RETURNING Drag Challenge competitor Greg Mason has plenty of goals associated with the event.

“I want to do the event for 10 years straight in the same car,” he declares. “My first goal is always to finish and my second goal is to enjoy myself, then I worry about the winning stuff somewhere down the track!”

The El Camino’s 383ci Chev was playing up and throwing belts on day one, but after shimming the pullies to get the alignment spot-on, the remainder of Drag Challenge was pretty straightforward for Greg, his son Lewis and the car. “We had a reasonably trouble-free year last year too, which I guess only means that the year when we have all sorts of dramas is only getting closer!” he laughs.

The car had only made a handful of passes since last year’s Drag Challenge, which according to Greg meant that only a couple of tweaks and a bit of preventative maintenance was required. “It’s just cool driving around in your car, but mostly it’s the people,” he says. “Every night after you race it’s just about talking shit and drinking beer!”


Class: Castlemaine Rod Shop DYO


Engine: Chev 383ci Transmission: Powerglide Converter: 5000rpm Diff: 4.33:1 Power: 520hp Previous PB: 11.33@118mph Best Drag Challenge Run: 11.39@118mph


Lewis Mason