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Army February 3, 2011
Smoking hot summer
By Cpl Zenith King
TEAM Army was a roaring success
at Summernats 2011, showcasing
their two high-performance cars dur-
ing Canberra's annual rev-head con-
vention from January 6-9.
Wowing the crowds at Exhibition
Park, Team Army let roar the 900-
and 704-horsepower engines of
Armygeddon and Project Digger,
both sporting big rubber and perfect
The cars are the product of the hard
work and dedication of a team of ADF
electrical and mechanical engineer-
ing apprentices and attracted a lot of
attention from Australia's motoring
Project director Lt-Col Tom
Regener said Summernats was an ideal
environment to showcase the appren-
tices' work to prospective soldiers.
"Summernats is a rich environment
of young people who have a passion
for motors and what makes them go
hard," Lt-Col Regener said.
"People who have that natural
interest in mechanics have a desire to
know more about cars and they just
naturally make good tradesmen."
Lt-Col Regener said Team Army
was an important platform for trainees
who were looking to enhance their
skills, as it provided an opportunity to
put some of their training into action.
"Throughout their initial trade
training they are largely in a TAFE
environment," Lt-Col Regener said.
"Team Army enhances this training
by allowing them to volunteer their
time and put this theory into practice
early in their career."
Cfn Toby Osborne joined the Army
as a vehicle mechanic in 2009 and said
his decision to enlist was fuelled by an
encounter with Armygeddon.
"When I was in Year 10
Armygeddon came through my home
town of Echuca," Cfn Osborne said.
"At the time I was thinking about
my future and Team Army stuck in my
Cfn Osborne said it was his keen
interest in mechanics and the mem-
ory of Armygeddon that encouraged
him to apply for the Army apprentice
"I was always going to do a trade,
so I finished Year 12, joined the Army
and have never looked back."
On a roll: Armygeddon attracts
the attention of motoring fans
while cruising down the main
straight at Summernats in
Cruising: Project Digger (far left)
departs the Team Army location.
Final inspection: Cfn Bill
Brodbeck checks the suspension
of the Project Digger vehicle.
Photos by David McClenaghan
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