Unique set of wheels

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By DANNY DREW

FOR most mo­tor ve­hi­cle en­thu­si­asts the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show ex­pe­ri­ence fin­ished last week.

But for John Pratt, the thrill of the show is just be­gin­ning.

Mr Pratt this week took de­liv­ery of a Walkin­shaw Per­for­mance Com­modore that was one of the stars of the 2010 mo­tor show in Sydney.

The Walkin­shaw Per­for­mance ve­hi­cle — known as the WP Se­ries II Su­per­car — is based on a Holden Com­modore Se­ries II SS and it’s a rare beast — only one has ever been made.

And Mr Pratt, of Dar­win, has a let­ter of au­then­tic­ity from Walkin­shaw to prove it.

‘‘The orig­i­nal plan was to make 23 to cel­e­brate the Walkin­shaw 23rd an­niver­sary,’’ he says.

‘‘But be­cause other buy­ers wanted dif­fer­ent spec­i­fi­ca­tions, Walkin­shaw de­cided to make only one of this model.

‘‘So my ve­hi­cle is badged No.1. There are no oth­ers.’’

Mr Pratt’s car is fit­ted with the all­new WP 230 su­per­charger sourced from US auto sup­plier, Edel­brock.

When com­bined with the ex­ist­ing Holden V8 engine this car de­vel­ops 460kW of power and 780Nm of torque. It is also fit­ted with V8 Su­per­car brakes.

Thou­sands of hours of de­sign work and test­ing went into mak­ing the car.

It was first put on dis­play at the 2010 mo­tor show in Sydney where it was a huge hit.

Coin­ci­den­tally at that time, Mr Pratt had flown from Dar­win to Syd-

The orig­i­nal plan was to make 23 to cel­e­brate the Walkin­shaw 23rd an­niver­sary

ney to cel­e­brate his fa­ther-in-law’s 80th birthday and he de­cided to com­bine fam­ily busi­ness with a lit­tle mo­tor­ing plea­sure.

Mr Pratt saw the car and fell in love with it.

In the next two years the car fea­tured in many mo­tor­ing mag­a­zines and was put on dis­play at events such as the V8 Su­per­car races as an ex­am­ple of Walkin­shaw ex­per­tise.

About two months ago Mr Pratt was surf­ing the net check­ing out the Walkin­shaw Face­book page and saw the ve­hi­cle for sale. He quickly snapped it up. Kerry Holden freighted the ve­hi­cle up to Dar­win from Mel­bourne and kept it in their show­rooms in Stu­art Park for Mr Pratt, who is a fly-in, fly-out worker at a West Aus­tralian mine. ‘‘Kerry’s were great,’’ he says. ‘‘They de­tailed the car and got it reg­is­tered while I was away for work.

‘‘They re­ally looked af­ter me and I didn’t spend a cent with them.’’

But Mr Pratt won’t be do­ing much driv­ing in his new toy.

‘‘I am not home much any­way,’’ he says. ‘‘I bought the car more as an in­vest­ment.’’

Pic­tures: MICHAEL FRANCHI

One only: The unique Walkin­shaw Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cle

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