GREAT SCOTT!

Street Machine - - Seven Ups -

PHO­TOS of Street Ma­chine deputy ed­i­tor Scott Tay­lor will no doubt be grac­ing the dart­boards of DC en­trants for the next 12 months. As Drag Chal­lenge or­gan­iser and event di­rec­tor, Scotty comes up with the rules and driv­ing route each year. “I didn’t want to send them up to Mil­dura and back by the most di­rect route, so my vi­sion was orig­i­nally a fig­ure-eight,” said Scotty. “It didn’t quite work that way, as it would’ve been around 2000km of driv­ing. Even so, this year’s route was 1300km of driv­ing, but most com­peti­tors did around 1500km by the time they got fuel and ho­tels.” Scotty had a rule change for DC this year, re­strict­ing the tyres cars could race on. “There was no street rub­ber al­lowed on the strips this year,” he ex­plained. “Be­cause it is a street­car event, the­o­ret­i­cally street tyres should be al­lowed, but they de­stroy the traction com­pound. We wanted peo­ple to bring a soft­com­pound race-type tyre, the same as they do in the USA for Drag Week.” Part of the job of or­gan­is­ing a huge five-day motorsport road-trip event is work­ing with sanc­tion­ing bod­ies like AN­DRA. In 2018 there were some mi­nor com­pli­ca­tions re­gard­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity of some cars. “AN­DRA has al­ways kept an eye on the speeds and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the DC en­trants, but this year they were re­ally proac­tive in ap­proach­ing us and en­sur­ing ev­ery­one was li­censed and log­booked for their car’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” Scotty said. “Un­for­tu­nately, a cou­ple of guys had to be ex­cluded late in the week. At the end of the day AN­DRA is the sanc­tion­ing body, so if you want to race you need to work with them.”

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