DRIVING all the way from Cairns to Victoria solo with no radio, completing Drag Challenge, knocking over a burnout comp and then cruising on home is a superhuman effort.
Brenton Miller did it last year in his blown Lexus V8-powered Centura and racked up 10,000km in the process. He must be a glutton for punishment because he fronted up again in 2015, and although a WA-based entrant took out the Longest Distance Travelled award, we couldn’t send Brenton home without a trophy.
The Longest Distance Driven award was born, and Brenton won it by a country mile. Thousands of them, in fact.
“I think Drag Challenge is an ideal event for street cars, and just to be a part of it again is great,” he says.
“The car has a 1UZ 4.0L
all-alloy quad-cam V8; just a stock-standard engine, and that’s been in the car for four years. It has a little top-mount supercharger, intercooler and 12psi of boost, and it runs a Toyota automatic that’s modified to full manual with a small stall converter, a decent tailshaft, BorgWarner diff with bigger axles and a beefed-up centre. It’s air conditioned as well; no power steering, but that’s on the cards; and I might even put a radio in it.”
Just like he did last year, Brenton took part in the Tread Cemetery skid comp, where his team placed fourth, before pointing the Centura north again. This time though, his partner Tanyia flew down from Cairns to keep him company for the return trip. “I really should thank her for allowing me to live the dream!” Brenton says.
Class: Castlemaine Rod Shop DYO
Engine: 1UZ 4.0L V8 Supercharger: Eaton Transmission: Toyota A340 Converter: 2800rpm Diff: 3.7:1 Power: 356rwhp Previous PB: 11.50@118mph Best Drag Challenge Run: 11.79@116mph