POWER ON PETRIE

THE IN­AU­GU­RAL POWER ON PETRIE EVENT COAXED THE SUN­SHINE COAST’S TOUGHIES OUT OF HID­ING

Street Machine - - CONTENTS - STORY ASH­LEIGH WIL­SON PHO­TOS DAVE REID & AW

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

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