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Chrysler Centura drives 9000km for Drag Challenge 2018

By Kian Heagney | Photos: Michelle Porobic & Nathan Jacobs, 19 Dec 2018 Drag Challenge

Chrysler Centura drives 9000km for Drag Challenge 2018

Brenton Miller’s Chrysler Centura drove 9000km without any support to take out the Longest Distance Driven trophy

THE mad people that choose to take on Drag Challenge often travel thousands of kilometres to be a part of the circus, but not many of those are game enough to drive their race cars to and from the event. Brenton Miller is one of those madmen, piloting his little Chrysler Centura on a 9000km round trip from Earlville, Queensland to participate in DC 2018, earning him the Longest Distance Driven trophy.

Chrysler CenturaBrenton 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.

Chrysler CenturaBecause 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.

chrysler Centura“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.

Chrysler CenturaTrophy:
LONGEST DISTANCE DRIVEN

BRENTON MILLER
1975 CHRYSLER CENTURA

Class: Pacemaker Radial Aspirated

SPECS
Engine: 265ci Hemi-six
Transmission: Single-rail four-speed manual
Diff: BorgWarner, 3.7:1 gears
Power: 200hp
Previous PB: Untested
Best Drag Challenge 2018 Pass: 13.56@100mph

OTHER LONG-HAULERS

  • Justin Mitchell’s HQ Holden drove 900km each way for a 3500km round trip.
  • Stephen Hyslop green UC Hatch drove 2000km each way.
  • Matt Dryden’s pilgrimage from Bundaberg in Queensland was 1898km both ways.
  • Mitch Pullen made the trek from the Gold Coast with a jet ski on the back of his HiLux for some extra off-track fun during DC.
  • Phil Edmondson added 3206km to his odometer for the joys of Drag Challenge.
  • Ben Vlekken drove 1900km in his VH wagon from Queensland.
  • Alysha Teale clocked up 900km and dozens of passes at each track.
  • Scott Whitley went through 1200 litres of E85 in his VT Commodore on his trek from Newcastle.