THERE was something eye-catching about Matt Stone Racing’s season launch, besides its striking pair of 2024 Repco Supercars Championship liveries.
Observant fans might have spotted in the background the Stone Brothers Racing Falcon with which Russell Ingall won the 2005 title.
It’s a restoration project which former SBR co-owners Ross and Jimmy Stone have been gradually chipping away at, having already brought their Marcos Ambrose double championship winner back to life.
“It’s been in that state probably for about 18 months, just tucked in the corner with a cover on it,” MSR boss Matt Stone told V8 Sleuth of chassis SBR BA03.
“It’s about 90 percent complete.
“Obviously Jimmy and Ross got the Ambrose car finished and then it has moved onto its new owner in a private collection down in Sydney.
“They were pretty motivated and they got it to that point and I guess got busy with other things – Jimmy has got a Twin Cam Escort he’s starting to restore now.
“It’s not far off being complete. The engine, drivetrain, suspension is all done; it’s just finishing off the interior really.
“The best thing about that car and the Ambrose one is both of them are personally doing it themselves.
“They have got plenty going on and are both technically retired, so they just chip away at it when they feel like it.”
Ingall delivered SBR its third and final title, with the Ford team being purchased seven years later by Erebus Motorsport.