Sunset in the Park at Geelong Revival

A chilled-out sunset meet kicked off this year's Geelong Revival

Photographers: Caprice Photography

The Geelong Revival returned to its traditional date last weekend, opening with a sunset carpark meet on Friday evening. Dozens of tough street cars and cool oddities rolled into the picturesque space, known by locals as ‘Shaggers’.

Sunset in the Park replaced the previously-held CBD cruise, allowing owners to come and go as they please without being interrupted by regular traffic. Save for a rogue L-plater neutral-bombing his VT Commodore and before disappearing, there was not a peep on trouble from attendees.

We’ll bring you more Revival coverage soon, but in the meantime, here’s a taste of the Friday night action.

Paul Grzybeck brought his 350 Chev-powered HT Kingswood to the Friday night meet. The alloy-headed donk is good for 450hp at the flywheel, paired to a TH350 and shortened 9in rear. “We’re still tidying up little bits but it’s very streetable,” Paul says. “My wife Kylie raced it here last year and did about a 13.7 without pushing it.”

This rally homologation special Daihatsu Storia X4 was rebodied into an Aussie-delivered Sirion shell. It directs 100kW to all four wheels on 21psi of boost, care of a twin-cam 713cc four-cylinder with a screaming 9000rpm redline. At just 820kg, it’s a reliable recipe for fun.

Dave reckons his XD Falcon needs a bit of cosmetic love, but its bright yellow attracted bystanders and insects alike on Friday night. There’s a 347 Windsor between the rails, matched to a C9 with a 4500rpm stall and 9in third member. “I used to have an XW that was pretty rusted out, but I kept all the running gear and ended up throwing it into this,” he explains.

Steve cruised from Little River in his HJ sedan, which wears HX graphics and an HZ GTS dash. Bought as “a bit of a wreck”, Steve slotted in a warm 308 and auto combo before coating the car in a VE Commodore green.

In proper Geelong style, Andrew Larkins dropped his XA sedan on Center Lines, stroked the numbers-matching 302 Clevo to 351 cubes, and called it a day. “I bought it off a guy who was about 74, and I’m this third owner,” Andrew said. “It’s nothing radical; everything else is standard.”

Chris Topouzakis made the wrecker find of a lifetime when he found this one-owner VC Commodore in a Casterton yard. “It was a one owner car with logbooks and 140,000kms on it!” A lowering job and polish later, and the 173-powered manual L model hit the road. “It’s got one speaker, and that’s it,” Chris laughs.

With its steamroller rear meats, you couldn’t miss Sam Gauci’s killer XB. It’s received a fresh 408 Clevo since appearing on our May 2022 cover, built to the same specs. “It’s due for a facelift,” Sam says of the ex-George Anthony beast, “but I’m building an XY for my daughter at the moment.”

Inspired by the iconic Wog Boy Pacer, Michael Bertucci’s VF hardtop actually saw use in the third movie instalment, Wog Boys Forever. “I built this car off a movie I loved, so words can’t describe how happy I am,” he enthuses. Bought from Adelaide as a virtually stock car, Michael added a hotter cam to the 360 under the bonnet and the requisite rear quarter stripe.

Nick Townsend snagged this XC as a rolling shell 12 years ago. “I had it on my Ps with a Crossflow in it, and as soon as I finished my Ps the 351 went straight into it,” he says.

Nick handled the engine rebuild and paint himself, making for a neat streeter, though future plans include a repaint and stroker or big-block power.

Tony Masters’ ’66 Mustang fastback is a pretty extreme bit of gear. The powerplant is a 520ci big block, with a dry sump arrangement and custom billet ITBs controlled by an Autronic system. Behind that is a TKX five-speed manual and a full-floater 9in with 35-spline axles, Detroit Locker and 3.25 gears.

“I probably should’ve gone 3.00s, because it’s got so much torque that it just doesn’t need low gears,” Tony admits. It’s super-rigid thanks to extensive bracing, and it’s all VicRoads-approved. “It did their head in,” he laughs. The Muzzy raced at the February Revival, and also had a crack in Tasmania.

Liam Bonney’s super-sleepy ’92 Cressida hides 1JZ power, yanked from a Soarer. Liam finished off the conversion this year, and has already notched up 4000 trouble-free kays.

“It’s slightly heavier than a Soarer, just because it’s got all the leather interior and that,” he says. “It’s pretty quiet, but it can be loud when you step on it!”