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PRIZE FIGHTER

SOMETIMES simple really is best.

Father and son team Terry and Adrian Morton certainly think so, with their immaculate street-class ’68 Mustang sedan carrying off the Top Engine Bay gong at this year’s Summernats. The understated black on black colour scheme hides a car that’s now seriously quick, the 451ci Windsor recently pulling a 10.7 with plenty more to come. Most of thre work’s been done in their shed at the end of the garden, summing up the car’s build in the following way. “If we didn’t get it right the first time, we kept trying until we did.”

The Dart-sourced lump’s been built by Sydney’s Big H Racing and breathes through Trick Flow R-Series alloy heads and a hefty Holley. The fat pipes are responsible for some spring tower slicing dump into a dual 3.5- inch system and power is a ripping 710hp at the fly. That’ll do.

VIDEO: CRIKEY! There’s not a lot that’s more fun for a classic car fan than digging round a wreckers hoping to turn up some precious metal. Join Glenn Torrens as he dodges the odd snake and goes prospecting in NSW, looking for Summernats gold at Flynn’s Wrecking Yard. There are stacks of Fords and Holdens with the odd bit of Jap and Euro esoterica pitched in.

ARIEL ASSAULT

IT’S HARD to figure out quite why a Pom would want an Ariel Nomad.

In a country where it seems to rain for 364 days a year, the notion of a rear-wheel drive off-roader with no roof seems a bit of a stretch.

Unexpectedly though, the Crewkerne company might just have created one of the most fun cars any selfrespecting Aussie larrikin could hope for. What would look decidedly out of place in South Wales would work brilliantly on the Simpson Track, and MOTOR has been behind the wheel of the Nomad to assess how well 261kW/tonne would translate to Straya. A development of the venerable Atom, the Nomad bulks up on ride height, features chunky balloon tyres and is guaranteed to bring out the hoon in any country lad.

VIDEO: Most F1 drivers seem to be mutants from another planet, but Dan Ricciardo’s popularity largely stems from the fact that he’s a bloke like you. Well, not exactly like you.

His neck is thicker and he’s a bit handier behind the wheel, but give him a V8 Holden Sandman and an empty track to play on and he’d be doing exactly what you’d be doing.

Apart from the bit with the crane dragging the car out of a gravel trap.

Yep, Sandown, Sandman and Dan the man make a great combo.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

WHEELS has sent its lucky journos on three manufacturer ‘brand experiences’. Damion Smy’s been off to the Austrian Alps, blagging his way onto the Audi Driving Experience in Seefeld, talking studded tyres and quattro grip with drive host Steve Pizzati. Meanwhile Glenn Butler’s stayed a bit closer to home but has amped up the speed quite considerably behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz C63S AMG at Phillip Island on the AMG Evolution course.

We reckon Toby Hagon might have been wearing the biggest grin in Crested Butte, Colorado as he goes powder skiing. In a Mazda MX-5. All of these experiences are available to you, the wider public and, as they’re subsidised by manufacturers keen for you to live the brand values, they’re often cheaper than you’d think.

VIDEO: Start spreadin’ the news etc. Here’s your fill of shiny metal as Glenn Butler, Toby Hagon and Damion Smy take a break from beers’n’brats in the Big Apple to bring you the very best of the 2016 New York show. The Mazda MX-5 RF with its smart folding targa top takes pride of place, but there’s also the delicious Honda NSX GT3, a revised Toyota 86, a new Subaru Impreza and the quick version of Merc’s latest GLC compact SUV. That and a very orange Nissan GTR.