“This is what I’ve been trying to get for four years now,” says Jake, still over the moon two days later. “Dad has won the Masters three times now, and I’ve been trying for four years.”
Jake gave the famous ’66 coupe a freshen-up for Summernats 32. “We put bigger diff gears in and some new RHS heads on the 302 Windsor, plus I wrapped it in new 3M 1080 Gloss Anthracite vinyl wrap,” he explains. “I had a bit of a plan going into the weekend, as I played it safe on Saturday knowing everyone was going to be going pretty crazy. I just wanted to get into the finals, where I could go hard. We put a 9000rpm chip in it for Sunday, but when we checked the Racepak last night we saw the burnout was a constant 8000rpm the whole time. If it had gotten to 9000rpm I think it might have popped the tyres off it earlier, so it was a bit lucky we didn’t get there.”
The young vinyl-wrapper is quick to give a shout-out to everyone who has helped him get to the top of the Aussie burnout scene. “I want to thank all my sponsors, my dad for building one of the strongest Windsors I’ve ever seen, and my mum and my partner Amy for their constant support,” Jake says. “My mum and dad have always supported me no matter what.”
Jake let slip that Summernats 32 was originally going to be the Mustang’s last appearance in Canberra for a while, though his win has changed those plans. “We’re taking it easy this year as I’m building a new burnout car,” he says. “I was going to retire the Mustang this year, as I was going to put this motor in another car, but I guess we’ll have to rethink that.”
Jake would like to thank all his sponsors, including: Nulon; Proflow; World Products; Crow Cams; Blown Motorsports; Lovells Suspension; Ingrams Automotive; Pacemaker Headers; TCE Torque Converters; Vinyl Wraps & Graphics; Yella Terra; Aussie Desert Coolers; Batkin & Damme Smash Repairs; Racers Choice; Fatal Finish Detailing; Ruroc; and Pit Viper.