My early involvement was as support crew for other members, however I soon decided to get more involved. I purchased a MK2 Escort four door sedan from a family whose father had decided to hand in his licence. Whilst it was an older vehicle it was basically sound and did not take a lot of restoration to bring it up to competition standard. The car was very quick and in the early days was still road registered and could be driven to events. In later years modifications meant that it could no longer be registered and it had to be trailered. In one event at Amaroo Park, whilst at full speed, the rear axle broke and inconveniently released one of the rear wheels. The car rolled seven times and was extensively damaged, except for the passenger side rear door, which was unmarked. I escaped with only minor bruising from the harness, but the car was a write-off.
Given that the mechanical components were all still in good working order, the search commenced for a donor shell. A two door shell was located and the process of transferring and restoring the mechanical components commenced. During the rebuild a 5 speed Sierra gearbox was fitted which lifted the top speed from 147kph to around 160kph. The engine was 2litres which had been modified, however still within standard regulations.
Not many people would believe that I once swapped my business suit for a race suit on weekends.