There's a little car that's won a lot of friends in recent Targa Tasmania tarmac rallies and this year it has taken out a Golden Targa Trophy award for three successive Targa class wins - it's Simon and Amanda Davison's giant killing 1955 Austin A30!
The mighty little car could easily have won several more trophies for putting the most smiles on the faces of every official, spectator and competitor alike for its terrier like performance clothed in a mild outer skin - a far cry from its original design of delivering a gentle British commute half a century ago.
But make no mistake these days the A30 - while retaining its allegiance to its Austin parentage - has been rebuilt and re-engineered to conform to strict international FIA standards for tarmac rallying.
Evidence of the effectiveness of that transformation is that this little beast has been a class winner at Targa Tasmania for the past four years.
Simon Davison - a manufacturing engineer from Ballarat (Victoria) - has managed to build a competitive car that - unlike Peter Brock's first race winning Austin A30 - has stayed true to its origins and is not loaded up with US or Australian high-performance bits and pieces."
Simon paid tribute to his sponsors. "We could not have achieved what we have without loyal and visionary sponsors including bearing manufacturer and distributor, Australian Timken and the race winning Bardahl range of lubricant technologies to protect steering, suspension, engine, gearbox, rear axle and cooling system components."
" Personally I have found Bardahl products to be second to none in reducing stress, wear and corrosion while maximising the overall performance of the car - in rallies like Targa which tests the strength, reliability and durability of the car's drivetrain, steering and suspension this is vital," he said.