Familiarity can breed contempt though and Damien recently upgraded the Fairlane with a blown and injected 440-cube Windsor running on E85. “I was getting a bit blasé about it and needed to do something to make it a bit more exciting. Now Steve has to catch up!” he laughs.
Over the quarter-mile the ’64 runs low nines, and at Portland’s eighth-mile it made a best pass for the weekend of 5.6sec, after starting the event with a 6.2sec run on the Friday.
Damien has been a key player in encouraging the old-style gasser drag cars back into the sport. His intention is to put on a show for the spectators, promote grassroots motorsport and just have a great time – and as you’ll see in the video, he’s doing a great job of it!