Nissan Skyline GT-R (1992 Toohey's 1000) - 1:18 Scale Diecast Model Car
- 1:18 Scale (approximately ten inches in length
- Diecast metal body, features opening hood, doors and trunk lid
- Poseable steering
The 1992 Toohey's 1000 at Bathurst stands as the most notorious moment in the history of Australian motorsport. Heavy rains on the treacherous Mount Panorama circuit saw many cars crash out of contention on the 145th lap, among them the race-leading Nissan Skyline of Jim Richards and Mark Skaife. Their crash handed the lead to the Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra, however, the race would be red flagged on the 145th lap, setting the finishing order as it stood at the end of the preceding lap...and handing victory to the wrecked Skyline of Richards and Skaife. The Ford-partisan crowd voiced their displeasure with this result, directing a chorus of boos at the Nissan team during the podium ceremony. The fiery Jim Richards would have none of it, further enraging the crowd by calling them a "pack of a**holes." The race would mark the final Bathurst confrontation between the all-conquering Skyline GT-R and the homegrown Fords and Holdens, as Group A would give way to the new V8 "Supercar" format in 1994, ending "Godzilla's" reign of terror in Australia.
AUTOart's 1:18-scale diecast replica of the 1992 Toohey's 1000-winning Nissan Skyline GT-R is yet another fine entry in the modeller's catalog of superior-quality diecast R32s. Resplendent in its red racing color (though deleting its signature tobacco sponsor) the Richards/Skaife Skyline features opening hood, doors and trunk lid that reveal a wealth of fine detail that collectors have come to expect from AUTOart's GT-R models. A finer tribute to an era-defining moment in Australian touring car racing could not be asked for.