That's an awesome story David.
When I was young, the ABC was the only TV channel out here in the sticks, and I always made sure I caught the coverage of the Group C Toranas, which some might be surprised to find out was televised quite often on the ABC. Seeing the L34s and A9Xs racing stayed with me, and although I bought a HQ Kingswood for my first car, it wasn't long before I had my first SL/R, and I have now owned half a dozen of them. (All bought before they were worth stupid money) I have only competed in hillclimbs and sprints which keeps costs low and is as much fun as you can have in a weekend.
Of course, you don't need a Torana to get into grass roots motorsport. This is Tom Morley at Baskerville back in '78. Don't drool on your laptop Neil.
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One thing that was pointed out to the crowd at Jose Canga's show was that his Toranas used a standard LSD centre banjo to drive through one wheel.
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Mark Webber about to drive over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2005.
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This card came from a Weetbix box back in the day. It looks like Sandown 1977.
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The back of the card.
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It was in this car that Brock (after having hardly raced in Australia for all of 1976) rocked up to Sandown on Sunday morning with an undeveloped second hand car bought from Wayne Mitchell, missing practice and qualifying, started last on the grid in race one and finished second, and then beat Bond in race two to win the weekend.
When Wayne Mitchell owned it in 75.
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And the race at Sandown.