CARA BERTOLI

> ADE­LAIDE, SA

Street Machine - - Iron Maiden -

IFIRST met Cara Bertoli at the 2007 Ade­laide Gaz­zanats, where she rocked up in her R34 Sky­line ready for her firstever go-to-whoa. Later, a change of work­place to Holden in El­iz­a­beth al­tered her au­to­mo­tive palate, while her ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity be­came cen­tred around drag rac­ing. What she’s en­dured in the pur­suit of quick times would be enough to have most pack­ing up their bat and ball, yet Cara just gets on with it, re­turn­ing more de­ter­mined than ever.

When did you get Yel­low, your HZ ute?

I bought her late in 2011 as a $500 roller off Gumtree, af­ter writ­ing off my pre­vi­ous car while tow­ing to a meet. I had a few dif­fer­ent ideas but de­cided on build­ing a Su­per Street car with an aim for mid-to-high 11s, though with ex­tra safety equip­ment so that if I want to go faster later on, I can.

When was Yel­low fin­ished?

In Sep­tem­ber 2016, which was also my first meet since hit­ting the wall in my MKII Cortina drag car a year or so ear­lier. I was re­ally scared on that first run and did a 21-sec­ond quar­ter-mile, ha ha! By Jan­uary I was run­ning 11s.

What’s pow­er­ing the car?

An LS1 con­verted to a Quick Fuel 950 carby with a dizzy and ICE ig­ni­tion. It’s a pretty ba­sic en­gine that I built my­self with my friend Mark and my part­ner Brad. The first mo­tor was built by some­one else and it didn’t last a full 12 months! So, by build­ing it my­self at least I know it’s my fault if some­thing stuffs up. Be­hind is a TH350, with a 4400-4500rpm Dom­i­na­tor stall and a nine-inch with 4.11s. It’s tubbed to the chas­sis rails to al­low for height as the 26x9in slicks grow.

You had a few is­sues last sea­son?

There’s al­ways some­thing with Yel­low! Ev­ery sec­ond meet it’d back­fire and carry on. We kept chas­ing the grem­lins – we fixed the ig­ni­tion twice and the ac­cel­er­a­tor pump – but it killed my sea­son. Then the trans let go! I was on the top end when the whole car locked up and went side­ways fol­lowed by a big burn­ing smell, so I shut it all down and launched my­self out of the car. I ended up re­build­ing the TH350 my­self with Brad and my crew chief Dave. That was an ex­pe­ri­ence!

What’s next?

I’m build­ing an HQ Kingswood sedan with a 308ci. It’ll be a cruiser, noth­ing flash – if I want to go fast I’ve got Yel­low. With her I want to fo­cus on con­sis­tency and do the rounds. I’m hop­ing to run an 11.00 next meet.

IT LOCKED UP AND WENT SIDE­WAYS FOL­LOWED BY A BIG BURN­ING SMELL, SO I SHUT IT ALL DOWN AND LAUNCHED MY­SELF OUT OF THE CAR

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