Big­gie Smalls

NZ Performance Car - - Weekend Warrior -

NZ Per­for­mance Car: Hi, Suheib. That’s a pretty se­ri­ous ma­chine. Have you al­ways been into drag rac­ing, and how did you get in­volved? Suheib: Hi, NZ Per­for­mance Car. I’ve al­ways been into drag rac­ing, watch­ing and com­pet­ing for many years, and have done so in many dif­fer­ent types of cars. You sort of fall into drag rac­ing; I found my­self keen to get in on the ac­tion just from hang­ing with the boys who are also all into it, and they con­vinced me to have a go — I’ve been com­pet­ing ever since. It’s a thrill, for sure. How did you come to own your cur­rent car? I pur­chased it look­ing pretty much the same as what you see here, but it’s what you don’t see that has changed — the mo­tor, gearbox, rear diff, shocks, and the tyres, plus all the tun­ing work to suit the new pack­age. The silent killers! What has been your best pass since com­pet­ing with this car? Best pass I’ve done in this car so far is a 9.64 at 125mph [201kph] at Mere­mere. Damn, she moves al­right. What changes are com­ing to keep her run­ning fast? Well, I’m al­ways look­ing to go faster [laughs]. We are cur­rently build­ing a new 11:1 short block kindly spon­sored by Steve Walker from Mike’s En­gines, Whangarei, with a new Holset turbo set-up, and the aim is to break into the eight-sec­ond bracket. Sounds se­ri­ous. Would you build some­thing sim­i­lar if you were to start again? I love this car, and wouldn’t not build it again — but, if I had to choose some­thing dif­fer­ent, it would def­i­nitely be an Evo III. And who would you say that you look up to in the drag rac­ing world? That’s a hard one; there are so many lo­cal guys killing it nowa­days, but I prob­a­bly look up to my boys at Assyr­ian Per­for­mance the most. We all push each other to go harder, run faster, and build big. I don’t re­ally know; I re­ally just love drag rac­ing. That’s the one! We look for­ward to see­ing you break into the eights. Cheers, Suheib.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.