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YOU don’t need to have joined Mensa to know that Holden’s HQ Kingswood is one of the most iconic Aussie cars you can poke a servo pie at, and – re­splen­dent in fac­tory Bar­ba­dos Green – An­drew Mcqualter’s lon­groof is a slice of 70s Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing roy­alty. How­ever, this fam­ily-hauler hides a 909rwhp sting in the tail cour­tesy of an iron-block LS and Borg­warner snail hang­ing off the heads.

Run­ning at Drag Chal­lenge 2018 in Hal­tech Ra­dial Blown, Andy’s HQ was a pic­ture of re­li­a­bil­ity, ex­cept for a torched plug lead and boot at Swan Hill on Day Two. This con­sis­tency is the re­sult of a well-sorted combo that has seen plenty of test­ing.

“It is an LY6 iron-block LS with CP Bul­let pis­tons, Lu­nati H-beam rods, Camtech 233/244 cam and LS3 heads,” Andy said. Hol­ley HP EFI runs the E85-swill­ing unit, while up to 26psi boost is pro­vided by a big S488 Borg­warner snail.

Be­hind the iron-block LS is a Pro Con­vert­ers 3600rpm con­verter and Pow­er­glide, while a nine-inch lives out back with road-friendly 3.55 gears. Be­fore Drag Chal­lenge 2018, the big green mon­ster had pushed 909rwhp and done a [email protected]

This combo came after Andy’s orig­i­nal bud­get turbo LS1 threw a leg out of bed on its first drive, lead­ing him to bin the lot and start again.

“I bought the car off an 83-year-old gen­tle­man from Sun­bury who said it had never been in a road ac­ci­dent, and the dent on the front quar­ter was from him hit­ting the let­ter­box,” Andy said with a grin. “My goal has been to com­pete in Drag Chal­lenge and run a low nine, or a high eight if I’m lucky!”

Work­ing on a plan to get his passes done and hit the road early, Andy knocked out a [email protected] on Day Two at Swan Hill be­fore hit­ting the high­way to Mil­dura. “I’m stoked!” he said af­ter­wards. “That was awe­some, so hope­fully we can get back here and go even quicker on Thurs­day.”

He cer­tainly did that, crack­ing out an [email protected] on Day Four, fin­ish­ing Drag Chal­lenge 2018 in 12th in the Hal­tech Ra­dial Blown class.

“Man, I am just ab­so­lutely stoked,” said Andy on Day Four. “We’ve done a few laps to­day be­cause I knew the car had a num­ber in it and I just went out for one more pass, and got that eight!”

I BOUGHT THE CAR OFF AN 83-YEAR-OLD GEN­TLE­MAN FROM SUN­BURY WHO SAID IT HAD NEVER BEEN IN A ROAD AC­CI­DENT

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