Toyota Special F3

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This vehicle started life as a Skoda special in 1968, built by Arthur Banks from Sydney using a Skoda engine and gearbox, with drum brakes front and rear.
The engine and brake combination proved unreliable and it was updated in 1971 with a Toyota 1100cc engine, a VW gearbox and disc brakes fitted front and rear.

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The car was re-log booked by CAMS as a group Q car. In its early life it competed at Amaroo, Philip Island, Winton and Sandown as well as various events in NSW and Victoria in the F3 class.
Not being an ultra-quick car, it didn’t have a lot of success.
It has been rumored that one of its owners was unhappy with it and decided to strip the car. According to the legend, all the parts were sold at a swap meet, where it was purchased and reassembled.
It has had approximately 6 owners. The original owner had it for 13 years then a number of other owners for short periods of time.
It was purchased by the parents of the current owner in 1996. Together they turned the car around, making it faster and more reliable. They campaigned the car for another 13 years in club events in South Australia.
In early 2009 the current owner purchased the car from his parents, keeping it safely in the family.
In November 2009 the car was extensively damaged in a serious accident, needing a complete rebuild. A new engine, gearbox and many other various parts were needed! But after 10 months of work by family members, it all came back to life again.

Now the Toyota special is mainly competing in events and sprints. This will be its 5th year competing at the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival.

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We are excited to announce that the Custom 1977 Porsche 911 3 Litre, will be competing at this years Geelong Revival Motoring Festival! Owned and built by Achertect Mr Hugh Feggans’, this custom 911 is a personal project that marked the beginning of a lifelong passion; Hugh’s got plenty to say about this car and how the Porsche appeal is now a solid part of his life. The car you see here was purchased some 10+ years ago by Hugh, at the time as a 21 year old retail shift worker, it wasn’t what you’d consider a sensible purchase but it’s something that he always wanted. Over the years of ownership Hugh has spent considerable time and effort to turn this classic Porsche into what you see here. It’s a 1977, 3.0L Porsche 911. This period of 911 referred to as the ‘impact bumper’, they used to be considered as an ugly duckling compared to the slender chrome bumper pre ‘73 cars but I’ve always loved them.

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The car was treated to a full bare metal respray in its Guards Red colour. The interior has been completely redone with a back seat delete (RS style), full roll cage with RS door trims and two BF Torino period basket weave Recaro seats complete with a driver’s four-point harness. A Momo Mod 07 wheel and wooden 917 inspired shift knob complete the spartan interior. It’s no fuss, fit for purpose as a classic ‘70s Porsche racer should be. The engine is the original 3.0L but has been completely rebuilt to a high performance but still a reasonably driver friendly specification. This included stripping the engine back to a bare case and replacing everything including all new pistons and barrels, cams and it’s running a custom sports exhaust and It howls! I’ve retained the original 915, 5 speed gearbox but this has also been rebuilt and despite the negative press on these units, is a tight shift. The wheels are custom and utilise an original early 911 15” steel wheel. These have then been cast into widened to 8” front and 9” rear aluminum outers with custom backspacing to fit under the standard guards. They are shod with Yokohama/Advan semi slick shoes and I think this combination really suits the track-focused tough and aggressive style of the car. Suspension wise the original Koni shock absorbers were refurbished including being painted and are mated to larger Turbo torsion bars, tie rod ends and all new bushings and rubbers throughout. It’s a track setup but can still be enjoyed on the road. I also don’t want to trailer a car to and from the track.

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We are excited that Hugh will be attending the Revival this year. Make sure you look out for him in the pits and admire how 10+ years of passion and some out of the box thinking can turn an ugly duckling into an outlaw!

[subtitle]Kind thanks to Luke Ray from Fuel Press for the use of images and details[/subtitle]