Sunday, January 20, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Nice try but...'s not easy to turn a Cobra into a Nagari coupe.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The things you can do.

With an MR2.

Should be "Sir Ron".

Ronald Sidney Tauranac : Born 13 January 1925.
Tauranac is a retired Australian engineer and racing car designer, who with Formula One driver Jack Brabham founded the Brabham constructor and racing team in 1962. Following Brabham's retirement as a driver at the end of the 1970 season, Tauranac owned and managed the Brabham team through 1971, but sold it the following year to Bernie Ecclestone. He remained in England to assist with a redesign of a Politoys Formula One chassis for Frank Williams in 1973 and helped Trojan develop a Formula One version of their Formula 5000 car.
After a brief retirement in Australia, Tauranac returned to England to establish the Ralt marque (a name he and his brother Austin had used for some 'specials' in Australia in the 1950s, winning the NSW Hillclimb Championship in 1954 with the Ralt 500). The first "modern" Ralt was the Ralt RT1 chassis, to be raced in Formula Three, Formula Two and Formula Atlantic. The chassis proved successful, winning the European Formula Three championship in 1975 in the hands of Australian driver Larry Perkins. The 1978 season also proved successful for the RT1 chassis, winning the European F3 championship for Jan Lammers.
Tauranac designed the Theodore Racing F1 car for the 1978 season. Two new designs were created for the 1979 season: the RT2 for Formula Two and the RT3 for Formula Three. The RT3 chassis won the 1983 European F3 championship for Pierluigi Martini and five consecutive British F3 titles. A joint venture with Honda resulted in the RH6 chassis, which won the 1981, 1984 and 1985 titles. In October 1988, Tauranac sold the Ralt business to March Engineering for £1.25 million.
Tauranac has remained involved with various aspects of the sport since departing from Ralt, including racing-school cars for Honda, a Formula Renault car, consulting work for the Arrows Formula One team, and continuing his relationship with Honda that goes back to their early Formula Two days as engine supplier to Brabham in the 1960s. He has moved back to Australia but retains an interest in the sport. Tauranac can be seen each year as a design judge at the Formula SAE Australasia competition in Melbourne, Australia.
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Lasos still for sale.


This is body number 7, the last one built in Medindie in Adelaide by John Taylor and Peter Brady.
These bodies were fitted on a variety of Chassis. This is one of several originally built using Singer parts. It did have a South Australian registration history and was driven on Adelaide streets for some years. In the early 70’s it was refitted with a space frame chassis and 120E Ford Cortina running gear. It has existed in this form since 1977.
I have been unable to find any competition history – but who knows?
It now exists as a substantially complete rolling chassis with engine and gear box. It is a project in need of a fair amount of work but none of it difficult. Some welding and fibreglass work and your special touches will make a great cheap GEAR type track car, come road car.
For more information contact Steve on 08 8553 7338.
I am looking for $7500 but am negotiable with a serious buyer.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Some Qld. Mk.7 news.

Jason found some time to catch up with Peter Parnell on Brisbane's North side. Peter is doing a great job on Col Cuthbert's old car which he documents on a blog called "Mark 7 Bolwell" like, for example, the fitting of a 178 KW RX8 rotary which sits back 400mm behind the front cross member.
Jason liked the outside door handles that sit flush with the top and side of the door but I think they're from a particular model Toyota Crown and were popular among early Mk.7 builders.
Here is the stance the front of the car takes.
The rear lights are impressive but they too have been tried by others and are also from a Toyota Crown that was slightly newer than the Crown that provided the original lights.
According to Jason the IRS is a work of art and the the car sports 2 x 20L fuel tanks that sit behind each seat. The last photo shows a fuel tank and a bit of the rear suspension.
Thanks to our Queensland corespondent.

Dave Hamlin's 7 looking good.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A product of the 60s.

The Byers, an American kit car.
Now being built 50 years later. Not a bad looking unit. A case for bringing back the Mark 4.
Corvette V8 power.


A significant part of the Chapman/DeLorean story.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Favourite 3-wheelers No.39.

Martin Stationette-1950
James V. Martin was a prolific inventor who spent years designing cars that he hoped someone would be willing to produce. The Stationette in front of you is his last attempt. Produced by Commonwealth Research Corp. in New York
 City, NY, this car is an all-wooden monocoque construction. It features no axles, shock absorbers, or propeller shaft which Martin claimed made it cheaper to build. It was designed to fit the needs of the suburban commuter – as popular acceptance would greatly ease traffic congestion. The Stationette was shown at the 1954 World Motor Sports Show and offered as “America’s economy car of the future.” Martin failed to convince anyone to produce this car. Like the two cars he had previously designed (the Martin Aerodynamic and Martin Martinette), the Stationette remained a one-off prototype.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Another V8 Sigma.

Remember the blue Sigma sleeper George May built a while back?
Well, he's done another one but this one is a 2-door Scorpion.
The blue Sigma is Matt's. You'll remember him finishing off the yellow V8 Mk.7 [similar to Peter's, they all come out of the same Racecraft workshop]. Anyway, George has made a red one for himself.
They both feature Windsor V8s, Matt's is a carby version and George's is EFI.
Both cars have 4-speed autos, big brakes & air cond and power steering.
Cool Huh?

Saturday, January 5, 2019


Fold-out picnic table.

Ross's latest project.

Ross Allen always seems to have something on the go over in tuna city. This time he's improving an old Morris Minor.
He's after a motor and gearbox for this projct. He's thinking along the lines of Toyota 4AGE, Mazda MX5 or Suzuki Sierra/Jimney. As we all know, the Corolla and MX5 are well proven in Clubman cars. I'm not too sure about the Jimney. Surely he's not talking about two stroke!
Anyway, if anybody has something siutable at the back of their shed, don't be afraid to comment.

Just a thought, how about a rotor?

Anyway, here's Ross in the Monaro at the Shannons Willunga Hillclimb.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Pantera racers.

Rusty's Pantera always looked good on the track.
But this is the one that got my juices flowing.
Pete Garvin has pointed out that  I hadn't included Ross Jackson's yellow Pantera that runs in Group (S is  it).
Sorry about that, I was really living in the past, Ross and the silver LHD one are present day racers. Ross, of course, is a club member and owns B8/88 which he bought from another Ross.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The 240Z is a beautiful enough car......

.......without turning them into Ferraris and Aston Martins.

Bolwells ACTUALLY COMPETING at PI in March.

1. The ex-Sully, ex-Mahoney  grey engined Mk.4
2. The ex-everybody SR6
3.The ex-Pintar, ex-Campbell Mk.7
4. And with a bit of luck, maybe the ex-Maclurkin, ex-Gourlay Mk.8