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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.

TREAD CARE­FULLY

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.

ELEC­TRIC SPEED

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.

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