VW Platform

VW Platform

This is the second Motorkhana Special built by Alan Wheeley.


The VW body was taken off a chassis by John Virtue early in January, 1977 and it was parked in his workshop in Kingston.  Preparations for competition consisted of welding a full width roll bar onto the car with braces to the rear.  The first motorkhana that it ran in was the Holden Torana Car Club event on Sunday 20th March, where it came third outright.

It was transported to my home in April, 1977, and was test driven in the street on 1st May.  It ran at the QMROA Motorkhana at Capalaba where it won outright.

Lights were fitted to the trailer on 19th May, and the trailer registered on 1st June.  The rear suspension was reset on 15th June to bring the wheels back to upright without the weight of the body on the chassis.  Greg and Christine Evans bought third shares in the vehicle, and all three drove it in events.

On Sunday 19th June it competed in Queensland Motorkhana Championship Round 4 run by QMSC, but the oil cooler sprung a leak at the sealing rubbers inside the fan housing.  A new set of wheels were bought for the car on 9th July, and fitted with tractor tyres for the dirt.

The Interclub Motorkhana was held at Toombul Shoppingtown on 14th August, and the next event was the QMROA round of the Queensland Championships held at Dalgety’s Paddock at Rocklea.  It ran at the Renault Car Club Motorkhana on 30th October, and the last round of the QMC on 27th November, 1977 at Labrador.

Greg and Christine took over the ownership of the car when Alan Wheeley started competing in his “Wusten Rennwagen” in 1978.