Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: CANBERRA, A.C.T. AUSTRALIA
First up, you can't keep referring to those buckets by their marketing names, try using crappadore, floggadore, dunnydore or what really gets up them: the Lexcen. Did you know that the brand name actually stands for Hope Our Luck Doesn't End Now - which rings true on race day because they could only win a race based on 'special' rules & the leading Falcons misfortune. Until the Chev, (Cough Heave Eventually Vomit,) motors came along, they couldn't pull over 200kw (alleged) out of a 5 litre & the stroker was only good for a 'scary' 225kw, whereas our T-series & now the XR8s pump out 220 from the 5.0. Add $7000 (Herrod kit) & you're clipping 250/260kw & thats with standard everything & we all know the real difference comes with a good heads/intake/exhaust setup. Ask them what happened to the first VT cop cars, didn't have the nuts to run flashing lights, sirens & the country music radio station. Not to mention woeful handling & unreliability resulting in police re-orders being 80% to 20% in Fords favour. Ask them why there are so many Falcon Taxis running around, look at the use & abuse those things get, coundn't get the same time out of a commonbore. Which brings us to doing up cars, crappadore drivers are like sheep - all 'modified' buckets out there look the same, I've never heard a Ford fanatic walk up to the 'HIV racing' brigade & say that they're "...a ford man but that floggadores great.." although thats what we got at the GMC 400 club display. Don't be disheartened we need crappy cars like theirs to keep those 'knobs' out of the cars we all drive. But I agree with them on one note - Ford should slot in some good new motors from the states ie: 5.4L, what will the poor bastards say then?