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347ci V8-powered AU Falcon wagon at Drag Challenge Weekend 2018

By Simon Major | Photos: Chris Thorogood & Nathan Jacobs, 09 May 2018 Drag Challenge

Zaaron Titmarsh’s nitrous-huffing AU wagon ran a mid-12 best at Drag Challenge Weekend

347ci V8-powered AU Falcon wagon at Drag Challenge Weekend 2018

IT’S no secret that AU Falcons can do incredible things, and Zaaron Titmarsh, with help from his dad Michael, turned this luxo family hauler into a Drag Challenge Weekend runner in only two months!

The Rockhampton pair are Ford men to the core, and this unlikely model choice stemmed from practical – albeit beer-fuelled – decision-making. “I was looking to build an XP, but everything was either knackered or stupid money,” Zaaron says. “So I started looking for something late-model that already had good brakes, diff and suspension, and wouldn’t need to be engineered or mod-plated.”

Ford AU Falcon wagonGood thinking, especially when time is of the essence, and with a factory V8 AU wagon soon nestled in the Titmarsh garage, it wasn’t long before its Windsor donk was stripped bare for a DCW freshen-up. In went a 347-cube stroker kit topped by Edelbrock alloy heads, while the factory comb-over intake and throttlebody were retained. A set of 42lb injectors, a bigger fuel pump and remapped Ford ECU were added to make best use of these upgrades and to cater for a small hit of nitrous.

Ford AU Wagon“We got it finished the night before we left for Willowbank, so the Friday of Drag Challenge was the wagon’s first-ever pass,” Zaaron says. “I did 35 passes [in the Turbosmart Dial-Your-Own class] over the three days, with a 12.61@108mph best using a 75hp shot. The drive back to Rocky gave me plenty of thinking time, so the 347 is already sold and I’ve bought Dad’s 363 Windsor from his TC Cortina [which competed in the Tuff Mounts Radial Blown class at DCW], which I’ll run with a Victor Jr intake and a 100mm throttlebody. If I can be running low 11s for Drag Challenge later this year I’ll be happy. Most people expect it to be running a Barra and not a Windsor, which mixes it up too.

Ford Falcon AU wagon at drag challenge weekend“As for the rest of the car, it’ll stay pretty much as-is. It is an AU Falcon after all!” Zaaron laughs.

“Drag Challenge isn’t just about the cars and racing for us; it’s brought me and Dad closer together too, so it’s a win-win.”