John Stoneham

Unique Cars last issue (UC#399) had a drop piece on the Kent Youlden-James Hardie 12 Hour Laser TX3 with a request where the car is now. I can’t tell you that but you may be interested in where it went after the 12-Hour.

The Youlden built car was sold after the 1991 Grand Prix Rally by Ford to Barossa Valley Ford dealer, Tim Lynas who was keen to enter the inaugural 1992 Targa Tasmania as part of the official Ford Team.

Short story, I was asked by Tim to navigate and agreed after I had inspected the car and saw how well the TX3 was built and the roll cage was set up.

The Targa Ford Team was set up by Ford PR man Adrian Ryan and included British Rally Champion, Roger Clark (Falcon), Stirling & Suzie Moss (Mustang), Andrew Medieke (Pantera), Glenn Coad (Cobra), Tony Gaze, Geoffrey Dutton, Dean & Ben Rainsford (Mustang) and many more.

Half way through this wild and woolly 1st Targa event we found ourselves in the top ten leading all the Ford teams...

Suddenly Jac Nasser, Ford Australia MD, took notice of the two wankers from South Australia.

As we watched someone crash-out almost at every turn, we finished sixth outright just behind Sir Jack Brabham and Barry Lake.

Tim Lynas asked would I navigate again next year... my reply was “Timmy you will never-ever come 6th Outright in this event again... NO.”

After Targa, Lynas competed in a Winton 6 Hour Relay and the 1993 Targa with Alan Letcher navigating, finishing 23rd.

It was then sold to Barossa winemaker, the late Doug Lehmann who was planning to compete in tarmac rallies.

The garage it was stored in burnt to the ground and then I thought the little buzzbomb was gone forever.

I was amused that Elaine Hanneson had bought the ashes and it may have been built up again around the log book.

Highlight of the event: “I could never quite beat Roger Clark to the bar after each day of the event...!” A great pleasure to have met this lovely bloke.