Dou­glas Fernie

Unique Cars - - VACC CENTENNIAL -

THIS WAS THE car that re­ally rev­o­lu­tionised ral­ly­ing and took it into the mod­ern era. Once this car ar­rived, every other one was just play­ing catch up. The Quat­tro is so iconic, it was al­ways go­ing to be the one car to repli­cate. My­self and a good mate Hil­lary Evans, built this faith­ful replica our­selves us­ing the in­ter­net and im­ages as our ref­er­ence. We found a body shell in Queens­land. We had to source parts all around the world, mak­ing ev­ery­thing else from scratch. The en­gine came from South Africa and a lot of the valves and sen­sors came from Eng­land. Com­put­ers and ig­ni­tion came from Amer­ica, with var­i­ous sen­sors from Ger­many. The sus­pen­sion alone would get you a nice rally car all on its own. We saw a photo of a Stig Blomqvist rally car, and de­cided that's the liv­ery we wanted to repli­cate. If you were to look at pho­tos side by side of the cars you couldn’t spot which one was ours. If you look in­side, you’ll see the dash is all made ex­actly as it should be made, even the fuel tank, etc. The road Audi has a much smaller wing, this one has the big­ger gen­uine group B wing. We’ve care­fully pieced it to­gether, so it's got all the bits and pieces it should have.

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