HOT STUFF: Rob Rowe, former Grafton TAFE teacher, in his chilli roadster, built entirely of HQ Holden mechanicals and running o
HOT STUFF: Rob Rowe, former Grafton TAFE teacher, in his chilli roadster, built entirely of HQ Holden mechanicals and running o

Redesign saves champ?s season

By DARRYL SMALL

AN aerodynamic redesign for multiple Australian hillcimb champion Peter Gumley's supercharged SCV has turned around his season.

Spurred by a round-one defeat on the high speed Bathurst hillclimb Gumley ordered a redesign of his front wing for more down force.

Now with a 44-point lead in the NSW series, a new Queensland title and lap record, twice lowering his own record at Mountainview on Sunday to 43.02, he is reaping the rewards.

Clearing skies and perfect conditions saw Tamworth's Neil Farr in the Leyland powered F5000 Bowin in sensational form to take 2nd FTD.

One of The strong contingent of Tamworth drivers was Alan Hunt, whose Torana denied Casino's Garry Ford's Escort by two hundredths of a second, while Tamworth's rising star in sports sedan Adam Barnes took third.

Imp production over 3000cc, Had the legendary Martin Jordan and hisTorana smash his own record three times to an amazing 51.28 over Tamworth's Matt Halpin and Bathurst driver Dave Tutton.

Class 14 up to 1600cc Imp Prod saw young Southport driver Clinton White's Immaculate Mk 2 Escort destroy the record in Saturday's practice, which doesn't count for records.

On Sunday he was under the record three times, but not as fast as the practice time before he was cruelly denied by Newcastle's Aaron Osborne's come-from-nowhere Datsun 1200 on 53.07 over Clinton's 53.30.

Former Graftonian Rob Rowe has an attraction in his chilli roadster.

This impressive open roadster is, except for stylish body, built entirely from HQ Holden parts and runs on LPG.

The continuous line of spectators was treated to the finest racing by a quality field of 55 cars in 22 classes.

A commemorative weekend celebrating the club's 50th anniversary isbeing organised for August 27 and 28.

Inquiries on 66431234.



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