Group A Mustang
84, in the cutting, Don Smith at the wheel; Photo
Bathurst 1985. Dipper. Photo by
car started out as one of two Mustangs bought to Australia
by Don Smith, This car is known as "Abe's Babe" as there is
a plate affixed to the dash which is still there today.
Seton built up the car for him and Smith to race at Bathurst
in the Group A class in 1984.
1984 Bathurst 1000
Group A and C. Car # 69 Nu-Truck Spares livery and driven by
Don Smith/Barry Seton. The car finished 18th overall and 3rd
in Group A. (Group A proper was to start the following
Don Smith entered the ATCC only to be plagued by a string of
The ATCC rounds and results for 1985 that Don Smith did are
Round 1. Feb 10th, Winton. DNF. (engine)
Round 2. Feb 24th, Sandown. DNF.
Round 5 April 23rd, Adelaide. DNF.
In 1985, Wayne and Bruce Anderson saw the introduction of
Group A touring cars as the opportunity to go to Australia
and race at Bathurst. With a leaning towards Fords, they
chose to go with the only suitable car, a 5 litre Mustang.
The Anderson brothers bought the car in 1985
complete with another body shell, and
shipped it over to their Pinepac premises in Auckland to
prepare it for Bathurst in October that year. They
completely rebuilt the car, upgrading it to the 1st
July 1985 homologation rule changes, these allowed larger
brakes, upgraded suspension components, different engine
specs including a roller cam and tubular extractors, the
body was also upgraded to a 1985 GT. An engine from Dick
Johnson's workshops in Brisbane was built before the car was
shipped to Bathurst.
1985 BATHURST 1000.
(The 1st full Group A race at Bathurst) The Andersons
arrived at Bathurst ready to go and did plenty of practice
laps with the spare engine. However a vibration problem saw
them change to the Johnson race unit early and they
qualified 27th. They started well but a broken oil cooler
line and a blown head gasket saw them in for repairs and the
car eventually retired out on the track after 17 laps.
1985 Henson and Hedges: Bay Park
1986 BATHURST 1000.
car competed in the Pukekohe 500km race at the beginning of
1986 finishing 9th, it was rolled in practise before the
Wellington 500km race so the sister car was run there (this
had been built
up by the Andersons from the spare originally brought from
Smith). Both cars competed at the Surfers Paradise round or
the ATCC prior to Bathurst. Abes Babe was driven by Bruce up
to sixth before a timing chain let go. At Bathurst in
October the car practiced well, eventually qualifying 39th.
They again ran well in the race but after 81 laps the engine
broke a timing chain and lost its oil.
1986 South Pacific Touring car championship Pukekohe
Rolled in practice for the Nissan Mobil
Street race in Wellington when a suspension part failed.
The sister car was then used and driven by Bruce Anderson
and Leo Leonard.
Benson and Hedges Manfield and Pukekohe.
ATCC, Surfers Paradise 1986
The Pinepac cars: Abes babe on left,
Sister car built 1986, and Grp A XE Falcon
Although they didn't go to Bathurst they competed in the
Wellington WTCC race that year qualifying 29th and finishing
Nissan Mobil 1987, Wellington street race
round, Drivers Anderson and Francevic. and
Anderson/Robertson in sister car.
Nissan Mobil 1987, Pukekohe round, Drivers
Anderson and Francevic.
GROUP A MUSTANG
5.0L V8, 390HP, cast iron block & cylinder heads, roller cam
and roller rockers, factory Aluminium inlet manifold, 4
barrel carb, tubular exhaust manifolds.
Getrag 262 close ratio
Front = fabricated fully adjustable McPherson strut & lower
wishbone, Rear = Rigid axle adjustable 4 link with coil
over, Bilstein gas shocks, adjustable front and rear
331mm front rotors, 291mm rear rotors with AP 4 pot
callipers and adjustable pedal box.
16inch Simmonds 3 piece, 265/630 Dunlop racing slicks.
120litre foam filled tank, 2 x Holley fuel pumps.
The car was located in Timaru NZ; it hadnít turned a wheel
for probably 10 years and was in need of some TLC but was
very complete and unmodified from its early Group A days.
The car as it was purchased in May 2005.
It was shipped to Ken Hopper Race cars in Auckland (Ken was
the Andersons race engineer in the 80s &90s) where the
rebuild was started.
This was completed late 2006 when the car was given a brief
test at Pukekohe raceway before being shipped to Australia
Stripped body, July | Bead blasted,
Aug | Interior and exterior Painted, Sept 05
Mid Dec 05: Car has just completed a test at Pukekohe.
19 Feb 2006: Queensland Raceway testing
RACING AGAIN !
March 2006: Eastern Creek: Historic Group A & C races: Finished
3rd Group A.
May 06: Glen Seton in the car at Queensland
Shannonís insurance Queensland Historic race meeting 5&6
August 06, Glenn Seton drove the PinePac Mustang to pole
position then carried on to win race one and two with a
second in race three after a close battle with Rod Marklands
winning Nissan Skyline.
Queensland Historic race meeting 5&6 August 06
Creek Raceway 2nd
and 3rd September.2006 : 1st in Group A and 2nd
May 2007: Philip Island Historic meeting.
Pinepac 1 and 2 together for the first time in 17 years.
Ross Donnelley debuted the sister car (referred to as the black car or
Pinepac 2) having just completed a full restoration.
Abes Babe won the feature race after some close dices with the Group C Falcon of