SYDNEY drag racer Alysha Teale scored an invite to the inaugural Drag Challenge in 2014, and she wasn’t about to miss out on this year’s event. “I really enjoy the atmosphere, meeting new people, racing at new tracks and just the road trip!” she says.

Alysha’s Quey runs a 383ci Chev crate engine, nine-inch with 3.7:1 gears and Turbo 400 transmission, and sees more track time than most other cars on Drag Challenge. In fact, whenever there’s an event happening at Sydney Dragway, you can pretty much bet the farm that HERHQ will be in the staging lanes.

Alysha did the drive on her own again this year and ended up showing the blokes how it’s done, winning the DYO class with a string of clinically consistent passes.

As if to prove it was no fluke, she then lined up for the DYO Shootout immediately following Drag Challenge on day five at Calder, and finished runner-up to Carl Taylor, red-lighting by just 0.002sec in the final. She then drove the car all the way back to Sydney solo, like a boss.

“I want to do so much more to the car, whether it be a blower or some engine work,” she says. “But I’m definitely not finished with it!”


Class: Castlemaine Rod Shop DYO


Engine: Chev 383ci Transmission: Turbo 400 Converter: 3000rpm Diff: 3.7:1 Power: 300rwhp Previous PB: 11.72@112mph Best Drag Challenge Run: 11.987@110mph