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Drag racing weekend: Brendon De Ruyter & Benny Wilkinson`s 1995 Honda Integra

Drag racing weekend: Brendon De Ruyter & Benny Wilkinson`s 1995 Honda Integra The staging lanes at Drag Challenge are typically full of chromebumpered, bent-eight warhorses. So you can imagine how quickly our heads turned when a Honda Integra wearing slicks on all four corners rolled up to sign in on Friday. It turned out that our interest was well and truly justified, because even though this little Honda may only have a 1.8-litre four-banger, it packs a turbocharged punch to the tune of 800rwhp and an allwheel drive system pillaged from a Honda CR-V.More

Drag racing weekend: Jye Core`s 1970 VG Valiant Safaru

Drag racing weekend: Jye Core`s 1970 VG Valiant Safaru Maryborough`s Jye Core only just made it to DCW 2020 to run his awesome VG Safari wagon in the Carnage Dial Your Own class. “It has been a serious last-minute thrash to get the car here,” he said on Day One. “We left for Willowbank at 4am on Monday and still had a list of jobs to do here at the track.” In naturally aspirated form, the 540-cube Mopar big-block pushed the wagon to a tentative 10.80@127mph on Friday and a 6.More

Jaguar E-typeModified 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 restoration and upgrade

Modified 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 restoration and upgrade Modified E-Type restoration and upgrade of a ‘Mellow Yellow’ Series I With a quest for perfection and a desire to create his ultimate-spec E-Type, Australia-based Alan Baker has achieved great things with this highly distinctive Series I. FEATURE CAR UPRATED E-TYPE We take a trip Down Under to meet the owner and restorer of a prize-winning Series I I first encountered Alan Baker’s US-spec left-hand drive Series I E-Type at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival in December 2018.More

2022 Jaguar XJ Electric

2022 Jaguar XJ Electric Difficult second (electric) album. Jaguar’s i-Pace was a shockingly good electric debut; now for the saloon follow-up. It remains impressive that the first premium European car maker to pop out a Tesla rival wasn’t BMW, Audi or Mercedes but Jaguar – and the i-Pace is still the best of the bunch to drive.More

Drag racing weekend: Juan Kudnig`s 1969 Holden HT Kingswood

Drag racing weekend: Juan Kudnig`s 1969 Holden HT Kingswood Six-time ANDRA Champion Juan Kudnig brought a killer leftof- field combo to the Tuff Mounts 235 Blown class with his triple-charged HT Kingswood.  “I have been racing these cars since the 1980s, so I know how to make them work,” Juan said. “It has an 8.7:1-comp, solidroller 400ci small-block with a V-7 YSi-trim Vortech blower and water-to-air intercooler, and there is a Precision PT106 turbo mounted in the rear of the car.More

Drag racing weekend: Shane Baker`s 1982 Holden VH Commodore

Drag racing weekend: Shane Baker`s 1982 Holden VH Commodore Shane Baker’s 1982 VH Commodore sedan carries a couple of turbos on its Holden-based powerplant. On around 23psi of boost, it develops close to 1000hp, although Shane (who builds performance hardware at his business, Shane’s Bikes, Boats & Performance in Warwick) isn’t sure of the precise figure. “I have a dyno, but I street-tuned and datalogged this one,” he said of his E85-fuelled and Holley Terminator X-managed mill.More

Drag racing weekend: Mitchell Jannusch 1979 Ford XD Falcon Panel Van

Drag racing weekend: Mitchell Jannusch 1979 Ford XD Falcon Panel Van In his first ever Drag Challenge event, Toowoomba’s Mitchell Jannusch certainly made his presence known. His beaut, blown LSA-powered XD Falcon panel van was the model of consistency in the super-competitive Carnage Dial Your Own class, running within 0.004sec of his 11.48sec dial-in across the three days of Drag Challenge Weekend to snare the class win. “I bought it as a roller,” Mitch said of the 1979 pano.More

Drag racing weekend: Brodie Olsen LX Torana Hatch

Drag racing weekend: Brodie Olsen LX Torana Hatch Surley one of the classiest cars at Drag Challenge Weekend was Brodie Olsen’s LX Torana hatch. In fact, with its terrific paint and well-trimmed interior, it looked too good to be abused on the race track. “Yeah, a few people have said that!” chuckled Brodie. “Sometimes the colour’s purple; sometimes it’s black; sometimes it’s Coca Cola. But it’s really a street car that doubles as a cruiser and all-rounder.More

Drag racing weekend: Jason Koss` 1979 UC Torana Hatch

Drag racing weekend: Jason Koss` 1979 UC Torana Hatch The last-of-the-line Torana, the UC series, tends to be forgotten. No V8 engine option and no racing (in 1980 the new Commodore took over that task) meant the UC never had the performance cred of the earlier Torries. But hey, that doesn’t mean they can’t be built into something fast! Jason Ross has done just that with his UC, walking the welltrodden path to performance by using boosted GM/Holden V8 power: a 5.7-litre LS1 from a mid-noughties VZ Commodore, coupled to an el cheapo turbo.More

Drag racing weekend: Ben Neal`s 1987 Toyota Cressida

Drag racing weekend: Ben Neal`s 1987 Toyota Cressida Ben ‘Mechanical Stig’ Neal’s Barra-powered ’87 Toyota Cresta has built a legendary following as a two-time Hot Rod Drag Week finisher, with a PB of 8.18@168mph to its name. The proprietor of Benny’s Custom Works came to Drag Challenge Weekend last year, finishing runner-up in the six-pot class, and he wanted to do even better in 2020.More

Drag racing weekend: Alon Vella`s 1970 Ford Capri

Drag racing weekend: Alon Vella`s 1970 Ford Capri Eight. That’s how many times Alon Vella has won Drag Challenge’s Radial Aspirated class in his diminutive but incredibly potent 1970 Ford Capri. That’s every Drag Challenge and DC Weekend except the very first, which Alon didn’t win because he wasn’t there! Alon’s extraordinary Drag Challenge record is testament to the speed, reliability and consistency of the little fastback Ford he bought in 2012.More

1964 Volvo Cyan Racing’s P1800

1964 Volvo Cyan Racing’s P1800 Trigger’s £370k broom Not much of the ’60s original remains, but the result is fantastic Autumn roads no match for Pirelli P-Zero tyres Apparently there’s some original 1964 Volvo in Cyan Racing’s P1800, notably the roof pillars, but you’d probably be able to fit the lot in your hold luggage. Purists be damned, though, because this restomod is as fabulous to drive as behold. Cyan Racing has pedigree.More

Drag racing weekend: Kahim Takk`s Ford XD Falcon UTE

Drag racing weekend: Kahim Takk`s Ford XD Falcon UTE This was Rahim Tarr’s second crack at Drag Challenge Weekend, having been runner-up in the Outlaw Aspirated class in 2018 in his awesome XD Falcon ute. “I’ve had the car seven years,” Rahim said. “I bought it all set up as a drag car, wholly and solely. I was inspired by Drag Challenge, so to put it back on the street, I made all the lights work, refitted a Falcon front end and had to refit things such as windscreen wipers.More

Drag racing weekend: Kelon Sammons 1973 Holden HQ Premier

Drag racing weekend: Kelon Sammons 1973 Holden HQ Premier According to Reion Sammons, his HQ was a “stock, rusty blue 202 ’73 Premier with air and steer” until he and his mates decided they needed to enter Drag Challenge Weekend in the Turbosmart Outlaw Blown class. The tired more-door was reborn as a Monaro lookalike when Reion transferred the blown, injected, tall-deck 598ci Big M big-block from his ’65 Impala to the Quey. “It went 9.80@114mph in the 5200lb Impala – hard on the brakes,” Reion laughed.More

Drag racing weekend: Ben Vlekken Holden VH Commodore vagon

Drag racing weekend: Ben Vlekken Holden VH Commodore vagon Drag Challenge veteran Ben Vlekken stood tall at DCW 2020, with his singleturbo VH Commodore running a pair of high sevens to take out both the Haltech Radial Blown class and the Overall win. Facing down 129 competitors, Ben had the 3650lb first-gen Commodore running hard from Day One, laying down a 7.80@172mph on only his second pass of the event. He backed this up with a 5.18@141mph on the Warwick short track, once again finishing as the quickest DCW entrant of the day.More
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