The SMU Racing Team returned to the 2016 Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro one year after the horrific crash that almost ended with fatal consequences. Full of anticipation, given the events of 2015, the team were hopeful of a good result that could launch them into 2017.

With literally a brand new car after a ground up rebuild including a new power plant, the Ford Eco-boost V6 twin turbo Shane Wilson Competition Engine, the team took to the rain affected track for Prologue on Saturday.


Matthew Salt was navigator for the weekend and at the end of prologue, the team found themselves in 4th place as they navigated the mud stacked course. With the remainder of Saturday cancelled due to weather, the team prepared for starting from the second last row of the reverse grid for Sunday.


Sunday panned out to be a really nice race for the team. After a slower (somewhat tentative!) first lap, Matt Hanson and Matthew Salt started to find their groove and the car and new engine started to deliver on the glimpses of potential shown to date. Some bad luck for Jack Rhodes in the last heat paved the way for a SMU Racing victory one year on, managing to pull clear from Raana Horan and Mark Burrows who both had great races.


A fantastic reward for Tim Collard who has put an enormous amount of time into this car and for the car to not have one issue all weekend, would have been personally very satisfying for what has been a long road after last year.

Again a huge thank you to the organising committee of this great race from Murray Rogers and the Millicent Sand Buggy Club to Teagle Excavations, ARB and all the sponsors and volunteers that make this iconic race what it is.


A massive thank you to everybody for their well wishes before and after the race and the special people that we got to share the win with. After a very hard 24 months for the team it was nice to see some reward for what has been a monstrous effort. It has been a difficult journey but we have been patient and overcome several challenges so to that end it was a satisfying end to the weekend.

It is one step towards our goals for 2017 and we are exactly where we wanted to be at the end of this year. We now enter 2017 with excitement in the knowledge that we have a good package and will look forward to the year ahead.











Special thanks to our sponsors and partners who have stuck with us through this tough journey.  Without your assistance we would not have got there:

  • Shane Wilson Competition Engines
  • Albins Off Road Gear
  • HJC Helmets
  • Racer Imports
  • AVR Performance
  • MTQ Engine Systems
  • Dynamic Wheels and Tyres
  • Flexicut
  • Jimco
  • Jimmy’s Fab Shop
  • Mickey Thompson tyres
  • RacePaint

Very special thanks to three people that without their help we still would be looking at a pile of broken bits in the trailer:

John Webster

Tim Collard

Shane Wilson


SMU racing is on the look out for partners for the 2017 season so please contact Matt Hanson if you would like to get involved! We can offer great exposure for your brand and get you in close and personal with the SMU Racing team if you are looking to be part of Off Road Racing in Australia.  We have various packages at all levels so get involved!

Again thank you to those that made the 2016 Pines race special for our team.



PINES 2016

The SMU Racing team is looking forward to the Teagle Excavations Pines Enduro this weekend in Millicent SA.  The car is constantly being refined in readiness for 2017 and 420kms in the Pine forests of Tantanoola will provide a great test for the SMU #7 Jimco powered by the Shane Wilson Competition Engines Ford Ecoboost twin turbo V6.


Tim Collard has headed the charge preparing the car as it returns to the scene of the infamous Pine tree excursion last year on lap one.  Since returning from Lake Tyrrell, the car has undergone some minor renovations as we look to continually improve our overall package.  Matthew Salt jumps in to the Navigator’s seat with Tony Butler’s navigating career over before it began due to ongoing work commitments.  Salty’s navigating duties were cut short at Waikerie due to a blown inlet manifold, and is hoping the team can get a finish under its belt at the gruelling Pines circuit this weekend.


Lastly we would like to thank Lucas McInerney from Sea lake who is one of our great supporters.  This fantastic picture that he hand drew, now hangs with pride of place at SMU HQ and sits above where the SMU Jimco gets prepped.  Thanks Lucas.

With our HJC  Helmets strapped on tight (!), we look forward to seeing everyone at Pines in what should be a great weekend!  Safe travels to all those going.


With the SMU Racing team close to finished preparation for the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro we thought it was worth reflecting on the race that was for the #7 Jimco one year ago.  The crash was one of those things that happen on occasion in motor racing and if the team had the same set of circumstances 100 times the result would be the same.  A little bit of dust as we went through a caution marker was all it took.  The Jimco was unbelievably tough and did its job – the cockpit untouched and completely straight.  New front end and new rear end and simple – we are back racing….if only that easy as this vid shows!!!

img_6234A massive thanks to HJC Helmets, Racer Imports, Jimco, the SMU Racing prepping team led by Tim Collard and the Millicent Sand Buggy Club for their handling of the accident and particularly those at the scene led by Ash Oldaker and medical staff to ensure that the crew got the best and fastest medical attention.

Enjoy and SMU Racing looks forward to Pines 2016 – Bring it on!





Thanks to the Sea Lake Off Road Club for a great race at Tyrrell Downs on the weekend.  In near perfect conditions, the race was held in what has to be one of the best track regions in Australia and the SMU Racing Jimco had a relatively trouble free race.

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Our aim was to finish and get some important miles into the engine, car and driver as we try to set ourselves for a 2017 campaign.  Our aims were achieved with the car making improvements every run we take it out and a resulting first win for 2016.

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A big thanks to Tim Collard heading up the prep on this car leading into the race (and complete rebuild), Shane Wilson from Shane Wilson Competition Engines for the ongoing development into our new power plant which is showing enormous potential (Ecoboost – far away in time), Johnny Webster for his ongoing help, HJC Helmets for the important things that protects our heads, Kirk at AVR Performance for ongoing assistance, Albins Off Road gear for our transmission that didn’t miss a beat all weekend and our friends at Dynamic Wheels and Tyres for helping us out.  We tried out our first set of Mickey Thompson tyres for the weekend and we were super impressed not only with the braking capability but the amount of traction and handling throughout corners was fantastic.  A nice addition to the SMU #7 Jimco.

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A massive thanks to Cam McClelland for navigating – awesome driver and obviously excellent navigator!  Looking forward to having the car out at Pines Enduro in late September……..

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Next stop Tyrrell Downs

Really looking forward to getting the car out again this weekend at Tyrrell Downs short course to hopefully clock up a few more miles in readiness for 2017.  We continue to refine our new power plant and make sure that the SMU Jimco is fully operational after its rebuild this year.  Cam McClelland is jumping in the hot seat which I think will be a lot easier than 10 years ago when we were thrashing our Super 1650s out there against each other!


Haven’t raced at Tyrrell Downs since 10 October 1998, so with the trailer and swags packed, off we go!

To those travelling be safe.


It has been ten months since Pines Enduro last year but the SMU #7 Jimco makes its debut this weekend at the Waikerie Riverlands Enduro.  It has been a very large job getting the car back to the start line in what has been a ground up rebuild, but the team couldn’t be happier with the final product.

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In addition to this has been the completion of a two year project by Shane Wilson Competition Engines which will also see the new Ford Ecoboost V6 twin turbo makes its debut this weekend.  It is early days with this engine but signs are promising.  It is fair to say that we will hopefully see improvement in this engine over the coming 12 months as we learn more.


A big thank you to Albins Off Road Gear who helped solve our gear election issue that we encountered at Moorex.  Also a massive thank you to HJC Helmets who have us in our new Si-12.  Looks great, unbelievably comfortable, great airflow and they work – we know!

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Also welcoming Matthew Salt into the navigator’s chair for this weekend.  Tony Butler is unavailable due to work commitments so Salty steps in.  Matt and Salty go back to Portland Sand dune days playing around in the sand and are looking forward to the race ahead.


Safe drive to all heading to the track and hopefully look forward to seeing all at the finish line !


Finally Racing!

Well after nine months on the sidelines, following SMU Racing’s acrobatics display at Pines last year, the team are finally hitting the track at Moorex this weekend. The car is brand new and with new power plant in the back, Ford Ecoboost twin turbo V6 built by Shane Wilson Competition Engines, we can’t wait.


MTQ Dandenong where the team was great in tuning our new motor

New navigator Tony Butler is also having his first taste in Pro Class in the #7 Jimco which he is looking forward to.  Fresh from competing with SMU favourite Leigh Wells at Sea Lake in June, it will be all systems go when he is strapped into the SMU Jet for the first time this weekend.




A massive thanks to the team for the hard work in getting back to the track in better than new condition with the added complication of changing engines along the way!  Win, lose or draw it is a win just getting there.

IMG_6021 (1)Also a massive thank you to Kris Trotter at KT Autosports for our new HJC Helmets.  After testing our HJC’s last year we wouldn’t wear anything else for safety and comfort.

Hopefully we can get some useful miles into the car, engine and driver in what should be a great warm up for Waikerie.

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Close But Not Quite……

Unfortunately SMU Racing has had to pull out of the Sunraysia Mildura 600.  We would have loved to have been there but have ran short of time in the final stages of preparation.

An extraordinary amount of time has gone into the car with the rebuild and new engine project but we couldn’t quite get there. A big thank thank you to all the Team who have tried to get us to the start line.

New SMU paint scheme on it's way from Johnny Evans and the team at Race Paint

New SMU paint scheme on it’s way from Johnny Evans and the team at Race Paint

We look forward to the Tatts Finke Desert Race in June where we will importantly get some much needed testing in before we hit the ground running for Prologue in Alice with our ground rebuild new car and new engine package.


Good luck to all competitors this weekend – we wish everybody well and be safe.



2016 Season Countdown clock ON!

Well not close to go now until the roar of engines, the haze of dust and the Off Road season for 2016 is upon us……..

Like most Off Road Sheds, SMU HQ has been a hype of activity since the end of last season and like most sheds we are getting close without quite being ready!

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The car is going together beautifully as Tim Collard leads the charge in what has been a ground up rebuild.  Special thanks go to Albins Off Road Gear for their fantastic help in getting the SMU drive train back into shape, Peak Lighting for replacing “that” missing Light Bar – thank you, Racer Imports for their ongoing help and assistance in getting and knowing what part is needed to do the job, Dynamic Wheels and Tyres in getting our tyres and wheels back together (Thanks Scotty and Chris), Kris Trotter at HJC Helmets Australia  – after our last trip into orbit would you risk your head wearing anything else (!), Bowdens Own for keeping  all our shiny things shiny and we look forward to Shane Wilson’s new creation in what will be a new frontier for race engines at SMU HQ.

Special thanks to SMU team member Johnny Webster who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure we are back on the track in 2016 – thanks John.

The team has entered for Griffith and hoping to make it. No doubt it will come down to the last minute on whether we are ready or not.  Fingers crossed we can get there

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We are pleased to welcome Tony Butler as Navigator for SMU Racing for 2016.  “Buts” is no stranger to Off Road being largely responsible for putting together the magnificent TV coverage of the AORC for 2013 and 2014.  He has been a close friend of SMU Racing for a while now and we look forward to welcoming him into the hot seat for the upcoming campaign in what no doubt will be a baptism of fire!

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Good luck to all teams in their preparation for the first race in 2016 wherever it maybe.  Season 2016 looks to be an enthralling season across the board – all classes – all series.

And to the person who asked of SMU’s 100 race breakdown – here it is – a little belated and a couple of years now out of date.  Information thanks to old log books now found!

The journey started 32 years ago……

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Back to the racing!