The Australian Defence Force will again be on show at the Superloop Adelaide 500 at its traditional spot on the south side of Wakefield Road near Turn 10 - a perfect pit stop for kids (and parents) who love big machines!
The vehicles on show this year include the return of a crowd favourite Project Digger, a 1978 Ford LTD with a supercharged V8 Ford 460 big block (bored out to 547ci), capable of 725 horsepower and 1200 of torque.
Project Matilda will also make its Adelaide debut: It's a Mercedes G-Wagon 6x6 (current in-service vehicle) powered by a Detroit Diesel 2-Stroke 6V53, supercharged (adapted from the in-service ASLAV Light Armoured Vehicle) with gull-wing doors, a fully customised body, adjustable airbags, shortened chassis and multi-media hardware.
The inclusion of a large capacity diesel engine in Matilda is a departure from the high-performance petrol environment of Armygeddon and Project Digger, but provides a realistic connection to the high-performance diesel environment of the new generation vehicle fleets that are being introduced into Army.
The vehicles and driven and maintained by currently serving men and women.
The team comprises soldiers currently undergoing their initial employment training as well as men and women fully qualified in their chosen field as well as members recently returned from operational service.