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Brendan Reeves is working hard as his state-of-the-art Datsun 1600 nears completion ahead of this month's Alpine Rally. Reeves has only done four rallies this year as he concentrates on the build of his car, which started life as his autocross car. The two year project began with the installation of a comprehensive roll cage from Freak Fabrications. The car was then sandblasted and had all rust removed. New panels were fitted, making the Datsun look like new. The car will run a Nissan SR20 VE normally aspirated engined, with the power driven through a Holinger 6-speed sequential gearbox. The final product will be a real weapon that will make the talented Reeves one of the favourites to win the popular event.
"The Alpine's an iconic event in Australian motorsport, and one that every rally driver would love to win," Reeves said.
"We've put many, many hours into the new car, and I can't wait to head to Lakes Entrance in a few weeks time and see what sort of result we can achieve. "Just making the start line will be a huge achievement, with lots of work and then testing still to go on the car." Reeves will be joined by his sister, Rhianon Gelsomino, in the co-driver's seat. The Alpine Rally has attracted over 100 entries, all of which are two-wheel drive. The event runs from November 29 to December 3. An exclusive video blog on the building of Reeves' Datsun will appear on his Facebook page later today.
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