Monza resur­faces

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Al­lan Mof­fat’s Chev Monza is back in its coun­try of ori­gin, the USA, an­other DeKon Monza that raced in Aus­tralia still re­sides here. In fact, for the first time in two decades this car is for sale.

This is re­port­edly DeKon Monza chas­sis #1001 (the ex-Mof­fat car is #1005) raced in Aus­tralia by a long list of driv­ers. As the chas­sis des­ig­na­tion sug­gests, #1001 was the first of the Horst Kwech- and Lee Dyk­stra-built ma­chines, de­buted in Kwech’s hands at Road At­lanta in ‘75. That first ever event for the DeKon Monza se­ries of cars didn’t go to plan, with Kwech crash­ing out of the lead af­ter tan­gling with lapped traf­fic.

Once re­paired it was pur­chased by Amer­i­can Maurice Carter. The Monza was soon brought to the an­tipodes by New Zealan­der Red Daw­son who, in 1976, had a mas­sive crash in the car. The re­built ma­chine was then raced suc­cess­fully by John Briggs, run­ner-up to Tony Ed­mond­son’s Alfa-Chev in the 1981 Aus­tralian Sports Sedan Cham­pi­onship. Ac­cord­ing to the on­line DeKon Monza regis­ter, it was sold to Mike Grif­fin in 1981 and then, two years later, to Jeff Barnes.

Barnes held on to it for 15 years, dur­ing which time it was ex­ten­sively re­built by K&A En­gi­neer­ing, be­fore own­er­ship passed to fel­low New South Welsh­man Scott Car­pen­ter.

Soon af­ter is­sue #86 hit news­stands, Scott’s sis­ter, Alli, sent us the im­age you see be­low of the car today, taken on the NSW Cen­tral Coast.

“My brother, Scott, and I were go­ing to give her a makeover [but] over the last few years life’s curve­balls got in the way and then ear­lier in 2015 my brother passed un­ex­pect­edly be­fore we could do this,” Alli Car­pen­ter writes.

“I was hold­ing on to her as it was a part of my brother, but I have ac­cepted that I will not be do­ing the project alone so am look­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from col­lec­tors and/or driv­ers who ap­pre­ci­ate this beauty and her iconic [sta­tus] in mo­tor rac­ing. “She is ea­gerly await­ing a restora­tion.” Alli has “Jeff Barnes’ hand­writ­ten book with ev­ery­thing you need to know about this car from discs, clutch, and en­gine. Ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing you can think of when re­plac­ing parts/ re­pair­ing/restor­ing in­clud­ing where it raced. I have the last three log books (from 1980 to present), wind­screens, ex­tra rims, tyres, doors, guards/flares, and other bits and pieces.”

To find out more, con­tact Alli via email at crow­call­com­mu­ni­ca­tions@hot­mail.com

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