Mark Eddy was thrilled when he won the 2011 Australian GT Championship in an Audi R8 LMS he brought specially from Europe.
It was the first time Audi had won a national championship anywhere in the world and the first time this particular model had been off the Continent.
For Eddy, it was his second taste of victory in the event – having won the 2008 Australian GT Championship in a Lamborghini GT3 Gelado.
The 57-year-old former clothing importer began competing in 2000 in the Australian motor racing competition – open to closed, production-based sports cars – essentially as a hobby.
One of his other notable motoring achievements was to finish second (with co-drivers Craig Loundes and Warren Luff) in the 2012 Bathurst 12-hour race in a factory production Audi R8.
These days, Eddy is busy collecting old sedan race stalwarts that were so influential at Bathurst 1000 during the 1980s and 1990s – cars such as the 1998 winner, a Ford EL Falcon driven by Jason Bright and Steven Richards, four-time winner Greg Murphy’s K-Mart Racing team vehicle and Fred Gibson’s Nissan Skyline HR31 driven by factory driver George Fury.
In doing so, he and wife Margaret are selling his fully restored 1972 Ferrari GT 246 Dino and 1972 Citroen SM (complete with Maserati engine) as part of a forthcoming auction of antiques and collectables being conducted by Kim’s Auctions from 11am Sunday November 26 at their home at 40-42 Monomeath Avenue, Canterbury.
The Ferrari GT 246 Dino was named after company founder Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredino who tragically died in 1956 aged 24.
Enzo credited his son as the inspiration for a series of successful small and medium capacity V6 racing engines Ferrari built between 1956 and 1969.
The GT 246 Dino was one of the most satisfying and successful automobiles Ferrari produced and paved the way for the emerging generation of mid-engine cars.
This particular car was fully restored by Melbourne’s Black Stallion Motors, has 48,000 miles on the clock and carries the registration DINO 1.
In addition to the cars, Eddy is selling a highly sophisticated racing car simulator that can simulate any model vehicle on any racetrack anywhere in the world.
The auction also contains several notable collectables including a rare library floor globe by makers Weber Costello, which closed its doors in the 1960s.
The globe dates from the late 1950s as West New Guinea, which became independent in 1962, is listed as a Dutch colony.
Featuring a gilt metal meridian ring and French Louis XV revival four-legged wooden floor stand, the globe was made to order.
A range of ancient Chinese sculptures and artefacts should attract plenty of auction goers.
These include a Warring States (6th century BC to 476 BC) halberd-shaped dagger axe known as a “Ge”, which probably belonged to a lord or high-ranking official.
Another is a Tang Dynasty (618AD-906AD) prancing horse ridden by a finely dressed court lady, complete with thermo-luminescence test certificate from Ralf Kortella Laboratories in Germany.
A sterling silver collection should interest collectors including an 1889 three-piece garniture from Joseph and Horace Savory from the Goldsmith Alliance in London.
One of the best in Australia and very collectable Ferrari GT246 Dino 1972, rego DINO1, miles 48,000, fully restored by Black Stallion Motors.
Important Artworks including works from Pro Hart, Bill Coleman, Dudley Drew, Leonard Long, Ric Elliot, David Boyd, Charles Blackman, Robert Dickerson, Ernest Buckmaster, Hugh Sawrey, Sidney Nolan, John Downton, J.A. Turner, Norman Lindsay, 17th century Italian oil on canvas of Adam and Eve, 19th century French painting signed A Morin.
World Class Sterling Silver including 1889 London made 3 piece Victorian sterling silver garniture by Joseph and Horace Savory, William IV sterling silver two handled cup by Barnard Brothers London, 1838, Victorian Monteith London 1896, George III English lidded soup with cover hall marked 1818, William IV lidded ewer by Rawlings and Summers 1833, museum quality 5 piece tea set by Charles Stuart Harris hallmarked 1875, hallmarked epergne with retailer's mark R Brook & Son Poultry, Pair of George III regency entree dishes by John Edward Terry 1819.
Rare Asian and Egyptian Collectibles including Tang Dynasty pottery sculpture circa 618 to 906 A.D., Tang Dynasty pottery sculpture depicting a horse and court lady, rare Warring States halberd shaped dagger-axe head known as "Ge" from 6th Century B.C., 3 turquoise glazed faience Ushabti figures with Hieroglyphs, elegant carving of a dancing Devi circa 11th-13th century India, carved Gandharan grey schist bust of Buddhist female circa 3rd century Northern India, Middle Kingdom female limestone bust circa 2160 to 1788 B.C., single bull elephant tusk with Arabic inscriptions 2.60m length and 51.5cm diameter at the base weighing 135 lbs.
Superb Porcelain and Bronze including 18030s French Boulle clock, large bronze Nouveau lady figures, Moorcroft, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, French Lalique crystal figures, 1880s alabaster figurine lamps, Meissen hand painted candle holder, 19th century Napolean III marble clock, pair 19th Century Louis XVI Sevres vases.
Collection of Jewellery including gold lady and gent watches, diamond rings, earrings, South Sea pearl necklaces.
Large library 25" floor globe by Weber Costello with a printed ring depicting Zodiac scale and other information, height 112cm width 79cm.
Persian rugs and runners, cast iron garden fountains and chairs.
We've been instructed to sell everything on the day.
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