Everything you need to know about Street Machine Drag Challenge 2018:

EVERYONE has an opinion on what constitutes a street car, and the quicker the cars get the more intense the argument becomes; how do you decide what’s street and what’s not?

So in 2014 we thought we would take a leaf out of Hot Rod’s book and create our own version of their successful Drag Week, which pits racer and machine against one of the most gruelling road and track tests imaginable – we call it Street Machine Drag Challenge. It’s the toughest test for street cars in the country.

And in 2018 we’re doing two events! On April 13-15, we’re running a three-day Drag Challenge Weekend, with racing at Willowbank Raceway, Warwick Dragway and back to Willowbank Raceway – with around 500km of challenging road course in between. We’ll have online entries open soon.

The main five-day Street Machine Drag Challenge is on again in November. More info on that one to come, but in the meantime, here’s the basics:

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Mark Van Der Togt's Ford XW Futura wins Tuff Mounts Radial Blown - Drag Challenge Weekend

Mark Van Der Togt takes out the win in Tuff Mounts Radial Blown – as well as Drag Challenge Weekend outright in his twin-turbo Ford XW Futura

Robert Fenwick’s LS3-powered VH Commodore at Drag Challenge Weekend

The number plates on Robert Fenwick's VH Commodore might suggest there's a Holden motor under the bonnet, but it's all LS

Pat O’Shea’s wheelstanding XR Fairmont at Drag Challenge Weekend

Pat O'Shea's Ford XR Fairmont blew us away at Drag Challenge 2017 and we were stoked to have it back for Drag Challenge Weekend in Queensland

Terry Seng’s VC Commodore runs quickest and fastest pass at Drag Challenge Weekend - Video

Seng sends it on the first Drag Challenge Weekend

Nitrous 363ci Windsor-powered Cortina at Drag Challenge Weekend

Michael Titmarsh came oh so close to completing Drag Challenge last year in his nitrous-sniffing Windsor-powered Cortina so he had to come back...

Mark Stewart’s 10-second LH Torana at Drag Challenge Weekend

Mark Stewart was living the dream at Drag Challenge, having not laid a spanner on his ten-second Torana all weekend

Jamie Farmer’s ‘Dirty Bird’ Falcon ute is runner-up in Tuff Mounts Radial Blown – Drag Challenge Weekend

The Dirty Bird soared to second overall and in the Radial Blown class at Drag Challenge Weekend

Turbo V8 Datsun Bluebird sleeper at Drag Challenge Weekend

You'd never guess it but Jon Fulton's Datsun Bluebird is a ten-second sleeper, powered by a turbo Toyota 1UZ V8!

Turbo LS VH wagon runs mid-eights at Drag Challenge Weekend

Bed Vlekken's eight-second turbo LS-powered VH Commodore wagon came third place overall at Drag Challenge Weekend

10-second ’68 AMC Javelin at Drag Challenge Weekend

With his big-block Chev-powered LX Torana still in the states, Brian Jensen entered Drag Challenge weekend in his mate's ’68 AMC Javelin

Nine-second Holden-powered LX hatch at Drag Challenge Weekend

Brodie Olsen’s LX Torana hatch was quite possibly the best presented car at Street Machine Drag Challenge Weekend

Turbo LS2-powered 1967 Camaro at Drag Challenge Weekend

’67 Camaro rocks a Pro Mod turbo to run nines at DCW

Pacemaker Radial Aspirated Day Three – Drag Challenge Weekend

All the action from the Pacemaker Radial Aspirated class at Drag Challenge Weekend

Turbo LS1-powered UC Torana at Drag Challenge Weekend

Stock-bottom-end LS1 goes 8.91 in Tuff Mounts Radial Blown

Andrew Valentine’s 10-second HQ Monaro at Drag Challenge Weekend

Andrew Valentine’s HQ Monaro is a genuine GTS that sees plenty of street time and cuts low 10s at the track