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Taronga test track

Iwas just read­ing about the ex-Al­lan Grice A9X in is­sue #88 and I thought I might pass on my rec­ol­lec­tions of one of them.

In 1980, I moved to Syd­ney from Can­berra and spent most of the year work­ing for Colin Bond with the Ford Rally Team. As it was wind­ing up, I ended up work­ing at a Shell ser­vice sta­tion in Mos­man Junc­tion, while I pon­dered my fu­ture.

One of the work­shop’s cus­tomers owned an ex-Grice To­rana hatch­back. I al­ways thought he was a den­tist. It was still painted in Craven Mild colours without the sign writ­ing. It had all the race gear ex­cept for road tyres, a milder cam and a road le­gal ex­haust.

The thing that stands out in my mind were the front brakes. Be­ing rac­ing brakes, they had float­ing discs and the lo­cat­ing splines were very worn. It was pos­si­ble to hold the brakes on and ro­tate the front wheels about 5-10 de­grees be­cause of the wear.

I used to use Bradley’s Head Road as a ‘test track’ for road test­ing and this car was a whole lot of fun from Taronga Zoo’s wharf up the hill. Lach­lan Maclean ED: Thanks for your rec­ol­lec­tions, Lach­lan. For an up­date on this car and the rec­ol­lec­tions of your cus­tomer, the den­tist, see this is­sue’s V8 Sleuth sec­tion.

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