American Formula 5000s To Use Aussie Tooling
ACME Diecast will release two Lola T332 Formula 5000 racers later this year, modelling cars that Brian Redman and Danny Ongais drove in the US F5000 series in the mid-1970s.
Acme has reached agreement with Australian company Classic Carlectables to use Classic’s existing tooling they designed and developed several years ago to produce 1:18 scale F5000 models.
Classics have already produced several Lolas from the tooling, all of Australian versions of the car. (Classics have also done some Matich F5000s in 1:18)
As far as I am aware, there are still no ready-made diecast or resincast F5000s being produced in 1:43 scale. 43rd scale F5000s can only be found via the most eclectic of the specialist kit manufacturers.
Spark Announce Formula E Releases
The popularity of the Formula E series for electric open-wheel race cars continues to increase, so much so that Spark has announced a range of models from the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
New Owners at Biante
Biante model cars has changed ownership. Founded by Trevor and Bev Young in the 90s, the Perth-based business has been owned by HGL Limited for the past 10 years. It has now been purchased by collectables company Downies.