Kendrick Racing Celebates the Restoration of the Car that Ron Krikke Drove to Victory in the 1993 Australian Sprintcar Title

All Images – Peter Roebuck

Words – Paul Griffin

Whiteman Park, 1/2 and hour north of Perth CBD was the scene for a recent special get together and unveiling of a very decorated Sprintcar in Australian Speedway Racing.

The car was none other than Kendrick Racing’s 1993 372ci Gambler driven by the irrepressible Ron Krikke and has undergone a magnificent reno-makeover.

Affectionately known as the “Bunbury Bullet”, Ron Krikke drove a stunning race in the Kendrick owned and prepared Gambler in 1993 to take Title victory over NSW’s Garry Brazier and local WA driver Mark Wells.

Over three and a half years a long hours brought the A1 Gambler back to its former glory

Over three and a half years a long hours brought the A1 Gambler back to its former glory

The Board Says it All !

The Board Says it All !

Well its taken over three and a half years of long painstaking hours for Roy Carter and  Sean Carren to bring this baby back to life.

…………And bring it back to life they did – right down to the finest of details.

The racecar thanks to Roy and Sean and a swag of helpers still is a magnificent example of the quality that WA turned out in the day. Much like recent years, WA has this uncanny ability and pool of dedicated experts to build wining racecars – racecars that are equal to the best in the world.

L to R: Roy Carter, Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

L to R: Roy Carter, Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

With a 372ci Aluminium Chev pulling 720 HP and a massive 680 ft.lb of torque, this little baby could take on the world and win. – ….and did !!!!!

It’s truly been a massive project and those associated with the car and the restoration spent a wonderful day at Whiteman park reminiscing, admiring and telling those Sprintcar tales we love to here.

Well done guys…take a bow.

She’s a ripper !!!!!!!!!!

A1

What a Job !!

Winners are grinners !

Winners are grinners !

Ron Krikke hops in the driver's seat of the #A1 Kendrick Racing Gambler and relives the dream

Ron Krikke hops in the driver’s seat of the #A1 Kendrick Racing Gambler and relives the dream

Ron Krikke says a few words of thanks and deepest appreciation

Ron Krikke says a few words of thanks and deepest appreciation

Gavin Migro, Ron Krikke, Alan McCarthy, Con Migro and Jeff Leisk

Gavin Migro, Ron Krikke, Alan McCarthy, Con Migro and Jeff Leisk

Car and Team owner Geoff Kendrick with driver Ron Krikke

Car and Team owner Geoff Kendrick with driver Ron Krikke

L to R: Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

L to R: Sean Carren, Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

Ron Krikke

Ron Krikke despite 24 years on from the Australian Title victory looks as good as the restored racecar

L to R: Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

L to R: Jeff Leisk, Alan McCarthy, Ron Krikke and Geoff Kendrick

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