6 October 2021 | General

The Coulters reveal the ‘COVID shop’

When the Trans Am National Series returns back to the racetrack, for the Coulters it will from a new set-up after recent completion of a new shop.

Named the ‘COVID shop’, the new facility will enable father-son team Steve and Michael Coulter more space to work on their Kobelco Ford Mustang.

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“We’ve been building the new shop for a couple of months now; we call it the ‘COVID shop’,” Steve Coulter laughed.

“The shed we had at home was ok, it was doing the job but you couldn’t get the four-post hoist up high enough and I just thought ‘stuff it, it’s COVID times, we’ll make a bit of a plan at home, we’ll build a nice, new toy shed and stick some toys in there’.

“Every man has got to have a toy shop!”

A previous competitor in HQs, Aussie Racing Cars, OzTrucks and even Supertrucks, father Steve contested the previous round of the series at Sydney Motorsport Park due to Michael having prior commitments.

“Unfortunately, I did the gearbox and drove like a bloody old woman,” Coulter described it.

Michael will finish off the season in the Mustang, which Coulter enjoys watching from the sidelines and continues to support, with hopes the ‘COVID shop’ will provide the right environment to move further up the grid.

“It’s worked out really well, we’ve got a new two-post hoist coming for it,” Coulter explained.

Through his excavation business, Coulter’s developed long-term relationships with Sydney Truck and Machinery as well as naming rights partner Kobelco, which has transferred through to Michael.

Although Coulter admitted he won’t return to running multiple entries, which he has done in the past, a new Trans Am is one thing on the radar for next year in what promises to be an even more competitive series.

“It’s a great series, which is only going to get stronger and stronger,” said Coulter. “It’s a lot of fun.

“There’s nothing else out there that is so affordable.”