Best Powerskids at Gazzanats 2011
Just get on it and see how long it'll smoke - that's what powerskids are
all about. No brakes, just a heavy right foot and an arm full of steering
lock, just watch out for those walls.
Performance Car Mania 2011
Performance Car Mania is quickly becoming the premiere modified car event
in Victoria, and it's not hard to see why. The organisers set everything up
to maximise the fun for the entrants. And if the entrants are happy then
the spectators are as well, because they get to see some of the coolest
cars around cutting loose. The new quarter mile strip was an interesting
addition and although it was a tad bumpy in places it made for some
We've squeezed as much action as we could into a reasonable time frame, but
keep your eyes open for planty more vids from this event in the near
AGROVB - Supercharged & E85 Fueled 253 Holden V8
Yep, it's just 253 cubes (4.2-litres) under the bonnet of this Holden
Commodore. The 253 is the V8 voted most likely to end up as a boat anchor
to most performance enthusiasts, but Alan Shuttleworth decided to do
something with his. Last year it made 280hp at the tyres naturally
aspirated and this year he's back with a little B&M 162 blower on top and
pumping just 7psi Boost it made
342hp at the tyres. So you could say this little engine is making around
460hp at the crank. Makes wonder if I should pull that 253 from under the
bench and give it a go.
Project Digger Burnout Testing
Back when the Army's Project Digger was first getting built I was invited
along to film some burnout testing. As you can see the car wasn't finished
but with time getting short before Summernats 23 they wanted to make sure
it was right to go.
Unfortunately, as a direct result of the testing they decided to not do any
burnout at Summernats that year due to cooling issues. But it sure looked
So for those that haven't seen it in action, here you go.
Holden Versus Ford at Lardner Park
The guys from Motorfest lined up a VR holden and a AU Falcon to see which
would last the longest with their fanbelts cut and half the oil drained. I
tipped that the Ford would outlast the Holden but I never imagined that it
would go for 30mins. Obviously no-one wants to see the full video, but I've
come up with a shorter version showing some of the highlights. The VR
lastes 2mins 47secs, while the AU Falcon went for 30min until they got
bored aand took the stick off the accelerator where it stalled. It's
rumoured that someone actually strated the AU up again later in the night.
WTOFIT - Crazy Rotary Powered Van Burnout
We popped in to the Good Fryday Burnout at Sydney Dragway to check out the
action and found this totally insane little rotary powered Suzuki van
ripping a few skids. Check out that glowing Exhaust. We've seen a few hot systems in our
time but never one that glowed so brightly.
WONAGO - World's Best Sounding V8
Being a Summernats virgin, Justen Brown made sure he got out there and
checked out the burnout pad before the big qualifying show on Saturday.
This was a practice run on Friday and the crowd loved hearing the 377ci
small block Chev sing. I reckon it's one of the best sounding engines in
the burnout scene right now. Pure music!
UCSMOKE Attempts the Corkscrew
I'm sure there's some cones in there somewhere in amongst that smoke, but
Steven Loader doesn't seem to care. He obliterates the course with his
supercharged Holden Premier before limping off with one blown back tyre.
T4TUFF - Summernats 25 Burnout Masters Second Place
After qualifying for the top five last year Matty Power was looking strong
for a big finish at summernats 24, but an engine fire cut things short and
he came fifth. This year there were no fires, but there was plenty of smoke
as he destroyed several pairs of tyres to finish second overall. Killer
HQ383 Flames up AGAIN at Springnats 2011
Burnouts are fun, but setting fire to your car? Not so much. Mick Sullivan
has one of the sweetest sounding Holden V8's around but to keep the blower
cool he runs a water/methanol injection system which sometimes gets things
a little hot down the back end. Hopefully he'll get it all sorted before he
totally torches the car.
BAT05L - Big, Black & Blown
A bit of modern muscle here with a 304ci Holden V8 sporting a thumping
great 6/71 blower on a home made intake that the owner built himself. The
bottom end is mostly stock with just valve springs to counter the Boost.
SPOT ON - Chassis Twisting 2JZ-Powered VL Wagon
This is Australia's quickest VL Wagon but it's not powered by a Nissan
3-litre like most other VL's, this one is sporting Toyota power with a
hopped-up 2JZ under the bonnet. It's no slouch either. On Saturday it ran a
PB of 9.8 before breaking the gearbox, they dropped another box in it and
turned up the wick with the car going 9.2 at 150mph by the end of the day.
It's still got the factory BW diff in it too.
KILLASLR - Blown SLR5000 Torana
Don't know much about this one, I think it was one of the cars to come over
from Western Australia, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
For our American/overseas viewers (Scotty's Garage is big in Brazil) this
is an SLR5000 style Torana. They were big on Australian race circuits in
the mid to late 70s and won a whole bunch of stuff. Compact bodyshell,
5-litre v8 and bolt on flares so you could fit huge rubber. It really
doesn't get much better than that.