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I can ad­just the Monaro’s wheel­stand height by the weight dis­tri­bu­tion; I have a bit of a se­cret up my sleeve on that one

WE CAUGHT up with Mil­dura lo­cal Char­lie Pitt at the re­cent Nos­tal­gia Drags (see fea­ture on page 112). His wheel­stand­ing, matte-black HK GTS Monaro was the talk of Sun­set Strip, so we had to find out more.

You’ve just done an al­most full-height wheel­stand, is that the usual?

I’m sur­prised at the height. It usu­ally does a small one, but noth­ing like that. I know that I go slower do­ing it, but I en­joy it. I can ac­tu­ally ad­just the Monaro’s wheel­stand height by the weight dis­tri­bu­tion; I have a bit of a se­cret up my sleeve on that one.

Had the HK for a while?

Gee, I reckon it’s about 27 years. My brother had it for a while be­fore that; I swapped him a buggy for it. It was a bit of a wreck when I first got it; it had hit a few trees here and there. The driv­e­line was a 253ci, with a Sag­i­naw ’box and a 10-bolt Chev diff.

What’s in it now?

It’s a Mer­lin 630ci big-block Chev built by Dar­ren Mor­gan. We’ve lim­ited it to around 1000hp to suit my tyre size, but it’s good for 3500hp if I want to step up to a blower. Be­hind is a Pow­er­glide and nine-inch, both built to with­stand that sort of horse­power. Be­ing a small tyre with the gen­uine GTS body and orig­i­nal sus­pen­sion, we fig­ure 1000hp is about all it can han­dle.

Those slicks are lit­er­ally wedged in there.

Yeah, they’re a tight fit; I went as big as I can go. I lipped the guards and did some mi­nor panel-beat­ing to help fit the 28x15x10s. It doesn’t like it go­ing around cor­ners, but I don’t race around cor­ners! What’s the story be­hind the matte-black paint? In 2000 I was mid-re­build and rushed to get it ready for Sun­raysia’s Quick­est Street Car, so I did a quick matte-black paintjob and never changed it. At the time I’d just built a 510ci made up from a few dif­fer­ent en­gines. We had heads-up rac­ing and I won ev­ery race to get the ti­tle. It’s a huge tro­phy!

How’d you fin­ish up to­day?

My best was 5.97@113mph – and it’s still a leaf-spring car. I tore up a few springs be­fore I fig­ured out the best com­bi­na­tion, which I’ve cre­ated out of a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent sets. They’ve been in there for two years now.

So are wheelie bars go­ing on next?

Nah, I think wheelie bars could un­load it. I won’t con­tem­plate it at this stage. I’ll just keep rac­ing it the way it is.

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