WE LOVE it when people come along and follow Street Machine Drag Challenge events from track to track as spectators, and even more so if they’re doing it in a cool car! When Mark Sauer rolled through the gates at Willowbank Raceway on Day One of Drag Challenge Weekend, we wondered if he would race his awesome HJ Holden campervan. The answer was unfortunately no, but we were happy to have him come along and spectate for the weekend instead.
It’s a little-known fact that Holden actually sold One Tonners with a Freeway campervan accessory package right off the showroom floor. It came with basic appliances like a fridge, stove, oven and a bed big enough for two – everything you need for a nice weekend away!
Mark has converted his HJ to look like an n HQ GTS with a new nosecone and fresh paint. The old six-cylinder donk had had a hard life carting around a house on its back and performance was pretty lacklustre according to Mark, so he tossed that in the bin in favour of a Holden 308 donk. Now she cruises happily at 110km/h – even with a headwind.
You still can’t do much about the aerodynamics though, and while Mark reckons it performs well on the open road it does move around a bit when the big trucks come flying by. Still, Mark had a fat time cruising around Queensland with the Drag Challenge Weekend crew and saw plenty of good-quality racing along the way. We’ve got a video of the beast up online – just search for ‘campervan’ on streetmachine.com.au.