WE BUMPED into Kim Ryan at the Holden-Powered Nationals at Heathcote Raceway, where she was racing her 1974 HQ Kingswood named Ruth. With a stock 202 and four-speed combo, Ruth wasn’t exactly setting the track on fire, but Kim had a grin from ear to ear, and at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about.
Well, I was going to name her after my grandmother, but people would have thought that was a bit weird, you know: “I’m taking my grandmother for a spin.” So I decided to name her Ruth instead. She definitely needed a name because we’ve got three HQs between my boyfriend Andrew and I, and it helps identify them.
I bought her in December last year. I always wanted an older car and I was looking at Chevy Bel Airs, but they’re just so big. We ended up finding Ruth on Gumtree. She was in Brissy so we had a guy inspect her for us; he said she was awesome and that was the end of it – she was mine. I think the 202 is the original motor, but I’m pretty sure she’s been converted to a four-speed from three-on-thetree, because of the bench seat.
Well Andrew has a 1974 orange HQ sedan with the plates H8NLYF. It was running 10s on E85 with a 355 Holden before it blew the bottom end. So we’ve got the two HQ sedans, and then there’s a Barbados Green wagon – we nicknamed it Splice – that Andrew bought from Melbourne off an 82-year-old gentleman. It’s the only one in that colour we’ve ever seen. It’s going to be a bit of a sleeper; we’re going the full roofracks- and-venetians style, but it’s got a turbo LY6 iron block up front, chasing 1000hp.
There was talk of putting an LS1 into Ruth, but I quickly put the brakes on that idea. I want to keep her stock. Maybe we’ll do an exhaust to give her a bit of a note.
She’s a cool cruising car, but she is so quiet that you can’t even hear her running. I took her to the last Summernats with a couple of girlfriends; we had a ball.
Yeah, I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I like snowboarding and wakeboarding, anything that gives me a challenge. If anyone says: “You can’t do that!” I just say: “Watch me!”
It’s the quickest way to get me to do anything.
Eventually I want to drive something quicker; I used to race motocross and was into cars when I was younger, and I’ve gone for a run in Justin Robinson’s Torana with him – that was a blast! So to prepare me for the track we thought I should do some runs in Ruth first. During the day she was running mid-20s, so we dialled in at 20.57, but when it got cooler she went 20.35 and I broke out. The announcer was saying things like: “There’s grandpa going for a Sunday drive.” I let him know: “I’m female and it’s a Saturday, buddy!” s Girls — wanna be famous? Send pics, car details and contact details to: Iron Maiden, Street Machine, Locked Bag 12, Oakleigh, Vic 3166. Or email: streetmachine@ bauer-media.com.au.