IN A SEA of LS-powered Holdens, Bubba Medlyn’s mental-looking matte-black VH Commodore stands out, because he’s stuck with plastic power! “It’s the new Torque Power block and we’re the test dummy,” Bubba says. “It’s Craig Bennett’s latest design, a stronger version of a 308. It’s cast iron with four-bolt mains, and we’re hoping to get about 1500-2000hp out of it; we’d be pretty happy with that. Glenn Wells Racing did all the research and development and he’s been really supportive of the decision not to go LS. It’s cost me so much more money to stay with a Holden; I pretty much did it just to piss people off!”
Bubba and his crew had a hectic lead-up to Drag Challenge, putting the car together just three days before the event and then having the K-frame in and out twice to address oil leaks. It was a brand new combo, and Jason from Tunnel Vision literally road-tuned it on the way to Calder Park on day one with the trailer on the back!
The team started out on very low boost, then ended up in the eights by the end of the event. Perhaps more importantly, they looked like they were enjoying every minute of it. “I like the fact that I can grab my mates, put them in the car and go racing,” Bubba says.
Class: 247 Fittings Radial Blown
Engine: Holden 370ci Turbos: Twin Turbonetics 76mm Transmission: Powerglide Converter: 3500rpm Diff: 3.5:1 Power: 1200hp Previous PB: 8.50@165mph Best Drag Challenge Run: 8.77@162mph
Jason Gill, Allen Davison, Kane Goodliffe, Fabian Agnelli