On the day or the day after I posted the email from Keith about Peter in Queensland wondering about his old Mk.5, Beven had a visit from a customer who happened to mention that he once built and drove a Mark 5 as well. His name is Peter Bartolo. This was a bronze coloured car and I was aware of its purchase as a kit in 1966. I was around for its first registration on the 6th of June 1967 and I recall that it had an FB Holden engine bored out to 3&1/4" and from the weighbridge note I can tell you that it weighed 15.5cwt. The following year Peter sold the car and never saw it again and fully expects that it no longer exists. That may not necessarily be the case. On 15/3/1968 the rego was transferred to Dennis Trembath and then to Martin Ward on 24/10/1969. Many years later, Daryl Siggs bought it and put it away for future restoration. Daryl's son showed no interest in it and eventually somebody in Broken Hill bought it. Now we're all wondering what happened to it after that. Anyway, this all prompted Peter to drag out some of his old photos and here's the first 5. I'll post some more later on.
Like my Mark 5 when it first started it had FJ front and rear ends I see, which is as it was intended by the designer I recently read.
Old habits die hard and I believe Peter now has a Kestrel clubman.
By coincidence there was a Peter Bartolo in Victoria who bought the 186 Holden powered Nagari B8/35 and converted it to Ford 302 V8. Not the same PB.