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ISSUE #6 - NOV 2018
BLOWN 502 CUBE
V10 VIPER POWERED VALIANT!
INSIDE THIS ISSUE! 8-SEC ‘30 FORD COUPE BLOWN ‘57 CHEV TUDOR DODGE’S 840HP DEMON KING OF THE STREET DRAGS NSW ALL CHRYSLER DAY CAPITAL ALL FORD DAY LOWRIDER SUNDAY LOCKIES PUB CHARITY SHOW VINYL WRAPPING AND MUCH MORE!
BIG CUBE SMALL BLOCK
445ci XW FALCON STREETER!
From the Desk THE MODIFIED CAR SCENE HAS CHANGED SO MUCH OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AND I’M NOT SURE IF I LIKE ALL THE CHANGES… As I write this month’s Editorial I am counting down the days to the anniversary of my 50th year on this planet. Yes, I am officially old. But don’t worry, you will be too one day! I have been a part of this car scene for longer than I care to remember. Actually, I do remember because I helped my brother set up our first Car Club when I was in year 10 at school – 1983! They were great times. It seemed like every weekend we were doing car stuff as a group and although there was always some form of friendly banter amongst the members about their loyalty to a certain brand, it was all done in fun and everyone got along. When I eventually got my license, and was able to be part of club runs in my own car, I thought it was the greatest thing ever. We’d have weekends away in Canberra and Wagga and hook up with local clubs who showed us what their towns had to offer. In fact, my introduction to burnouts was down a back road past Wagga Airport where some members of the Imperial Customs club let loose on a regular basis. Back then, when you went to a car show, you stayed all day and showed your support. You hung around in case you were lucky to win a prize and then you all cruised home together. This, for me, is one area that has changed dramatically over the last few years. It seems now that people enter a one day show at a local sporting ground, stay an hour or so and then leave. I don’t get it. These clubs and/or individuals go to a great deal of effort to stage these events and rely on people through the doors to help the club survive for another 12 months. If the cars leave early and spectators notice dwindling numbers, then they too will stay away. Many shows have disappeared over the years, so why not show your support and stay till the end? With that said, this time of year is flooded with choice for events all over the country. Why not get the family and mates together and dust off your killer ride and get to a show or cruise night this weekend? See you on the street, Paul.
ISSUE NO.6 Nov 2018
REGULARS 06 WHAT’S HAPPENING News, views and things of interest
14 The Art of Vinyl Wrapping
10 HAVE YOUR SAY Tell us what you think 12
SHOW TIME Events coming up
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT The World of Vinyl Wrapping
COMING ATTRACTIONS Mega-cube LJ Torana Monster
PENTASTAR PRIDE NSW All Chrysler Day
BLAST FROM THE PAST Abandoned Drag Strips
42 FORD THINKING Capital All Ford Day 56
STREETCAR SHOW DOWN King of the Street Drags
GETTIN’ THE DOWN LOW Lowrider Sunday
100 KILLER PIC Give me Fuel, give me Fire! 102 PUB RUN Lockies Hotel’s Charity Car Show 106 FACTORY OPTIONS 2018 Dodge Demon 112 WINDOW SHOPPING All the latest and greatest Products
RED WHINE Blown 502ci HT Holden Streeter
SERIOUS BUSINESS Street Elite XW Falcon
AMERICAN IDOL Blown and Bagged ‘57 Chev Tudor
SHOCK THERAPY If the colour doesn’t suck you in, the engine will
BLACK TOP RUMBLE 8-sec ET’s, 1100hp and full rego!
88 1930 Ford Coupe
Lauren Jade - Xposed Photography Joe Maday
VALE CHARLIE SEABERG
Yet another great Hot Rodding mate has gone to the big garage in the sky - my old mate Charlie Seaberg. Charlie always had time to chat to anyone and everyone about cars. Having spent many years driving the familiar green F-Truck around the country taking cars to and from events, Charlie will no doubt leave behind a wide-reaching band of those who considered him a mate. We’re all going to miss you Charlie. RIP old friend. Until our paths cross again...
What’s Happening VALE DARYL SHULTZ
On October 18th, the Hot Rodding Fraternity lost another of its good guys. Daryl Shultz will be remembered not only for being a huge part of the Hot Rodding lifestyle for many years, but also for being a driving force behind the Victorian Hot Rod Show and also for the cars he built, including the amazing “California T” ’23 T-Bucket that set the standard in show cars back in the days, along with “Pasadena Pick-Up”, his all-black, Model A Ford that also wowed the judges. Daryl will be missed by many friends in the modified car world. RIP Daryl. Gone but Not Forgotten...
The Springnats is fast approaching and as this issue launches, there’s less than 2 weeks to go before Shepparton Showgrounds erupts in a flurry of horsepower and tyre smoke! This year’s event will also feature and Elite Indoor show section in an air-conditioned hall – which going by past Springnats where the temperature consistently hits high 30’s, will be a pretty popular spot. For more info, check out www.autofest.com.au
Hosted by the Canberra Torana Club, the 2018 Torana Nationals will see hundreds of the marque head to Canberra, more precisely Viking Park in Erindale on Sunday 18th November. For those who want to make a weekend of it, there’s a Torana cruise happening on the Saturday departing from the Alpha Motel in Tuggeranong at 11am and will finish at Hall Showgrounds for an impromptu show and shine. Later that night, the Gala dinner is on. There’s a few VIP’s in attendance including Bev Brock, Bob Morris and Sandra Bennett – all of whom will be signing autographs over the weekend. For more info, check out www.torananationals.com.au
What’s Happening CADDY STACKED
You don’t usually think of ’59 Cadillac’s as anything as cool custom cruisers. The owner of this Coupe De Ville though had other idea’s. Checkl out the engine! Usually, the 390ci Caddy engine looks tiny inside the 59’s engine bay, but with the twin-turbocharged LT5 engine and its associated plumbing, there’s very little of the bay visible. The big coupe rolls on 24-inch wheels and air-bagged suspension. Who said old Caddy’s can’t be tough?
CENTERLINE AUTODRAGS TO RETURN
Without doubt, one of the most popular wheels in the muscle car scene is the satin-finished Centerline Auto Drag. So you can imagine the uproar when the company said the doors are closing! The closure saw prices on second hand wheels sky-rocket to ridiculous heights. The Centerline company has listened to the fans moans and, as of October 30th, have restarted production of their signature wheels. Proof that people power does work!
VALE MARIO COLALILLO
Just as this issue of Killer Rides was being finsihed off, we received the devastating news that our old mate, and undeniable King of Custom Cars in Australia, Mario Colalillo had passed away, leaving behind a legacy that will live on forever. Mario loved his cars, especially his customs such as the world reknowned Wild Cad that put Mario on a world stage as a force in custom cars. But he also loved his mates and of course his wife Catriona and son Andy - both of whom shared his passions. Mario and I had been friends for around 30-years and he always was the first to help anyone in need, was always up for a chat and was overflowing with enthusiasm for the car scene and those within it. We’re all going to miss you mate. Killer Rides sends our thoughts out to Mario’s immediate Family, his extended car family and everyone lucky enough to have spent some time with him. May you now Rest in Peace. Cruise on! #legendsdon’tfade
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Hey Paul, OMFG! That Hemi-powered GTX in Issue 5 is without doubt the toughest street car I have seen. I was never into Mopar’s before, but that thing is simply gorgeous! Everything about it is bang-on! Keep that stuff coming. Loving Killer Rides! Can’t wait to see what you bring us next month. Cameron Via Messenger.
G’day Killer Rides, I just finished reading Issue 5 and once again you’ve given us die-hards more killer content. As much as I love the Falcon, I simply can’t get over that Plymouth. Wish we could have stuff like that on the street in Australia! Another great Issue. Well done to all involved! Matthew S via Email
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Hi Paul, Congrats on Issue 5, another killer mag. I love everything you put into this month’s mag, especially that insane Hemi-powered GTX. I am now on the look-out for one for myself – though it won’t be that tough after the Engineers will no doubt put paid to all my hopes and dreams. That car is a credit to the owner and builder. Bring on Issue 6! Christian T via Messenger. Hey guys, I have to agree, that GTX is a very special car. It is by far one of the toughest Street Mopar’s I have seen. Keep an eye on the mag for more stuff like this coming in the future…
MAN CAVE FITOUT
G’day Paul, Killer Rides magazine has inspired me! After reading issue 5 from front to back, I took particular interest in the Automotive furniture article and have decided to give it a go. I have a dedicated section in my garage for my Man Cave and am now in the process of designing a new fit-out using as many cool car bits as possible. Yet again, you’ve produced another great read. Keep them coming. Mikey at the Man Cave via Messenger Hi Mikey, I like to include fun articles like the cool car-based furniture in amongst the car features and events. There’s so much to this scene, much more than just the cars themselves that is interesting and I’ll do my best to keep those fun stories coming. Thanks for the support!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE
Hi Paul, I’m pretty sure I know the answer, but I’ll ask anyway, can you please ditch the online deal and print Killer Rides? I need to have this magazine in my collection! Come on, you know you want to… Hopeful, Via Email. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news Mr Hopeful, but the short answer is no. The print industry is in a massive downturn and anyone starting a new print magazine is bordering on being insane. Numbers don’t lie nor does the fact that every newsagent’s in the country is part gift shop now to supplement the income lost from low magazine sales. Sorry mate, no deal…
COULDN’T AGREE MORE
G’day Paul, I read your last Editorial with much interest as I too think this rule needs to be thrown in the bin, along with many others. I think the Police need to take responsibility about where they pull cars over for speeding, especially on the freeway. There is always an alternative to a blind corner or just over the crest of a hill. A little common sense wouldn’t go astray… Gerald Via Email. Hi Gerald, Having seen it first hand, I am convinced this rule is flawed. Maybe we will have to wait for a family member of a politician or a relative of a highranking judge to get hurt because of this stupidity before they realise the problems they have collectively created!
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Dare to be Different
Whilst most drag racers what their cars to be spectacular looking on the track, the owner of this wild ’55 Chev Doorslammer decided that the “just pulled from a creek” look was right for him. It certainly gained plenty of attention… What’s better than your average, run of the mill Bugatti Veyron? A chromed one, of course! Whilst the chrome wrap might look impressive, it would be a bugger when driving in the sun – for the owner and for those around them.
While vinyl wrapping may never replace custom paint, it does offer a cheaper alternative and the possibilities are endless. Is it any wonder that more and more people are opting for vinyl wrapping – especially for a business promo car? The ease of fitting and replacing is a factor but so is the price, with vinyl being a fraction of what a top-end custom paint job will cost. The upkeep is much easier and the sky is the limit with designs. If you can dream it, most wrappers can make it happen for you. We’ve seen many cool designs since wrapping become popular and not just on company cars, buses and commercial vehicles. More than ever, street machine owners are exploring the benefits of wrapping their vehicle. Some have a wrap done just until they can figure out what colour to paint their vehicle. We’ve put a collection together of different ways wrapping can be used to creating mind-blowing effects. If you’ve seen one, send it in and show it off. Enjoy…
BMW’s are well-known for their high-quality finishing, especially on the paint. But that didn’t deter the owner of this wild coupe from giving it the all-over rust appearance. I can imagine what the BMW suit wearers would think of this when it went on for a service!
Not all wraps have to have a lot of graphics to them though. Here, Gary and Jake Myers show off their latest burnout cars of which both are wrapped by Jake himself. Both wraps appear to be paint at first, the sign of a great job. The beauty of wrapping a burnout car is that any damaged sections are easily and inexpensively repaired. Unlike paint…
One of the most iconic and recognisable movie cars in the world is the Dukes of Hazzard Dodge Charger. The owner of this late model Charger is obviously a fan, and treated is new Charger to a beaten up, old school Hazzard-style look with a brilliantly laid out wrap.
Built by Exotic Graphix for their entry into the Wrap Like a King Competition, this 1930 Ford is nothing short of spectacular and the in-house designed wrap keeps the old-school theme alive and kicking! See the build as it happened by clicking the video button! Faded signage, rusty panels complete with bullet holes and a gun through the window is all part of the theme for this classic Falcon that was an entrant in the Aussie Muscle Car Run!
This over-the-top XP Falcon dubbed WAR-BIRD, was a collaboration between Castlemaine Rod Shop and the Vinyl Wraps and Graphics team in Melbourne for the Wrap Like A King competition. Designed to look like it has been on a rugged tour of duty, the Falcon oozes that battleâ€“weary appeal.
The most award-winning vinylwrapped car in Australia! This VW Beetle, the work of Melbourne based Exotic Graphix, blew the Wrap Like A King judges away with the creativity, style and application work that went into creating this masterpiece. This was a follow-up to their 1930 Ford and features unique 3D effect for the woodgrain and many other technical tricks. Click the video button to see it become a reality.
Coming Attractions LJ TORANA - PRO-FLO PERFORMANCE PICS - Supplied by PRO-FLO WORDS - Paul Beck
TORANASAUROUS The latest creation to come from the Pro-Flo Performance stable is this mega-cube, big-horsepower Torana that is sure to set the bar just a little higher again… We’ve come to expect big things from the Pro-Flo workshop – whether it be a big-horsepower engine package or chassis work that almost defies description. This LJ Torana excels in both areas. Check out the stance! It sits very low which is even more highlighted by the fact that the 20x7” and massive 24x15” rims (with 405/25/25 tyres!) are tucked right up under the Torana’s massaged guards. These wheels are when the Torana is in “Street” trim. Otherwise the rear will cop a pair of 33x15” slick when race time is called for. Inside is a mass of roll cage and carbon fibre! From the exposed transmissions to the carbon fibre dash, this Torana screams performance! The workmanship in first class and typical of what we see come from the Pro-Flo team time and time again. It’s all about being functional using as little weight as possible. The chassis is chrome-moly and includes a Pro-Flo-spec fabricated diff housing.
It sits very low which is even more highlighted by the fact that the 20x7” and massive 24x15” rims (with 405/25/25 tyres!) are tucked right up under the Torana’s massaged guards. 18
The heart of the Torana is, like the “street” wheels, over the top! Just how we like it! Sporting no less than 940-cubic inches, the Sonnys built engine is good for 1630hp and 1360ft/lbs of torque on unleaded fuel and there’s still 500hp of nitrous to feed into it as well! The pair of billet throttle bodies and part of the custom intake just sit through the Torana’s bonnet scoop to show the seriousness of the build. A Turbo 400 box, built by Al’s Race Glides takes the horsepower punishment with ease. There’s plenty of people waiting to see this one hit the strip in anger as the ProStreet fraternity ranks keep getting bigger and bigger. Stay tuned for more on this wild LJ…
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32ND NSW ALL CHRYSLER DAY - MUSEUM OF FIRE - PENRITH WORDS / PICS - PAUL BECK
The Mopar faithful descended in force on the Museum of Fire’s grassed area for the 32nd showing of the NSW All Chrysler Day. Hundreds of Chrysler’s (and their factory counterparts) along with a select group of AMC vehicles spread themselves out across the expansive display area, offering quite a sight when pulling into the grounds. Each year, there is a group that becomes the focus of the event and this year it was “Modern Mopars” so it comes as no surprise to see a strong showing of modern muscle comprising of 300C’s, Jeeps and Dodge Challengers. Without doubt, the two stars of the show in this section was the supercharged 707hp Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and, believe it or not, the SRT 300C Highway Patrol car that was on show for just a short period before being put back into active duty. For me, the Hellcat Challenger was one car I would love to have in my driveway! Those who love the late model Mopar’s would have been more than happy with the turn out.
Without doubt, the two stars of the show in this section was the supercharged 707hp Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and, believe it or not, the SRT 300C Highway Patrol car that was on show for just a short period... 22
As you’d expect, the locally built Valiant was well represented with many R&S series on display along with Chargers of many years and make up. There were plenty of custom Chargers and quite a few standard-spec versions too. There was even a circuit racing Charger on display complete with its tough six-pack under the bonnet. American muscle was out in force too. Chargers, Challengers, Cuda’s and even a couple of GTX’s made the trek out to the show, even though the weather gurus were telling everyone it will be wet. Yet again, they were wrong! The great thing about the Mopar marque, is the diversity in the body shapes, styling and engine packages available. There were
some unbelievably cool rides on display and engines that ranged from triple-weber fed six-packs to Hemi V8’s that were topped with factory cross-rams, single carbs and even a blown/EFI setup. The rain held off, the crowds poured in and the show arena was overflowing with all kinds of Mopar magic. Yep, the 32nd All Chrysler Day was a huge success and a credit to those who helped make it a reality including the Chrysler Restorers Club of Australia, the Chrysler and Valiant Owners Association Ltd, The R&S Series Car Club of NSW Inc, the PT Cruisers Downunder NSW Inc and the Dodge Owners Club of Australia. Take a bow guys, you’ve done a great job…
The rain held off, the crowds poured in and the show arena was overflowing with all kinds of Mopar magic. Yep, the 32nd All Chrysler Day was a huge success...
For me, the Hellcat Challenger was one car I would love to have in my driveway! Those who love the late model Moparâ€™s would have been more than happy with the turn out.
LINDSAY KENNEDY - HT HOLDEN KINGSWOOD WORDS / PICS – Paul Beck
Like most things, the older they are, the more they improve. Point in case, this tasty blown big block HT Holden… 28
Completed some 11-years ago, the HT was pretty much the way you now see it – though light years away from how it started when Lindsay picked up the HT in nearby Camden, NSW. It took just three $50 notes for Lindsay to own the run-down HT. Back then, the Kennedy household didn’t have a garage, so before any work on stripping the HT back to its birthday suit could begin, other work needed to be completed. Never under estimate the power of good mates. You know the ones. They are the people you can call at three in the morning needing a tow home because the car had broken a diff from some “spirited driving”. The one’s you can call on anytime of the day when two hands just aren’t enough! We all have mates like that in this scene. Upon mentioning his predicament to some close car mates, they all sprung into action and during the week after the HT’s purchase, the crew had constructed a make-shift home for the HT. It wasn’t an engineering marvel by any means, but it kept the car dry and gave them somewhere to work from. In no time at all, the HT was relieved of anything that could be unbolted. The rust was minimal but the body still needed plenty of work before Lindsay would be 100% happy to have colour laid on. Life has a way of interrupting the fun of building cars and it also played a part here. The car was dragged to a couple of more houses before the family moved into its forever home. Then, after having a horrific motorcycle accident, the HT once again sat idle whilst Lindsay took the necessary time out to recover from the ensuing injuries. Feeling ready to take on the world again, it was his wife Nicole’s pushing that got Lindsay fired up to get the HT sorted out. With the sheet metal done, the HT’s body was shipped off to M&K Smash Repairs to receive a few coats of Sting Red. The colour was Nicole’s idea and I’m sure Lindsay is glad he listened to his wife. The colour also covered the smoothed off engine bay laying the platform for the engine transplant. Back at home, and the essentially stock body HT was fitted up with its chrome work. When the 19-inch Intro Pentia’s were fitted, everyone sat back and just grinned. After years of sitting in a state of disrepair, the build was coming together.
Upon mentioning his predicament to some close car mates, they all sprung into action and during the week after the HT’s purchase, the crew had constructed a make-shift home for the HT. It wasn’t an engineering marvel by any means, but it kept the car dry and gave them somewhere to work from. 31
King Trim was given the task to bring the interior up to the same standard as the body and paint. Opting for a mx of tan leather and suede, the boys covered the original bench seats (the fronts being a Premier bucket bench) and door trims. Nicole offered her advice again, coming up with the pattern in the trim! A B&M Quarter stick shifter, triple AutoMeter gauges and wood-rimmed steering wheel complete the interior make over.
With Christmas fast approaching, Lindsay had no doubt geared his family up for car parts to top the wish list. No-one expected Nicole to give him the mother of all gifts though – a shiny new 6/71 blower kit!
Originally opting for a stout small block to fill the reworked engine bay, but a mechanical failure was all the reason Lindsay needed to up the ante… considerably. Thanks to the crew at Unique Race Engines in Windsor, Lindsay was the new owner of Gen 5, 454ci crate engine. Big in size and big on power, the new ‘fat block’ Chevy looked a treat bolted up the HT. But things were about to take an unexpected turn. With Christmas fast approaching, Lindsay had no doubt geared his family up for car parts to top the wish list. No-one expected Nicole to give him the mother of all gifts though – a shiny new 6/71 blower kit! Now topped with a pair of 600 doublepumper Holley carbs, the HT was elevated to hero status – especially considering Lindsay, Nicole and the family cruise the HT everywhere they can! A purpose-built Turbo 400 auto and narrowed nineinch diff were adapted to the HT to handle the power output from the pumped big block.
After a massive 9-year build, the HT’s first outing was in 2011 to the Colyton Pub car show where it scored runnerup Car of the Show. Some 25 trophies have followed since then. But it’s not about the accolades awarded by judges. For the Kennedy clan, it’s all about having fun in their car with like-minded people, and those good mates that have helped Lindsay realise a dream.
OWNER: Lindsay Kennedy VEHICLE:1970 HT Holden ENGINE: 454ci Big Block Chev, LS7 spec, alloy GM Performance heads, solid cam, CSR electric water pump, twin 600cfm DP carbs, 6/71 supercharger, K&N filters, MSD distributor, MSD Master Blaster 2 coil, MSD 8mm leads, Holley Black fuel pump, Holley fuel reg, mild steel 4-into-1 headers, twin 3-inch exhaust system. POWER: Plenty TRANS: Turbo 400 auto, full manual valve body. DIFF: 3.9-gears, LSD, 35-spline Moser axles. WHEELS: 19x8 / 19x10 Intro Pentia SUSPENSION: Front: 2” Lowered King Springs Rear: Reset Leafs BRAKES: Front: Disc Rear: HQ Drum COLOUR: Holden Sting Red BUILD TIME: 9-years on and off! THANKS TO: Luke Jago for helping on various parts of the build and for his friendship; John Coolbanis for his mechanical knowledge; Jamie Waterhouse for the buttoning up of everything and getting it road ready; Dave King for the gorgeous interior; Windsor Exhaust, Wayne Grima for all the ongoing maintenance; Tony Pisani – your knowledge knows no boundaries; my wife who is my driving force. You push me to do better, live better and have taken me further in life than I could have ever imagined!! I promise your wagon is next!!! My kids, all 4 of you have grounded me and given me a world of craziness and laughter. To the members of the HKTG Holden Club NSW thank you!! Having an extended family like you crazy bunch is what makes owning a HKTG worthwhile. Charlie, Sonya & Family, through a combined passion you guys have very quickly become family. Definitely a friendship long lasting! Thank you to everyone who we have become friends with past, present and future, look forward to catching up or meeting you!!
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Blast from the Past
ABANDONED Drag Strips In Australia, we have a small number of Drag Strips still operational whilst others have become history due to expanded housing zones. In American, there’s hundreds of tracks left to rack and ruin. Check these out!
WINDY HOLLOW DRAG STRIP – KENTUCKY
Seen today, the old Windy Hollow Drag Strip in Kentucky is a sorry sight. Fenced off behind rusted barbed wire, its tarmac surface overgrown and ruined, it looks utterly desolate. The stands are falling apart, there’s debris on the track and the atmosphere reeks of silence and neglect. Looking at these photos, it can feel like no-one has set foot on the abandoned drag strip in a very long time. The surrounding Kentucky countryside only adds to this sense of overwhelming isolation. All around the old drag strip, the world sweeps away, flat and directionless. An eternity of scrubland and bedraggled woodland. In reality, a pair of main roads pass by not very far away, but in the ruins of the abandoned speedway, it can feel like you’re many miles from anywhere.
The stands are falling apart, there’s debris on the track and the atmosphere reeks of silence and neglect.
PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL DRAGWAY
PID started its life as Campbell Airport, which was located in a hollow and built by Charles E. Campbell in the late 1950s. The airport had a unique landscape, as it rested in a deep valley and shared an entrance with the Charles E. Campbell Coal Company’s Maude Mine. The mine operated from 1949 to 1962, and the Campbell Airport’s first location was in operation until 1962, which was a turning point in Campbell’s businesses. The valley configuration didn’t provide great conditions for flying, so he moved the airport to the top of the hill, leaving the old runway unused. Since PID started life as an airport, it had plenty of length for a quartermile track, and the mining operation
meant that heavy-duty scales were already on the property. This meant Campbell had to put out very little effort to initially open the track and begin having races. The new racing facility became known as Pittsburgh International Dragway, and it quickly gained popularity as drag racing exploded into the car guy world in the early 1960s. The staging lanes were downhill, which was quite handy for racers because they could roll their cars all the way onto the track without running the engine or pushing. In addition, the shutdown area was uphill, so it helped the cars stop, while also providing a downhill slope for the return. This hilly landscape was perfect for racers, and the track was known to work well for a variety of cars from Factory Stock to Top Fuel and everything in between.
The staging lanes were downhill, which was quite handy for racers because they could roll their cars all the way onto the track without running the engine or pushing.
Whether you referred to it as the Beach, LADS, or simply Lions, no one can deny that Lions Associated Drag Strip was the destination for drag racers in the heyday of the hobby. It was a premier track and it certainly left a lasting impression on thousands of performance minded racers during its time in operation, so it ranks highly in the world of nostalgia. The idea of building a drag strip spawned from a Long Beach judge, Fred Miller, who believed that a legitimate drag strip would reduce the urge to race on the street. A meeting with wellknown gearhead Mickey Thompson put the process into motion. For a short time, the track was known as Harbour Area Drag Strip, but it was most commonly known as Lions Associated Drag Strip because the Los Angeles area Lions clubs were the only associations to raise funds for the building of the track.
Under the management of Mickey Thompson, Lions Drag Strip set the standard for all strips, with its timing system and what is now affectionately known as the Christmas tree.
Mickey Thompson was the only paid employee, working as the track manager until the mid 1960s. All proceeds from the track went to charities, as designated by local Lions Club chapters. On October 9, 1955, Lions Associated Drag Strip held its first event. The track crew expected a large crowd, but when the tally of spectators soared north of 10,000, it certainly overwhelmed the workers. The first event proved its worth, but it took a few years to get the bugs worked out. By 1957, lights had been installed at the track, allowing night racing, which was a huge hit. Under the management of Mickey Thompson, Lions Drag Strip set the standard for all strips, with its timing system and what is now affectionately known as the Christmas tree. Though not as sophisticated as todayâ€™s tree, the starting system at Lions did away with the flagman starter, which made great strides to legitimize the sport. Late in 1972, the Harbour Commission revoked the thirty day lease agreement with no warning. The Harbour Commission sited increasing noise complaints, but it was evident the value of the land was the main reason they revoked the lease. Months later, the track was transformed into a warehouse and shipping yard.
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CAPITAL ALL FORD DAY - QUEANBEYAN SHOWGROUNDS HOSTED BY FORD PERFORMANCE CAR CLUB WORDS/PICS - Paul Beck
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Under threatening skies, the Ford faithful gathered in Queanbeyan’s showground for the annual Capital All Ford Day.
Hosted by the Ford Performance Club of ACT, the Capital All Ford Day drew in a couple of hundred cars ranging from over-equipped Campervans, to Weber-fed Escorts, GT Falcon’s and Mustangs from every era. Surprisingly, the late-model Falcon crew out shone the early model guys considerably on numbers of cars on display, proving that the sheer cost of buying and rebuilding an XR-XY or XA/B/C Falcon is well out of reach of the average Joe. Not that the current batch of EFI-inspired XR and FPV Falcons aren’t a good car – quite the contrary. It’s just unusual not to see rows and rows of early Falcons… With that said, variety is the spice of life and this event certainly had plenty of variety. The stock restored cars were simply amazing as were the mildly and highly modified versions. Most impressive were the YES-10Z EL XR8 with its tough carbfed engine, mini-tubs and serious rubber jammed under the guards.
Not to be outdone was the FAT XE Falcon. From the big bead-lock wheels to the V8 Supercar inspired injection, this was one of the toughest XE’s I have seen. The small Ford guys weren’t let down either. There was a silver TC Cortina with black Simmons that just screamed for attention. Fitted with a neat 347ci Windsor and sporting nice trim, this Cortina was the complete tough street car. Other notables included a stunning 1970 Boss Mustang, a mild custom XP Falcon Ute, a display of XB/XC Falcon Police cars along with an early F100 Paddy wagon and a pair of tubbed early Falcon Utes just begging to be taken off the tilt trays and finished off.
Not to be outdone was the FAT XE Falcon. From the big bead-lock wheels to the V8 Supercar inspired injection, this was one of the toughest XE’s I have seen.
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The weather gods were looking over the venue for most of the day. When I left Queanbeyan, and headed home for Wollongong I didn’t get very far up the road when the heavens opened and the rain started to fall. I copped torrential rain almost all the way home. Overall though, the members of the Ford Performance Club of the ACT should be proud of the event they put on. The event was big on numbers, big on variety and big on atmosphere. We’ll be back next year for sure…
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PHIL COVASSIN - 1969 XW FALCON SEDAN WORDS / PICS – Paul Beck
Phil Covassin wanted a performance car for a weekend cruiser, and when his mate decided it was time to part with his XW Falcon, Phil thought he had found the car of his dreams. Just jump in and drive. Or so he thought… 48
Don’t get me wrong, the Falcon was a pretty good car that just needed the finer details finished off. There was a 500hp, 393ci Cleveland and Top Loader already bolted in place and the price was right, but the excitement of owning a tough street car soon departed when Phil started to look around the Falcon and noticed things he needed to improve on. The more he looked, the more he realised the Falcon needed lots done to bring it up to his standard. This kicked off a two-year rebuild. Being a mechanic and the part owner of Long St Automotive, Phil handed the rebuild of the mechanicals himself, while the car was elsewhere having the necessary fabrication work done by James at Groove Ryder Fabrications and eventually the body and painted sorted by Simon Bonello at Ground Level Panel & Paint. Being a petrol head and a mechanic can mean only one thing, the Falcon was always going to get a bigger power plant – both in capacity and horsepower. Not one to muck around with baby steps, Phil grabbed a new Dart block and added the right Scat crank and rod combo to take the cubic capacity to big block proportions. Now sporting 445-cubes, the engine was pieced together using the best parts Phil could afford. These included modified AFR alloy heads, Comp Cams and Crower cam and lifters combo, JE pistons, ported Super Victor intake and a single 1050 Dominator to supply the fuel. Sam Fenech at Westend Performance handled the dyno of the new engine, and with 98 Pump fuel pushing through the Windsor, the small block made an impressive 706hp.
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Al’s Raceglides prepped a Turbo 400 GM gearbox to back the big cube small block ensuring the power made its way to the 9-inch rear end. Like the engine combo, the rest of the driveline was built with reliability in mind as well as the ability to handle the new-found horsepower. The box features all the good gear Al’s boxes are known for and is fronted with a TCE 5,500rpm converter. A JW, SFI-certified bellhousing connects both the motor and box. The diff is all business with Strange supplying the alloy centre section, full spool, 3.5-inch tailshaft and 35-spline billet axles. The gears are 4.11 – great for racing but a bit much on the street! Speaking of racing, on the Falcon’s only appearance at the track, the timers were stopped with 10.3 @ 131mph.That was in full street trim with the 18-inch wheels on the rear. Now Phil has added 15’s to the Falcon’s bum and increased the width, that time should tumble dramatically. Stay tuned for updates when he eventually gets back to the Sydney Dragway track. Inside, its essentially GT-spec with the familiar black vinyl trim, GT badging and wood grain accents. Mixed amongst all that GT-goodness are some performance based parts that give some clue that this isn’t just another GT mock up. A B&M shifter has been grafted into the factory centre console and the Falcon dash facia has been updated with AutoMeter dials and a host of switches that control vital parts of the Falcon’s heart. The Groove Ryder installed full roll cage keeps the Falcon from twisting itself inside out and is surrounded by a custom headlining. Clint at CMAC Upholstery got the nod to restitch the XW’s interior. The end result is nothing short of spectacular.
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OWNER: Phil Covassin VEHICLE: 1969 XW Falcon Sedan ENGINE: 445ci Windsor small block, Dart block, 1050cfm Holley Dominator carb, fully ported Super Victor intake manifold with Wilson adapter, AFR alloy heads with Manley Nextek valve springs and AFR valves, Comp Cams custom roller cam, Crower roller lifters, JE pistons and rings, Scat crank and rods, Trend pushrods, Mellings oil pump, Moroso sump, Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump, custom 4-into-1 headers by Groove Ryder, 2” primary into 3.5” system, twin Hooker mufflers and two Flowmaster resonators, MSD Digital 6 ignition, PWR radiator with 2x14” SPAL fans. POWER: 706hp @ 6800, 590ftlb @ 5400. TRANS: Al’s Race Glides Turbo 400 auto, TCE 5500 converter, JW Bellhousing, B&M shifter. DIFF: 9-inch, 4.11-gears, Strange alloy centre, fullspool, 35-spline Strange Billet axles WHEELS: Front: 15x9 Weld RT Rear: 18x5 Weld RTS SUSPENSION: Lowered King Springs front, lowered GT-style leaf springs, Calvert 90/10 shocks front, Calvert adjustable rear shocks. BRAKES: Front: Wilwood Disc and Calipers Rear: DBA slotted disc with Ford calipers. Wilwood direct to firewall mount Master cylinder. COLOUR: White with GT blackouts by Simon Bonello THANKS TO: Joe my business partner at Long Street Automotive, for all his help, James at Groove Ryder Fabrications, Simon at Ground Level Panel & Paint.
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In stark contrast to the all-black interior, the reworked body has been caressed back into shape by Simon at Ground Level Panel & Paint relieving the sheet metal of any and all imperfections before shooting a coat or two of basic white with GT highlights in black. Phil wanted to keep the Falcon the original colour and it also provided a great platform for Simon to build upon. The obvious nonFord items include the cowl bonnet which came from Alfa Fibreglass and the 18x5” and 15x9 Weld Wheels – also in black to keep the theme flowing. What is not so obvious is that James at Groove Ryder had to stretch the rear wheel openings enough to cater for the taller 28” tyres that have been installed when Phil opted to go back to 15” wheels instead of 18” on the back. Not only do they no longer foul on the body, but they will help with acceleration as well – and that means when Phil heads back to the Dragstrip, his 60-foot times should well and truly tumble resulting in lower ET’s. Phil attributes getting the right people onto the right area of the build-up of his tough XW, the main reason why the two-year build period went by seamlessly. For this full-tilt, tough-car build (there’s been a few others for himself and customers!), Phil couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. When asked if he would do anything differently next time, he simply stated; “I wouldn’t waste my time and money on N/A engines. I would go with some form of boost and really make some serious horsepower!” Car guys…they’re just never satisfied are they! For now, Phil will keep the Falcon on the road and enjoy it on the street with the occasional trip to the drag strip. The ultimate goal would be to dip into the 9-sec zone with the current combination and then bolt up a power adder and drop into the 8’s. Next stop though, Summernats 32 where the Falcon will be putting on a smoke show in Tuff Street!
KING OF THE STREETS DRAG MEET - BALLARAT AIRPORT - OCT 13, 2018 PICS BY LAUREN - XPOSED PHOTOGRAPHY WORDS BY PAUL BECK
The final pairing in the 10-sec and Over group. Runner-up Jimmy Lingos with his XBGT Sedan and Overall winner David Graham in his stunning FC Holden.
Forget the Pro-Mods, the King of the Street event is all about genuine street cars and the battle to find out who has the toughest in the land! What constitutes a street car? Asking a group of hard-core car guys that question will always spark a debate. As you’d expect, there was plenty of banter doing the rounds about cars that don’t see the street, or dodgy engineers reports and rego papers etc. Most people decided to take the battle to the Ballarat air-strip and let their car do the smack talking… Victoria is home to some of the toughest street cars in the country and it was no surprise to see them heading west to take the title and bragging rights for being the last car standing at the fifth staging of the King of the Streets drag meet.
Victoria is home to some of the toughest street cars in the country and it was no surprise to see them heading west to take the title and bragging rights
In the 10-sec and under Group, the final pass was between the WHIPYA Torana owned by Matt Brame who lined up beside Michael Vargas’ big ‘65 Chevy Impala. The race was a lot closer than anyone expected, but at the finishing beam, it was the Torana who had its nose in front...
Run in conjunction with the Ballarat Drag Racing Club, the King of the Street meet attracted plenty of big-hitters all ready to prove they have to goods to take home the Crown for 2018. Split into two groups, 10-sec and Over as well as 10-sec and Under, the racing began after lunch with the slower group first up to make some passes. As the pairings dwindled, it was down to the final two – David Graham in his FAT FC Holden up against Jimmy Lingos’ AWSMGT XB Falcon. Holden won out in this battle. It was then time for the 10-sec and Under crew to do their thing. There was plenty of big horsepower on display and the crown could have gone to anyone of them on the day, but for 2018, the battle came down to Matt Brame in his WHIPYA Torana staging up against one of the biggest cars in the field, Michael Vargas’ heavy Chevy Impala. The race was closer than expected, but in the end, it was the Torana that crossed the line first, giving Holden the two from two victory.
Run in conjunction with the Ballarat Drag Racing Club, the King of the Street meet attracted plenty of big-hitters all ready to prove they have to goods to take home the Crown for 2018.
Almost 1000 spectators converged on the venue to see the staging of this years King of the Street Drag meet and none would have left feeling disappointed with some close racing and some exciting runs down the track...
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Almost 1000 spectators converged on the venue to see the staging of this years King of the Street Drag meet and none would have left feeling disappointed with some close racing and some exciting runs down the track including Corey Jackson’s 360-degree pirouette when his Cortina got out of shape. Thanks to some great steering (and maybe just a hint of luck) Corey got the Ford back on the track without any damage. Event organiser, John Colaidis would like to extend a huge thank you to all involved who helped stage the event. From those members of the Ballarat Drag Racing Club to the girls working the gates to the people cooking the BBQ and of course to the entrants, spectators and event sponsors. Without your combined effort, events like this simply don’t happen. After a successful 2018 showing, I for one can’t wait for the 2019 King of the Streets! Bring it on…
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DAVE REID - 1957 CHEV TUDOR WORDS / PICS – Paul Beck
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When you think of cool American cars, it’s the ’57 Chev that ultimately tops the list!
The ’57 Chev is as American as Apple Pie, Baseball, Hot Dogs and bagging out Donald Trump. In Australia, the popularity of the ’57 is mostly due to a movie about a blind guy, who runs an old servo and races across the dirt in the middle of the night! In the modified car realm, we have seen the humble ’57 done so many ways over the years. From Gasser-style Nostalgia drag cars to Pro-Street pavement pounders and more lately in the Pro-Touring mode. I’ve even just recently watched a video of a ’57 Lowrider that was absolutely mind-blowing! No matter what style the build, the classic ’57 Chev oozes style. Dave Reid, a builder by trade, has been a car nut for as long as he can remember and has owned some cool rides along the way including a stout SL/R Torana and a big block HQ amongst others. When browsing some cars for sale sites on the net, Dave happened to come across this blown ’57 Chev Tudor for sale in Queensland. The price was right and after taking the plunge and flying north to check it out, Dave was impressed with what he had found. The only thing stopping the sale was the fear of not obtaining legit rego in NSW. Back on home soil and after speaking with some people in the know, including an Engineer who said he would gladly pass the car, Dave did the deal and the Chev was on its way to its new home. When the Chev arrived on his doorstep, it was all go to get it engineered, registered and on the road! Cruise time…
In the modified car realm, we have seen the humble ’57 done so many ways over the years. From Gasser-style Nostalgia drag cars to Pro-Street pavement pounders and more lately in the Pro-Touring mode. I’ve even just recently watched a video of a ’57 Lowrider that was absolutely mind-blowing! 72
The 400-cube small block is essentially the same engine that powered the ’57 when the Chev came into Dave’s possession. Being a perfectionist in everything he does, Dave knew the ‘57’s engine could run sweeter than it already was and that’s when he called in his trusted engine man, Geoff Mather. Between them, a plan was devised to redo the power plant to make sure the driveline was 100% sorted for reliable cruising. The end result? An impressive 740hp! Six months later, the 6/71 B&M Megabower and carbs were ditched to make way for the bigger BDS 8/71 blower and dual, 750cfm Quick Fuel carbs. With plenty of premium fuel passing through the engines top end, the pumped small block now makes more useable horsepower with much less effort ensuring a longer engine life. The power gets sent to the four-linked rear end and big rear tyres via a full-manual Turbo 400 auto that relies on a 4500rpm TCE converter to get the big Chev moving at a rapid rate! The narrowed nine-inch rear end features 4.11-gears and tough, 31-spline axles… Those big polished Convo-Pro wheels not only give the Chev a pro-street look, but they also hide the disc and drum braking configuration. There’s also a full air-ride suspension setup added underneath to get the ’57 squatting nice and low when Dave parks the Chev. It’s all about the stance!
Dave knew the ‘57’s engine could run sweeter than it already was and that’s when he called in his trusted engine man, Geoff Mather.
The body and paint are just how Dave first saw it. Whilst he isn’t a huge fan of the pastel blue and white acrylic paint, he does think its suits the era of the car. The same goes for the interior. The tweed material covering the seats and door trims will, eventually, get swapped over for something a little more up to date. With so much painted metal inside the car, the interior make-over is going to be a big job, but one that Dave will make happen when the time is right. For the time being, the ’57 is a play thing for Dave. Working lots of hours means that when he can, the ’57 comes out of the shed and gets used – a lot! It’s not the sort of car that you’d jump in and drive to Brisbane or Melbourne – but cruising locally or up to Wollongong for an event or cruise night is what it’s all about for Dave and his family. There’s nothing quite like cruising in a tough, blown ’57 Chev! Dave’s grin says it all…
OWNER: Dave Reid VEHICLE: 1957 Chev Tudor ENGINE: 400ci small block built by Geoff’s Engine Craft. Dart Sportsman block, Scat crank and rods, forged pistons, solid cam, roller lifters, Trend pushrods, Mallory fuel pump, AFR alloy heads, BDS blower intake, 8/71 BDS supercharger, dual 750cfm Quick Fuel carbs, custom headers with dual 3-inch exhaust. POWER: 740hp TRANS: Full manual Turbo 400 auto, TCE 4500 converter, B&M shifter. DIFF: 9-inch, 4.11-gears, 31-spline axles WHEELS: Front: 15x8 & 15x12 Centerline Convo Pro SUSPENSION: Four-link rear, full air-ride front and back. BRAKES: Front: BA Falcon disc with twin-piston calipers Rear: Ford Drum. Custom Booster and Master cylinder assembly. COLOUR: Acrylic Pastel Blue and White…for now! THANKS TO: A big thanks to my family for their support and for always tagging along to all kinds of car events with me and especially my wife for loving me for the car guy I am; Geoff Mather for the engine; Matt Marsh for the chassis work; Geoff at G Rod customs for the Exhaust; Kon at Wollongong Automotive Services for help with the tuning and all the boys that come over and hang out on Friday nights – you know who you are!
GETTIN’ THE Low Down CENTRAL COAST LOWRIDER SHOW - THE ENTRANCE - Sunday 28th October 2018 WORDS & PICS BY PAUL BECK
Even though the weather gods did their collective best to put a dampener on the day, the Lowrider fraternity still turned out in force to cover almost every inch of grass at the picturesque Picnic Point Reserve on the edge of the Tuggerah Lake at The Entrance on the NSW central coast. As you’d expect, the majority of the cars on display were the low-riding favourite, the Chevrolet Impala. I have never seen so many 60-64 Belair’s and Impala’s in one place before. Each of them modified to various stages with the most outrageous ones done in a mind-blowing fashion. Custom paint, insane interiors and an amazing amount of detailing went in to the top end cars – but that’s not to say the others weren’t as much part of the scene. In these circles, it’s all about having fun with your car, no matter how much money you’ve thrown at it or how modified you’ve made your ride. Everyone is equal and everyone is passionate about Low riding. Can’t ask for more than that!
Touted as the largest Lowrider get together on the East Coast, the 2018 Central Coast Lowrider Show didn’t disappoint.
Clubs were out in force and no matter where you looked, club members were proudly showing off their club logo’s whether that is by wearing club shirts or by adding the clubs brand to the top of the rear seat for all to see. The host club, Fresh Stylz Lowrider Car Club were particularly visible! By the time the initial showers had ended, around 80 cars and 20 bikes had gathered on the lawn to make this Lowrider show a huge success in regards to numbers. Joining in on the festivities was a group of low-slung Mini-trucks parked out on the now closed off street section. It all added to the overall atmosphere. Not long after we arrived, the hard-fought Tug-O-War was held. Due to the fact that only two clubs were taking part – the host club and current title holders Fresh Stylz were going head to head with the team from the Socios Car Club. It was straight into the finals and was a best of three situation between the two big clubs. After two big battle, the defending Champions, Fresh Stylz once again scored the bragging rights! A Lowrider show wouldn’t be a Lowrider show without a couple of cars showing off their hydraulic prowess. On the closed off road and in front of a huge gathering of onlookers, two purpose built Hoppers put on a great display. Both cars suffered mechanical problems but not before showing the crowds what they were built to do. They sure do take some punishment with chains breaking, metal bending and sparks flying on every leap! Only two cars took part this year but the promise of more to come in 2019 was enough to get everyone cheering…
As you’d expect, the majority of the cars on display were the low-riding favourite, the Chevrolet Impala. I have never seen so many 60-64 Belair’s and Impala’s in one place before. After the trophy presentation was done and dusted, the cars lined up for an escorted cruise around the Central Coast bringing the biggest and baddest Lowrider show on this side of the country to an end. It was smiles all round as everyone departed the coast with lots of memories made. Can’t wait to go back next year where the weather will be sunny and more cars and bikes than ever will be filling the venue to capacity…
Kosta Contis - 1977 CL Valiant Ute Words / Pics - Paul Beck
It seems like an eternity ago when Kosta went searching for a work Ute and instead of driving down to the local dealership and parting with his cash for something every other tradesman has, he went looking for a Valiant Ute, staying true to the brand that has served him well over the years. He managed to track this ’77 CL Ute down in Adelaide, and whilst it looked the goods with its 318-cube small block up from and reasonable body and interior, Kosta soon found out what was lurking beneath the surface of his new work hack. What appeared to be a small amount of rust, which you’d expect from a Ute of that age, turned out to be almost terminal. They more they looked, the more they found. With a larger work truck now handling the business, it was time for the Ute to get a make-over…
Kosta Contis wanted his one-time work Ute to stop people in their tracks. Lime Green Pearl Paint and a Viper driveline will do that! 84
Having previously owned a pair of ’77 CL Chargers, Kosta is familiar with the model and knew this one needed to stand out from the rest. But as is usually the case with building a custom car, they tend to sit around in workshops for a while with not much happening. This build was no different. There were plenty of drama’s and to the point where Kosta is still fixing issues on things that were supposed to have been done right the first time. It gets depressing, so let’s move on to what we see here. After spending time in several shops having the body attended to over many years and having colour added to the reworked panels, Kosta wasn’t entirely happy until the car ended up at the Real Steel Group where the body was finally sorted and the final coats of PPG Keylime colour were laid on. If you placed Kosta’s Ute next to any other CL Ute on the planet, the body modifications become more than obvious. The mini-tubs re more than evident in the one-time load area and share the space with the fuel cell. Move to the now extended cab and you can see the extensions to the roof line and the side pillars. The bonnet scored a scoop and the rear end has had the bumpers and taillights smoothed for a much nicer look. And that paint! Wow! You want impact? Paint it Lime pearl!
If you placed Kosta’s Ute next to any other CL Ute on the planet, the body modifications become more than obvious.
The wheels of choice are American Legend Havoc and measure 20x8 on the front and 22x12 on the rear under those mini-tubs. Styled with a satin finish, the wheels offset the body colour perfectly. As much as the exterior is all about smacking you in the face with impact, the interior is more about the finer details. KAM Motor Trimming handled the interior makeover. The dash, centre console and door trims are one-offs covered in black leather. Dakota Digital supplied the instrument panel which is in good company with Vintage air-con control panel and vents, electric window switches, Pioneer touch-screen head unit and a push start button. The seats are from a Holden coupe and strap you in with a pair of harness belts. As cool as the interior is, there’s still some sorting out and changes to be done before Kosta is 100% happy to be spending time behind the Billet Specialties steering wheel. Right from the offset, there was no way the lowly 318 was going to stay bolted to the mounts. After considering various options, Kosta found the answer whilst looking at one of his kid’s diecast cars that just happened to have a Viper V10 engine fitted. At the same time of this lightbulb moment, Kosta noticed a Dodge Viper in a workshop down the road. After a few vital measurements, Kosta knew he had found what he was looking for.
…whilst it looked the goods with its 318-cube small block up from and reasonable body and interior, Kosta soon found out what was lurking beneath the surface of his new work hack…
Once powering a late-model Viper, the 8.4-litre V10 engine was sourced along with a four-speed auto box from the V10 Dodge Ram. The stock 505ci engine now gets it messages from a Haltec Elite computer and breathes so much easier with a pair of custom headers and dual 3-inch exhaust. The gear selections are made via a B&M shifter. The third member of the driveline trio is the only non-Mopar item â€“ a Ford nineinch diff with 3.5-gears and billet axles. The brakes have been upgraded too and now feature the Wilwood brand on each corner. The build has consumed some 11-years and plenty of the folding stuff but Kosta is far from finished. On the drawing board is some suspension upgrades and a tweaking of the interior. But by far the biggest addition to happen with be supercharging the Viper heart. Whether that be in form of a top mount blower or Procharger is yet to be decided. Whichever way Kosta goes, it will certainly keep that shock therapy happening, especially when that bonnet is lifted!
The stock 505ci engine now gets it messages from a Haltec Elite computer and breathes so much easier with a pair of custom headers and dual 3-inch exhaust.
OWNER: Kosta Contis VEHICLE: 1977 CL Valiant ENGINE: 8.4-litre Dodge Viper V10, Haltech ECU, custom headers, dual 3-inch exhaust. POWER: 400hp at the tyres so far! Stay tuned... TRANS: Dodge Ram 4-speed auto, B&M shifter. DIFF: 9-inch, 3.5-gears, Billet axles WHEELS: 20x8 & 22x12 American Legend Havoc SUSPENSION: Pedders Springs, Heavy-duty torsion bars, relocated leaf springs. BRAKES: Wilwood Discs and Calipers COLOUR: PPG Keylime THANKS TO: Goodyear Auto Group in Fyshwick for the fitting of the driveline, suspension and brake upgrades. KAM Motor Trimming for the custom Interior. Real Steel Group of the most recent body and paint. Gungahlin Auto Group for the fine tuning, detail work and finishing touches to make it reliable and more pleasurable to drive.
BLACK TOP After deciding to take a break from Drag Racing, Joe Condello is looking forward to cruising his 8-sec, 1100hp Model A Coupe on the street.
JOE CONDELLO - 1930 FORD COUPE WORDS / PICS â€“ Paul Beck RACE PIC - Joe Maday
Right from the outset, Joe wanted a quick, tough Hot Rod. Being one of these guys that can do anything with his hands, Joe latched onto the 1930 Model A body and set himself the task of building his dream car at home in the garage. Day after day, night after night, Joe got stuck into fabricating the chassis, working out the suspension for both ends, building the driveline and piecing together the interior. Four years later, Joe got to drive the Coupe from its garage for the first timeâ€Ś The project started as a raw, fibreglass body. Nothing more, nothing less. With a firm plan in place, Joe knew that the coupe was going to cop some serious horsepower which meant the chassis had to be up to the task of dealing with the horsepower as the last amber bulb flashed! Having done plenty of fabrication work before, Joe set about constructing the frame for the coupe body to sit on, ensuring that it was never going to try to turn itself inside out. Lots of strengthening was incorporated into the basic rails to handle the pressures of drag racing and history shows us that he did the job right the first time. Watch the video footage and youâ€™ll see the coupe picks up the passenger side front wheel and carries it through the 60-foot before staying straight for the rest of the run. Pass after pass, it reacts the same way. And we all know consistency win races.
Right from the outset, Joe wanted a quick, tough Hot Rod. Being one of these guys that can do anything with his hands, Joe latched onto the 1930 Model A body and set himself the task of building his dream car at home in the garage.
The chassis was narrowed enough in the rear to handle the 15x12 Weld rims and appropriately sized tyres with the rear end secured by the adjustable four-link. Up front, Joe incorporated a Commodore rack set-up along with the Rod-Tech stainless A-arms. Strange coilovers are mounted to each corner and work well for both racing and cruising. The front wheels are 15x4.5 Weld Magnum. With the body mounted to the new chassis, Joe tied it all together by fabricating a 6-point roll cage into the coupe’s relatively small interior space – as per drag racing rules when you run quicker than a 10-second pass. Confidant that the coupe will dip well under that limit, Joe added a mass of pipe to ensure his safety if anything was to go astray whilst on a run. The interior also features a pair of SAAS seats complete with RCI harness belts, a Hurst Quarter stick shifter and a dash full of AutoMeter gauges to keep Joe informed on everything happening. With everything in place, Daniel at Perspective Motor Trimming covered the seats, door trims and headlining in Black leather. Joe’s brother-in-law Charlie Zammit just happens to be a gun body and paint guy, so there’s no prizes for guessing who handled that area. The benefit of using a brand-new fibreglass body is there is minimal body preparation to do. Charlie gave the body a thorough rub down before shooting a coat or two of Sunset Red over the body and associated panels.
Supplying ample amounts of fuel to the engine is the sole job of the twin 1050cfm Holley Dominator carbs that are mounted high upon the Blower Shop 8/71 supercharger.
Whilst all the work was being lavished on the chassis, body and interior, Joe was slaving away on the driveline. With the machining done at Westend Performance, Joe had all the parts required to build the motor he had always wanted for the coupe. Starting with a prepped 502ci block, Joe added a nitrided Chev crank and Callies Ultra rods along with JE pistons and Speedpro rings. The roller cam and lifter kit is from Crane as is the Fireball ignition system. The Edelbrock alloy heads complete the long engine and lay the foundation for the hero of the engine – the all-important induction. Supplying ample amounts of fuel to the engine is the sole job of the twin 1050cfm Holley Dominator carbs that are mounted high upon the Blower Shop 8/71 supercharger. It makes plenty of power, sounds the part and has looks to die for. What more could you want in an engine? Joe designed and fabricated the complete exhaust system including the headers with 2.25” primaries and 4-inch collectors. Joe added some Flowmaster mufflers to get the noise to a road-friendly level. Making almost 1100hp and around 1025 ft. lbs of torque, there’s no wonder the Coupe has run a best ET of 8.7 over the Sydney Dragway quarter mile.
The 4.11-geared nine-inch diff easily deals with the power that is gets fed through the Al’s Raceglides built JW Powerglide that has been fitted with a bolt-together Neil Chance 5000rpm converter. The combo has proven itself to be ultra-reliable – proof that when you spend money with the right bits straight up, you’ll get the result you need. Although the ’30 Ford has a history of storming down the quarter on a regular basis, Joe has decided to take some time out and enjoy using the Coupe on the street going to different car meets with his mates. And on the NSW south coast, there’s something to go to every weekend, so the Coupe won’t be parked for too long. Like the coupe, Joe won’t be sitting around twiddling his thumbs. He has finally decided to get stuck into the next project – an all-steel ’38 Ford Coupe that he purchased from yours truly many years ago. This will be one tough coupe when it’s done. Add to these the Chev roadster that just joined the family and you can see Joe is going to be busy for a long time – both building and cruising. Let’s get ready to rumble!
OWNER: Joe Condello VEHICLE: 1930 Model A Ford Coupe COLOUR: Sunset Red ENGINE: 502ci big block Chev, 8/71 supercharger, twin 1050 cfm Holley Dominators, Edelbrock alloy heads, Crane roller cam and lifters, JE pistons, Speedpro moly rings, nitrided Chev crank, Clevite bearings, Callies Ultra conrods, Trend pushrods, Mellings oil pump, Product Engineering fuel pump, Crane Fireball ignition, Hi6 coil, MSD Pro-Billet distributor, MSD leads, custom headers, 4-inch dual exhaust, Flowmaster, mufflers. POWER: 1075hp 1025ft lbs torque. TRANS: JW Powerglide, 5000 Neil Chance bolt-together converter, Hurst Quarter-stick. DIFF: 9-inch, Strange Ultra Case, 4.11-gears, 35-spline axles, Romac floaters. WHEELS: Front: 15x4.5 Weld Magnum & 15x12 Weld Draglite SUSPENSION: Strange coil-overs front and rear, Rod Tech stainless steel a-arms, adjustable 4-link rear, Commodore rack assembly. BRAKES: Ford disc and Calipers front, Commodore discs/Nissan Calipers rear. XB Falcon master cylinder. THANKS TO: A big thanks to my family for their support. Charlie Zammit for the paint, Sam @ Westend Performance for the machining of engine components, Al @ Al’s Raceglides for my gearbox and converter needs, Kevin Johnston for all the metal polishing, and my pit crew for always helping out – Rob Dallas, Matt Ciantar, Mark Kearney, Kristin Condello, Zayne Condello, Savanna Condello and my wife, Antoinette. Dennis at Rocket Industries Hot Rod department for providing great advice and service…
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LOCKIES RODS AND ROCKABILLY CAR SHOW, LOCKIES HOTEL, LEPPINGTON NSW Saturday 20th October Words / Pics - Paul Beck
On any given weekend, there’s a number of car shows on around the country. Western Sydney is a massive car hub so when there’s a local pub putting on a Saturday show and shine in their carpark, there’s no better reason for a cruise... Lockie’s Pub in Leppington has been running their show and shine for a number of years and being smack bang in the heart of modified car country, it always managers to attract a big array of entrants. Located on the busy Camden Valley Way means that thousands of cars pass the venue on a daily basis, the perfect opportunity to promote the show. Knowing how busy previous events have become, I managed to get to the show early this time so I could get a parking spot and take in the atmosphere. Rounding the road into the carpark, I could already see a ground swell of activity. It was no surprise to see plenty of cars set up in the show and shine, with more coming in every five minutes or so. From a cool Rat VW Beetle to a couple of blown Hot Rods and the usual Holden and Ford brigades, this show was looking like being a big one. For me, the slammed ‘59 Caddy grabbed my attention. I could see myself cruising to events in something like that down the track.
From a cool Rat VW Beetle to a couple of blown Hot Rods and the usual Holden and Ford brigades, this show was looking like being a big one.
Whilst the show was in full-swing, the Rockhoppers performed on stage providing a backing track for the day ahead. Add to this the Burlesque Show, Pin-Up Competition, trade stalls and kids rides and it all makes for a great family day. All in all, the 2018 Lockies Pub Show and Shine was another success. Plenty of money was raised for the Leukaemia Foundation which is never a bad thing! Enjoy the pics and if youâ€™re out that way this time next year, make sure you pop in for a look, a feed and a drink...
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Dodge took it to Ford and GM by creating the Mother of all Muscle Cars – the Challenger SRT Demon. Why? Because they can… 106
Dodge makes no apologies for building the ultimate street and strip production car of all time. It’s list of features and performance accolades are second to none – and that not only applies to Ford and GM, but also its European counterparts. There’s not another production car in the world that can match the Demon’s brag list. It would have been easy for Dodge to ride off the Hellcats coattails and just added more horsepower to the Hellcat and rebadged it the Demon, but that’s not how Dodge do things. With a rich history in performance cars, in particular Drag Racing, the Dodge suit wearers knew the Demon had to be special. Very special. The main focus on the Demon was power and weight. Adding some and reducing the other. Overall, the Demon is 200lbs lighter than the Hellcat. It has lightweight alloy wheels, no back seat or passenger seat (though these can be added for just $1 each!) and anything that wasn’t deemed absolutely necessary was removed or replaced with a lighter version. Power wise, there’s been a massive increase from the original 707hp of the Hellcat to a mighty impressive 840hp for the Demon thanks to some clever engineering from the good people at Dodge. I could write half a magazine on what the Demon has to offer mechanically, but I would suggest watching the video links within this feature to get it straight from the head-honcho’s mouth at the vehicle launch. The Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon is built to be an elite performance machine. That’s why it’s powered by a Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® SRT Demon V8 engine and armed with a functional Air-Grabber™ hood scoop and Torque Reserve Launch System.
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Every feature was chosen to optimise drag strip performance. That’s why the Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon is equipped with 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R™ drag radial tires. Make no mistake though, Dodge needed the Demon to be street-legal as well so a lot of thought went into the ECU and its abilities to be able to change from race-track mode to street mode very easily. This also includes the fuel type needed for both. Dodge didn’t take any chances with the Demon. Its fitted with Nitto Drag Radial tyres, the transmission has launch control and a transbrake and the engine features 25 major component upgrades from the Hellcat, including, pistons, rods, supercharger, valve train and fuel injection system. The Demon is the Ultimate Muscle Car! Forget the Porsche 918 – previously named as the monster of all street cars, the Demon does everything better for a fraction of the cost! If there’s a better all-round production vehicle available anywhere in the world, I’d love to see it.
Want to see how a real Car Company launches their most impressive car ever? Check out this Video of the Official Demon launch. The passion in which the CEO speaks about the car and the way they go about every little detail is beyond words. Aboslutely amazing!
The Demon is the Ultimate Muscle Car! Forget the Porsche 918 – previously named as the monster of all street cars, the Demon does everything better for a fraction of the cost!
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