Brenton is one of 18 soldiers who first took on DC in 2014, and having missed a few rodeos since his last appearance in 2015, he was determined to represent the Centura name this year. He doesn’t even own a tow vehicle, let alone a trailer, priding himself on the ability to drive his cars to and from every event he goes to.
In place of his regular black 1UZ-powered Centura this year was a 265 Hemi six-powered ’75 model that he finished just hours before he left for the long drive down to Melbourne for the start of DC. “I quickly packed the car and started heading for Melbourne, and I only got around 10 hours of sleep for the whole drive down,” Brenton said.
Because he rushed to get the car done, Brenton didn’t get a chance to get the Autronic EFI management tuned to make the most of the six-banger. Up behind the donk is a single-rail four-speed manual and a BorgWarner 31-spline diff with 3.7:1 gears.
Despite the new gear being totally untested in the plucky Centura, Brenton made it through the week of DC with no issues, running a PB of 13.56@100mph in the Pacemaker Radial Aspirated class.
“I know it’s not the fastest car out there; I just come to be a part of the event and meet all the awesome people and have a good time,” he said.
Brenton’s not too sure if he’ll make the next DC event, but he plans on finishing off his other 1UZ-powered Centura and having another run at DC in the near future.
LONGEST DISTANCE DRIVEN
1975 CHRYSLER CENTURA
Class: Pacemaker Radial Aspirated
Engine: 265ci Hemi-six
Transmission: Single-rail four-speed manual
Diff: BorgWarner, 3.7:1 gears
Previous PB: Untested
Best Drag Challenge 2018 Pass: 13.56@100mph
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