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SASSY MA­CHINE

VIC­TO­RIAN Mark Sass is in the fi­nal stages of mod­i­fy­ing his VT Ber­lina in prepa­ra­tion for this year’s Street Ma­chine Drag Chal­lenge. The car is run­ning a 427ci LS with a big Vortech V-28 112 blower off the front of the crank, backed by a TH400 and a nine-inch rear end with a four-link.

“The big­gest chal­lenge has been run­ning the front-mount blower and keep­ing it streetable,” Mark said. “We don’t want to cut the car up; it still has the orig­i­nal K-frame, stock rails, no rear in­ter­cooler set-up and we have left the fire­wall stock.

“On 28psi boost it’s now show­ing 1300hp at the tyres, but the mo­tor is ca­pable of hold­ing 35-40psi.”

In re­cent test­ing the car went 8.70@160mph on it first pass. Un­for­tu­nately, it ended up in the sand trap on the sec­ond pass, so it was back on the trailer.

“We have a long way to go, but we have de­signed this car purely to suc­ceed at Drag Chal­lenge and look for­ward to get­ting it there,” Mark said. “I want to run a seven.”

MAN ON A MIS­SION

EARLY test­ing at the Brisbane Jam­boree saw Vic­to­rian Steve Bezzina’s 481X Pro Line-pow­ered XW Fal­con stop the clocks with a 7.03@210mph. That kind of trap speed on a 275 tyre in a ba­si­cally stock-rear-end Fal­con on leaf springs is one hell of an achieve­ment.

“Ob­vi­ously we’re here to run a six, but we are hav­ing some is­sues plant­ing the power,” said chas­sis builder Joe Gauci. “On the first pass Steve got off it at 4.5sec, got back on un­til 6sec and got out of it.”

A loose fuel fit­ting saw the en­gine go lean on that pass, which dam­aged the head. This was re­placed and the block re­paired, ready to run the next day. Un­for­tu­nately the rain beat them, but a six-sec­ond pass can’t be far away for this weapon.

GRATZ FINDS FORM

AFTER hurt­ing a fuel pump in the third round of the Win­ter­na­tion­als in his Psi-equipped, Brad An­der­son Hemi-pow­ered Stude­baker, Peter Gratz was back at the Jam­boree to try and cap­i­talise on the great track.

After run­ning 6.45 and then 6.451 on a 6.39 dial-in at the Win­ters, the car was al­ready haul­ing, but the tall first and sec­ond gear ra­tios in the Lenco were killing the 60ft and 660ft times. Ace tuner Gary Phillips was on the job, and after some ra­tio and fuel changes, Gratz man­aged a PB of 6.29@230mph.

“The car is heavy – around 2900lb,” Peter said. “A lighter car may be on the draw­ing board shortly by mix-and-match­ing some spares, but for now we will just keep chip­ping away at it.”

TAREE DRAGS

THE Mid-coast Coun­cil has ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion to hold drag rac­ing events at Taree Air­port. The plan is to hold sin­gle-day events four times a year com­menc­ing early 2019. The events will be aimed at pro­vid­ing a safe al­ter­na­tive for young en­thu­si­asts to use their car or bike off the streets. Rac­ing will be a test ’n’ tune fol­lowed by DYO bracket rac­ing over the eighth-mile, and to start with will be for stree­treg­is­tered ve­hi­cles only; how­ever, this may be re­viewed over the long term de­pend­ing on suit­abil­ity of venue, safety and coun­cil re­quire­ments.

Stay tuned for more on this ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment.

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