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ABOUT STAN POBJOY
In 1949, Stan Pobjoy was born in the small country town of Temora, NSW Australia. In the late 1950's, Stan's family moved to Kogarah in South Sydney, before eventually settling in the Western Sydney suburb of Lalor Park.
Being the son of a mechanic, Stan's fascination with engines began at an early age with model airplanes and motorbikes. In 1965, Stan finished high school and secured a highly sought after apprenticeship at theHawker de Havilland (HdH) aircraft factory in Lidcombe, NSW.
HdH were contracted at the time by the Australian Department of Defence to build and overhaul government aircraft (RAAF). Stan spent 18 years with HdH, working his way through the various sections (including sub-assembly of T53 Jet engines) whilst gaining qualifications as a Toolmaker, Fitter & Machinist, Motor Mechanic and Welder.
In 1970, Stan set out to build a drag bike that was capable of breaking the Australian Motorcycle Speed Record. After much research, Stan selected the VW flat four engine to be the power plant. Stan had determined that the VW engine could deliver excellent power to weight, and was capable of coping with serious modifications. This was the beginning of Stan's long term affiliation with the VW engine.
Between 1974 and 1975, Stan Pobjoy's 1600cc Supercharged VW drag bike (Top Bike) became the first Australian motorcycle to complete a 9 second pass in the 1/4 mile (best time of 9.38 seconds) and the first to exceed 150mph in the 1/4 mile (top speed of 156.75mph).
Stan's record breaking performance and tyre smoking runs made him famous in the Australian drag racing scene. Stan later replicated his success in the early 1980's with a Pobjoy built 1100cc Supercharged Suzuki drag bike (A/CB) after the VW drag bike was contentiously speed restricted by ANDRA to 160mph for being powered by a "car" engine.
In 1981, Stan decided to capitilise on his drag racing fame by registering the business name "Stan Pobjoy's Racing Engineering" and opening his own performance workshop in Marayong, NSW.
In 1984, the NSW 1/4 mile drag racing scene came to a halt when Castleraegh International Dragway was shut down to make way for upcoming housing developments. Stan continued to drag race interstate until he sold the Suzuki drag bike in 1986.
After selling the drag bike, Stan focussed his energy on developing a performance engine for his 1970 beetle. Stan's famous maroon street beetle, with its 1916cc power plant, shocked many with its outstanding performance. Stan raced the beetle at Oran Park's 1000ft drags and embarassed competitors with its V8 beating times and speeds. Stan also raced the beetle in oil dirt and supersprint events with great success.
Stan spent the next few years experimenting with various bore, stroke and cam combinations to get the best from the flat four VW engine. The "base" 1916cc and the high performance 1916cc on "steroids" proved to be the most successful packages.
In 1990, Stan was invited to race his 1916cc maroon street beetle at a Hillclimb club event at Dapto, NSW. After an impressive showing, Stan decided that Hillclimb would be the new platform to promote his business. Stan and his maroon street beetle blitzed the Hillclimb Group 2E Club Car (under 2ltr) class, breaking records and winning two back to back NSW State Championship titles in 1991 and 1992.
In 1993, Stan decided it was time for a tougher challenge and stepped into a Formula 2 open wheeler. Stan personally redesigned the Formula 2 to accomodate the 1916cc engine from his maroon street beetle and entered the 2nd fastest class in Hillclimb... Formula Libre (under 2ltr).
By 1991, Stan had moved his workshop to a larger premises in Arndell Park, NSW (near Eastern Creek Raceway) and was sponsoring a team of Hillclimb cars that were powered by Pobjoy engines.
Greg Ward (Pobjoy 1916cc steroids) and John Spinks (Pobjoy 1916cc steroids) competed in the Group 2E Club Car (under 2ltr) class while Stan went on to conquer the Formula Libre (under 2ltr) class, winning 6 NSW State Championships and 2 Australian Championships. In the mid 1990's, Craig Torrens joined Team Pobjoy and dominated the club car class with his 1976 beetle (Pobjoy 1916cc works), winning 7 NSW State Championships and 6 Australian Championships.
In the late 1990's, Stan received a number of requests to build performance VW engines for both light aircraft and trike applications. Stan willingly developed new packages for these emerging markets with great success.
In 1998, Stan Pobjoy moved to Nana Glen, NSW and relocated his workshop to Coffs Harbour. In 2004, Stan set up a new workshop on his home property in Nana Glen and moved the business for the final time.
Over the last 40 years, Stan Pobjoy has gained a reputation for outstanding performance and reliability. Stan is the right person to speak to about performance VW engines for any application, be it racing, aircraft, street or trikes.
Stan designs, machines and builds every motor personally to ensure that it is accurately machined, perfectly built and correctly tuned.
Contact Stan Pobjoy today to discuss your next project.
CONTACT STAN POBJOY
1252 Orara Way, Nana Glen, NSW 2450
Tel: (02) 6654 3694 | Fax (02) 6656 9076