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HARRY Haig is an in­sti­tu­tion at both Street Ma­chine Drag Chal­lenge and Hot Rod Drag Week in the USA, and he brought his twin-turbo big-block ‘Shonky’ HQ SS back to Tur­bosmart Out­law Blown for the 2018 run­ning of DC.

The Quey is pow­ered by a 540ci big-block Chev in­flated by a pair of 88mm Gar­rett GT47 tur­bos, run­ning pump gas on the road and methanol on the track to make an es­ti­mated 1860rwhp at up to 24psi. With a Hol­ley ECU con­trol­ling the combo, Harry’s big­gest is­sue is get­ting all that horse­power to the track.

“It’s pretty much the same combo as last year, but we had all sorts of dra­mas just get­ting here this year, so I don’t care about ETS, I just want to be here on Fri­day,” said the vis­i­bly ex­hausted Harry on Mon­day morn­ing. “We got to Calder at 4:30am and had a sleep on the foot­path be­cause my fancy $2000 ra­di­a­tor crapped out, so it took us nine hours to drive what would nor­mally take an hour. It was go­ing through 20L of wa­ter ev­ery six kilo­me­tres, so I was drag­ging jerry cans down to creeks in the mid­dle of the night.

“We got the car and the en­gine back Wednes­day night, so we have had about six hours’ sleep from Wednes­day morn­ing un­til early Mon­day morn­ing. I’d re­ally like to get a pass in, hit the road, eat some­thing that isn’t from a bain-marie, have a shower, and get some sleep – but I’m sure we’ll get in at 5am be­cause ad­ven­ture finds us.”

De­spite all the misad­ven­tures in the lead-up, Harry’s first two passes at DC18 saw the big dog bark off the two quick­est runs on Day One, with a [email protected] over 1000ft plac­ing him first in class and in the Out­right lead. He hit the road and smashed plenty of bugs on the way to Swan Hill, where he had run [email protected] pre­vi­ously.

Day Two saw the HQ crack out a [email protected], back­ing that up with a [email protected] on Mil­dura’s Sun­set Strip eighth-mile on Wednes­day to re­tain the Out­right lead. Hav­ing trekked back to Swan Hill for Day Four, the Shonky SS blew ev­ery­one away with a [email protected], though Frank March­ese pipped Harry by the slimmest of mar­gins to put the HQ into se­cond over­all, but still first in class.

At Calder on Day Five, Harry came to let the HQ eat, with a [email protected] putting him close to knock­ing off Frank for the over­all win. Un­for­tu­nately, busted steer­ing put a halt to his last-ditch pass late in the night, though Harry still fin­ished Drag Chal­lenge as win­ner of Tur­bosmart Out­law Blown, as well as tak­ing home the Quick­est Chev-pow­ered tro­phy.


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