Street machining rarely sees the norm kept as far as powerplants go and that’s why at Motorvation 30 this Friday to Sunday it pays to take a closer look at what is ‘motorvating’ each entrant.
The Pontiac Transam might have been the dream sports car for many an American youth but for Ben Jansen he considered it a base to improve upon – not that modification is anything unusual for him.
Jansen has virtually ditched the original running gear in favour of a 540 cubic inch big block Chev making close to 800 horsepower, attached to a reverse pattern T400 box with a 5000rpm stall and transbrake. He has however kept the original 80s paint.
“Every car I have ever owned I have modified in some way,” he said. “The main reason I chose to modify my Transam was that I was unhappy with the power and performance of the car in its stock form.
“After I started playing with the engine everything else sort of evolved over the years into what it is now.”
It has been a labour of love.
“I enjoy the being able to do a lot of the work myself to create something unique that I’m proud of,” Jansen said. “I also enjoying learning new skills during the builds. All my close mates also have modified cars so working on them and going to events together is good fun.
“I’m looking forward to getting to drive my car to its potential in a controlled environment with my mates and getting to be part of a major event. I want to do as many driving events as possible and have fun!”
“I have always been into modifying cars and enjoys things that go fast,” Rafferty said. “My car is a one owner and there are none in WA with this combo.”
Rafferty’s 420 cubic inch powerplant in [THUD] should be of great help in the driving events at Motorvation 30, something he is looking forward to.
“I would like to drive my car as much as possible and put a show on for the crowd, there is some tough cars out there and people like to see them driving not just parked up,” he said.
“It is good to show your car off but it is great when you can drive them also as having a modified car it gets hard to enjoy them when you can’t drive them on the road.”
Motorvation 30, WA’s biggest street machine festival, takes place from January 22 to 24, 2016 at Perth Motorplex. For more information click here.