THE RACE BEFORE THE RACE - DRAG CHALLENGE 2017

Street Machine Drag Challenge begins in Adelaide on Monday! Some entrants have already left home, some are doing their final preparations and some are in a whole world of trouble

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THE time has come! Street Machine Drag Challenge begins in Adelaide on Monday. Some entrants have already left home, some are doing their final preparations and some are in a whole world of trouble.

Rod Lyall and his LJ Torana were ready to rock a week out from the event.Torana Drag Challenge

Down in Tassie, Marcus Howe's XW Falcon is also race-ready. It is one of a host of really tough normally-aspirated Ford small blocks entered.

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Mark Drew had his Crusty Torana buttoned up on the weekend; after smacking a wall at Calder Park at 170mph less than two weeks ago, he's had the minor (very lucky) panel damage patched up and damaged throttlebody that caused the accident replaced.  

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Daniel 'Gizmo' Grima's '55 Chev is ready to roll. Daniel is a auto sparky by trade and has offered to help his fellow racers with terminals, fuses and wire if they need it. What a guy!

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Will Baker's wagon is looking killer in it's new boots! Under the bonnet is a Procharged LS1. 

Aaron Judd's Torana is also LS-powered, but with a big single turbo. 

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Another toughie from Tassie! We are used to seeing the RUNS7S Capri with a massive blower hanging out of the bonnet, but it has been put back on the street for Drag Challenge. 
Scott Levy and his El Camino had a crazy year at Drag Challenge in 2016, but he's working hard to have another crack.

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Mark Busscher brought the world's fastest Adventra to Drag Challenge last year. This year he's gone old-school, but he's running out of time! 

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Ben Kadel is back with more firepower in his Galant sleeper.

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Some of our competitors have the show and go thing down pat:

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Others have gone the factory-fresh look:

But they all have the same challenge: how to cart around the gear needed for five days of hard racing.

Which, can be more challenging for those running a smaller car!

As usual, there will be heaps of mechanical variety on show, including this turbo Holden six:

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Not to mention Ford small blocks with monster turbos: 

And they are coming from far and wide, including West Oz:

And rural Queensland: 

Some maniacs are even coming straight from the Bright Rod Run, just to amp up the fun and difficulty. 

Good luck all, we'll see you at AIR.

 

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