Unique Cars - - CONTENTS - Trevor Ryan Bal­larat

IN IS­SUE 401, John Stone­ham added to an ar­ti­cle from Is­sue 399 about the Ford Laser TX3 4WD in which he com­peted in Targa Tas­ma­nia with Tim Ly­nas of the Barossa Val­ley’s Val­ley Ford. It was the of­fi­cial Ford Motor Com­pany entr y at the in­au­gu­ral Bathurst 12 Hour race of Easter 1991, fin­ish­ing 2nd out­right. Tim sub­se­quently bought the car from Ford.

Ver y gen­er­ously, Tim lent the car to Ford fran­chisee Colin Faulkner of Eclipse Ford Bal­larat and he and I com­peted with great suc­cess in it in the Grand Pri x Ral­lies. It was a ver y well bal­anced car with amaz­ing grip and was fan­tas­tic to drive on the limit.

John sug­gests that Kent Youlden built the car but it was ac­tu­ally built for the Ford Motor Com­pany by Ted Robin­son of Robin­son Rac­ing Devel­op­ments.

He later went on to build a hot rod ver­sion for Dick John­son.

Ted has built a huge range of rac­ing cars over many years from the Lon­donto-Syd­ney XT Fal­con (third place), For­mula Fords, Porsches, Com­modores and es­pe­cially Fal­cons, in­clud­ing the Cen­o­vis Fal­con for Al­lan Mof­fat.

He has an en­vi­able record of never hav­ing had one of his cars not fin­ish a Bathurst race.

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