This midget racing car, affectionately called ‘The Pig’, was built for hill climb events by local driver, the late Don Wright. It competed in a Bathurst Light Car Club Hill Climb event at Mount Panorama and at Silverdale, near Sydney.
The car is powered by a 2-litre 1973 Mazda engine with a turbo charger. Whilst it looks a little ‘agricultural’, it’s very fast and the engine has a sweet sound.
Don Wright had a long association with racing at the Mount Panorama circuit, having been a mechanic with Barry Gurdon, when he was campaigning the supercharged Austin A90 back in the 50s. He was responsible for fitting the Ford Zephyr disc brakes conversion to the A90 which improved its performance considerably.
This midget racing car was built, as a dare, to show the younger car club members that this ‘old fella’ could still build something a bit different.
Hill Climb events hold a very special place in the history of the Mount Panorama circuit. Hill climbs commence from Conrod Straight and winds up through the Esses, ending at McPhillamy Park, and is quite spectacular to watch.
The Bathurst Light Car Club was instrumental in the establishment of the National Motor Racing Museum.
This vehicle was kindly donated to the Museum by Mrs Chris Wright