ONE of the best tales to come from this year’s Street Machine Drag Challenge was Louis Younis and the Gumtree special. On day two of Drag Challenge, Louis blew the small-block Chev in his Torana after stuffing it full of Nitrous at Portland. Packing up and heading home wasn’t an option for these boys, their thoughts immediately went to finding a new engine – and they did!

After browsing Gumtree, Louis sourced a new small-block for the Torana, the boys swapped the engines overnight and made it to Mildura’s sunset strip in time to make a pass! With first gear lost on the way to the track, the car limped down the strip and did the same at every subsequent track. But it finished the event, and we can barely believe it! Well done to Louis and Tony Younis.