Issue 15
Monday, 11 September 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Shannon’s Flying Spanners winners Alex Riley and Eldhose Thomas with compere Rob Tucker
Shannon’s Flying Spanners winners Alex Riley and Eldhose Thomas with compere Rob Tucker

Automotive graduate wins Flying Spanners

By Patrick Nelson

Automotive graduate Alex Riley and work colleague Eldhose Thomas have won the Shannon’s Flying Spanners competition in record time at the RedCentreNATS in Alice Springs.

Automotive skills lecturer Rob Tucker said the Peter Kittle Motor Company apprentices took just 23 minutes and 37 seconds to dismantle, rebuild and fire a four-cylinder petrol engine to win the final by less than a minute.

“It was an outstanding demonstration of skill, speed, team work and knowledge,” Mr Tucker said.

“And they showed that they could remain composed under pressure too. They were up against last year’s winners David Johnston and John Bull, who clocked 24 mins 35 seconds, which was nearly two-and-a-half minutes better than their winning time last year.”

Mr Tucker said good crowds turned up for the four heats and the final, which were held in the CDU marquee at Blatherskite Park.

“It’s a competition that draws a lot of public interest and a lot of enquiries from people who’d like to be involved.

“Competitors wore camera headsets, which provided a live video feed to two large monitors that were set up to give spectators a close up view of the action.” 

Mr Tucker said Shannon’s had sponsored the first prize, which included flights, accommodation and entry tickets to the Summernats in Canberra. Repco donated two $500 toolkits to the runners up.