Brisbane’s Luke Dimech and his hulking Holden Monaro are the latest entry in the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.
Luke and his older South Australian brother, Neil, who will take on the co-driver duties, are keen to pit their skills in the recently rebuilt Monaro GTS 350 against 49 other contenders, most of whom will be driving smaller and more nimble machines.
Unusually for a rally car, the Monaro is fitted with a three speed automatic gearbox.
“It just works really well and suits the huge 5.7 litre engine”, Luke said.
“Don’t laugh, but this will be my first rally since 1994 and I have wanted to get back into it ever since!”
Luke’s car was previously owned by Victorian competitor Ken Cusack and was originally constructed as a replica of the 1970 Ampol Trial Holden Dealer Team car driven into third place by Australian Rally Champion, Colin Bond.
Luke’s tender loving care over two years has seen the car restored to its pristine original condition.