POWER ON PETRIE
THE INAUGURAL POWER ON PETRIE EVENT COAXED THE SUNSHINE COAST’S TOUGHIES OUT OF HIDING
A long-overdue opportunity for Sunny Coast car enthusiasts to get their hoon on
IT LOOKS like a cold misty morning on Petrie Creek but it’s not fog in the air, it’s vaporised rubber! The Sunshine Coast is best known for beautiful beaches, but for three days in August it was on the map for burnouts and blown Hemis instead, as the town was transformed into a revhead haven. The locals let loose for the inaugural Power On Petrie auto festival, and organiser Matt Sharpe said the smell of E85 and burning rubber is what the sleepy hamlet of Nambour has been missing.
“We’ve put on an auto festival like the coast has never seen!” Matt beamed. “A festival for enthusiasts to come and drive and celebrate their cars.”
Matt was proud to be showcasing a range of driving events that have never been offered so close to home.
“We want these cars out and enjoyed by spectators and drivers,” he said. “What makes your heart race is hearing motors; seeing them, smelling them. That’s what’s getting everyone amongst the action and through the gates!”
He’s not wrong. Kicking back in a nasty Nascar-powered wagon cruising the kilometre-long road that circles the showgrounds, there was plenty to take in.
There were toughies on and off the throttle, Commodores that got the shaka from some and the shake of the head from others. Purists pondered why there was a Ford-powered Mopar. There were Aussie classics, imported muscle cars, twin-turbo Ls-powered ricers, and even a couple of supercars parked up at the show ’n’ shine. We were all there for the same thing: to lay a bit of rubber, make a bit of noise, and maybe make some new friends. And there was plenty of opportunity for all three.
There’s something about a drag car smoking the tyres that soothes the soul. Madman Rex Scoles brought out three impressive Mopars; none meaner than his white ’69. Every time that beast fires up, it gets my attention, and everyone else’s. So naturally I had to make sure I got to ride shotgun in one of the baddest builds there, jumping out to snap some pics at the expression session, because burnouts!
Saturday’s tyre frying at the Quikspeed Alley drew in the most cars, biggest crowd and the widest variety of metal. Heavy Chevys, one tonners, bikes and fabbed-up buggies all made short work of the 150-metre-long, eightmetre-wide designated skid area. Spectators lined the barrier, drawn in by the sights and smells as the limiter bashing continued long through the day. As the light faded, attention turned to the dyno, where boys are sorted from men, and with unlimited runs, no excuse of a ‘soft tune’ was accepted!
A set of green-means-go lights marked the start of the 60-metre Go-whoa strip. In a show of power and control, drivers had to make it to the finish line asap and come to a dead stop on the line. For the old Holdens, that finish line must’ve been moving, because they all seemed to sail past it! Cars were queued up, each trying to beat their best time, and also their mates waiting behind them.
WE WANT THESE CARS OUT AND ENJOYED BY SPECTATORS AND DRIVERS. WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART RACE IS HEARING MOTORS; SEEING THEM, SMELLING THEM
1 1 Joel Mercer’s turbo Barra-powered XA Falcon won Highest Horsepower on the dyno, belting out an impressive 890rwhp, and Joel says he’s keen to come back for another crack. “Plenty of big skids and big revs; the crowd loved it!” he enthused. “Can’t wait to be back next year”
2 2 Warwick Cann and his young fella Joe warm up their pony’s tyres for the Go-whoa. It’s not every day you see a ’69 Mustang 428 fastback tearing down the straight and locking up the brakes. The American beauty’s been off the road for five years while the engine bay and diff were worked on and four-link suspension was added. “I’ve only had it going since March, so this is its first really good run,” Warwick said
3 3 Best Engine Bay went to Steve Austin’s insane 1946 International ex-us military mail truck. The 1000hp, blown 528ci Hemi-powered truck is mounted on a custom Chev C30 chassis, with plenty of go-fast bits. Airbags and Alcoa truck rims help complete the crazy custom
Nicholas Walker’s ’65 AP6 Valiant Safari wagon runs a 358ci R3 block with NASCAR W8 heads, and it pushes out 713 horses at the crank! With a PB of 10.1@131mph, Nicholas reckons it’s the quickest AP6 wagon in Down Under
This 1953 FX ute is no stranger to Street Machine, having featured in the July 2015 mag and completed this year’s Drag Challenge Weekend. Owner Mark Riek took home Best Overall and Best Ute with the turbocharged grey-powered beast, and blitzed the driving events too