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?

Later mod­els.


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.

Photo: Iain Curry

DRAG RACER: Mark Wal­lace with the mod­i­fied 1971 Holden HQ Ute he has owned since he was 15.

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