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Nine-second Holden-powered LX hatch at Drag Challenge Weekend

By Andrew Broadley | Photos: Nathan Jacobs, 18 Apr 2018 Drag Challenge

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Brodie Olsen’s LX Torana hatch was quite possibly the best presented car at Street Machine Drag Challenge Weekend

IT’S a big call to make, but Brodie Olsen’s LX Torana hatch was quite possibly the best presented car at Street Machine Drag Challenge Weekend. With arrow-straight bodywork, flawless paint and a sumptuous custom interior, it’s an absolute stunner.

But it’s more than just a pretty face; the car is running in the nines on a 235/60/15 radial with a naturally aspirated plastic powerplant – seriously impressive form in the Pacemaker Radial Aspirated class.

Holden LX Torana engine bayThe motor is a 383-cuber, backed by a Turbo 350 transmission and a nine-inch diff; a brand-new combo that casually rattled off a 9.85@137mph on Day One at Willowbank straight off the bat, and went on to earn Brodie third in class for the event.

“My mates Mark and Ian Stewart built the car about 12-15 years ago, and I’ve owned it for seven years now,” said Brodie. “It originally ran 11.0s and I’ve gradually stepped it up over the years. The car ran faultlessly, and the cruising was mad; good times.

Holden LX Torana“The car is showing good potential, and I’m happy just to finish the weekend and have the car still in one piece.”