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Drive Life : January 28th 2011
1HERSA1 F005 *Of fer applies to new vehicles ordered and delivered between 26th December 2010 and 14th Februar y 2011. Offer excludes Dealer Delivery which may vary between dealers. Cannot be combined with any other offer. BMW11844_SMH_Z4_ A Only a BMW drives like a BMW and the BMW Summer Sales Drive is your opportunity to secure substantial savings across the entire new vehicle range. With incentives also available on 2010 demonstrators, now is the time to get a better deal on an Ultimate Driving Machine. Visit your participating BMW Dealer today. WHAT MAKES BMW FREE ON-ROA BETTER THAN OTHER FREE ON-RO ADS? THE CAR YOU PUT ON THE ROAD. THE BMW SUMMER SALES DRIVE HAS BEEN EXTENDED. COMPLIMENTARY STAMP D REGISTRATION AND CTP* . EXCLUDES DEALER DELIVERY. ADS ROADS? UTY EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 14. BMW Sydney 65 Craigend Street, Rushcutters Bay. Ph: (02) 9334 4855 bmwsydney.com.au DL 14639 North Shore BMW 676 Pacific Highway, Chatswood. Ph: (02) 9406 0888 northshorebmw.com.au DL 26386 Canterbury BMW 376-384 Canterbury Road, Canterbury. Ph: (02) 9784 8856 canterburybmw.com.au DL 8726 Col Crawford Motors 497 Pittwater Road, Brookvale. Ph: (02) 9941 1291 colcrawford.bmw.com.au DL 6342 Sylvania BMW 101-107 Prince s Highway, Sylvania. Ph: (02) 8543 5459 sylvaniabmw.com.au DL 14727 Trivett Classic 40-52 Church Street, Parramatta. Ph: (02) 9841 9003 trivettclassicbmw.com.au DL 579 BMW 133 BMW bmw.com.au The Sydney Morning Herald Friday, January 28, 2011 5 DriveLIFE What do old blokes tell you? Fact or fiction . . . the famous 05 Holden wins another Bathurst --- but was it really Brocky behind the wheel? TONY DAVIS Frequently Unasked Questions You like it, mate? Did it up myself. Bare metal, stripped down to the last nut and bolt. It's a rare one, of course. They only ever built 12 examples with the five-speed and four-barrel and only one in this colour. Probably priceless but I'd never sell it because, well, the sentimental value. I worked on the line. Well, I wasn't just a line worker, I was a bit higher up than that. Surprised you don't recognise me, you being a car bloke and all that. Here's my card. See the name . . . no, still doesn't ring a bell? Geez, I could tell you some stories. You're in a hurry? That's OK but I didn't just work at Ford and Holden, you know. I was a safety engineer at Chrysler Australia and know that first run of Valiants in 1962? Here's something you could write about: every one of them had a driver-side airbag. We designed it all locally, along with an engine powered by water but that's another story. The managing director -- some silly American named Chip or something -- said he never discussed safety because it reminded people of car crashes. So we had to remove the sensors. But even now if you take off the horn button from those cars you'll find the airbag underneath. Might be sticky now -- it was made of rubber and, in the first tests, it did jettison the horn ring with such force it punched a perfect doughnut in the test dummy. No, come back, just for a minute. I'll tell you real quick about Ferrari of Ballarat. Yes, Ballarat. I'm always amazed by the things people don't know. During the late 1960s, most Ferraris were built there. There were too many strikes in Italy and the Mafia took a cut on each car built. A bunch of former Italian prisoners of war had the idea. I helped set up the production line with a few ex-Chrysler guys. We banged them together them in this big shed where they once built World War II bombers. Shipped them back to the Continent at the end so they could rivet on a plaque saying ''Made in Italy''. It was true: that's where the plaque was made. Don't go, that's just reminded me of something else. You'd be interested in motor sport, wouldn't you? Remember the XU1 Torana? That was something else I was involved in, in a modest sort of way. I sketched the design on the leg of my overalls during the rather long wait between each Ferrari because, well, they weren't exactly a mass-produced item. General Motors began building them -- they made a few changes to my design, admittedly -- and the next thing you know they're saying ''you're the guy who set all those records at Mallala Raceway, aren't you?'' and asking if I'd drive for them. Ended up winning Bathurst seven times but, you know how these things happen, I had to wear a full-face Peter Brock mask for sponsorship reasons. I kept the prize money though. That was enough, as I've never been one to big-note myself. And, hey, I was a bit bored with racing, so I let Peter have a go. He wasn't a bad driver and he did win a couple of times in his own right towards the end, once I'd agreed to hand-build his engines and run his pit-crew. He wanted me to design and build his HDT roadcarstoobut. . . Hey, it's getting a bit hard to shout, with you standing so far away. Did I tell you about the Escort hybrid I built when I was head of engineering at Ford, or the timeI. . .
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