Greg Thomsen has been involved in all facets of our hobby, including the enviable situation of earning a comfortable living from it for 25 years. Greg first got involved in Hot Rods in '64 when he was a foundation member of Brisbane's Rods Inc Hot Rod club, even though they were all in High School, and he was only riding a push bike at the time. After completing his trade, and paying his dues, Greg and brother-in-law Col Dunn started Superformance in August 1979, and sold the business to Grant & Gayle Malseed in August 2005.

Greg's first registered rod was a '28 A-bucket that he bought mostly finished from Ken Isaacs. The Model A started life with a 272 Y-block, which was then swapped for a lighter and more powerful 283, and Greg drove that from '73 to '76, taking in some of the first major interstate runs.

Did you see the working cowl vent? That is quite unusual in a 'glass car. The headlamps are original '32 items, on a dropped headlight bar.

Around the back we can see the '48 Chev tail lamps, and the Vintique stamped steel repro gas tank.

The engine is a reconditioned 305, with Edelbrock carb and manifold, and a nice cam.

The little spring and bump rubber on the left are there to tension the deck lid, causing it to pop up when the release is pulled.

Greg has been to more Swap Meets in more countries than most, and his collection of memorabilia is outstanding. We won't attempt to name everything here - just zoom in and drool.

This one-bay room alongside his workshop is both Roadster space and memorabilia room - Greg is walking past a busted alloy block out of the legendary '55 Chev Doorslammer.

Greg raced the bucket, and it ran 12.3 at 109 mph - then progressed to a 12 second 327 Monaro bracket car, a 10 second 454 powered 105-E Anglia, then, with Col Dunn, a blown 350 powered 24 ounce Datsun that ran 9s in BB\Gas. The pretty VK Calais followed, getting them into the low 8's, which was followed by a steel bodied blown 454 '55 Chev that ran low sevens at 190 mph.

The 240Z, Calais, and steel '55 all competed in the original Wild Bunch bracket, and the new glass '55 was built to compete in the inaugural Top Doorslammer bracket. It got them down the quarter in a best of 6.66 at 210 mph! Other early Wild Bunch competitors were Victor Bray, John Payne, and Rods Inc's own Les Winter in his '55 Chev. Greg, Col, Anita and Dawn retired from drag racing in '97, and at about the same time took Superformance in a new direction, concentrating on Hot Rod and truck parts, and getting out of the engine reconditioning business.

While that was happening, Greg bought Bob Scott's completed '28 Model A Tourer in '94 and began participating in runs again - he and Anita have been to the last 12 Yamba runs, and they also maintain a healthy range of interests outside Hot Rodding - they are part of a group who go camping at spots all over Australia.

Greg then had Darryl Kuhnemann start on a 'glass '32 Roadster that appealed to the boy racer in him - it had a 400 horsepower 350 screamer with Edelbrock alloy heads. Greg had that on the road in '99, and sold it to a bloke in Melbourne in 2001. Darryl Kuhnemann began work on a more sedate sedan, a 'glass '32 Tudor, in 2001, but Greg sold it to Sydney in 2003, determined to have a steel '32.

The Roadster pictured here is not that much different from the other Darryl Kuhnemann built cars of Greg's - you see, Darryl built this one too. It started as a pair of American Stamping chassis rails, and uses a Pete's Rod & Restorations body, which Greg selected because it had a working cowl vent, stock door hinges and a smooth floor.

Pete's Rod & Restoration also made the running boards, while Deuce Customs laid up the fenders. The engine hood is a Rootleib, which is hard to go past in terms of quality. It uses the stock style '32 Ford clips to hold the bonnet (hood) down. The paint is called Burnt Orange, and comes from a Volvo truck. It was applied in Toowoomba by Brad Gosney atFastlane Custom Refinishing.

The car also uses a 4" dropped Magnum I-beam axle with transverse leaf spring and 4 bar suspension - Falcon discs with polished Holden calipers do the bulk of the stopping, up front.

The engine is a stockish 305 Chevy, with a Dynatek hydraulic cam with .465" lift, and slightly raised compression courtesy of the small chambered 283 Power Pack heads. The top of the unit has an Edelbrock 500 carb and manifold, and a stock, points style, reconditioned distributor.

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