Monaro Motors

Monaro Motors was run by Jack Ould in Malvern Road, Malvern, when in 1951/1952 a certain Peter Manton went to work for Jack. The company was already producing a range of improvement parts for MG's and with Peter's arrival Monaro Motors became what is recognised as the first Speed Shop in Australia (What we would call a Tuning Company in the UK) they were also agents for Wade Superchargers.
Peter then set about designing what became known as the Monaro Motors Twin Carb kit, this included designing a manifold as well as the carb setup for the side valve series MM Morris Minor, he also fitted a supercharger kit to his Morris Minor in was this setup that he used in rallies saving the twin carb setup for the race track.
With his friend Neville Watts who had assisted on most of the conversion equipment they also carried out suspension mods and other alterations to the side valve engines. Peter then did the same with A30's and then the Morris Major (what we know as the Wolseley 1500 or Riley 1.5 in the UK) he had by this time become a partner of the firm and eventually moved onto the mini and set up Peter Manton Motors which is where he had his major racing success and is what he is most remembered for setting the standard for others to try and follow, this enterprise specialised in BMC products.
My thanks go to The Mini Experience Magazine for much of this information and the picture of Peter Manton in his side valve series MM and the sticker, click on the image of Peters car and it will take you to the full article and on magazine name for the link to their website.

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