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MONKEY BUSINESS

AUSSIE-born seven-time NHRA Top Fuel winner Richie Crampton is currently without a full-time US drive after his team Morgan Lucas Racing pulled out of Top Fuel last year, but he continues to make the most of his opportunities in the States. As we went to press, Crampton had just finished piloting Alex Laughlin’s Gas Monkey Energy Drink A/Fuel dragster in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Division Three event in Joliet, Illinois.

Crampton qualified fourth, but bowed out in the semifinal against Kirk Wolf. Check out our Legend yarn on page 18 for more on Richie.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

A LITTLE while back (SM, Apr ’17) we reported on Brock Mahoney’s quest for an Apollo Blue John Goss Special Falcon that took him and Ben Atkinson from Seven82Motors all the way to Ireland to purchase the right car.

Well, after decade in the Emerald Isle, the car has now arrived safely back on home soil. Ben and his Seven82 team spent a week bringing the Goss back up to spec and ready for rego. Once the car was officially a proud Queenslander, Ben surprised Brock and his wife Claire with a Goss-only car display. “Lachlan Ney from the Goss Club helped organise four other JGSs and their families for a private catch-up,” he said.

Brock was suitably chuffed. “It was a great day,” he said. “I was completely surprised by the Goss turnout, and it was a very fitting scenario to have a cool collection of local legends welcome home our welltravelled Aussie.”

NEXT!

THE August issue of SM has something for everyone! For lovers of classic Holden sixes, we check out a couple of venerable old bangers that are now partying hard thanks to the wonders of EFI and modern turbocharging. We also preview some of the Aussie teams that are taking on Hot Rod Drag Week, and bring you that yarn on the Street Rod Nationals that we didn’t manage to fit in this month. We also look at the merits of the Chrysler 300C as a second-hand buy and bring you part two of Aiden’s RB30 build. On sale 20 July, and in the meantime, check out streetmachine.com.au for daily updates.