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Ade­laide’s top street-driven race ma­chines do bat­tle on the strip

NOW that Ade­laide’s had a con­sis­tently run­ning drag strip for six years, the flow-on ef­fect has been a surge of sin­gle­fig­ure street-and-strip mon­sters. Turbo-pow­ered small-cube rides are now com­mon­place in a land where nat­u­rally as­pi­rated, big-inch cars once dom­i­nated. So it seemed a good time for

Street Machine to ven­ture along to a Fast Fri­day quar­ter-mile street meet-style event at Ade­laide In­ter­na­tional Race­way for a gan­der at the cur­rent scene.

Fast Fri­day events are open to ev­ery­thing from bog-stocker streeters to comp cars that need some test time. The mix makes for a great vis­ual and acous­tic feast, and at $75 for pre-en­try, it’s cheap rac­ing – if you don’t break any­thing!

Al­though an un­usu­ally hu­mid day with the threat of rain kept both en­trant and spec­ta­tor num­bers down, those that did rock up got in as many runs as they dared, and some even man­aged to run their best num­bers against the odds.

While the event was laden with Holdens in a city that’s still griev­ing the Gen­eral’s de­par­ture, it was a 70s Ford that stole the show: Phil Ed­mond­son’s ‘White Whale’ XB coupe belted out an 8.97@154mph pass, in a strong head­wind. Phil’s been chas­ing eights since last year’s Street

Machine Drag Chal­lenge, so he was a very happy camper hav­ing pulled that num­ber straight off the (nonex­is­tent) trailer.

“I went through the tune for over an hour last night with Nathaniel from Dandy En­gines re­moted into my lap­top,” Phil said. “I planned on only chang­ing the off-the-line boost over all the runs to get con­sis­tent

data. I tried feed­ing in more boost off the line, but I’m guess­ing it was the hu­mid­ity that kept me from see­ing another eight.”

It’s events such as our own Drag Chal­lenge and the Us-based Hot Rod Drag Week, along with the Street Out­laws TV show, that we can thank for the rapid rise in super-fast street-driven drag cars. For proof, look no fur­ther than the SA Street Out­laws Top 20 list and re­lated Face­book page. To make the Top 20, you need to drive to the track in your crazyquick streeter and run a sin­gle-fig­ure pass in full trim. Do that and you’ll be popped onto the list by the page ad­min­is­tra­tor, the for­ever-pa­tient Jake Sanso­vini. Sim­ples!

Phil’s eight-sec­ond pass saw his XB bump up into sec­ond on the list, knock­ing Luke Cake­bread’s twin-tur­boed 370ci pow­ered LX Torry to third. Another mover and list shaker was An­thony Ghi­nis’s tur­boed Rb30-pow­ered LC GTR To­rana

(SM, Oct ’08), which rock­eted into fourth with a 9.08@141mph late in the night. Prob­a­bly another half-dozen from the list were giv­ing it a crack, but the heavy air held them in place.

With a few top spots be­ing nabbed in one night, and close times be­tween them, it’s a guar­an­tee that those dis­placed won’t take it ly­ing down. I reckon it’s a pow­er­ful in­jec­tion of fresh en­ergy into what was a plateau­ing sport in Ade­laide. Quite a few com­peti­tors on the list are good mates, crew­ing for each other when they’re not rac­ing them­selves, hark­ing back to how the culture was when AIR first opened in 1972.

With the list shake-up, along with early test­ing for sev­eral Drag Chal­lenge po­ten­tials, Fast Fri­day showed that these street meet-style events should have some top-level rac­ing in store in the s fore­see­able fu­ture.


Young gun Brock Lan­g­ley has crewed for his par­ents Kylie and Paul on their tough and con­sis­tent Super Street HX for years, so it’s only fit­ting that the 19-yearold lets off steam in the same fash­ion. While the ap­pren­tice me­chanic did get a blat in the HX as an 18th birth­day present, his per­sonal steed is this VY Com­modore run­ning a 3.8L V6, Ge­trag man­ual gear­box and 3.46s in the rear. “My PB is a 15.6sec quar­ter; that’s with ni­trous and a blown sec­ond gear, so I’ll soon be swap­ping the man­ual for a TH350” B: Paul Ja­cobs’s sil­ver WK Caprice runs a tur­bocharged LS1 and sits in 22nd on the SA Street Out­laws list with a 10.007@137mph. Nines are oh-so-close, but proved elu­sive at Fast Fri­day due to the heavy air C:

Street-driven drag cars are the new black, and Rus­mir Hodzic’s VL Turbs is a fresh ex­am­ple. “It’s a RB30 with the usual work through­out,” he said of the year-old build. “It has 349rwhp at 17psi, with an R33 S2 GTST auto and Borg­warner with mini-spool. My best is a 12.5, not far off of tonight’s 12.6@111mph”

Ryan Old­man’s first night of stomp­ing quar­ters in his race-ready Chevy-pow­ered HQ four-door saw his num­bers tum­ble as he calmed the nerves and got on the gas. Up front is an 800hp 572ci backed by a ’Glide, soon to make way for an equally cubed 1100hp donk built for a 500-shot of gas. His best pass of the night was a wheel-lift­ing 9.96, but he’s hop­ing to go mid-eights with the new set-up

Sit­ting in lucky 13th place on the SA Street Out­laws list, Dave Lock­ett couldn’t bet­ter his pre­vi­ous PB of 9.60@141mph, in­stead pump­ing out a run of 10sec. The stout GT42 tur­boed RB25/30 VR Holden ute is as tidy as it is quick, of­fer­ing a full sleeper vibe once the bon­net is closed. The ven­er­a­ble Nis­san six­cylin­der is backed by a Pow­er­glide and Borg­warner diff with 3.45 gears, a pack­age that Dave aims to get into the low nines or high eights


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