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SHAT­TERED

WEST Aussie Lorenzo Gul­lotto’s VL has had a big birth­day ahead of Drag Chal­lenge 2018, and if its first full hit is any­thing to go by, it could be a real con­tender. The Street­built Rac­ing ma­chine reeled off an [email protected] at Perth Mo­tor­plex with plenty of boost left in re­serve, but it wasn’t all beer and skit­tles. The fi­bre­glass bon­net on the im­mac­u­late-look­ing Ls-pow­ered Com­modore went to pieces in the big end and made a nasty mess of the wind­screen at a ter­ri­fy­ing 274km/h! We’re sure the lads will re­pair the dam­age in no time, and turn up to DC 2018 gun­ning for a seven-sec­ond hat.

LOCKED AND LOADED

JOHN Huys­mans didn’t make Drag Chal­lenge last year with his killer twin-turbo 429ci Windsor-pow­ered XW ute, which was built specif­i­cally for the event. The beaut news is the stars have aligned for this year, and ev­ery­thing’s on track for the car to de­but at DC 2018. “I’ve been fol­low­ing Hot Rod Drag Week in the States for years, and when I heard that Drag Chal­lenge was kick­ing off in Aus­tralia, I knew I had to get in­volved,” John said when we met him at Bathurst Aut­ofest last year. The combo is good for well north of 1000hp, with fel­low DC en­trant Frank March­ese from Dandy En­gines man­ning the lap­top.

SIN­GLE DIG­ITS

IN LAST is­sue’s Drag Chal­lenge col­umn we men­tioned that Jar­rod Wood re­cently came within six one-hun­dredths of be­ing able to call his gor­geous XT Fal­con a nine-sec­ond, all-mo­tor street car at the Ford-pow­ered Na­tion­als at Heathcote. He didn’t have long to wait though, with the big Fal­con gelling nicely with the Swan Hill black­top at its next out­ing to bust out a [email protected], with a short time of 1.325sec. Im­pres­sively, the as­pi­rated Ford small-block has thus far pro­vided five years, 8000km and 245 passes worth of ser­vice. Con­grats, mate!

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