The annual David Hack Classic, run by Rotary in Toowoomba (Qld), recently celebrated its 20th year with a big and eclectic mix of cars, motorcycles and aircraft.
Named after a young motoring enthusiast and photojournalist who succumbed to leukaemia the event is supported by the Darling Downs Veteran & Vintage Motor Club.
Held at the Aerotec hangar at the old Toowoomba aerodrome, the event also featured a display of military vehicles, warbird flypasts and a parked RAAF C-27J Spartan cargo aircraft open to the public.
There was a rich variety of classic and muscle cars on show, with owners more than happy to have a chat and tell the story of their favourite toys.
Meet some of the owners Ė and look for more owner profiles in Reader Rides on page 140 and in coming issuesÖ
IíVE HAD many Triumphs over the years and this TR3A has been mine for the past three years.
When I got it, I rebuilt it with all the niceties on it like four-pot calipers, an aluminium radiator and power-assisted brakes and while it was off the road I drove one of my other Triumphs.
I have always had a passion for Triumphs and in the past I have had TR6s and TR4As but for me itís all about the price range, hence the TR3A. I can rebuild the motor myself with parts costing about $650 which includes pistons, rings and liners. The engine is just over 2000cc, a four-cylinder with a four-speed gearbox and electric overdrive, making it basically a six speed. It is a fully synchro gearbox and itís the same basic gearbox Triumph has used from the TR2 to the Stag.
The brakes are discs up front and drums on the back as they were originally, but I put four-pot calipers on the front, which gives it better stopping power.
Iíve done about 12,000 kilometres in it and last year we went to Tasmania from Brisbane, about 6000-kilometre round trip, which was terrific. It didnít burn any oil, didnít use any water and didnít let us down at all and it was great fun. But we did have to put the roof up in Tasmania.
Itís great to drive now, after I fitted rack and pinion steering. The handling is better and overall it is more comfortable to drive. With the large wheel and old steering system it was hard work in the corners. actually found this TR3A online in New South Wales.
Actually when we were in Tasmania somebody looked at it and they thought they recognised the car. I donít really know how, but apparently it did come from Tasmania originally. Then the chap went on to say how well it was rebuilt after it crashed in the race. I said I donít want to know any more but apparently it has been in some races with the original owner in Tasmania, but the chassis is straight and all good otherwise I wouldnít put any more into it.
I BOUGHT the Corolla new in 1969 for my mum. She had an FX Holden at the time and with her age getting on she wanted a smaller car and an automatic.
We had a look around at what was available which was basically Hillmans and Morrises and after driving them all the Toyota Corolla was her choice. Mum drove it right up until two weeks before her passing in 1999.
So I inherited the car and originally started driving it as my shopping car, but each time we came back to it, people were asking if I wanted to sell it and that became a bit annoying. These days we just drive it to shows.
It has only done 82,000 miles and I have looked after it and kept it original. How you see it is how the car was except that mum dinged the front a couple of times so it has had a little bit of panel work, but apart from that the upholstery is original and most of the paint is also original.
It had another engine fitted as the original one developed a water problem. The original was 1100cc and the one we fitted from a Japanese importer was known as a 4K motor which is nearly 1400ccís. After driving it for the first time she said itís really peppy now, so that I how it got its nickname.
Mumís right though, it is a beaut little car to drive and so easy with the auto transmission. Itís still on its original tyres, with original Toyoglide two-speed auto gearbox and diff! I can easily sit on 100km/h and the drum brakes arenít too bad either, you just push harder and it takes a bit longer to stop as they are not power-assisted.