Craig Pilet / Lin­coln Jones

New Zealand Classic Car - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

Craig Pilet re­turns for the South Is­land Targa in his 5.7-litre (350ci) small-block Chev-pow­ered To­rana, with trusty co-driver Lin­coln Jones in the pas­sen­ger seat. Craig’s ap­proach to the car has been to keep ev­ery­thing as sim­ple as pos­si­ble, which al­lows the ser­vice crew of Kesty Man­ning and Richard Mur­ray to work on the car with­out re­quir­ing spe­cial­ist equip­ment. The To­rana’s en­gine is rel­a­tively stock, other than Air Flow Re­search (AFR) heads, cam-shaft and val­ve­train up­grades, a Braswell car­bu­ret­tor, and cus­tom head­ers. Ian Cole­man of Cole­man Marine & Per­for­mance built the en­gine, and me­chanic Bruce Chisholm of Rivercity Ser­vice Cen­tre helped pre­pare the car for Targa. Though past Targa events have thrown a few is­sues into the mix, Craig’s al­ways been able to fin­ish, thanks to the com­mit­ment of his team. With the To­rana all ready to go, Craig would like to thank his spon­sors Si­lawrap and Pi­o­neer Brand Seeds.

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