Graeme Whincup at the wheel of his Chevrolet Monza at Calder in 1985. Photo: an1images.com / Dale Rodgers.

THE Chevrolet Monza raced by Graeme Whincup in the 1980s is being brought back to life by Historic racer Carey McMahon and his crew.

The V8-powered beast also has a certain seven-time Supercar Champion, none other than Graeme’s nephew Jamie, keen to have a steer when the restoration is completed!

The Monza, raced by Whincup after was constructed in 1985, was actually the second example of a Monza Sports Sedan raced by Whincup. His previous Monza had been raced in 1979 and 1980. 

The later car was raced after Whincup by Stephen Voight and sat in Peter Champion’s collection of cars for some time in the livery used by Peter Brock when he drove Bob Jane’s Monza in 1982/83.

The Monza during its time on display at Dreamworld as part of ‘Brock’s Garage’. Photo: an1images.com

It spent time on public display at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast.

Now owned by McMahon, the Monza has been stripped to a bare chassis as part of the restoration project and the engine is all new bar the heads and manifold.

The aim is for the Monza to be completed soon with a debut at Morgan Park’s October historic event the target.

The car’s original pilot Whincup is keen to see the Monza run again and is even creating replica team uniforms for McMahon’s crew too!

Click here to read about the restoration of another interesting Sports Sedan, the Australian Championship-winning Toyota Supra formerly raced by Kerry Baily.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.