The Ford Probe is a car that was manufactured between 1989 and 1997. It was initially planned to replace the Mustang but Ford chose to name it the Probe after buyers expressed their displeasure of the idea. Based on the same platform as the Mazda MX-6 which was manufactured in Michigan, the second generation of the Probe was ‘designed to appeal primarily to women’. The main design of the second generation was overseen by Ford’s first female designer. There were a few different engine options including a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder motor and a 2.5 litre V6 motor. Graham Pope’s Ford Probe is a fair bit tougher then the stock ’93 model, especially since it weighs a hell of a lot less and packs a truck load more power with its updated V8 engine. Putting down 1200hp and 900 lb’s of torque.
About five months ago we had a meet up at Yatala and cruised to Ferry Road we had about 110 cars turn up with 30 or more being muscle cars. Because this was so popular especially with the V8 drivers we decided to run this same cruise again. This time, once again we had a huge number of Aussie and American Muscle turn up as well as 10 or so members from the Early Holden Car Club driving EH sedans, wagons and other classic Holdens. After a quick walk around and a short chat to those who turned up we decided it was time to hit the highway and cruise down to Ferry Road Diner at Southport Gold Coast. As we all rolled into Ferry Road Diner Ross Ponting and other photographers snapped pics of each car in the cruise. We easily filled most of the car park with Chrome Classics, Modern Cars and everything in between. We even had Benny Gatt turn up later in the night in his V8 Hemi Willy’s Coupe. Gatt was an original member of the Wild Bunch Drag racing team. Those older drag racing fans who are reading this will know what I am talking about. This was another successful cruise with perfect weather and great company. Thank you to all who attended and nice to see some new faces too. Remember you don’t need a show car to come join us on these cruises, Just bring your daily driver if that is all you have and come meet some new people who share a love for cars.
When it comes to building cars, it’s always a lot more enjoyable when you’ve got someone there with you. Father-son projects aren’t unheard of and are a great way to bond. This son and step-father team has done it a little different by building their own projects at the same time while helping each other. Mark is David’s step dad and owns the red Hilux and David is obviously the owner of the green LJ Torana. Now we do see a fair few Torana’s around the scene and they all bring many different cool factors to the modified car party. David Dalton’s LJ sedan is as cool as they come and isn’t a bad car to be driving for a bloke of his age. There is the fact that he is on his P’s so having a cool car is one thing but being able to make it legal to please the boys in blue is the main factor in this build.
The QSC May Cruise to Kilcoy had much better attendance than I was expecting. Considering our predicted cruise length was between 350 and 400+ km’s for the entire day, I was only expecting to get 10 to 15 cars. How wrong was I. As I pulled into the Shell Petrol Station at Nudgee I was greeted by around 35 cars. Most were early to late model Holdens but we did have a Toyota Supra and a Nissan Silvia turn up for the cruise too which was good to see. I am always trying to encourage more imports to attend our cruises. Before I continue about the day, I would like to explain the reason why I chose this cruise route and destination. Late last year my friend Scott and I had gone out on a random cruise out west and ended up at Kilcoy at 8:30pm with a huge hunger after some 7 hours of driving. The doors at the Stanley were still open and we both enjoyed the best steaks ever. With this memory still fresh in my mind some 9 months later I thought why not give my readers of QSC the chance to experience these steaks too while also having a great day driving through the twisting mountain ranges and open roads in outback Australia. So after a quick meet and greet at Nudgee we all hit the highway for around 10-15km's north before heading inland to Kilcoy. The cruise took us through some amazing roads with beautiful views everywhere you looked. As we ascended the mountain range through Mt Mee the sun was shining bright and the air was cool and fresh. I had the windows down and aircon off most of the trip. Due to some road repairs going on through Mt Mee there is a few parts that are down to one lane. This didn't seem to slow us down too much and everyone still kept together, with only a few automated traffic lights stopping the flow up the mountain. We didn't make any stops on our way through to Kilcoy as everyone was feeling pretty hungry. It was full speed ahead to the Stanley Pub, a place well known for its huge succulent steaks. You see a meat-works is just 2km out of town. Before going to the pub we quickly stopping into a local park in Kilcoy and had a quick chat with each other while I ran over to the pub to let them know we had a hoard of hungry motorists coming in. We all got in our cars and lucky for us we had the whole street in front of the Stanley Pub clear of local cars. This made for an impressive entrance for our cruise group into Kilcoy as we all parked in formation in front of the pub. We were all served pretty quickly, considering there was only one cook on at the time. I will have to give them a heads up before we go there again. The meals were just as great as I remembered, even if you happened to order a Parmigiana. This pub knows how to cook up a feed. Everyone got to sit together out on the back deck of the Stanley. Spirits were high and even the kids who attended were having a good time. As everyone started to head off home I mentioned how I was taking a more scenic route back home and if anyone was interested that they were more than welcome to join in. Four cars decided to follow me back home to Logan (South Brisbane). I leaded the cruise home south out of Kilcoy and along some long outback straight roads on our way to Summerset Dam. It was only 2pm so we didn't have to rush. We got to enjoy some great views of Summerset Dam in the afternoon sun stopping a few times along the way. We then continued through the Summerset Dam flood plains and up through Mt Neebo for some twisty mountain driving. Just when our small group thought it was over I took a left and up we went still through Mt Glorious for the last leg of our cruise on the way home. As we pulled out the other side of Mt Glorious everyone gave a wave and a toot of the horn as they went on their way.