> DRAG CHATTER
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.
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!