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THERE is a glimmer of hope for Tasmania’s drag racers, who have been without any eighth-mile action at the Powranna strip since early 2020. Since then, the venue has been used for burnout events only, but was recently sold to a new owner who is looking for an operator to run the strip. Word is that the track will need a sizeable investment to bring it up to ANDRA specs.
SCOTT Pye isn’t the only Supercars pilot with a streeter in the build – Tickford Mustang racer Cam Waters is using Lockdown #6 in Melbourne to push on with work on his XB coupe project. “Good mate Jon Grove is building the engine for me. He worked in the engine shop at Tickford for a few years and has a coupe himself,” Waters says. “The original plan was to use my Sandown 500-winning block from 2017, but it was at the end of its life, so I bought a Dart block and went bigger capacity.”
The latest round of work has seen the fuel tank and exhaust systems made, with brake and fuel lines next on the list before Haltech wires the whole thing up. “After that it will go back to Rides By Kam to get the body sorted and then paint it,” says Cam.
The XB, which was originally a 302 Fairmont T-bar auto when it left the factory, had been on Waters’ list for some time. “I always wanted to do an old-school car up, and I love the shape of the coupes,” he says.
WE’VE got a bumper line-up in the works for the November 2021 issue of Street Machine. We’ve got more knockout feature cars, including the Foley brothers’ matching pair of turbocharged Drag Challenge rockets, so if lightning-fast street cars are your jam, we’ve got you covered. We’ll also demystify bolt-together torque converters with a beaut tech yarn, take you on a jaunt to the HQ Holden Run in Queensland, and bring you another killer instalment of Expression Session! Grab yourself the November issue of Street Machine, on sale 7 October from all good newsagents, servos and supermarkets!