READERS’ ROCKETS

RON MCMILLAN & TANIA DODD 1972 HOLDEN HQ MONARO

“WE PURCHASED this car from South Australia in 2008 and brought it back to its new home in Perth. It was originally a base-model six-cylinder car, but when we bought it, it was running a 350, T400 and nine-inch. In 2012 we made the big decision to do a bare-metal respray and Ron wanted to freshen up the engine, stroking it out to 383ci. It now also has four-wheel disc brakes and Black’s Racks steering, and rolls on American Racing Torq Thrust II rims. The air intake was sourced out of the USA so we wouldn’t have to cut a hole in the bonnet due to the high-rise manifold. We knew we wanted to do something a bit different with the car, and since we are both big lovers Aussie rock, we decided to give the car a ‘Rock In Peace’ theme, paying tribute to our favourite Aussie rock musicians who had passed on. We had an under-bonnet mural done by the amazing airbrush artist Kathy Nathan, featuring Bon Scott (AC/DC), Doc Neeson (The Angels), Billy Thorpe (Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs) and Chrissy Amphlett (The Divinyls). We then took out third in the HQ Street Modified category at the Monaro Nationals. Fast-forward five years and we decided to do resto 2.0. Sam Hawkins of Awesam Paintworks in Malaga agreed to take on the job. We decided to change the colour to Barbados Green with added gold pearl in it, and we also wanted to add another airbrush mural, this time to the inner bootlid. Unfortunately, Kathy had stopped airbrushing a couple of years prior, but Sam was up for the challenge, continuing the Rock In Peace theme with murals of Malcolm Young (AC/DC), Pete Wells (Rose Tattoo) and Steve Prestwich (Cold Chisel). Bruno from Rod & Kustom Garage did some rust repairs, fabricated the bootlid to make it a smooth surface for the new artwork, and gapped the panels. While the car was in the paint shop we also had some minor things done to the engine and had the gearbox rebuilt by Alex Brogan in Wanneroo. In the not-too-distant future we plan to rebuild the engine, but in the meantime we just plan to enjoy the new look and cruise to our hearts’ content.” Photos: Jordan Leist

TRAVIS HARPER VX COMMODORE

This 2001 VX off Dan Brett, who had already extensively modified the car with a custom paintjob, 403ci stroker motor, big brakes and wheels. I initially vowed to leave it as-is and just enjoy it; that lasted a while until Motorvation 28, where it copped a bit of damage. contemplated a colour change, so stripped the car back to a bare shell and started again. My good mate Aaron Canfora shaved the bay and we fixed the damage to the bumpers before it was painted in the awesome House Of Kolor Kandy Red with some PPG Ruby Slippers thrown over the top. added the Intro billets for some extra bling, and got a billet steering wheel for the interior along with a B&M shifter fitted to the TH400 ’box. George and Simon at Blown Motorsports gave the engine a new lease on life, switching it over to methanol and adding the tunnel-ram with the twin carbies. I didn’t want a blower, as I still drive the car on the street when I get a chance. Adam and Cara from Cronic Customs did all the specialised fitting of parts, completed the fuel system and fabricated the exhaust. The final part was the wiring, carried out by another good mate, Tom Scale. have won a few trophies over the past year, but it wasn’t really built for that – I just wanted a cool car that my family could enjoy.” Photos: Jordan Leist

MARK SIMMONITE 1973 HOLDEN HQ MONARO

“IN NOVEMBER 2017 my HQ Monaro was treated to a full bare-metal respray in Inca Gold. Since then, every rubber, seal and clip has been replaced, along with all the door internals. The entire car has been rust-proofed under the paint, and the interior has been treated with Dynamat along with new underlay and carpet. All the badges have been replaced, the bumpers re-chromed, and the stainless trims repaired and re-polished. The four-inch reverse-cowl bonnet covers a Holden 355 stroker, with a VN block and Yella Terra 5000-9 alloy heads. The T400 gearbox is rated to 1000hp, matched with a Dominator 4300 high-stall and a B&M Pro Ratchet shifter with a custom LED shift light. The diff is a nineinch, with 31-spline Strange axles and a Truetrac centre with 3.7 gears. Solid tubular adjustable trailing arms hold the diff in place. Bolted on to the VN disc brakes are a set of 15x5 and 15x8.5 satin-finish Center Lines. I’d like to thank Joe Zirino for the engine build; Mick (Super Mario) and Baby Jesus from Briffa Engineering; Todd from Pro Street Polishing; Jake from Static Whitewalling; Phil & Gina from Extreme Panel & Paint; and Luke and Rory from AutoSpark Joondalup.” Photos: Andrew Goodwin