Emerg­ing Slam­mer Stars!

Chevy High Performance - - Straight Line -

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.

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