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WE’LL BE BACK AT HOT ROD DRAG WEEK THIS YEAR, TO COVER ALL THE AUSSIE TEAMS RACING, INCLUDING OUR OWN MARK ARBLASTER IN HIS 5.3- LITRE LS TURBO-POWERED VG VALIANT, POR440 RAG

SIMON TELFORD

AS THIS issue goes to print, we’re right in the thick of finalising the details for this year’s Street Machine Drag Challenge, 11-15 November. We are a little way off having the online entry form up and running, but we have a big queue of racers who Ahave contacted us and are keen to join in.

Ahave contacted us and are keen to join in.

The formula stays the same as it has been for the previous two events – five days of racing, at five tracks, with the competitors having to drive their cars unassisted between each venue. This time we are really mixing it up in terms of tracks. We’re going to start at Adelaide International Raceway, then cross the border into Victoria to take in Portland, Mildura and Swan Hill, before returning to AIR for the last day. It will be a tough schedule, but the word from our racers is they don’t care what tracks we use, they just want to race!

A big thanks to the class sponsors, including Turbosmart, Haltech, K&N and Tuff Mounts – we couldn’t run the event or t s y t without you guys! And stay tuned to streetmachine.com.au in the coming months, as we profile as many entrant cars as we possibly can, from the big bangers down to cool shedbuilt sleepers.

But before Drag Challenge, we’ve got a lot of other fun stuff to look forward to, starting with Meguiar’s MotorEx in Sydney, 22-23 July. It is going to be a massive event as usual, but one thing I’m particularly excited about is getting my hands on Chic Henry’s autobiography.

Chic (pictured above) is of course the founder of the Street Machine Summernats and he’s lived about 1000 lifetimes in one. I’ve always enjoyed his tales of the early years of street machining and drag racing in the 70s, so it should be a cracking read.

After that, the next big ’un is Red CentreNATS in Alice Springs (1-3 September). Our plan is to debut our second Carnage project car there and if all goes well, we’ll drive the Turbo Taxi (see page 132) all the way to Alice, race it and drive home. We’re just going to have to be very careful about planning out our outback fuel stops, given the taxi still runs on LPG!

And later that month, we’ll be back at Hot Rod Drag Week in the US, to cover all the Aussie teams racing, including our own Mark Arblaster. Mark has done Drag Week a bunch of times with his mate Steve Reimann in Steve’s Capri, but this time Arby is shipping his 5.3-litre LS turbo-powered VG Valiant, POR440, to the States to have a go. And what’s more, we’re going to road-trip the car all the way from Los Angeles to Cordova International Raceway in Illinois before the event has even begun.

There will be quite an Australian contingent this year, including expat Aussie racer Richie Crampton, who is building an insane ’57 Chev just for the occasion – you can check it out on page 18. Another Aussie newcomer to Drag Week will be Pro Street stalwart Jamie Farmer. Jamie has cooked up an XH Falcon ute that is a real sleeper, powered by an LS mill, with a couple of turbos mounted in the tray. That should definitely confuse the Yanks! s

WE’LL BE BACK AT HOT ROD DRAG WEEK THIS YEAR, TO COVER ALL THE AUSSIE TEAMS RACING, INCLUDING OUR OWN MARK ARBLASTER IN HIS 5.3- LITRE LS TURBO-POWERED VG VALIANT, POR440 RAG