- 16th July 2009
- Perth - Sydney
CAR MAD BOY’s, MUSCLING IN TO RAISE MONEY
FOR SERIOUSLY ILL AND HOSPITALISED KIDS!
Three car enthusiasts, (a celebrity, a journalist
and an IT guru) are embarking on the adventure
of a lifetime - driving the AN Racing flagship
car, the 711rwhp (900+hp flywheel) Procharged
Ford Falcon XY GT, from Sydney to Perth and
back again, whilst raising money and awareness
for the Starlight Foundation and making a
documentary of their experience.
The boys will be traveling through the following
major towns and cities and will be conducting
media interviews along the way;
(Home of the GT) - Cobar - Broken Hill-Silverton
(where cult car movie Mad Max was filmed)
- Peterborough - Port Augusta - Ceduna - Nullarbor
Roadhouse - Norseman – Kalgoorlie - Perth.
the boys online at wolfpac.com.au as we shaker
through the country. What will break? What
will hold on? and what will the fuel consumption
be? One thing's for sure, "We
will have fun doing it".
Major sponsors to date include; Polis Constructions,
Symantec, Detroit Custom Bodyworks, Rare Spares,
First Choice Dairy, Camperdown Cellars and
Ford Muscle Parts.
saw the Sydney to Perth team congregate at
AN Racing headquarters. With the XY and support
car packed and ready to go they wasted no
time in getting on the road for the trip of
a lifetime. First stop was at Mount Panorama
situated in Bathurst NSW. With the cameras
strapped to the Falcon Sash, Paul and Roy
each took turns in taking the 700rwhp weapon
around the sacred motor racing circuit much
to the delight of several onlookers.
on saw the team head further into the Central
West visiting MR HDT Motorsport in Dubbo.
After having lunch with the boys, and checking
over the car the team headed further west.
Arriving in Trangie they noticed the temperature
starting to rise on the gauge. The decision
was made to remove and replace the thermostat
as it was deemed to be the cause of the increase
in temperature. With it changed the engine
cooled down and they were back in business.
there they ran into some admirers, one of
them was Dave who had previously owned a Vermillion
Fire XYGT around five years ago. Dave showed
the guys his love of all things Ford with
this Super Roo tattoo. With the light fading
the fast they headed towards Broken Hill,
dodging live Kangaroos all sorts of road kill!
Arriving there they met up with Rob Fazulla,
who kindly offered his secure garage for the
XY overnight. The team bunkered down at the
local hotel for what was an 18 hour day on
saw the team up bright and early tucking into
a hearty breakfast at the Broken Hill hotel,
in readiness for the first 450km trek to Port
Augusta. But before all that the XY needed
to fill its 36 gallon tummy (164L) as well.
Pulling into the local BP service station,
the fella working the pumps immediately recognized
the XY from the hit TV show The Muscle Car
Shop and Blood Sweat & Gears by eyeballing
its number plates.
He was a huge fan of the car and show so naturally
the team signed a poster for him to hang in
the workshop. Whilst fuelling up his dad came
out and asked “is that a 33 or a banged up
one” Paul S proceeded to explain that it was
an XY GT replica of Allan Moffat’s 1972 ATCC
on the team made their way out of town and
proceeded to Port Augusta stopping only for
the obligatory fruit fly inspection, the inspector
was very impressed with the car and ushered
the boys through promptly waving his hand
and saying “jam the fruit, light em up” The
driving continued for another 400km’s or so
and was only interrupted for fuel, food and
driver swaps. Arriving at the hotel in Ceduna,
the XY was tucked in for the night.
XY has been performing flawlessly so far,
the team has covered around 2100km’s without
any real issues and is testament to the thorough
preparation work carried out at the AN Racing
workshop in Sydney. Stay tuned for more updates
as the team heads to Kalgoorlie next!
saw the team hop out of bed at 5am to embark
on their longest driving stint to date, a
grueling 1386km! A quick check of the wheel
nuts at the hotel at Ceduna and they were
good to go. Off to the local service station
this time a Shell as it was the only one open
that early, the XY was juiced up with V-Power.
One the “locals” asked if they were going
to “hit the Nulla” Not long after the team
headed off at a “cracking pace” to try and
make a dent into that huge distance that needed
to be covered.
on the team encountered some severe fog but
nonetheless they powered their way through
it without any real problems. The air was
crisp and had the Procharged Windsor singing
along sweetly. Before too long they encountered
the mighty Nullabor plains, the big XY powered
through the plains at a blistering pace with
the boys all sharing a driving stint.
plains are WIDE with nothing but flat ground
and low shrubs. Arriving at the Nullabor Roadhouse,
they fuelled up again and noticed that the
Shell juice didn’t last that long. There is
a BP service station at the Roadhouse so they
filled up with the good stuff BP Ultimate
(check out the price to fill her up!).
there a “truckie” commented that the XY has
some “air shocks in it and is lowered on its
nut” That’s slang for not knowing what he’s
on about! Proving that they actually are in
Western Australia the boys took a photo at
the border…More hours on the road saw them
reach Australia’s longest straight road. Again
the mighty XY chewed up the country miles
with ease. They finally arrived in Kalgoorlie
at 8pm (local time) covering the mammoth trek
in 15.5 hours. Pretty good when you consider
the amount of time eaten up stopping for filming
tuned as the team heads from Kalgoorlie to
Perth after a local radio interview at 10am.
the team slept in until 7am, then awoke in Kalgoorlie
to the sound of rain falling. Out of bed in a flash
saw the media hub swing into action to finalise the
highlight video of the trip thus far and to get it
along with the photos onto the website ASAP.
With that completed they packed their bags and loaded
the XY with Sash taking the opportunity to top up
the engine oil before heading off to breakfast which
was bacon and eggs all round at the hotel in front
of a log fire.
boys piled into the XY for a DVD filming session through
the main streets of Kalgoorlie whilst local residents
looked on in amazement. The XY really looked and sounded
the part as it circled around the block being filmed.
was now around 9:30am so the team headed over to the
local radio station ABC FM for an interview. They
met up with Natalie Jones the presenter of the show
before being interviewed about the trip so far covering
the reasons why they were attempting such a feat and
to plug their website about the updates.
they fuelled up again for the 6 hour drive to Perth…
Leaving town with light rain the XY was coping well
and wasn’t scared of getting wet and dirty. They made
their way out of town and about 3 hours down the road
they came across heavier rain which washed red dirt
over the road, and as you can see from the photos
the XY was sprayed by passing trucks and cars. Now
she looks like she has driven across the country doesn’t
another fuel stop for the XY saw Sash wrestle the
service station attendant for the pump but she got
the better of him this time. It was all part of his
plan, you see as he knew that the inexperienced attendee
will cop a splash back of fuel when the 36 gallon
tank reached capacity. Sure as hell it did splash
back and let’s just say they never saw an “older”
person move so quick!
more filming and photo taking ensued before the final
3 hour drive was completed with a driver swap with
Roy taking the reins of the XY with Sash riding shotgun
for the glorious final stretch of driving into Perth.
Arriving at the Hyatt at 6pm the team had done it,
they had driven the powerhouse AN Racing XY across
the country in four days covering around 4000kms!
tuned over the weekend for more updates as the team
attends a car cruise-show and does some minor maintenance
on the XY.
Today the team slept
in a little after four days and 4000km on the road.
Once up and going they headed over to Kostecki Engine
Centre in Malaga. Bill the manager had emailed Sash
months ago and invited the team to stop in whilst
in town. Rolling up at around 10:30am we were greeted
with open arms by Andrew Kostecki and his magnificent
team. The team had at their disposal the full use
of the Kostecki facility to check and service the
With the Falcon up on the hoist Sash
proceeded to drop the oil out of the engine and inspect
the underside of the car from front to back. He also
removed the System One oil filter for inspection,
it was found to be in immaculate condition. With no
signs of any damage or loose items the XY was lowered
back onto the ground. A fresh batch of engine oil
(7L) was poured straight in. Sash then removed the
Procharger from the 411ci Windsor. The reason for
its removal was to inspect its condition and to drain
and replace the oil. The Procharger was also in perfect
condition so it was bolted straight back on. Sash
also took the opportunity to replace the dirt caked
K&N air filter with a brand new one.
team then took a tour of the Kostecki Engine Centre.
This included checking out their full engine building
facilities from the machine shop right up to the engine
dyno rooms, chassis dyno and CNC machines used for
cylinder headwork and block machining. This workshop
would have to be one of the best in the country with
its in house cafe and high performance parts shop
all under the same roof.
If that wasn’t impressive enough they
also have a nostalgic room upstairs with some of Andrew
Kostecki’s personal drag racing memorabilia from his
drag racing career and trips overseas which included
photos with racing legends such as Bob Glidden, Tony
Pedregon, Craig Lowndes and the great Peter Brock.
One thing that stands out is their professionalism
and hospitality, providing the team with lunch and
drinks on the day.
After the tour and luncheon Roy suggested
that they run up the XY on the chassis dyno for a
bit of fun. With the car strapped down Sash gave Paul
the dyno operator the go ahead to run the engine up
to 6500rpm. After all the team didn’t want to risk
damaging the driveline for the drive home. The XY
spat out a healthy 624hp at the wheels with ease on
All in all it was a very relaxing
day for the team which they thoroughly enjoyed. To
learn more about Kostecki Engine Centre log onto www.kec.com.au
tuned for more updates over the weekend.
Six & Seven
a weekend! The team was invited to Jason’s home on
Saturday night for a traditional home cooked meal.
Jason had contacted Sash when he had heard about the
trip to Perth, being an avid fan of the Blood Sweat
& Gears show and The Muscle Car Shop TV series
he just had to have a closer look at the AN Racing
machine. The team headed over to Jason’s place where
they were greeted like one of the family with very
family and parents had prepared a feast for the guys
including an all out BBQ that included traditional
Cevapi sausages, various salads and even deserts.
The Corona beer flowed all night long too. Jason invited
a few of his friends around for the occasion who are
all muscle car fans so the guys had no shortage of
topics to chat about.
team showed Jason and his friends-family the XY and
they checked out Jason’s GTS that packs a stout 350
Chevy engine that runs low 12s. After a few photo’s
Jason’s Dad bought out the big gun, a bottle of traditional
imported Rakia which is a plum based alcoholic drink.
It was one of the smoothest tasting versions the team
had ever tasted!
more car talk the team had to bid farewell but will
never forget the amount of respect and hospitality
they were shown. They were treated like superstars,
but the real superstars were Jason, his family and
friends. Jason and co if you are ever in Sydney be
sure to let the team know as they would love nothing
more than to return the favour and show you around
Sunday the team headed just out of Perth to the Swan
Valley to Tony Pernechele’s rural property to check
out his amazing collection of cars and memorabilia.
The WA GT Club had organised this event with Tony
and notified their club members and invited a few
local car clubs as well. With the sun shining on the
team they cruised to Tony’s property with a convoy
of muscle cars in tow mainly Falcon GT’s.
the cars all parked up the eager crowd swarmed around
the XY for a closer look. The team hadn’t washed the
car at all so it was looking a little grubby but that’s
the way they wanted it…to prove she hadn’t been babied
on the way over to Perth! The team mingled with the
crowd answering questions about the adventures of
the trip so far and how well the car had performed.
then checked out Tony’s large collection of cars (60)
that ranged from Model T’s, Mustangs, Falcon GT’s,
Fairlanes, Cobras and many more. Check out the 1913
Ford Speedster that actually made the trip from Perth
to Sydney back in 1979! Hats off to the guys that
made the trip!
interesting vehicle was the mobile Dentist van that
used to travel all over the countryside extracting
teeth! It has a fully functional basin with running
water, toilet, waiting room and even a gun rack! Danny
Green the well known boxer has visited the collection
before and Tony let him drive the 427ci AC Cobra,
one small problem though, Danny ripped out the shifter!
team was presented with a cheque for $500 from the
WA GT Club along with money taken at the gate for
each car passing through. Over 80 cars turned out
on the day for what was a fun filled day with plenty
of laughs. The team would sincerely like to thank
Tony for sharing his awesome collection of cars to
the public for what is a great cause, raising money
for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Princess
Margaret Hospital in the process.
day finished with more photos in the city. Note the
pic of Sash’s missing gold tooth as he had to hock
it on the “Nulla” in exchange for some 95 octane because
the car was out of tune! Just kidding! Nutic your
Globe wheels are doing a stout job and are a real
credit to ya!
team headed back to the hotel for a good nights sleep
in readiness for the return trip home kicking off
tuned for more updates.
the team hit the road nice and early setting off at
7am out of Perth on their way to Kalgoorlie. Over
the weekend the team had chatted about perhaps hiring
a helicopter on the way home to film the XY at speed
on a stretch of outback highway. Upon arriving in
Kalgoorlie contact was made with Heliwest at the Boulder
Airport to organize the chopper ride.
and Roy headed out to the deserted stretch of road
that was going to be used for filming; whilst Vinny
and Paul loaded the chopper with camera’s and headed
off with the pilot. Meeting up about 20 minutes later,
Sash pedaled the XY hard with the chopper closely
in tow capturing plenty of video footage and still
gave the XY a hard hit and left the chopper for dead
showing how much pull this powerhouse Ford really
has. After 30 minutes of filming it was a rap. As
you can see there are no photos of Roy today (unless
you include the shadow!) as he was behind the camera,
the team put their lives at risk today to bring you
quality photos and video footage.
is a gun shooter and is a real credit to the team
putting himself in awkward positions including hanging
out of the chopper with only a strap securing him
and working long hours to make it all happen. To Vinny,
Sash, Roy and Paul salute you champion!
Today the team
rose early, 4:30am to be exact to get on the road
at 5am for the longest stretch of driving home, Kalgoorlie
to Ceduna. This stretch is 1386km and takes a lot
out of the boys. Roy eagerly got behind the wheel
of the support car for the first four hours and 500km
before swapping to the XY for the remaining 886km
only stopping for lunch and fuel. What a machine!
Easily the MVD award winner (Most Valuable Driver)
The team hit the “Nulla” which
is one hell of a long stretch of road. Get this, the
team had enough time to stop in the middle of the
road, position the car and even take a few shots sitting
on the “Nulla”without any threat of traffic in either
direction. Try that on the M5 Motorway at any time
of the day or night!
The team would like to take
this opportunity to thank their sponsors for their
support along with the general public who have passed
on their well wishes to the team along the way from
all over the country. The Starlight Children’s Foundation,
more so the children will be the one’s benefiting
from the teams collective efforts. A big pat on the
back for all involved.
Stay tuned for more updates
as the team heads home via a slightly different route.
Today saw the
team head off from Ceduna and travel to Mildura. They
decided to go via Mildura instead of Broken Hill for
a change of scenery and to stop in and visit some
friends. First up they stopped in at Port Augusta
for lunch and caught up with Jeff and his family for
a quick chat and photo whilst refueling the XY at
the BP. Jeff had contacted the team whilst they were
on the road so they thought it would be nice to actually
meet them. They would have liked to have spent more
time with them but as they were on a tight schedule
they had to part a little quickly. Jeff had told them
about his cars like the one and only Aviation Orange
XYGT ever made. No doubt the team will catch up with
them another time soon.
Moving on saw the team head
out of PA and head towards Mildura, whilst on the
highway out of town Pauly was behind the wheel of
the XY with Roy riding shotgun when they noticed a
Police highway patrol car up ahead. They approached
with caution just in case, and as they passed the
patrol car the officer swung his head and kept his
eyes and ears on the XY. Not long after he did a U
turn and came after the boys pulling them over.
No worries they played it cool
and got out of the car, the first thing Brevet Sergeant
Shaun Evans said to them was “why isn’t this car on
a trailer” They replied “why, it’s got full rego”
The officer replied saying that the car was too loud
for street use. Before the boys could explain the
reason of this trip the officer proceeded to break
out the decibel meter to measure the exhaust note.
then hopped into the XY and ran it up to 2900rpm instead
of the required 3300rpm and it was found to be 96db
and the legal limit was 90db for cars made from 1985
onwards. The officer told us the limit for a pre 1985
car was 96db but he still gave us a warning, go figure!
Anyway after all that Sash said to the officer “this
rubbish all aside, tell me, do you like the car or
what” The officer replied yes then proceeded to issue
Pauly with a formal written warning in regards to
the noise of the car. The officer then busted out
a small personal donation for the cause and then sent
us on our way.
Moving on the team headed further
along towards Mildura, actually about 50km from Renmark
the MagnaFuel 500 fuel pump cried enough. The pump
had seen use in the car for the last three years continuously
and now had just covered about 6000km with daily operating
times of at least 10 hours per day. To say Sash got
a pretty good run out of it was fair. Being the forward
planners that they team are, they had packed not one
but two spare pumps just in case they let go. And
at $1100 each Sash didn’t think twice about packing
spares for the trip.
the fuel pump swapped over on the side of the road
a quick check was done to make sure there were no
leaks and that it was all operating correctly. Roy
then paint daubed the pump for a laugh! The team then
headed straight for Mildura without a hitch enduring
treacherous weather conditions such as heavy rain,
road trains and wildlife before meeting up with some
of the local Italian boys, Frank, Fred and Joey for
a drink and a laugh. The car was secured overnight
in a farm shed and the boys retired for the night
in a local hotel.
More to come about these boys later…
Stay tuned for the final stretch
it was time for the team to head home to Sydney from
Mildura. Meeting up with the Italians, the boys had
time for a quick expresso coffee, biscuits and a shot
of scotch before piling into the XY for the final
1031km trek. Just before heading off they checked
out Franks old XY he picked up for his son Joey for
the bargain price of $500! Also in the shed was a
351 Cleveland powered Chrysler he bought back in the
1980’s which he drove from Griffith to Mildura. The
team would like to thank the Mildura boys for their
hospitality and they look forward to catching up with
them again very soon.
on the team headed off and after a few hours on the
road Vinny the video and cameraman got his chance
behind the wheel of the XY. He loved driving the XY
especially at speed! Not long after the team arrived
in Wagga Wagga where they saw stock being moved across
the main road out of town. The XY stopped traffic
and a car towing a caravan came very close to having
a serious accident.
team pushed on for a few more hours arriving in Sydney
at AN Racing headquarters at 8pm. The team and the
car had just traveled 8252km in just eight days without
any major problems. The team had gone across the country
and back in the most iconic car this country has ever
produced, the Ford Falcon GT. This was no mean feat;
they were successful due to the commitment shown by
the team in preparing the car and planning their daily
team would like to once again thank their sponsors,
the well wishing general public they met along the
way and all their fans out there following the updates
tuned in the coming weeks as the full magazine coverage
in Street Fords will be announced and also a TV show
program in the near future.
the team is still collecting monetary donations for
the Starlight Children’s Foundation. To pledge your
donation please contact either Roy on (02) 9741 3993
or Sash on (9709 8433)