Corgi 164-A-1 Wild Honey Dragster

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This model is the Corgi 164-A-1 Wild Honey Dragster in yellow, Ison Brothers Racing livery. For the purposes of my collection I have coded it 164-A-1a due to the CC lettering appearing on the left hand side rear window (the correct side as shown in the photos of the real car at the bottom of this page).

The model is based on a real car built by George Gillett, Brian Savage and Kevin Fulcher that was originally known as "George's Draggin" as George was the driver. The original car was powered by a 3.4 litre, straight six Jaguar motor from a Jaguar MK VII. The Austin Ruby body came from a car that had been sitting in George's father's barn for years. The blue Plexiglas® that was fitted to the roof in place of the original canvas panel was apparently "liberated" before it could be formed into a "Radome" on an anti-submarine helicopter!

Chris & John Ison were brothers from Derby who were in the process of building a V4 powered Ford Altered. At the end of 1969 George Gillett's Austin Ruby came up for sale, and the brothers purchased it. The motor, clutch, etc., were completely stripped and rebuilt, a new paint job was applied and the car was out on the track for the Easter 1970 meet at Santa Pod, UK.*

With it's narrowed rear axle, unconventional, weight transferring, jacked up front end, bright yellow paint and blue Plexiglas® roof, the car was distinctive, standing out from the other Ford Altereds. On its first outings it ran consistent 14.5 second passes at around 90mph with Chris as driver.

*  The Santa Pod Raceway, in Bedfordshire, England, opened at Easter in 1966. It was Europe's first permanent drag racing venue and was built on a disused Second World War air base, (RAF Podington), once used by the 92nd Bomber Group. It is now the home of European drag racing and has grown substantially over its 40-year existence. It hosts both the first and last round of the FIA and FIM/UEM European Drag Racing Championship, along with the British National Drag Racing Championships.

There are no opening parts on this model. At the front is a black grille, the bonnet (hood) has a yellow paper label with red lettering that reads "Jaguar Powered". The left side door has a paper label reading "WILD HONEY" in red and the rear left side window has "CC/CA 6" on two lines in white letters. The right side door has a paper label with "ISON BROS RACING" in red letters. [It should be noted that Corgi appears to have used an orginal livery for the car and taken some licence as the photos from that time show both doors with red "Wild Honey" and black "Ison Brothers" over each rear wheel arch. It is also to be noted that there appears to have been two different signage schemes applied as a later scheme has white "Wild Honey" lettering over a red oval background.

The model accurately represents the set up of the car with the 4 carburetors housed under the bonnet area, the engine located where the front seats would have been and the driver's seat at the rear where the back seats would have been. The carburetors and engine are in chromed plastic and the driver is in white sitting inside a black roll cage with black steering wheel directly in front of him. The glazing and roof panel are clear green acrylic. Again Corgi have taken a little licence as the original roof panel was blue, the rear side windows were a very dark grey, and the front side windows and windscreen were clear.

The wheels of the Beach Buggy are "Whizzwheels" - Hollow black wheels with 8-spoke chrome hub inserts — the back wheels are slightly larger (15mm) than the front wheels (13mm).

The base plate of the buggy is chromed plastic and is marked with CORGI TOYS followed by "Whizzwheels at the middle centre, "Made in Great Britain" just below the rear left wheel and "PAT APP 3396/69" just above the rear right wheel. It also incorporates a representation of the mid-mounted engine, gearbox and transmission. The base plate is held in place with the usual two machined rivets, front and rear.

This model was issued between December 1971 and was withdrawn in 1973.

Item: 3034

 


This model is the Corgi 164-A-1 Wild Honey Dragster in yellow, Ison Brothers Racing livery. For the purposes of my collection I have coded it 164-A-1b due to the CC lettering appearing on the right hand side rear window (the wrong side — see photos at bottom of this page).

There are no opening parts on this model. At the front is a black grille, the bonnet (hood) has a yellow paper label with red lettering that reads "Jaguar Powered". The left side door has a paper label reading "WILD HONEY" in red and on this model, the rear left side window has no lettering. The right side door has a paper label with "ISON BROS RACING" in red letters and the rear right hand side window carries "CC/CA 6" on two lines in white letters on a black background.

The model accurately represents the set up of the car with the 4 carburetors housed under the bonnet area, the engine located where the front seats would have been and the driver's seat at the rear where the back seats would have been. The carburetors and engine are in chromed plastic and the driver is in white sitting inside a black roll cage with black steering wheel directly in front of him. The glazing and roof panel are clear green acrylic.

The wheels of the Beach Buggy are "Whizzwheels" - Hollow black wheels with 8-spoke chrome hub inserts — the back wheels are slightly larger (15mm) than the front wheels (13mm).

The base plate of the buggy is chromed plastic and is marked with CORGI TOYS followed by "Whizzwheels at the middle centre, "Made in Great Britain" just below the rear left wheel and "PAT APP 3396/69" just above the rear right wheel. It also incorporates a representation of the mid-mounted engine, gearbox and transmission. The base plate is held in place with the usual two machined rivets, front and rear.

This model was issued between December 1971 and was withdrawn in 1973.

Item: 3261

Some photos of the real car... attributed where possible to the copyright holder.