Kaplan racing to get Commodore on course

Sydney man Adam Kaplan's V8 Commodore was damaged at Symmons Plains Raceway yesterday.

Sydney man Adam Kaplan's V8 Commodore was damaged at Symmons Plains Raceway yesterday.

SYDNEY driver Adam Kaplan came to Tasmania to compete in this week's Targa Tasmania, but has found himself involved in another race - against time.

Kaplan damaged the engine in his beloved V8 Commodore at the official shakedown at Symmons Plains Raceway yesterday and is racing against time to repair the car in time for today's prologue at George Town.

One of his main motivations in wanting to make the start is because, like many Aussie motorsport fans, he believes there's nothing better than a V8 Holden.

The Holden dealership owner is naturally a Holden man through and through, taking his passion above and beyond the call of duty.

His car has been painted in identical colours to the 1990 Bathurst-winning Commodore raced by Alan Grice and Win Percy.

"It was originally my company car when it was brand new in 1988," Kaplan said.

"We've done a hell of a lot work on it, including a complete rebuild four years ago.

"It was an iconic car for its time and the drivers were legends.

"It was one of my favourite eras of Bathurst and one of my favourite cars, so I couldn't think of a better look for the car."

Kaplan has raced the car in the early modern category of Targa Tasmania for the past three years, but said his priorityis simply to have fun.

"It's an Aussie favourite - it's noisy and it's a V8 and it's got heaps and heaps of power," he said.

"It draws a crowd wherever we go."

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