High-speed high­lights from the Down-un­der water­front sprint

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Corvette owner Mike Arm­strong was sprint­ing his car on the Gee­long seafront for the first time fol­low­ing an un­ex­pected restora­tion. ‘I backed it into a trol­ley in my garage a cou­ple of years ago,’ he ad­mits. ‘Be­cause of the body shape and where the dam­age was we had to re­paint the back half of the car, so I fig­ured that if we were do­ing half of it we should do it all. I also re-trimmed it while it was apart.

‘It came to Aus­tralia six years ago as an ex­con­cours show car. It’s pretty rare as its 396cu in big-block V8 was only avail­able in 1965.’


Bren­dan Dil­lon’s self-built GN fea­tures a unique en­gine. ‘Peo­ple tell me that I’m go­ing to kill my­self with this car, but it is only as pow­er­ful as my foot al­lows it to be,’ he says. ‘If it’s down a lit­tle it is 1000cc, a bit more and it’s 3000cc,’

‘ The cylin­ders are from a Wright R-1820 Cy­clone ra­dial en­gine as used in Lock­heed Con­stel­la­tion air­craft and the adapted con­rods are from a Rolls-royce Mer­lin. The end re­sult is a 6.2-litre quad- cam V-twin.

‘One of my great­est joys is see­ing faces light up when the car comes into view.’


Rob Sealey’s Re­nault spent 20 years in boxes be­fore he bought it in 2009 and put it back to­gether. It did some auto- cross­ing from 1986 then was pulled apart for a restora­tion that never hap­pened. It’s a works car – with a dif­fer­ence. ‘Aus­tralian rally driver Bob Wat­son wanted to have an­other crack at the Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship in 1980,’ he says, ‘so his team built this car up from a dealer’s stan­dard Re­nault 5 us­ing a Re­nault TS en­gine – which is 200cc big­ger than the one in the fac­tory Tur­bos – and a cus­tom-built straight- cut gear­box.

GN packs a 6.2-litre quad-cam V-twin

Turbo was built up from a stan­dard Re­nault 5

Sting Ray’s 396cu in V8 was only avail­able in 1965

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