In­clud­ing a Corvette bought es­pe­cially to take part

A long week­end of reg­u­lar­ity and sprint ac­tion at­tracted some un­ex­pected com­pe­ti­tion cars

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‘I haven’t al­ways had a strong in­ter­est in clas­sic or vin­tage cars but I’ve known since I was a teenager that I wanted to own an early C3 Corvette one day,’ said Dy­lan Mar­ley. ‘As with many things, it al­ways seemed to be some­thing that I would do in a few years’ time. I mar­shalled for the 2015 3 Day Trial and it was such an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that I knew I needed to have my dream car for the fol­low­ing year’s event.

‘My 1973 Corvette lived in Las Ve­gas un­til 2012 when its pre­vi­ous owner im­ported it in to Aus­tralia. De­spite hav­ing lived in a great dry cli­mate the car had barely been driven in years and it needed full sus­pen­sion, brake and en­gine re­builds to be ready for the event.’

1977 PORSCHE 911 CAR­RERA 3.0

‘My Porsche 911 was de­liv­ered new and driven in Europe in 1977 be­fore go­ing to Aus­tralia the fol­low­ing year,’ says owner Ray Wood. ‘It was shipped back to Ger­many in De­cem­ber 1983 to be up­graded to Car­rera 3.2 spec­i­fi­ca­tion – com­plete with Bosch Motronic fuel in­jec­tion – at the Zuf­fen­hausen fac­tory be­fore re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia as a hy­brid 1984-spec­i­fi­ca­tion ve­hi­cle.

‘I found it in 2005, sit­ting ig­nored and unloved in a dealer’s back lot in need of fresh paint, new sus­pen­sion and a gear­box re­build.’

Wood went on to win the in­tense week­end event for the sec­ond year run­ning. ‘Un­like a lot of mo­tor sport events, this is one that you can truly share with your co- driver,’ he said. ‘My co- driver Dale and I usu­ally share the driv­ing at track events, but the nav­i­ga­tion events re­quire team­work.’


‘ When I re­alised that my vin­tage Oak­land wasn’t go­ing to be ready in time for the 3 Day Trial, a friend of­fered me a loan of this Jaguar XJ6,’ says John Cox. ‘ The only prob­lem was that it wasn’t reg­is­tered and hadn’t been driven for 18 months. We man­aged to get it reg­is­tered two days be­fore the event, and other than the wind­screen wipers play­ing up on the last day, it ran fault­lessly.

‘I found it re­ally in­ter­est­ing to drive some­thing that I was so un­fa­mil­iar with in a com­pe­ti­tion such as this, but I was pleas­antly sur­prised at the poise the Jag showed on the tight and twisty Eil­don-jamieson road.’

Owner Dy­lan Mar­ley bought this Corvette specif­i­cally to take part in the 3 Day Trial

1977 911 3.0 has been up­graded to 1984 Car­rera 3.2 spec

Jaguar’s poise on the twisties sur­prised driver John Cox

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