arrived in Ballarat on Friday evening and
surprisingly the weather looked good. The
forecast for the weekend was 21 and sunny.
On Saturday we woke up at the crack of dawn
had a quick cigarette and coffee then jumped
in the car with my brother-in-laws Uncle George
cousins Thomas and Tolly and headed off to
Ballarat for the 11th GT Nationals.
1 hour on the freeway we arrived in Ballarat.
I received a call from Dimi who instructed
me to follow my way through Sturt St where
we met up. We headed off to the showground
where pure muscle heaven awaits. Almost every
colour from XR to BA was polished and waxed
to perfection. Nearby trade stands selling
choice merchandise such as hats, shirts, bags,
stickers and other GT paraphernalia. A jumping
castle where kids could burn themselves out
looked very busy. FPV and Herrod Motorsport
also displayed the latest stuff.
off we started at the XB/XA and RPO section,
with some very impressive examples on display.
Moving through to the XY’s and the ultimate
XY GT Phase III’s where this was the
most congregated assortment that I have ever
seen in one place. There seemed to be at least
6 or 7 yellow ochre XY’s lined up in
perfect formation. Rohan and Spiro’s
Phase III’s looked immaculate and it
was hard to pick a favourite.
we headed back towards the front entrance
to the XW’s. Some of the best XW phase
II cars were present with Julio’s silver
fox and a unrestored Brambles red leading
the way. An old fellah by the name of Nick
had his original and unrestored reef green
XW GT complete with 30+ years of battle scars.
The car was ordered with deleted stripes,
hood blackouts, pins and check cloth inserts.
The car was in a time warp and the old guy
preferred to drive the old Henry over his
new Peugeot Turbo.
bumped into Dave Shaw who told us that he
just finished looking and snapping photos
of the XW’s. At this rate he was due
to finish the complete circuit by midnight.
Paul ran into “The Fox” who was
standing proud next to his beautiful number
033 silver fox XW GT. “The Fox”
seemed pumped and was eagerly awaiting Sundays
drag racing activities.
looked over the XT GT area where we saw some
fantastic Windsor powered Fords. Phil Chenney’s
XT really looked the part. Next we were off
to see the XR GT’s where Wato’s
3 beauty’s were on display. At this
stage judging was over so a lot of the competitors
looked relaxed. Plenty of money/offers were
talked about and it is very interesting to
see if any vehicles change hands over the
next few weeks.
approximately 4pm engines started kicking
over and headed for the exit. A large crowd
built up watching the beasts leave. Some found
it hard to resist the urge to lay some rubber
however there was a few exceptions. Greg and
Sundeep left the showground with a light haze
of smoke coming off the rear tyres. Candy
was running on a new AN Racing combo with
new pipes complements of Rip. Gee’s
the car sounded awesome as did most.
we headed back home to Uncle George’s
house. We had some dinner and recapped some
of the cars and events of the day then off
we woke up at the crack of dawn heading down
to Ballarat. This time the destination was
the airport with the promise of big burnouts
and big revs. Leading the way was “Wato”
and “Fox” who where crowd pleasers
with the biggest burnouts. The little 289CI
powered Windsor was turning well over 8000RPM
and sounded awesome. Wato looked like a very
experienced campaigner at this drag racing
caper. It was a fantastic sight to see the
XR GT stand up. Whilst darting down the eighth
mile we could see Wato shifting the cogs.
Paul saw “The Fox” who had the
biggest smile on his face. He was having an
absolute ball driving the wheels off his XW
GT and was stoked to pip a big block coupe
through the traps.
12:30 it was time to say goodbye to all and
headed off to the airport to catch our flight.
The organisers of this event should be commended
for putting on a fantastic show. This was
indeed a great trip and I look forward to
attending the next GT Nationals.
managed to snap over 200 pictures at this
event. Look and enjoy as much as we did. Till
next time see ya later. Remember “Going
Ford is the going thing” Nick.