Martin White runs John White Race Engines, a family-owned high performance engine workshop in Queensland. We caught up with Martin back in 2012 to find out more about the family’s passion for racing – which was the foundation of the business
WHAT do you do, Martin?
I run John White Race Engines, which my dad founded in 1971. We’ve just moved from Wooloongabba in inner city Brisbane up to Narangba. We’ll have a lot more room!
It must be quite a job, moving a 40-year-old business.
Just when you think you’ve moved a lot of stuff, you come back and find more! We’ve had a lot of rain up here too, so it has been tricky moving all the machinery as the ground’s soft.
You used to get your kicks drifting a twin-turbo Mustang (below). What are you driving these days?
After I sold the Mustang, I built a Group N XT Falcon that was a lot of fun. Now I’m working on a Falcon Sprint so I can race in events like Muscle Car Masters.
What engine will it run?
A 289. It will have quad Webers and make around 480hp and as much torque as I can make. The fastest guy in the class is running a 302 that we built, so hopefully we can keep up!
Is classic racing a big part of the business now?
Yep. Dad founded it on drag racing and boats, which we stilll do, but I’m focusing on the circuit stuff now. It’s a real adrenalin rush. To get the same charge at the drags, you have to spend a lot of money and it is over very quickly!
Does your old man still get involved?
He’s got a ’64 ’Vette that he’s raced on the eighth-mile and at the nostalgias. Now he’s building an alloy 383 for the circuit.