WHO says motorsport needs to be expensive?
Adam Krueger is chairman of the Historic Noosa Hill Climb motorsport event, and he's ready to attack this November's race in a European classic bought and race-prepared for a little over $3000.
His racing steed may not win any show ‘n' shine honours, but Adam's 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E is all about enjoying high-thrills driving without breaking the bank. It is an excellent example of how money spent in the correct areas can get more people involved in safe and fun areas of motorsport.
Adam's a true European car enthusiast.
“I just love their build quality and reliability,” he said while showing off his Peregian Beach collection and workshop.
In his yard an old BMW 735i sits beside his other Mercedes 190E and one of his two Jaguar XJ40s, while the garage houses a to-be-restored Jag MkII and a racing Clubman under repair.
His 25-year-old grey Mercedes 190E, complete with factory Cosworth body kit, is ready for action now however.
“I bought it in Brisbane for $1500, and I've spent a further $1600 on parts to ensure it passes CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motorsport) regulations,” Adam said.
The Peregian Beach local is handy with a set of spanners, so doing the work on his cars keeps costs down. Adam's fitted a roll cage to his 190E, lowered the suspension and added sport adjustable shock absorbers. The interior looks nothing like Mercedes intended for its compact executive saloon, with seats, carpets, sound deadening and a lot of the dashboard now removed to reduce the car's weight. Even the glass from the front windows has been replaced with lighter perspex.
A single racing seat and a fire extinguisher are now all that remain in the car's sparse interior, but all this weight saving ensures the car will go quicker without the need for expensive engine modifications. “I've added a pod air filter for cold induction and an oil catch can, but that's all under the bonnet,” Adam said.
“My Mercedes will be a lot slower than some of the cars doing The Hill, but it will still be lots of fun in the corners. And as it is an inexpensive car, if something breaks, it's not the end of the world.”
Adam is passionate about his racing, and about others enjoying their performance cars in a safe and well-organised manner on events such as The Hill, where all profits from the event go to local charities.
The Historic Noosa Hill Climb event will be run on Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14, up Gyndier Drive, Tewantin.
Visit www.noosacarclub.com.au for full details.
Model: 1985 W201 Mercedes-Benz 190E.
Details: Compact four-door executive car built between 1982 and 1993.
Engine: 2.0-litre, eight-valve, SOHC in-line four-cylinder.
Transmission: four-speed manual
Performance: 89kW @ 5100rpm, 175Nm @ 3500rpm. 0-100kmh in 11 seconds and 195kmh top speed.
Number produced: 1,874,668.
Drive how often? Only for club events and hill climbs.
Model value today: $1000-$10,000 depending on condition.
Did you know? The ultimate variants of the 190E were the 2.3-16 and 2.5-16 Cosworth models. Mercedes used three of these cars in August 1983 to set a world record on a 50,000-kilometre endurance test at the Nardo testing facility. Their combined average speed was a staggering 248kmh.
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