Biante Porsche 956 - Peter Brock

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Biante Porsche 956 - Peter Brock

Post by Galaxy Gaz » Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:53 am

In the final competition year for Group C touring cars in Australia , Peter Brock was distracted by an opportunity to tackle an endurance race that was far and away more notable on the world stage than the home Bathurst 1000 event . Brock was going to France to pitch his talent at the renowned 24hour Le Mans race for sports cars .
With a Porsche 956 provided by John Fitzpatrick racing , a team manager in Greg Siddle , a patron sponsor in Bob Jane , and a professional engineer and co-driver in Larry Perkins , Team Australia was set to take on Europes best at its most prestigious sports car racing event .

The 24 Heures Du Mans on 17th June 1984 was the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship . Cars would be expected to race in excess of 5,000 kilometres over the full course of the event . Peter Brock and Larry Perkins were one of the less common two driver pairings and they did well to qualify 15th fastest with a conservative engine set up .
A rolling start saw a battle ensue between Vern Schuppans Porsche and Bob Wolleks Lancia . Team Australias race started with Larry Perkins behind the wheel , pitting after 12 laps with an unexpectantly early need for more fuel . After 3 hours and with night approaching , Peter Brock was racing along in 5th position when he had the misfortune of a front wheel parting company with the car . A crawl back to the pitsand subsequent repairs dropped the Team back to 35th position .
Three hours later at around 9pm , a rear suspension arm broke whilst Larry Perkins was driving at near top speed through the Mulsanne kink . Avoiding a potential spin at 350kph , Perkins pitted and returned to the race after losing 14 minutes for repairs . Team Australia clawed their way back up to 20th position and a decision was made to push harder into the night to recover lost ground . However , just prior to 2am , with Perkins driving , the Team Australia effort was over with the carending up caught in the catch fencing at The Esses following a high speed overtaking manouvre that simply ran out of road .

If nothing else , Peter Brock demonstrated to the Europeans that , as a driver , he was more than just a touring car specialist .


The model , although released by Biante , is the Minichamps Porsche 956 which means it comes with the accustomed problems relating to this mould .
The rear engine cover can be a poor fit and some suffer from rear suspension problems .
The orange and yellow livery of the car is stunning . Paintwork is beautiful and even though it uses Decals , they are very well applied . Both doors lift to reveal an adequately detailed interior . The engine cover lifts off to show a very nicely detailed engine and rear suspension layout.

The model is limited to 2500 pieces but is now long sold out , such is the demand for Peter Brock diecast models . I was very , very lucky to get this car due to the generosity of my good buddy Mike (Roadrunner 72) . Without his help , this car would never have joined my collection as they are now selling on the secondary market for around $900 US. If you are a Brock or a Porsche fan , then this one is a must have , if you can find one .


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Re: Biante Porsche 956 - Peter Brock

Post by Tom » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:05 am

Fantastic looking beast!

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Re: Biante Porsche 956 - Peter Brock

Post by Jager » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:00 am

Ah, yes....the Brock Porsche 956. Its somewhat under-appreciated by Australian collectors who tend to be more focused on the V8 Supertaxis and now that the hysteria surrounding Brock's death 10 years ago has passed, prices on these have tumbled. Sorry to say Garry, your US$ 900 model is "only" worth ~US$ 300 these days :

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Biante-1-18- ... SwjDZYcgAq

While they are hard to find outside Australia, within Australia they are still relatively easy to find. The same applies to the 1:43 version also commissioned by Biante from Minichamps.In theory, the 1:43 is the rarer version as there were only 1,500 pieces produced :

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Re: Biante Porsche 956 - Peter Brock

Post by Galaxy Gaz » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:42 am

Ian , I saw one this morning for sale for $1200 Aus :o
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Re: Biante Porsche 956 - Peter Brock

Post by Jager » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:55 am

Asking and selling are two different things ;) . There are 4 currently on eBay Australia : A$525; A$650; A$1,000; and A$ 1,200.

The seller at A$650 also had previously listed this model for sale, but the auction ended on 6th March with no bids. There was also another auction at A$550 that ended on the 18 March with no bids. The only other sale in recent months was for A$420 in January....but included in the price was the1:43 model and the 1984 Le Mans book, so it was quite a bargain.

At least at $1,200 you get free postage :lol: .
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Re: Biante Porsche 956 - Peter Brock

Post by LUW » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:41 am

I remember when you got that one. Also got tempted, to park beside my other Jägermeister cars, but at the time I thought the price was a bit too rich for my blood.
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Re: Biante Porsche 956 - Peter Brock

Post by grinbergs » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:21 pm

It is one of those models that one would not be able to keep the engine cover on - the details beneath must be very addictive. :)

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Re: Biante Porsche 956 - Peter Brock

Post by Alfaholic » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:36 pm

A fantastic model Gary and a very iconic livery for pope love our way - I was very happy to pick up a 1:43 version earlier this year.

Brilliant driver that he was, I never fell for the "Peter Perfect" myth, as his reputation was forged when he was in the best team with the most money and the best car - part of being a champion though, refer Juan Manuel Fangio. It was probably more because I was a Ford fan back then and spent most of my time wanting Brock to get beaten by the more rough around the edges Dick Johnson and Allan Moffat:D My mind was changed a bit when I saw Brock race at the Philip Island Historic meeting in February 2006. He was at the wheel of a Holden Torana A9X Hatchback (not one of his old cars) up against the Group A and local Group C tourers - I have never seen such car control in a car of the type as he kept up with some well driven and much faster Sierra Cosworths and Nissan GTRs.

I tip my hat to this model.
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Re: Biante Porsche 956 - Peter Brock

Post by stefschu » Wed May 10, 2017 9:27 am

The goly grail in 1:18 :!:

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