The STP treat­ment

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

STP

is an Amer­i­can fuel ad­di­tive whose brand is an icon in rac­ing through spon­sor­ship of leg­ends such as Mario An­dretti and Richard Petty. Lo­cally the Roadways team tapped into this raz­zle-daz­zle in the early 1980s when it gained ac­cess to a range of branded mer­chan­dise like brightly coloured jack­ets, caps and err, hot­pants…

The owner today of the STP Com­modore known as Elvis, Ed Sin­gle­ton, con­tin­ued the tra­di­tion for the 2013 Mus­cle Car Masters’ Grid Spec­tac­u­lar.

“[For­mer] Roadways me­chanic John McCarthy gave me an orig­i­nal pro­mo­tional STP poster that fea­tured both the rac­ing Com­modores and a model in T-shirt and blue STP hot­pants. So we made up a few sets for the grid ex­trav­a­ganza. My pan­el­beater Glenn’s daugh­ter was a for­mer Pen­rith Pan­therette and she and a few mates got dressed up and came out for the day. It was good fun!

“I know that on the 1982 Bathurst grid, the STP girls were wear­ing these sil­ver space suits. I haven’t tried to repli­cate those…”

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