READERS’ ROCKETS

RICHARD WILTSHIRE HQ HOLDEN

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RICHARD WILTSHIRE HQ HOLDEN

“THE goal with this HQ was for my son and I to build a classic street machine, do all the work ourselves – particularly the engine – and have it completed in time for his Year 12 formal. We succeeded, and with time to spare! I purchased the rolling shell online in 2011 with most of the bodywork and paint complete. As I travel a lot for work, all the parts had to be sourced online; throughout the build I never once set foot in a performance store, but I knew my postie by name! The engine is a 400ci Dart block, with full forged internals from Scat and SRP. A pair of blower-referenced Holley 650s sit on top of the Blower Shop 6/71 supercharger.

A manualised TH400 with 3500 stall and a Truetrac nine-inch get the power to the ground. The 19x8 and 19x10 three-piece Simmons rims are the only modern touch to the car. It was only built to cruise, but on its run-in dyno tune with 5psi boost and pump gas, it ran an easy 475rwhp and over 1000Nm of torque, yet still plays nice in traffic. We are currently enjoying taking it around the local show circuit, as it’s a good excuse to go for a cruise, but it may see some track time in the distant future.” Photos: Ben Hosking

DALE RYAN HOLDEN HQ GTS MONARO

“THIS is my 1971 GTS Monaro coupe, build #39. I have always had a passion for old Holden muscle cars, with HQs being the pick for me; the body lines are just mean and sexy.

After lots of dreaming, I found this run-down, neglected Lina Mint green coupe. I picked my dad up and we drove it from one side of the country to the other to pick it up. What a memorable trip! Once home, I stripped her down and rebuilt her. She runs a four-bolt 350 Chev with double-hump fuellie heads, a steel crank and balancer and lumpy-top pistons, for a compression ratio of 11:1. She has a two-speed Powerglide and a discbrake rear end with a 3.55:1 gear ratio. I bought the coupe so I could take the whole family (wife, two kids and my old dog) out cruising, and she drives really nice. I have loud plans for her in the future. Green is nice!” Photos: Matthew James Imagery

TYNAN LUHOWSKY HSV VTII SENATOR

“THIS is my manual HSV VT Series II Senator, build number 2 of 26. It’s been turbocharged with a BorgWarner S366, and runs a 232/234 cam, front-mount intercooler, blow-off valve, 45mm Turbosmart Hyper-Gate, 60lb injectors, a 92mm FAST manifold and full custom threeinch exhaust system. It’s also had fully adjustable suspension fitted and a big-brake upgrade. It’s good for 380kW. All the work was carried out by Russo Performance.”

CHRISTINE FOSTER FORD CORTINA

THIS MkV Cortina looks like a wellmaintained survivor riding on a nice set of wheels, but looks can be deceiving. Owner Christine Foster has jammed a 355ci smallblock Chev between the rails, accompanied by a Turbo 400 trans and Detroit Lockerequipped nine-inch. “It’s just a mild motor at the moment,” Christine said. “I’ve got another one in the build, but it goes all right for what it is. It’s all legal and certified, and a lot of people think it looks stock-standard sitting in the car park – and that was the idea.” Photo: Alastair Ritchie

PETER GATWARD 1974 XB FALCON HARDTOP

“I HAD always dreamed of an XB hardtop since I was a kid, and while driving to a worksite with my mate and apprentice Rauri, I came across two great cars on offer: this one and an orange XB GS. He bought the orange one, and I bought this one. It was a standard 351/Top Loader/nine-inch set-up, but before long the power bug had bitten and the standard 351 was pulled in favour of an “almost 500hp” 358 from a ‘mate’, which promptly carked it! Enter Tony from TOCA, with a fresh 383 making a genuine 500hp on standard cast 2Vs. Unfortunately this engine caused a few little things to break – like almost everything behind it: two tailshafts, unis, and the list goes on! After speaking to the team at Horsepower Engineering, a set of CalTracs and Calvert suspension was decided upon and installed, just in time to have my dream car ready for my wedding to my dream girl. I owe it all to my father, family and friends – they know who they are.”

Photos: Steve Kelly