EVEN YOUNGER GUN
A reality TV show winner will enter the record books at Mount Panorama this weekend just by competing. Shannons Supercar Showdown winner Cameron Waters will share the No. 77 Shannons Mars Commodore with Grant Denyer, the only car granted a wildcard into the big race. Paul Dumbrell was the youngest driver to compete in the Bathurst 1000— kart star, Formula Ford champ (and on-road L-plater) Waters, 17, beats him by one week.
Roads that scan your tyre tread and fine you for bald rubber are being developed in Britain. It works through a series of high-speed cameras and lasers developed by German firm ProContour. The hi-tech systems cost about $67,000 each, but fines may help recoup the initial installation costs. The scanner can measure the tread depth of vehicles at up to 120kmh and is intended to keep unsafe vehicles off the road.
An Australian version of the Tesla electric sportscar will be unveiled at the third annual Australia Electric Vehicles Conference in Brisbane later this month. Conference director Philippe Reboul will not reveal the identity of the manufacturer, but has released performance data, including a 0-to100km/h time of 3.8 secs— 0.1 secs slower than a Tesla Roadster and 0.3 secs faster than a Ferrari F430. It has range of 150km in its standard version and 300km with a range-extension pack. It will cost less than $200,000.
FONZ’S TRIUMPH FOR SALE The Fonz’s motorcycle from Happy
Days is going to auction. The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom ridden by Henry Winkler in the 1974-84 TV hit series was owned by Bud Ekins, the stuntman who performed the famed jump for Steve McQueen in the 1963 film, The Great
Escape. It will be auctioned at Bonhams’ Classic California Sale next month in Los Angeles.