THE first Throttle Stomp Kustom Style Weekend was held at Bairnsdale Dragway in eastern Victoria over the first weekend of the New Year, and boy, was it a hot one! The organisers were up against it thanks to some crazy weather: 43-degree heat, rain, wild winds, and a dust storm thrown in for good measure.
This article was first published in the March 2019 issue of Street Machine
But despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to derail proceedings, the inaugural Throttle Stomp went off swimmingly. With its pre-1969 cut-off for cars and bikes, the event was reminiscent of the early days of Chopped, with a relaxed party vibe, eighth-mile concrete drags, as well as a dirt drag strip, camping onsite and bands through the night at the Stomp bar. There was a wide variety of cool machines to ogle, from gassers to hot rods, customs, muscle cars and street machines, and when the rain hit, the action shifted from the strip to the dirt, where some serious wheelwork was done!
Greg Ford, co-organiser of the event along with partner Meg Troyahn and nephew Brett Ford, explained how Throttle Stomp came about: “My brother Tony Harvey is on the committee for the Gippsland Motorplex and has been hassling me for years to put on an event there,” he said. “With Chopped no longer running at the time, there was a void that needed to be filled.”
With over 1000 people through the gate and 300-plus cars from up and down the east coast, it’s fair to say the first Throttle Stomp was a resounding success.
Be sure to check it out next year!
1. The team of Ryan Ford and Stork were out in their Drag Challenge-fresh, blown big block-powered HZ Holden van. Ryan and his brother Kyle are busy planning the 10th Chopped event, 4-6 October. Word is that it will include a more hardcore drag focus
2. Queenslander Bridger Frankland pilots a wild FB Holden that harks back to the days when the line between customs and drag cars was often blurred. Body mods include a 4.5in chop, stretched front doors and a tunnel-rammed 427ci big-block
3. AJ’s Tetanus Shot is a ’51 Chev, with the nose lifted skywards by a ’64 Ford F100 front axle and powered by a small-block Chev. When the ’51 gave up the ghost, AJ threw it on a car trailer and pulled it down the strip in his Hillbilly Express Bedford. Never give up!
4. Joe Kurtovic brought his bad-arse ’34 coupe down from Sydney and spanked the arse off it on both the concrete and dirt drag strips. The blown, E85-fed small-block has run a best of 10.30sec down the quarter
5. We’ve been thinking about turning Mr Dodgey into a gasser, but Jesse Bourke beat us to it with his 1963 Dodge Phoenix. Power is provided by a blown 454 rat motor – soz Mopar fans
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