Australian actor Eric Bana has had a love of fast cars dating back to his early teens. Bana bought and restored his first muscle car at the age of 15, a 1974 Falcon Coupe he named the Beast. His interest in muscle cars apparently stems from the 1979 film “Mad Max” starring Mel Gibson, which features a ’73 Ford Falcon. He still owns the Beast today and has actively participated in the Targa Rally in Tasmania, using the car both in 1996 and 2007. The most recent foray into the event was actually the subject of a self-made documentary called “Love the Beast.” The event did not go well for Bana as he managed to run the Beast into a tree in the later stages of the five day event. Luckily, both he and his co-driver walked away from the accident.
Eric Bana serves as the perfect example of how success in an unrelated field can provide the freedom to pursue a personal passion. The actor’s love of speed and racing has led to him taking part in both car and motorcycle racing events all over the world. In addition to competing, he has given his patronage to various racing teams. Even if Bana is not racing at the event he can still often be found visiting high status racing teams in various international competitions including Formula GP and Le Mans endurance events.