Norm Hardinge #201

Big Knob Racing

Preston, Victoria



Year Vehicle Class MPH PB Record
1999 54 FJ Holden E/PP 112.240 112.240 112.58
2000 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 134.952 134.952 168.07
2001 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 162.572 162.572 168.07
2002 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 185.854 185.854 168.07
2003 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 181.772 181.772 185.854
2004 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 181.772 181.772 190.003
2005 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 185.404 185.404 190.003
2006 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 195.577 195.577 190.003
2009 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 192.431 192.431 195.577
2010 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 183.607 183.607 195.577
2011 34 Ford Roadster B/GR Washed Out   195.577
2012 34 Ford Roadster B/GR Washed Out   195.577
2013 34 Ford Roadster B/FR 207.218 207.218 Open
2015 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 96.548 96.548 195.577
2016 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 202.920, 195.207, 210.748, 212.653 212.653 209.132
2017 34 Ford Roadster B/GR 167.286, 194.647 194.647 212.653

MPH shown in RED is highest speed recorded for that class up and including that year.
Records shown are the highest speed attained for that class from all previous years
or have never had a vehicle register a speed for that class and are considered Open.


Norm and partner Vicki Howard first headed for the salt in Norm's work truck, a Holden FJ ute. Runing in the E/GP class it did a very respectable 112.240MPH. The salt bug had bit and they would be back.

In 2000 they returned with a totally new car, a B/GR 1934 Ford roadster Norm ran a 134.952MPH and Vicki ran a 139.524MPH beating the old man. This was to be a shake down meeting for the new car and they were very pleased with thier performances, seeing the 429 was just cut out of a wreck and had no special work done to it at all. In the off season Norm had a new motor built by long time Ford engine man John Peterson. In 2001 Norm ran 162.572MPH, unfortunately Vicki wasn't able to make the trip, but Norm brought over a couple of mates (Roy Brand and Nev Anderson) who he let have a run in the roadster, who managed a 119.540MPH and 138.867 MPH respectively.

Norm and Vicki are also the people behind Aussie Desert Coolers. Specialist radiator manufacturers and repairers for the performance and restoration market.


Vehicle Specs

Vehicle Make   Ford
Vehicle Model   1934 Roadster
Vehicle Class   B/GR
Chassis   Home Built
Engine   429 cu. in. Ford Big Block
Gearbox   Jerico
Diff   Nascar 9" Ford




  Aussie Desert Cooler

Career Highlights

  200 MPH at Bonneville
Time in Sport   18 years
Claim to Fame   Fastest hot rod in Australia
Other Interests   Hot Rods, Drag Racing
Team Name   Big Knob Racing
Team Members   Matt, Neil, Andrew, Ricky Cam
Team History   Raced at Bonneville and Lake Gairdner, hold 4 records
Best thing about Dry Lakes Racing   The people I have met
Interesting story   The first time I raced my FJ ute (shop truck in 1999, been every year since.