DRAG CHAL­LENGE

DRAG CHAL­LENGE IS BACK, AND THIS YEAR WE’VE GOT THE BIG­GEST FIELD YET. LET’S CHECK OUT SOME OF THE CON­TENDERS

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There’s 115 en­trants com­ing to Drag Chal­lenge this year. Here’s a closer look at some of the con­tenders

IF YOU’RE look­ing for the tough­est street car event this side of the equa­tor, then Street

Ma­chine Drag Chal­lenge is it. En­trants have to drive 1500km over aver­age Aussie roads in five days and race at five tracks just to fin­ish. Throw in the pres­sure of com­pe­ti­tion, parts break­ages, late nights, some un­pre­dictable weather and the po­lice, and you’ve got a recipe for the ul­ti­mate rac­ing road trip. It’s ex­haust­ing and soul-de­stroy­ing, but it’s also a whole heap of fun, and that’s why en­trants keep com­ing back year af­ter year.

In 2014 we called up 40 peo­ple and asked if they were in­ter­ested in giv­ing it a go and 18 said yes. Al­most all of them came back to do it again in 2015, and word of mouth saw the field ex­pand to 50 cars. Then we put the call out for peo­ple to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est for 2016 – nearly 200 peo­ple sent us emails. Know­ing that we couldn’t han­dle that many cars, we sent them all an in­vite any­way and held our breath. It didn’t take long to hit 115 en­trants be­fore we had to shut things off.

As with last year, we’re go­ing to do the 2016 Drag Chal­lenge in Vic­to­ria, but with a few lit­tle dif­fer­ences. The check-in and scru­ti­neer­ing will be at Calder Park the day be­fore we race, and the tracks will be run in the re­verse or­der to last year: Calder – Heath­cote – Mil­dura – Port­land – Calder.

The top two con­tenders for the past cou­ple of years have been Quentin Feast and Terry Seng, and there’s been a few wait­ing to pounce if either should make a mis­take, but this year the com­pe­ti­tion will be tougher than ever. Over a third of the field is pack­ing boost or ni­trous, and many of them are ca­pa­ble of eights – some are even quicker!

So let’s take a look at a few of the en­trants com­ing to the party!

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