – all of which was based in the one supplier that went bankrupt.
Since then we have been working very hard to secure some, if not all of our moulds and tooling from this supplier. As you can understand, the tyranny of distance, cultural and language barriers has made this task quite difficult.
It is with great satisfaction however, that this month we are pleased to announce models from two sets of the tooling we feared we had lost forever – the 1:18th Holden VE Commodore II V8 Supercar and the 1:43rd EH Holden Sedan and Wagon.
With the EH 1:43rd, we can announce the Fowlers Ivory Wagon. This is a particularly unique model, as it is the first to feature full NASCO Options. We have also changed the way these models will be packaged. After input from our retailers and collectors, who have said to us that they would rather have just the one style of packaging for 1:43rds, we have pulled our Reserve Collection out of the flip top packaging, and as such, this model will be in our normal 1:43rd acrylic packaging. As it is an opening part model, we have included a small acrylic sleave in the packaging to ensure that no body parts open up during transport to our Collectors.
With the VE Commodores in 1:18th, we are restarting the program with a couple of the still-born cars from 2011. There are therefore three cars we will be producing straight away. The first is the Plain Bodied White Commodore. Many Collectors had been asking for this model for years after we announced our plain bodied Fords, so it’s great we have been able to bring this to market. Presented in stunning white packaging, and with the model sitting on black control rims, this car will look fantastic in anyone’s V8 Collections. Being white, it also allows anyone with a creative streak a blank canvas on which any manner of liveries could be applied.
The second Commodore we will release is the Jason Bright Team BOC Commodore from the 2011 Perth Challenge. This was a breakthrough race for Jason and the Team BOC crew, with it being the first Championship race win for the Jones boys in Albury. As many of you would know, I have a bit of a soft spot for Brad Jones Racing, having served a few years under Brad and Kim’s wing before moving back to Perth to work for Biante. Last years first win for the team, with Brighty at the helm, meant a great deal to BJR, but also to the wider V8 Community as it was very well documented that the late Jason Richards had been pivotal in the turn around in form of the Albury squad.
Which leads me to the third and last Commodore we are renouncing this month. Last years Australian Grand Prix saw Sebastian Vettel romp home to take the win, but it wasn’t that race that many people will remember, it was the V8 Support race on Saturday evening. A young guy by the name of Jason Richards almost pulled off an impossible feat. Having been diagnosed with adrenocortical carcinoma late in 2010, many people thought that we had seen the last of JR in a race car, let alone in a race itself. Having won a race in the Development series the week before in Adelaide however, it was clear that JR hadn’t lost any of the talent that had seen him on the Bathurst podium three times. So, aboard the second of the Team BOC Commodores at the AGP, JR went out to win, and he damn well nearly did, just pipped to the post by Garth Tander in the HRT Commodore. JR unfortunately lost his battle with Cancer in December of last year. So, it is with the deepest of respect that we are renouncing the Team BOC Jason Richards Commodore. Part proceeds from the sale of every JR car will be donated to his widow and two children.”