A streetcar to be desired
Mark’s been perfecting ute since he was just 15
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MARK Wallace fell in love with the first car he ever bought and he’s still got it nearly three decades later.
Are you a vintage/veteran or latest model 1. lover?
What was your first car or motorbike?
This is it: A 1971 Holden HQ ute. I also have a 1971 Holden HQ four-door and 1974 LH Torana
How much did it cost? I bought it secondhand for $8000.
What is your fondest memory of a car or drive you took in it?
There’s many – with my mates on a Sunday, kicking back, going for a drive to a destination out in the countryside and having a good feed.
What do you love about the ute?
The adrenalin, the speed. That’s why we do it.
How long have to you had the car?
I bought it at 15 and worked on it all the time since then. I’m turning 42 next year. It’s never finished. I just bought it to work on with my father to start off with and it’s progressed since then, mainly in the dragracing scene. It’s still registered as a streetcar ute.
Tell us about what’s under the metal and are there any modifications?
You don’t want to know, there’s so many. It’s ridiculous. But it does have a 406 Chev engine, running a Powerglide transmission and a nine-inch rear end plus Weld Racing wheels.
How often do you drive your car?
Only about six times a year. It’s a full-out drag car and still registered.
9 Mostly pleasure and personal use or business? Always for pleasure.
Does it have a name? How have you personalised it: for example, Personalised Plates, fluffy dice?
78MAD – One of my old girlfriends bought the plates for me when I was 17. But now it also fits in with the business name: MAD – Mark’s Auto Detailing.
Do you work on your own car or get it maintained at a garage/by the manufacturer/specialists?
I do the work myself, with Ian from Street Fabrications (Maroochydore), Mark from Mark’s Customising (Buderim), and Ryan from Peter Atkin Mechanical (Maroochydore).
If you could buy any vehicle in the world, what would it be?
I’ve got ’em already, though I’d like a LC Torana and Holden HK Station Wagon.
DRAG RACER: Mark Wallace with the modified 1971 Holden HQ Ute he has owned since he was 15.