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REUNITED!

GREG and Jo Carlton from Dubbo have been active street machiners for ages. They are most known for their wild green FJ ute (SM, Feb ’02), but their first build was a tough XP windowless van. “The XP was first registered the day before we got married in 1989,” says Greg. “We sold it in 1994, but bumped into the current owner, Brett, in the early 2000s in Adelaide. We then lost track of him – until he commented on a photo on Facebook.” Brett agreed to sell the XP back to the Carltons, so they hot-footed it up to the Gold Coast straight after Summernats and took it home to Dubbo. The XP will be put back to 1989 spec and brought to ’Nats 32!

MOTORFEST!

ONE of the coolest events in Victoria is the annual Lardner Park Motorfest. The show has raised over $320,000 for charity and has seen the destruction of countless tyres. It is on again 10-11 March, with a $16K prize pool for the skids. There’s also a great show ’n’ shine, trade stands, licensed bar and a laidback country vibe. Visit: motorfest.com.au.

BARRA THE WORLD

WE have seen Ford’s turbo Barra six swapped into plenty of different cars, but we loved Mal Schoch’s ’66 Lincoln Continental at ’Nats 31. After dramas with the original MEL donk, Mal has swapped in an FG XR6 motor, backed by a column-shift TH400 auto. While the new combo makes 600rwhp, Mal has got George Haddad building a big-block Ford to swap back in, meaing the Barra is a – very impressive – stopgap.