THESE days we all want massive-cube bigblocks and huge injector hats to sling us down the drag strip, but there are a bunch of guys and gals that can’t go past a trusty six-pot. Eight years ago the late Mark Stewart launched the Six Banger Nationals with the Warwick Drag Racing Club in Queensland, and the event continues to grow each year, with 90 entries facing the starter in 2015. The event is open to both old-school and modern high-tech sixes, be they in a straight or V6.
Mick Borg took out the Modified class and the Grand Champion award in his formidable Holden-powered digger, narrowly beating mate Bob Sinclair in his frontengine dragster, with a 6.112-second pass.
Toowoomba's Andrew Hoey took out this year’s Blown/Turbo championship in his wheelstanding, supercharged EH Holden, edging out Brisbane racer Dale Brown, who broke out by 0.003 seconds! Andrew’s EH ran a series of stonking 7.1-second passes.
Street Machine’s Rick Welch won the trophy no one wants to win, the Norm Stewart Hard Luck Award, which he nabbed when he ran a 9.70-second pass and spat a rod in the deep end.
To attend the Six Banger Nats in 2016, keep an eye on warwickdragway.com.au. We recently heard that a famous figure on the Victorian burnout scene is reviving a cool old Torana for next year’s event.