John Hunter, Warrimoo NSW (since April 1999), Former President of the
Historic Sports & Racing Association of NSW
John and Percy Hunter
Original builder and owner not known. Car has a late body, possibly made
by J&S Fibreglass in Sydney when they took over Buchanan production in
1959, and is fitted to a genuine Buchanan chassis made by the Pressed
Metal Corporation to Buchanan’s design to take early Holden running gear.
Only a handful of Buchanans were built with this chassis, and to date only
one other car is known to exist with this specification (the John Reaburn
special, currently owned by Kean Rogers in the USA).
The "WOFTAM" was owned
by The Rev Brian Johnson in the mid seventies, and was issued with a CAMS
logbook for the newly created historic racing category (Group L) in 1976.
The car was subsequently owned and raced by several key players in the
HSRCA’s early history – Barry Clark (1980), John Plummer (1981), Owen
Williams (1983), Roger Ealand (1987 - 1997) and the late Peter Hopwood
(1997 – 1999). Peter rebuilt the car to run in the 1997 Targa Tasmania
with his son as co-driver. Unfortunately gearbox problems prevented them
from achieving a good result, although Peter did say that when they were
on the road, nobody managed to pass them!
part of the Group H (Hunter family) racing stable, the car has undergone
further restoration work and was recently granted an official Certificate
of Description and log book indicating it’s compliance with the Lb
category rules in Australian historic racing.
Chassis - Buchanan
designed, built by Pressed Metal Corporation
Engine - Holden Grey
6cyl, 3x 1.75inch HS6 SU carburetors, modified Vauxhall crankshaft,
12.5:1 compression running on
100 octane racing fuel
Gearbox - BMC B series
four speed with close ratio straight cut gears
Differential - Holden
live rear axle with LSD center
Front Susp. - Narrowed
early Holden crossmember, coil springs & telescopic dampers
Rear Susp. - Holden
leaf springs & telescopic dampers
Brakes - Holden drums
front & rear
Holden steering box & linkages