long as I have been alive I have been obsessed
with muscle cars. Growing up around them made
it even worse. I left school and became a
spray painter at the age of 16 psyching my
mates up along the way, for more gloss and
After mucking about with a bunch of Ford Cortinas
I got onto a low miler pottery beige Ford
XA Fairmont 302. She had 46000 original miles
and no rust and the usual shopping trolley
dings. Totally stock standard I took the car
to Eastern Creek raceway and ran 16.8 down
the quarter. Some freak kept following me
home, mesmerised by the Fairmont. After selling
the old girl for good coin, my tow truck mate
had a dusty Holden HK Monaro GTS which hadn’t
been driven for eons. Now at my place I installed
a stout 350 Chev from AN Racing, Tunnel Rammed
and loaded with all the performance goodies.
This car was also raced once at Eastern Creek
supernats and ran a respectable 13.0@105MPH
on street rubber with plenty of wheelspin.
But again I got offered good money and let
the Silver Mink beauty go.
Now I head to
Canberra with Sash from AN Racing and drove
back with a nice white Holden VK Group A Commodore.
I love cars from all makers and this one was
real good value. But as you can tell by now,
after one year of ownership the Brock was
brand new 2003 Suzuki GSXR750’s later
and almost dying on Sydney’s roads due
to motorists lack of care, they both also
got the bullet.
WHAT NOW I thought.
it all my mates including my brother in law
Pauly all were GT enthusiasts except me. I
always wanted to be different I suppose and
finally went back to the XA model. This time
a matching number XA GT Red Pepper sedan came
up for sale. Off to country Griffith in a
small propeller plane with my brother-in-law
Paul to meet owner John. Once we arrived we
saw the car at one of the local wineries.
After 10 minutes we were crawling underneath,
inside the engine bay and boot checking the
old girl out. We took the car for a drive
around the country roads and we were surprised
at how tight she ran. The car was then placed
on a hoist to further verify all the GT characteristics
such as exhaust hangers and right down to
block casting numbers. After all this a deal
was done and the car was mine.
car drives awesome and looks the part in Red
Pepper too. My plans include restoring this
car to gun barrel specs and maybe another
AN Race combo. With the help of Paul and my
other rev head mates like Sash it shouldn’t
be a problem. Only time is my enemy and the
dollars involved to complete such a task.
Thanks also to my mate John in Griffith who
is a champion and welcomed both me and Paul
like old mates. His hospitality was greatly
car is totally standard including the 8 track
stereo. We listened to Suzi Quattro and Deep
Purple on the way home with no incidents.
to my brother in law Pauly for all his help
and support through this purchase. See you
on the open roads trend setters, cause thats
where these cars really belong.
ford is the going thing Nick.