Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published July 4th 2015
Easy on the eye, easy on the maintenance
Dreaming of a Sandman? Or maybe your ladylove was a Monaro. Whatever wheels start your engine, you are bound to find them at Bridge Model Cars. Proprietor Mark Bryan once sold full sized auto parts. Now his passion for collecting model cars has turned into a business.
Mark has the largest range of die cast collectible vehicles in South Australia. Collectors from Victor Harbor through to the Barossa pop into his shop at Murray Bridge to find the next 'pride of place' for their model collection.
Photographs by TP Prior
There is plenty to see in the shop but Mark says the majority of his business comes from regular collectors on his email list. Bridge Model Cars stocks all Australian brands - Biante, Classic Carlectable, Apex Replica's and DDA Collectibles. The Australian cars are in 1/18 and 1/43 scale. Thirty world brands of models are also available, including Autoart, Minichamps and American Classics. American classics and American collectibles are in 1/24 and 1/64 scale.
Photograph by JA Rossiter
Drake Trailers Australia (manufacturers of heavy haulage trailers since 1960) have recently added scale models to their production line and with a license from Kenworth, Drake are increasing their range of 1/50 scale, highly detailed and functional trucks and trailers to the list of desirable collectibles. Choose your prime-mover and swingwing trailer, and then add one of the many earthmovers that are also waiting patiently on the shelf for your purchase.
Touring cars, Formula 1, NASCAR, Hotrods and European models are all available. Planes are available in 1/48, 1/72 and 1/700 scale. Road and racing bikes are for sale in 1/12 scale. The shop also sells, books, DVDs, apparel and collector's editions of The Diecast Magazine.
Mark will swap older model vehicles. Good customer service makes Bridge Model Cars the place to buy your next model. Mark offers free postage within Australia (on orders over $60). He also ships to New Zealand and other overseas locations. Your new collectible will be packed meticulously. Mark says his models arrive in perfect condition and he never makes a mistake with an order. If you have any queries, ring and Mark will answer and be happy to provide a solution to your questions.
Bridge Model Cars has been traveling strong since 1999. Airline pilots, Auto magazine writers and truck drivers are a few of the regular customers. And truckies…there's room to park your B-double outside so you can come in and browse the store!
Keep the magic of Bathurst alive Photograph by TP Prior