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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

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

Anthony Raschella`s 1967 Chevelle Malibu

Anthony Raschella`s 1967 Chevelle Malibu 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

Ben Gatt`s 1939 Lincoln Zephyr

Ben Gatt`s 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Summernats 16 in 2003 was a massive one, with legendary names like Hadfield, Fitzpatrick, Ostric, Course, Lawry and Grima dominating that year’s Elite awards. However, Benny Gatt’s incredible custom Lincoln Zephyr beat them all out for the coveted People’s Choice gong. “I won Top Custom, took out second Special Effects Paint and made it into the Top 20, but winning People’s Choice was very special,” Benny says today.More

Robert Veitch`s 1959 Chevrolet Apache pick-up

Robert Veitch`s 1959 Chevrolet Apache pick-up Rob Veitch built this belly-scraping, LS-powered 1959 Chev Apache pick-up as a spectacular tribute to his late father, Barry. Yet its creation generated so much more, with quality people banding together to craft a superior ride and fostering friendships and mutual respect in the process. It all started with a cheeky purchase by Barry. “Dad was a car guy, and after he got cancer, he would sit and buy things online,” Rob says.More

Steave Roussis`1970 Ford XY Falcon Sedan

Steave Roussis`1970 Ford XY Falcon Sedan Selling a 10-second XY Falcon is never an easy thing to do. “You’ll regret it. You’ll regret it. You’ll regret it,” Steve Roussis’s wife Ourania told him. She was right. “I sold it to a local guy, and within months I was saying: ‘Shit, I shouldn’t have sold it!’” Steve admits. But his eldest son, Dean, had a solution. “He said: ‘Dad, my mate’s got one; he never drives it. Do you want to have a look at it?More

Huss Ayache`s 1988 Holden VL Commodore BT1

Huss Ayache`s 1988 Holden VL Commodore BT1 At eighteen years old, Huss Ayache cut his teeth on this VL Commodore BT1 turbo – and with a want for big power came a steep learning curve on how to get it. Now, another 18 years later, he has developed the know-how and gathered the right people around him to build this ex-police chaser into a hardcore (yet classy) potential-eight-second weapon.  With over 1000hp on tap, this VL has only just touched on what it can do.More

Terry Pyle`s 1934 Ford Coupe

Terry Pyle`s 1934 Ford Coupe Terry Pyle reckons everyone paints their hot rods either red, black or purple, so he was just trying to be different by building a white one. He admits it took some convincing to bring the painter around to his way of thinking, but he got there in the end, and he couldn’t be happier. If you’re wondering, this particular hue is off the new Mustangs and is called Oxford White.More

Adam Nagy`s 1976 Holden LX Torana

Adam Nagy`s 1976 Holden LX Torana For over half a century, the Holden Torana has captivated the hearts and minds of Aussie revheads like almost nothing else. And like many of his generation, Adam Nagy’s love affair with Holden’s gutsy little giant-killer can be traced back decades. “I’ve had Toranas and HQs since I was 16, and I’m 45 now,” he says. “Without exaggerating, I’ve owned two or three hundred of them!More

John Dennis` 1973 Ford Escort

John Dennis` 1973 Ford Escort Ford`s Mark 1 Escort is a legend of motorsport across rallying, touring cars and even drag racing, thanks to its tiny size, generous engine bay and rear-drive layout. As a fan of four-banger Fords from a tender age, John Dennis knew this all too well, but it took him a while to get around to building the righteous turbo pro touring Esky you see on the pages before you.  “I’ve been a small-Ford guy since I was a kid,” says the Sydneysider.More

Dean Rickard 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS

Dean Rickard 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS Taking an iconic Aussie classic car and enhancing it while simultaneously retaining the essence of its style is a Herculean task. It requires a balanced eye, plenty of grey matter, huge amounts of talent and drive, & a big pair of stones. Melbourne’s Dean Rickard knew this when he started the genre-shifting build of his HT Monaro back in 2016. It’s a car so finely detailed & thoroughly reengineered that it threatens to redefine what we consider a street car.More
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