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Face of Army
The Soldiers' Newspaper
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
FORGET auctions, raffles and collection
tins, soldiers from 2 Cdo Regt in Sydney
have gone to the extreme in search of the
Sgt M spent $15,000 purchasing a 1972
Datsun 240Z, then with his five other team
members and many sponsors, spent another
$37,000 getting the car up to a standard to
enter it in this year's Targa Tasmania rally.
They've called themselves Team Legacy
Assist and hope to raise $100,000 for Legacy
and the Commando Welfare Trust during the
unique event to be held from April 5-10.
Sgt M came up with the idea to start the
team in December 2009 after originally plan-
ning to raise money for another charity.
"When I was deployed last year I was
badly injured by an IED, fracturing both my
legs, and I needed surgery," Sgt M said.
"After my accident and the SF helo crash
last year and the other deaths in Afghanistan,
our rally team navigator suggested we
should donate funds raised to Legacy and the
Commando Welfare Trust."
The 240Z needed a lot of work to get it up
to competition standard.
"One of the unit's mechanics, Cfn G,
spent every day of his five-week leave period
working on it," Sgt M said.
"He was very particular with his work;
everything which came out of the car, includ-
ing nuts and bolts, were either cleaned or
"The rest of the team have also spent a lot
of time working on it after work since early
September last year."
Team member and advocate Pte Damien
Thomlinson said he decided to become a part
of the cause because he thought it was a fresh
approach to fundraising.
"The Targa rally is a uniquely Australian
event and entering a Datsun in it is almost
ocker. I think it'll go really well," he said.
"Bob Hawke is the patron of the car and
he was happy to be a part of the team."
After the rally, the team hopes to keep the
car at 2 Cdo Regt for future use.
"It'll definitely remain in the unit's work-
shop and as mechanics rotate in and out of
the unit they'll build a passion for looking
after it," Sgt M said.
"If our sponsors stay with us and if we get
more on board, we might be able to attend
more of the Targa tarmac events later this
year and in the future to raise more funds.
To help Team Legacy Assist reach their goal of raising
$100,000, make a donation at either
For more information on Targa Tasmania visit
Test drive: Datsun 240Z
DURING my short blast behind the wheel of the
204Z, which incidentally is a year older than me, I
could only test its acceleration and braking.
Rev it in any gear to 5000rpm and the red shift
light on top of the steering column flashes, reminding
you to change up to the next gear. Acceleration was
surprisingly swift and progressive, catapulting the
38-year-old metallic rally creation forward with ease.
A jab of the brakes revealed stopping power to rival
modern-day braking systems.
There was nothing digital or high-tech about the
Z, it's still stuck in the 70s, but that's not a bad thing.
It felt refreshing to drive such a pure, analogue
machine. The steering was precise and true, the gear
change was clunky, but direct, and the exhaust note
was loud, intrusive and worthy of a place in any rally
car.Cocooned inside the roll cage, the crew will
always have a whiff of exhaust fumes to keep them
alert and remind them of the hard work the team put
into this magnificent Z car. Outside it looks immacu-
late, with its blue paint scheme and a pattern of
sponsor and Commando Regt stickers.
-- Sgt Andrew Hetherington
Targa class: Late classic, 1972-76, 2500-3000CC
Engine: 2.8L straight six
Exhaust: 2.25-inch single exhaust, Liverpool cus-
tom with port matched headers
Suspension: Koni externally adjustable strut
inserts, 2.5-inch progressive rate king springs
Brakes: Front four piston calliper disc cross drilled
and slotted rotors, Ferodo racing pads and drum
rears with race spec shoe lining
Drive line: Skyline R31 5-speed manual
Wheels/tyres: Lightweight 15x6.5inch on Kumho
V700 semi-slick 205/50
Power: 165 HP at the rear wheels.
Keen to return to the fight
By Sgt Andrew
SHORTLY after returning
from his successful gold and
silver medal haul at the US
Marine Corps Paralympic
trials in late February, 2 Cdo
Regt's double amputee Pte
Damien Thomlinson said
everything was going well
with his recovery.
"I came back after meet-
ing people on the wounded
warriors program in the US
and Canada with a complete-
ly new attitude towards life,"
Pte Thomlinson said.
"At the event, a lot of
knowledge was shared
between injured personnel
and I met one US Marine,
Lee, who lost both legs like
myself, but he had lost them
both above the knee.
"I have one C leg (micro-
lic prosthetic leg) on one side
which sends signals to the
knee which tells the leg to
bend with hydraulics. It was
difficult to learn how to use
"Lee walks using two
Pte Thomlinson said Lee
was an inspirational person
to meet and compete against.
"I've got a lot of respect
for someone like that," he
said. "He's done a lot of
research on the C leg tech-
nology and we banged heads
together discussing them.
"The kid had a lot of
heart too; he competed in
nearly every event and he
beat me convincingly by
about 10sec to win the 50m
Pte Thomlinson works full
time in the 2 Cdo Regt devel-
opment cell and his ultimate
goal is to deploy again on
"I'm going to keep trying
to convince the CO to send
me overseas to work in the
operations room," he said.
"After I complete two
promotional courses, I'll see
where I end up."
Race ready: Pte Damien Thomlinson and members of Team Legacy prepare their
Datsun 240Z for the Targa Tasmania rally.
Photos by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
Future plans: Pte Damien Thomlinson
hopes to return to Afghanistan in an
operational support role.
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