Emerging Slammer Stars!
Australia’s extreme “door car” scene continues to receive some of that county’s top billing for drag racing.
Their Pro Slammer class (an approximate equivalent of
Pro Modified in North America) is fostering many new and emerging talents, including two influential Chevrolet-brand racers: Sam Fenech and Emilio Spinozzi.
Sam Fenech, who owns and operates the highly reputed Sydney-based Westend Performance (machine shop, engine building, and engine dyno specialists), has in conjunction with team owner Steve Sarkis built and now campaigns a very impressive 1967 Camaro. Since it debuted in 2017, this G-Force–built race car (which also features work by SCF Race Cars) has been massaged into the low 5.7-second zone with terminal speeds near 255 mph. It has not only become a fan favorite, but also a formidable opponent within the class. Prior to their decision to go Pro Slammer racing, Sam and his team were champions within Australia’s Pro Street Car Association, winning back-to-back Outlaw 10.5 titles in 2013 and 2014—also in GM cars. The team’s primary sponsor is The App Shop.
Brothers Emilio and Adamo Spinozzi, who had been very active within Australia’s 400ci Pro Stock class racing scene with a Chevy Camaro, are now new entities within the 3,500hp Pro Slammer class experience. That team, which is based near Sydney, New South Wales, debuted this season an impressive, supercharged 1969 Chevelle, which was expertly built by Australia’s own SCF Race Cars. Driven by Emilio, the Chevelle made some great strides in performance while participating at the final two 400 Thunder Drag Racing Series events of the 2017-’18 season held at the Sydney and Willowbank tracks. The race team receives its primary sponsorship from Speedmaster, but also has numerous valued associates, including Terra Civil, Hitachi Australia, Nicsons Concrete, and Torco Oil. Crew chief Michael Marriott and tuner Mark Brew oversee the team’s powerful engine program.