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Old 23 May 2003, 22:46 (Ref:608368)   #1
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Perkins ENZED Vk

I need some help!!
We are currently restoring the Larry Perkins Enzed Vk as used in the 87 season. The car last raced at Bathurst in 87 and crashed in the cutting with a Shell seria. This was the last time the car raced.

We need some under bonnet and boot shots aswell as interior

Please e-mail at slim05@bigpond.com.au
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Old 24 May 2003, 02:04 (Ref:608443)   #2
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Have you tried looking at the Great Race books for the 1986 and 1987 years? Available form the local library if you are lucky
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Old 24 May 2003, 06:35 (Ref:608517)   #3
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Didn't Perkins use a different Commodore at Sandown & Bathurst in 1986 to the one that was used during 1987?
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Yes he did but the 2 shells were built around the same time. If I recall rightly LP took the 2nd car to Bathurst with him in 1986.... as a spare
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Old 24 May 2003, 06:53 (Ref:608523)   #5
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Yes i think you are right, also the cars weren't owned by Perkins himself, though the owners name has slipped my mind at the moment.

Here is the Perkins/Parsons Enzed Commodore from Bathurst 1986
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Old 24 May 2003, 06:55 (Ref:608524)   #6
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Colin Giltrap was the gentleman's name, of the Giltrap Motor Group of NZ, a car dealer

That name is on the car somewhere
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Old 24 May 2003, 06:59 (Ref:608526)   #7
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Yes that's it. Perkins himself owned the VL that replaced the VK at the Calder WTCC round though didn't he, which subsequently became the TWR/HSV car Perkins drove in the ATCC in 1988?
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Sure did, and one of the 2 VK's became Tony Noske's Kalari Transport car as well
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The old VK went to Noske for the start of the 1987 ATCC, and, from memory, he didn't have one reliability problem with the car the whole time he ran it. He did bend the front of it on a wall at Winton once, but apart from that...

A quick flick through the two aforementioned JH1000 books netted no under bonnett pics. If both Perkins VKs were built around the same time, the under bonnet and interior layout would probably be the same. Perhaps we could tap Mark Noske for info when he's available?

Perhaps a bit OT, but the first Perkins VL. Was that car converted to TWR-spec for Denny Hulme to race at the 88 AGP meeting? Wasn't that car then sold to Llyndon Reithmuller who later sold it to Lansvale Smash Repairs? Or were those three seperate vehicles?
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Old 24 May 2003, 13:30 (Ref:608669)   #10
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Thanks for your help fellas
We actully have the Log book for the car and from that it's first meeting was Calder 28/2/87.
It ran 11 meetings in Aus and 2 in NZ

Wasn't the first VL Larry built the Everlast car, and wasn't that the car he ran at the WTCC round with Bill O'Brein? If so this car is in Tassie as well! it went to Smerdon, Scotty Taylor, Gary Cannan, and now with Alan Polglase and running all Sportsman running gear

We got the Diff Housing and some 16" Dymags from the VL, Not much left as most of the other gear went into the Price Attack VP which Gary Cannan now has. I worked on the Cars for Gary and am now helping build the VK for the new owner.
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Old 24 May 2003, 13:58 (Ref:608682)   #11
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Heres what we are starting with
The bloke we got it from picked it up in Feb 88. It had no running gear at all, still has dash and wirring
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Old 24 May 2003, 23:31 (Ref:609103)   #12
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The first Perkins customer VL was the O'Brien car, and they ran the Calder split track round in it.

Bill O'Brien ran it for a few seasons, updating it to VL TWR Batmobile spec at one stage, before on selling it to Chris Smerdon, who eventually had Perkins take most of the running gear out of it and build it into the VP that ran with Smerdon/McConville in 1993.

The remnants of the VL, an old Dodge truck and some other bits were onsold to someone in Tassie, who as you suggest filled it with other bits... so the VL shell remains, just not with the Group A bits under it

Judging by that pic, you guys have a bit of work to do....
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Old 25 May 2003, 07:44 (Ref:609222)   #13
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Perhaps a bit OT, but the first Perkins VL. Was that car converted to TWR-spec for Denny Hulme to race at the 88 AGP meeting? Wasn't that car then sold to Llyndon Reithmuller who later sold it to Lansvale Smash Repairs? Or were those three seperate vehicles?
As far as i know the Hulme AGP car was sold onto Reithmuller and then to Ashby/Reed as you say. I was under the impression though that both the '88 AGP cars were the Bathurst cars, the one built in Australia by Perkins (maybe that could be the converted one from Perkins '88 ATCC car), and the one built in the UK by TWR.

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We actully have the Log book for the car and from that it's first meeting was Calder 28/2/87.
It ran 11 meetings in Aus and 2 in NZ
If the cars first meeting was at the Calder ATCC round in Febuary '87, then i don't think the cars last race can have been Bathurst 1987 if it raced twice in NZ.

There was the January Nissan/Mobil 500 series in New Zealand at Wellington & Pukekohe in early 1987, in which Perkins won the series (along with victory at Pukekohe). After Bathurst Perkins went to the second VL he built for the Calder and Wellington WTCC rounds and the '87 Adelaide AGP race. Could the car have debuted at Wellington in 1987?

It will be good to see the car out on track when it is complete
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Old 25 May 2003, 08:06 (Ref:609239)   #14
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Not exactly right Racer69, one of the AGP cars was a 1988 Bathurst car in Perkins/Hulme/Walkinshaw hands as the #10 car, while the other VL was a spare brought to Bathurst by Perkins, who was hoping Walkinshaw would run that instead of the one brought from the UK for learnings purposes.

The 1990 LRT angle is right though, but only after Llynden Reithmuller of Sephco Waste and SPV Racing fame took it to Bathurst 1999 and had a lot of trouble with blown headgaskets related to a duff radiator that meant the car got little circuit time.
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Old 25 May 2003, 08:39 (Ref:609248)   #15
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Ahh yes i remember, i had forgotten about the third TWR/HSV entry, car #40. Part of Perkin's problem with the whole operation was that the #20 car was built in England and therefore wasn't compatible in many ways to Perkins car, meaning the team was effectively split in two.

The #20 car returned to Bathurst in 1990 as the #16 car, and left for the TWR museum a winner. (actually brings up a query, what will happen to this car with the goings on of TWR)
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