OUR CARS – TOR­RENS

GLENN LIKES SALT ON HIS BUGS

Unique Cars - - CONTENTS - WORDS & PHO­TOS  GLENN TOR­RENS

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

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