So today I’m currently visiting Jason Overland’s Giocattolo event. Of the 15 original cars, one was destroyed at Eastern Creek claiming the life of it’s owner and driver and another is unaccounted for. So it is already a very rare car. Jason has managed to assemble nine of them in one place!
The Giocattolo was the brainchild of Paul Halstead and Barry Lock. It is powered by a 5.0L Holden V8 (an engine designed exclusively for the Australian market) and mated to a ZF transaxle, and mounted behind the seats of what started life as an Alfa Romeo Sprint.
In addition to this, three McLaren cars, Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and Lotus were all represented.
Keep an eye out for at least some of these cars in future issues.
Photographs by Joanne Hansor
A different kind of drag race
The Hi Tec Oils Snowy Mountains 1000 is a one kilometre drag race held annually over two days at the Cooma Airport in New South Wales. 2013 was the second year of the event; one of only three of its kind in the country. While drag racing is one of the very few forms of motorsport not covered by Race Magazine, the variety of cars that attend make it a very interesting and fun event. There are not too many times one can simply wind the car out to see what it will do. Lining up behind exotic supercars such as the Ferrari 458 Italia of Sebastian Giampaolo, Lamborghini Gallardo of James Hodge and Adam Kaplan’s Pagani Zonda C12S (the only one in Australia) is a multitude of sports sedans, drift cars and modified street cars. Surprisingly the one genre of competitive vehicles that was barely represented was drag cars!