KEEN followers of Street Machine will know Todd Foley’s VH Commodore. It has been one of the most immaculate VH street cars in Melbourne, and was powered by a stout Holden 383ci combo that went 9.80 until Todd got the LS itch. He scratched it with a Magnuson-blown LS3 with forgies, which took the car into the eight-second zone on Day One of Street Machine Drag Challenge 2016 with an 8.99@152mph.
Fast-forward to the final day of that Drag Challenge event and on Todd’s first pass of the day the engine let go in the top end, dumped oil under the rear tyres and he found himself in a 140mph spin. The front of the Commodore just clipped the wall as it came to a stop, and that was enough to do some pretty significant cosmetic damage.
The VH was off the road for a little over a year as Todd worked to rebuild it with the help of some good mates. He kept the LS donk, but went to a 6.0-litre block taken out to 403ci and then topped it off with the old Magnuson blower. While he was at it, he gave the car a fresh look with blue paint and navy and cream interior.
Todd was back at Calder Park a couple of weeks ago testing out the combo for the first time on a prepped full quarter-mile track, and it went 8.96@150mph straight off the trailer. This weekend Todd’s brother Luke Foley will be racing Todd’s car for him at the Holden Nationals at Heathcote Park Raceway, and later in the year Todd plans to take the car on Street Machine Drag Challenge, 11-16 November.