Rebuilt Holden HQ returns to Morgan Park
A HOLDEN HQ that raced at Morgan Park in the old dirt track days has been restored for the 2013 Queensland Super Sprints.
Warwick businessman Bruce Bunch has joined with his brother-in-law Don Harris and Harris's son-in-law Josh Rasi to rebuild the car.
The car was raced to success on the dirt by John Harrison and then Bernie Trapp before sitting under a tree for 15 years.
Trapp said he would give it to Bunch on the condition the car was done up to its original condition and that is exactly what has happened.
Yesterday at the Queensland Super Sprints, Bunch drove a HQ Holden he drove in last year's series and both Harris and Rasi drove the recently restored HQ.
While Bunch doesn't have a figure for the cost of rebuilding the car, he said most of the expensive parts were in good condition.
"We have used the same colours and 90% of the same sponsor names from 20 years ago," he said.
They plan to run all four rounds of the series this year but not take the car to Leyburn for the annual sprints.
The trio aren't expecting to win the series with either car.
Bunch said they had the least powered and smallest capacity vehicles in the field.
"We are here for fun and have some friendly competition between us," he said.
The restored HQ once raced Formula 6 on the dirt.
For Harris, restoring the car was a chance to come to Warwick regularly.
"Bruce's wife Linda and my wife Heather are sisters so it is a chance for them to get together," Harris said.
"The family that plays together stays together."
It wasn't just their own work with the pair insisting a lot of voluntary work went into the car.
As for speed, they aren't sure but reckon it reached about 140kmh at the weekend.
The championships attracted 97 vehicles at the weekend for round 2 for A series drivers.
There will be a break at Morgan Park Raceway this weekend due to the polocrosse and then the Autumn Historic Meeting will be held at the raceway on April 27-28.
The historic meeting is being promoted by the Historic Race Car Club of Queensland and has attracted 194 vehicles.
Some drivers from Warwick will compete, including Matt Clift, John Wishart, Len Don and Matt Campbell. Campbell will drive a Sports 2000 owned by a motorsport enthusiast from Gosford.
The Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland will return to Morgan Park on May 4-5.