Many people will know that Paul Halstead, Managing Director of Adaps, has a long history in motor sport.

What many will not know is that the De Tomaso Pantera – that was retired from racing many years ago – is back!

The distinctive car did time trials at Phillip Island on the 29th January 2013, with Larry Perkins at the wheel.

It will be racing at Phillip Island this weekend, the 9th and 10th of March, and then at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park the week later.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, contact Paul by emailing


5 March 2013 – The story so far….

In 1983, having sold out of Adaps, I became the importer and assembler of DeTomaso Cars in Australia. The cars were built and sold in my Sydney business called the Toy Shop. Because we exported the Australian V8 Ford engines for DeTomaso’s production for the rest of the World, we could apply our export credits to the parts we imported which lowered our Duty from 85% to just 25%. This made our Pantera’s relatively inexpensive and also quite profitable for us.  Read More


8 March 2012 – From the Pits at Phillip Island…

I am writing to you from the pits at Phillip Island having just completed final practice.
After many false starts, including building the replacement Carburetor at 7am this morning,  we have managed to qualify 6th.  Read More

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