TG goes in search of Aussie muscle
In honour of the weekend's Bathurst 1000, we go in search of proper Australian firepower...
Posted: 14 Oct 2013
The next day we visit Rod's lock-up - his mates call it the Garage Mahal - and see some of his projects. Turns out Rod is into everything. He built an incredible Merlin-engined roadster based on a model toy his grandfather made him. Twin-engined hot rods, salt racers, myriad rat rods and even a proper LA-style low rider. Turns out Rod's automotive church is much broader than he makes out. But it's all a bit... static. More phone calls, and we head back into Melbourne to see if the Muscle Car Expo at the Royal Exhibition Building can provide any leads. It's a brilliant show, highlighting both Americana and home-grown Aussie muscle-car talent, which in some way ran in parallel to the US stuff, giving a deeper insight into why the continent may have grown up knowing that rightness is V8-shaped. A few polite enquiries while poking around the exhibits gives us another lead. Australia's most powerful HSV Commodore apparently lives in Melbourne.