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HISTORY OF

EAST COAST SUSPENSIONS

 

Here you can see the ‘depth’ of experience and to how our knowledge of

motor vehicle suspension has evolved.

How our continuing involvement with all types of motor vehicles in motor sport helps YOU,

our client, benefit by having this experience available.

Knowing how to cater specifically to your needs is important to us and helps you

become another one of our many satisfied customers.

 

Our business began in 1979 at 47 Princes Highway, Arncliffe, NSW.

47 Princes Hwy Arncliffe - The Old ECS Workshop

 

Porsche Club Super Sprints and hill climbs were our speciality

as well as setting up early Porsche 911’s and 356’s

We competed in circuit events & hill climbs with

our own Porsche 356. 

 

 

In the early 1980’s, a Datsun 1600 sports sedan, built by a friend,

was setup and sponsored by ECS. This car was one of the first

successful circuit racing 1600’s in the country.

 


 

We then moved our business to a freestanding factory

at 20 Princes Highway, Arncliffe to accommodate our growing business.

 

 

                                                        

Street Sedan Racing setup and preparation followed with Mazda RX4 & RX3 cars.

Many interesting things were learnt with these ‘relatively’ standard production race cars.

 

RX Racing

 

ECS continued its involvement with Porsches - road & racecars.

Porsche Racing was really taking off in Australia.

Vehicles like the “Cage/East Coast Suspensions” sponsored 2 litre ‘Beast’ were arriving.

This car was successfully raced and competed in club sprints by the owner, Rob Pennyfather.

Other early Porsche Cup contenders were Chris Hones and Glen Molloy,

whose early cars were also setup by ECS.

 

Porsche Beast

 


 

In 1989, ECS opened a new shop at Kirrawee in the Sutherland Shire, Sydney.

This is where our motor sport developments increased to include more street sedans &

Formula Fords, including the Leanne Ferrier (now Leanne Tander) car, sponsored & setup by ECS.

 

 

  

 

 

 

HQ racing, ex Bathurst Group ‘A’ Commodores (Winton 24 hour race)

and other Datsun 1600’s & 240Z/260Z.

 

 


 

Then the more serious Porsche Cup racing began with Geoff Morgan’s early RSR Porsche.

This car was an ex Pat Burke car which was entirely rebuilt & developed by

Ian Hamilton - gearbox, engine & drive train,

Ron Goodman - sensational body and paintwork &

David Falson’s - ECS’s redesigned and sorted suspension.

Porsche Cup really began in this era and this car became one of

the most successful Porsche Cup Cars of this time.

 

 

 

 

Then along came the factory built Porsche racecars.

Geoff Morgan ordered the ‘only RHD’ 964 RSR factory racecar ever made.

ECS applied the knowledge gained on early Porsche’s and sorted the suspension on the 964 RSR to work on our race circuits.

At first it was no match for the old hand built cars, but after some

development it was extremely quick!

 

 

 

 

This then led to the next generation of Porsche 911’s, the 993 RSCS for GTP Racing.

 

 

ECS was again involved with the setup and worked on the Morgan car

while it was successfully driven by John Smith.

Around this time, Mazda MX5’s sports cars were becoming popular and through a

friend’s interest to race a sports car, the first Australian MX5 race car was developed by ECS.

This car proved to be quite competitive with its original 1600 engine,

doing a 1.min 53sec at Eastern Creek Raceway back in 1995.

 

 

 

Our development with MX5’s has continued, with the ECS sponsored MX5

driven by close friend “Brad Douglass”,

winning the

“Production Sports Car Racing Association Championship” 2006 season

Outright-  in a Class “C’ Car!

Competing against cars like – Porsches, Cobras, Lotus & other Mazda’s etc.

Brad, with the help of ECS, will contest the 2008 Production Sports Car Racing Association

season in a Lotus Elise. 

 

 
   

                      

ECS was also involved in the Mazda Australia ‘Turbo MX5’s’ that competed in Targa Tasmania

(during their development stage with Allan Horsley),

by suppling some of the suspension on one car &

                            setting the cars up prior to the event.                            

In the mid ‘90s ECS again became involved with Porsche racing by

rebuilding a Porsche 911 coupe for Wayne Cooper.

This was a ‘clone’ 964RS with a 3.6 litre engine.

Had late series gearbox and 930 suspension and brakes.

This was a ‘road registered car’ that could do a 1min 42sec at Eastern Creek Raceway

with slick tyres.

 

 

ECS supported and developed Wayne’s cars for the Porsche Cup Series.

These cars were always fast and spectacular.

 

Wayne’s ex Jim Richards RSCS was also campaigned for a season in Porsche Cup.

ECS adopted its development experience from the early RSCS days with the Cooper car,

which during the season was often the fastest RSCS Porsche at the meetings.

 

 

Our first Carrera Cup Porsche arrived next in the form of a Porsche 996 2000 model.

 

 

This allowed ECS to again develop knowledge on the latest Porsche chassis and assist in the setup of the current Porsche’s like the Kalnin Corporation Porsche GT2 which is setup and maintained by ECS. This car competes in ‘Tarmac events’ such as Targa Tasmania & the Grand Prix Rally annually.

 

 

More to come!!!!