‘Aussie Monza’ sur­vives

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DeKon de­signed and built Chevro­let Monza was a gamechanger in Amer­i­can IMSA racing as well as a pi­o­neer in Aussie Sports Sedan com­pe­ti­tion in the hands of Al­lan Mof­fat, as out­lined in is­sue #86. Here was a wild-look­ing aero­dy­namic sil­hou­ette of a ma­chine with a sim­ple space­frame chas­sis and bul­let­proof Chevro­let small block hard­ware.

It was the recipe for a plethora of Monza copies dow­nun­der. Every­thing from the so­phis­ti­cated Bob Jane Monza (with rear IRS) to, well, home-built spe­cials cre­ated by en­thu­si­asts like John White in Queens­land. There was noth­ing out of the or­di­nary about the White Monza – space­frame, Chevy 6 Litre V8, Mun­cie 4 speed and a fully float­ing Ford 9 inch live axle. Built in 1978-79 and first raced in 1980, it won plenty of lo­cal sports sedan events in White’s hands dur­ing the 1980s. But it is the sports sedan sup­port race for the Surfers Par­adise ATCC round in May 1981 where the White Monza had its 15 sec­onds of fame. Well, it would have if these pho­tos were ever pub­lished in Racing Car News! For rea­sons lost in time, these dra­matic pho­tos have sat in our files for 35 years, un­til we stum­bled across them re­cently and went dig­ging for more de­tails.

The White Monza had a to­tal brake fail­ure at the no­to­ri­ous sweeper un­der the Dun­lop Bridge and ca­reered through the out­field at un­abated speed. It went into and over(!) a Gemini that was parked near the earth­bank. Both cars were se­verely dam­aged in the melee. Here is an ex­tract from the RCN race re­port.

“White was in trou­ble from the bridge, go­ing off at the bot­tom cor­ner... cat­a­pult­ing up, crash­ing down on Kerry Cox’s Gemini. It was a disas­trous in­ci­dent and the fire and res­cue ve­hi­cles were soon on the scene. Iain Cor­ness stopped his Es­cort to lend a hand, the rapid Doc­tor earn­ing the Kaiser Stuhl ‘Man of the Meet­ing’ award for his un­selfish ef­forts. White was ex­tri­cated from the wreck and taken to hos­pi­tal with se­vere lac­er­a­tions.”

The Monza was re­paired and raced on by White. It spent most of its life in Queens­land and has been cam­paigned by Jeff and Danny Os­borne (in Colourscan liv­ery) and Mau­rie

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