Meeting at ZCars
LCQ Monthly Meeting – Tuesday 2nd August 2016 – Z Car Racing Pty Ltd
By Daryl Wilson.
After a week or so of beautiful weather it bucketed down around 4.30pm on the Tuesday night of the LCQ August monthly meeting.
Not to be discouraged a group of around 30 hardy members, (many in their daily drives) headed down to Slacks Creek to Z Car Racing to hear a talk by Alan Stean about road and competition tyres and Alan’s exploits in rallies around Australia and overseas.
The talk may have been particularly interesting to a few of our members: Alex Molocznyk, Tony Galletly and Ken Philp (absent overseas) who had competed in rallies with or against Alan in the 1980s and 1990s.
After the now usual pizzas and the meeting formalities, Alan spoke about road and competition tyres and his rally experiences in Australia and overseas. This was followed by a question and answer session and some definite interest by a few members on new tyres for their cars. Thanks to Alan for hosting the meeting and allowing us access to his workshop to view his extensive range of rally memorabilia. See below for some details of Alan’s career.
A little info on Alan Stean – Z Car Racing Pty Ltd Managing Director.
Alan has been involved in motorsport for the last 48 years, both driving and co-driving. He has competed in 4WD and 2WD rally cars, winning State Championships in West Australia and Queensland, Australian Rally Championship events and Off-Road events.
In recent years Alan has navigated for top line drivers in Tarmac Rallies in Australia with success in Rally Tasmania, Classic Adelaide and Targa West with top line drivers such as Ross Dunkerton (5 times Australian and 3 times Asia Pacific Champion) and Targa Champion Steve Glenney.
Alan’s credits also include co-driving ‘Car Zero’ in the last two WRC Rally events in Coffs Harbour and he is an FIA approved official due to his extensive Australian and overseas Rally experience. Closer to home Alan has also co-driven with Guy Bedington in Chris Beecham’s Ultima in the Queensland Raceway Rallysprint and also in the Sunshine Coast Rally at the Noosa Hillclimb.
Some of Alan’s Rally successes include winning;
- In 1995 Queensland Rally Championship.
- In 2004 Classic Adelaide co-driving with Richard Galley in a Datsun 240Z.
- In 2005 and 2006 Targa West co-driving with Ross Dunkerton in a Mitsubishi Evo 8 and Evo 9.
- 2010 Rally Tasmania co-driving with Steve Glenney in a Subaru WRX.
Apart for competing in numerous other Australian Rally events, Alan has also competed in overseas rally events in New Zealand including Targa New Zealand 2000, the Otaga Classic Rally, in Dunedin 9 times (2001-2015) with Ross Dunkerton, John Spencer and various other high profile rally drivers. In 1998 he competed in the Shield of Africa Marathon Rally and in 2001 at the Silverstone 4×4 Rally of Asia in Malaysia and Thailand.
Alan has been in business for 30+ years, initially specialising in competition parts and mechanical services for Classic Datsun Z Series sports cars and later specialising in race and rally preparation, including rally cars for the East African Safari Classic Rally and other overseas marathon events. Over the past decade Alan has changed direction and is now the Queensland Distributor for Hankook Competition Tyres and the Eastern States Distributor of D Mack Competition tyres. He still competes in local car club events.
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