Lansvale Com­modore back to life

Australian Muscle Car - - News - - Dy­lan Gul­son, V8 Sleuth

The Lansvale Rac­ing team was a Bathurst reg­u­lar in the 1980s and ‘90s and now one of its for­mer Group A VL Com­modores has been re­built and is al­most set to go – across the ditch.

Cur­rent owner of the ex-Trevor Ashby/Steve Reed ma­chine, Rod­ney Heads, has spent the last 12 months work­ing on the yel­low Com­modore in New Zealand to bring it back to its for­mer glory, its 1988 Bathurst-spec and cor­re­spond­ing liv­ery.

“All the sign­writ­ing is done, the wiring should be nished soon and all the fuel lines are about to go into it,” Heads told AMC.

“I can’t wait to get it run­ning again, we should be ring it up within the next month.”

The pri­va­teer-run Com­modore was orig­i­nally built new from a Holden Mo­tor Sport race body and de­buted in car­bu­ret­tor-spec, nish­ing 10th at Bathurst that year.

The car was up­graded to fuel-in­jected ‘Walkin­shaw’ speci cations for the Bathurst 1000 the fol­low­ing year but the team de­cided to con­vert it back to a car­bu­ret­tor for 1989 be­fore re­turn­ing to Bathurst, where they nished 13th.

The car went on to make ve more Great Race starts in pri­va­teer hands (and back in ‘Walkin­shaw’-spec) with Glenn Ma­son in 1993 and Greg Fa­hey and De­nis Crib­bin in 1994. It was sub­se­quently sold off to New Zealand.

“It was raced 15 years ago and then put in a shed and now ev­ery me­chan­i­cal com­po­nent in it has been re­built, checked or greased,” Heads said.

“It’s still got all the scru­ti­neer­ing stick­ers on it from Bathurst, which is a cool part of its char­ac­ter.”

The New Zealand busi­ness owner tells AMC he could be tempted into sell­ing the Group A racer once it’s com­plete.

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