Unique set of wheels
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.’’
One only: The unique Walkinshaw Performance Vehicle