Cheetah Racing Cars
Cheetah Racing Cars is a manufacturer of race cars in Australia. The design, engineering and production of Cheetah Race Cars are done by Brian Shead at a factory behind his home in Mordialloc, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
The first car produced by Shead was for his own use in 1960 to race in the Formula Junior. He built another Cheetah in 1962 and a third in 1963.
In 1970 he produced a MK4H Hill-climb car V-8 Oldsmobile, adding a redesign to previous cars. In 1973, Shead started to build race cars full time, producing his last vehicle in 1989, the Mk9 for use in the Formula Holden.
Shead produced Cheetah cars for several Australian racing series, Formula Junior, Formula Libre, Hillclimbing, AF3, AF2, AF1 and Formula Holden.
In AF3, during the 1970s, and AF2, during the late 1970s and most of the 1980s, Cheetah cars dominated the series. The Formula Holden car built in 1989 was still competitive into the mid-1990s.
Shead built one car for the Sports 1300 racing category. The driver was Peter Jones who won 132 races, seven New South Wales titles and three Victorian titles.
Cheetah cars are still used in Historic race meetings, hill climbs, and in Formula 2 and Formula R where they are winning races and championships. Shead no longer builds Cheetah race cars but still supplies parts and advice to the owners.
A total of 14 models were produced by Shead and more than 25 championships were acquired using Cheetah Race Cars from 1970 to 2007.
Image Caption: An MK 8 Cheetah. Credit: Jon Crooke/MartinHansV/Wikipedia (public domain)