Unique Cars - - JB'S DIARY -

I PUT IN an in­ter­est­ing and very en­joy­able week­end at the Syd­ney Mo­tor­sports Park meet­ing early last month. Through my good mate Hammo at Sin­clair Ford I met Scott Reed, a lovely bloke who owns a very in­ter­est­ing car, the Mestengo Trans Am Mus­tang. The long and short of it is that I got to sam­ple the sports sedan ac­tion be­hind the wheel of Scott’s Trans Am.

Once on board my first im­pres­sions were that it’s very Amer­i­can (left-hand drive of course) and for a big car the driver’s cock­pit space was quite nar­row and con­fined and you sit way back from the wind­screen. It felt a bit like be­ing in a sub­ma­rine (I’m to­tally guess­ing there – never been in one). Once you got go­ing, though, you didn’t no­tice it and the driv­ing po­si­tion was just right.

It has a re­ally nice en­gine. Plenty of per­for­mance on tap. I had a blast with some ter­rific on-track bat­tles with good driv­ers in some very clev­erly en­gi­neered cars. No paint blem­ishes, just close rac­ing. I’m quite a fan of the sports sedan class and its pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

The Trans Am’s han­dling is still a work in progress though, with the car hav­ing only had one race out­ing prior to that week­end. The Peter Doul­man Au­to­mo­tive guys did some great work pre­par­ing the car and mak­ing some changes for me. In the end get­ting the right han­dling bal­ance eluded us dur­ing the meet­ing – there was still too much un­der­steer for me to carry the kind of cor­ner speed I wanted. That could be all sorted with track test­ing time away from the pres­sures of an ac­tual race meet­ing. I’m grate­ful for the ex­cel­lent work that Dave Kelly and Si­mon Cop­ping did on the car in chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances. It was a bit rude though, that Si­mon, also com­pet­ing in the class, in­sisted on beat­ing me in the races. Where’s the re­spect th­ese days?

Thanks to ev­ery­one for a great week­end and con­grat­u­la­tions to Jack Perkins on his usual classy per­for­mance in John Gourlay’s Audi Chev.

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