The big guns from the Street Machine Summernats dyno competition

Torana 2000hp dunk

The Street Machine Summernats dyno competition kicked off in 1997 and it didn’t take long for the rage in the cage event to evolve into a full-on arms race. During the golden years of the event, the rules mandated the use of pump fuel and also limited the amount of boost that could be run.

This created some serious technological challenges for the emerging tuner scene, produced some legendary cars and established some reputations that lead to long-term careers in the horsepower game. As competition spiralled out of control, the organisers tinkered with the rules and then briefly replaced Horsepower Heroes with the Dyno Test for Summernats 23 and 24, before reinstating it for Summernats 25. These days, the rules are similar to Street Machine Drag Challenge – run what you brung and hope you brung enough! 

Summernats Horsepower Heroes:

9 1996 Anthony Fabris VL Walkinshaw 325rwhp

10 1997 Matt Bunton HQ 454 Van 372rwph

11 1998 Jason Gray HSV GTS 404rwhp

12 1999 Jason Gray HSV GTS 486rwhp

13 2000 Rob Vickery Commodore Ute 527rwhp

14 2001 Todd Wilkes Giocattolo 850rwhp

15 2002 Rob Vickery Commodore Ute1023rwhp 

16 2003 Eddy Tassone VH Commodore 1376rwhp 

17 2004 Brett Waine VH Commodore 1470rwhp

18 2005 Eddy Tassone VH Commodore 1259whp 

19 Craig Munro, TRYHRD 1262rwhp

20 Trick & Mansweto, Ford Capri 940rwhp 

21 Craig Munro TRYHRD, 1895rwhp 

22 2009 Lyle Lemon MRPSI, 1533rwhp

23 2010 Adrian Abella, FPV Typhoon 869rwhp  

24 Graham Longhurst, HZ Holden, 891rwhp 

25 Jake Edwards, Torana, 1592rwhp 

26 2013 Jake Edwards, Torana, 1666rwhp 

27 2014 Michael Daniels, Falcon XR6 Turbo 1131rwhp 

28 2015 Jake Edwards, 2084rwhp (qualifying) 

29 2016 Jake Edwards, 1783rwhp

30 2017 Jake Edwards1663rwhp

31 2018 Paul Allen, LX Torana, 1010hp

32 2019 Brenden 'Bubba' Medlyn, VH Commodore, 2483hp

33 2020 Maria Passos, Ford BA Falcon, 2202rwhp


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