Over 60 competitive vehicles at this year’s Quit Targa West in August features an exciting mix of track-ready modern and rare classic vehicles, making it a must-see event for Perth’s motoring enthusiasts.
The event is known for attracting some of Western Australia’s finest vehicles with competitor Paul Crute eagerly awaiting Targa events to be able to run his 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe in the way it was built.
“We love Targa West events, they are fantastic. It is more than just the racing. The racing is the adrenaline run, but the real love is the classic cars and the social aspect. There’s a really good atmosphere,” said Crute.
“We will never be at the front end of the field – we took to this far too late in life to be any good, but that’s not what we do it for. My car is like a show car that we get to race. I get a lot of pride in the car and then we use it in Targas.
“Five years ago, I bought the 1965 Mustang with the intention of myself and childhood friend, Paul Gusterson doing Targa West. It was a trip to Frank Huber’s workshop to get my 1966 Mustang street car serviced and seeing all the classic vehicles he was doing for Targa that sparked the idea.
“The car was brought in from The States as a road going coupe. Once it arrived, we stripped it right down to the chassis, sandblasted it and built the car around Gus (co-driver) and I. We are both big boys, so we bought the seats to fit us and then we made the seats fit the car. The car has modern Wilwood front and rear disc brakes, coilover front suspension, the traditional nine inch and leaf spring rear suspension, a Tremec T6500 five speed gearbox and a small block Windsor motor.
“When driving, you've got to work the car. There's no electronics, no traction control, no stability control, no ABS - it's all you and the car. You're driving around on a live rear axle with potentially upwards of 500hp, so if it's wet, you've got to be careful - that's part of it though.
“I can appreciate the modern vehicles for what they are, they are just incredible pieces of technology, but they don't have the spirit and soul of the classics”