Steve (Animal) Charlton #151
Club AnimalDiamond Creek, Victoria
Steve has been a long term campaigner on the salt at the wheel of the "Club Animal" C/PRO XA GT Falcon. The 351 which powers the GT, often seeing dual duty being fitted to the "Club Animal" boat for the Southern 80 Ski boat races. In 1996 his best speed was 142.48MPH, a big improvement in 1998 saw 162.339MPH, with a similar effort in 1999 of 160.613MPH. 2000 saw the best speed of 165.623MPH with the car competing for the last time in 2001 of a best speed of 158.481. The GT was retired after the 2001 event and work began on a new car.
In 2003 Steve brought his postie bike to the salt and ended up as the tender vehicle for Leigh Russell and his diminutive multiple record holding Suzki. Then in 2004 he crewed for his Dad, Ray Charlton with his record breaking 32 Ford Roadster. 2005 saw a return to racing, teaming with Daryl Chalmers and Stewart Pennycook who had just finished a new Falcon race car which ran a very respectable 164 MPH first time out with Steve behind the wheel.
Steve has also taken on the unofficial role of Auctioneer for the Speed Week Charity night. Each year members and supporters donate items to be auctioned, with most gaining far more than their retail price. There are some truly unique items offered and the auction raises a considerable amount of money for the running of the event.
Animal was Vice President in 2002 and 2003. In 2009 he also took on the position of Race Director.
|1996||XA Ford GT Falcon||C/PRO||142.48||137.84|
|1998||XA Ford GT Falcon||C/PRO||162.339||142.48|
|1999||XA Ford GT Falcon||C/PRO||160.613||162.339|
|2000||XA Ford GT Falcon||C/PRO||165.623||163.383|
|2001||XA Ford GT Falcon||C/PRO||158.481||168.123|
|2005||03 EF Ford Falcon||C/PRO||164.533||190.184|
|2005||32 Ford Roadster||C/STR||140.012||178.076|
|2006||03 EF FALCON||C/PRO||184.614||193.579|
|2006||32 Ford Roadster||C/STR||170.672||189.294|