OUR CARS – TORRENS
GLENN LIKES SALT ON HIS BUGS
FIVE OR SIX years ago, if someone had suggested t hat I’d be a sa lt-la ke racer, I would have responded with an uncertain laugh before asking: “Umm… what’s a sa lt la ke racer? ”
But then Street Machine magazine’s Telfo and Scott y suggested I go to Austra lian Speed Week in outback South Austra lia. “You’ll love it! ” said t he lads…
In hindsight, I t hink t hey were setting me up! The appeal of t his event, held on the hard sun-baked sa lt surface of Lake Gairdner, was irresistible. I went home and immediately began building a car…
Cars competing at t he sa lt do not need big bra kes or expensive suspensions so I was able to build a sa lt-la ke Bug with a fast motor (the one in my hill-climb Beet le) and a dagg y old $500 body a lready cluttering my yard. The only signif icant extra expenses were an on-board f ire exting uisher system and an integrated safet y cage. Voila ! A sa lt la ke racer!
I f irst participated in 2013, managing a 124-pointsomething miles an hour (t his motorsport discipline is measured in MPH). But for 2018, there was mandated
01 Sunset on Lake Gairdner: How’s the serenity? But out here the ambulance is an aircraft as safety is paramount
02 The need for a modified cage meant a trek to a specialist engineering shop
03 Torrens plays the the role of worried car owner very well.
04 We made doublesure the seat was in the correct position