“I STARTED doing burnouts because everyone around my area had skid cars,” says Nathan Magri, who hails from the Hawkesbury region in Sydney’s north-west. “We’d all get together and help each other build cars, and that’s how we formed H8TREAD Racing.
“Back in the day I had a VL that I did two or three burnout comps in, and I won Top V8 with it one year at Supernats. But it was a street car and no one else in my group of mates had a street car at that time, so I sold it and started building the wagon as a dedicated skid car. I started out with a tunnel-rammed methanol 6.0L in it, and I went to the blown combo about 18 months ago.
Nathan’s wagon is indicative of the current trend in the skid scene of show-quality cars. “I made the Top 60 at Summernats the first year I took the HG there, and I like keeping it looking nice as well as doing burnouts,” he says. “I love the look on people’s faces when they think it’s just a pretty car, and then you get out there and give it hell!”
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“I’ve had a lot of fun with it, and I like the people you meet when you get out there and go to all the events. But burnouts are a real thrill. You’re shaking at the start, and then you get the adrenaline hit go through your body!”
Driver: Nathan Magri
Car: QUPNCY, 1970 HG HOLDEN wagon
Engine: 403ci LS, 8/71 Blower Shop blower