Actor and car racing enthusiast Eric Bana bought and lovingly restored a 1974 Ford Coupe that he called The Beast when he was just 15 years old. In 2007, Bana made his second attempt to run Tasmania’s Targa Rally in the outright classic division, while simultaneously filming a documentary about the experience. Bana and his co-driver Tony Ramunno were doing well after several days of competition and started the fourth day in 53rd place overall out of 115 cars.
The Beast and its crew did not make it to the final stage of the competition, however, due to a mishap 16 miles into the 23-mile Cethana run. Bana lost control of The Beast on a dry section of the run and veered off into a tree, damaging the car badly enough to take it out of the event. Both driver and co-driver came out of the wreck shaken but uninjured, and Bana appeared just days later at a red carpet event promoting an unrelated movie. The car had undergone a two year-long overhaul in preparation for the rally and was severely damaged in the impact. As damaged as the car was, however, Bana’s love for The Beast saved it from the scrap yard. He set to work soon afterwards repairing and restoring the vehicle.