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Project Nagari - The Concept

 Special Note - Vale Wayne Draper.
Wayne launched into the Great Racetrack In The Sky in late 2012, after a courageous fight with recurrent cancer. Wayne never
complained through many years of debilitating treatment, and continually bounced back, defying his doctors and all the odds.
He was still working - rendering, designing, and directing construction of his many client projects right up to the last days of
his life. We all salute you Wayne and the tremendous contribution you made to automotive design and special car building
in this country.
 
The world is awash with Car Designers and would-be Car Designers, but few get to make a difference in the relentless world
of homogenised mass-production commuter-boxes. But Aussie Wayne Draper is one of the standouts. Creating
clever and imaginative designs is one thing, but its takes bravery to get them through the endless bureaucracy and politics of
car companies. And it takes even more guts to go it alone and create your own independent design business. Wayne achieved
both, and in the process created automotive icons.
 
As a young designer at Ford Motor Company, Wayne left his mark on game-changing vehicles such as the HD Falcon, and 
the revolutionary Ford Capri convertible (and, secretly, the remarkable Phase 5 HD Falcon racecar). He was also involved in 
many of the secret high-performance and racecar projects in Ford Product Development which led to his obsession with the 
high-performance Phase Falcons both inside and outside of FoMoCo.
 
    
         
      Wayne Draper's HD Racer Concept and Milennium Ute

Not surprisingly he was head-hunted by Nissan executives to head-up their first 
southern-hemisphere design studio/skunkworks - and he again played a pivotal role in the roll-out of significant new models
such as the Nissan fastback wagon.
 
But to fully let his talent off the leash Wayne knew he had to go it alone, and moved out to establish Homologated Options.
He built a first-class Design Studio in the heart of Melbourne Motown (Broadmeadows) complete with computerised styling 
platforms and advanced composite moulding laboratory - arguably the first such leading-edge facility in Australia.
 
His clients included the performance divisions of leading car companies (including Ford) , leading racing teams and drivers 
such as Allan Moffat Racing and a host of automotive entrepeneurs (companies and individuals) engaged in advanced 
automotive projects.
 
One of these was Project Nagari - an ambitious concept to re-create Australia's most famous-ever sportscar, the Bolwell Nagari.
 
The concept was the brainchild of Rob Luck, a highly successful magazine Editor and Publisher (Wheels, Motor, Australian Road
& Track etc) with an enviable reputation for building concepts and showcars and for assembling the best craftsmen in their trades
for each project. 
 
At this time, the modern-retro was a ground-breaking idea but Luck and Draper shared a common belief in the concept and
quickly escalated the project. The Design Rendering above was Wayne Draper's first concept drawing of how the 1960s Nagari 
could be transformed into a modern classic for the new Milennium. Wayne set-out to transmute the key styling signatures of 
the original car into a modern day classic. The result is a modern-retro,  profoundly different from the original,  but sculpted so
subtly that there is no mistaking its origins.
 
Most of the original design cues of these renderings were retained as the vehicle was developed 'in the flesh' - notably the 
new aggressive triple-vent nosecone, smooth featureless flanks, and steeply raked screen. But as a completely new body was
fully crafted (as a full-size clay-model) new styling touches were added and practical variations applied to extract the 
maximum from the new package.  In the final reckoning, there is barely a square-cm of surface area that is 'original' - yet the
'originality' of the original design is retained. This is perhaps the ultimate mark of success for a modern-retro.
 
And this was one of the world's first - exciting audiences at a large number of International Motor Shows and paving the way
for such successful mass-market modern-retros as the Dodge Viper, Ford GT, Ford Mustang, Chev Camaro and so on.
 
Today, Wayne Draper remains involved with the latest iteration of Project Nagari as founding 'Design Father' of the Project and
consultant on various design issues.
 
Wayne can be contacted through his ongoing Design and Construction businesses Homologated Options and Gruppe A  which
offer everything from custom body livery and styling,  distinctive body hardware (spoilers, wings, kits etc) for cars from A to Z, 
to complete automotive design and construction services. 
 
 
Wayne is also the prime-mover behind the rapidly-evolving new world-wide  'extreme sport' of aerodynamic gravity racing.
 


Our illustrations below show some of the evolutionary design changes involved in the development of Project Nagari as well as
some of Wayne's other automotive design achievements, including other road-going Bolwells.
 
                      
 
     Project Nagari tail treatment was re-developed from outboard trapezoid lamp clusters to spaced circular light-sets as shown in
     these photos (left) during proto test program and (right) at Sydney International Motor Show. The revised tail-treatment incorporated
     a kicked-up lip on the trailing edge and the boot hatch was now fully-enclosed, removing the shut-lines from the vertical tail panel
     for a cleaner treatment. The circulat tail-lamps also featured 'inverted' eyebrows - another styling cue ahead of its time.
 
 
    
              
 
      Philip White's beautiful  Mk8 Convertible  seen in action (left) at Eastern Creek Sydney, examples the original Bolwell design.
      The design re-configuration for Project Nagari included new triple-port enlarged grille (more agressive, improved  ventilation),
      cleaned flanks, accentuated hip-line, lowered bonnet and power bulge profile and steeply raked screen. Small outboard grille ports 
      deliver boost-cooling for massive Harrop brakes inside enlarged 17in. wheels.  Although the surface areas are entirely  new,
      car  displays unmistakeable heritage in this modern-retro concept.
 
       
       Wayne Draper, Designer and Head of Homologated Options.
     
 
       
            










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