Holden HZ Sandman Panel Van

Driven by Carlo Aloi and Ted Camilleri

Car no.
Carlo Aloi, Ted Camilleri
Holden HZ Sandman Panel Van
LUB354 (NSW)
10 – 34h 46m 26s

Friends Carlo Aloi and Ted Camilleri from Sydney entered the race and drove a red Holden HZ Sandman panel van.

Carlo Aloi passed away in 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

Carlo's cousin says that Carlo was a brilliant driver and always had hot Monaro's that he would race at Sydney's Castlereagh drag races and at "Brickies" (a popular illegal street racing location in the 60s and 70s and now the site of Sydney Olympic Park).

The Holden was fitted with a wild 350 Chevrolet engine and a turbo 400 transmission. It had 15" WB Statesman wheels and a 2.78:1 differential was fitted for extra top end speed.

During the race the engine developed a bad leak from the front oil seal. Needing oil, they found a car in the middle of nowhere and drained the oil out of it, leaving only a note stating what they had done.

At one stage they were leading the race, but on the Eyre Highway Ted Camilleri was caught travelling at 180 km/h and later appeared in the Norseman Magistrate's Court.

The team finished in tenth position, around 2 1/4 hours behind the fastest team.

After the race the car was sold to a friend, and the engine possibly later sold to another friend.

At the start (Source: Warrick Jacobson)

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