DRAG CHALLENGE 2016

Street Machine Drag Challenge 2016 is almost here! Here’s all the info you need:

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 is not?

So 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 man 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 this country.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Drag Challenge requires entrants to race five times in five days and drive from drag strip to drag strip in the same car that they race. The cars need to be registered and insured, with working street equipment (horn, blinkers, brake lights, etc), and will need to drive at least 1500km during the week. There are no support vehicles allowed – all the people working on the car need to travel in the race car and any spares and tyres need to be carried either in the race car or in a small trailer towed behind the race car. Five track, five days, 1500km!

WHERE ARE YOU RACING?

This year we will be starting and finishing at Calder Park Raceway, with the other tracks being Heathcote Park Raceway, Sunset Strip in Mildura and Swan Hill Dragway.

WHEN IS IT?

Registration day is Sunday 23 October at Calder Park. Racing is 24-28 October: Monday 24 – Calder Park; Tuesday 25 – Heathcote Park; Wednesday 26 – Mildura; Thursday 27 – Swan Hill; Friday 28 – Calder Park.

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FORD FALCON XR8 SPRINT VS XR6 SPRINT – VIDEO

The last fast Falcons, the XR8 Sprint and XR6 Sprint, face off at Street Machine Drag Challenge

SCREAMING 427-CUBE SMALL-BLOCK TORANA AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Daryl Elliott hadn't even started his 427-cube Chev-powered Holden Torana before Drag Challenge, how do you think he fared?

HARROP-BLOWN 302 FORD XT FAIRMONT AT DRAG CHALLENGE

After Damien Reeves's blown 302 XT Fairmont carked it on day one of Drag Challenge, they got brother Shannon's Fairlane running and finished the...

TURBO LS-POWERED VK COMMODORE AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Oz Nats, Drag Challenge and APSA all in one week! Graeme Horner's turbo LS Holden VK Calais copped a hiding the week of Drag Challenge

TWIN-TURBO 363CI SMALL-BLOCK FORD XP COUPE AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Tim Rhone took his twin-turbo XP coupe into the nines during Drag Challenge 2016

BARN-FIND HOLDEN HQ ONE-TONNER AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Eight weeks before Drag Challenge, this Holden HQ one-tonner was dragged out of a chook shed and turned into a 12-second sleeper

10-SECOND 440ci WINDSOR-POWERED FORD XR FALCON AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Finished the day before Drag Challenge, George Haddad's 440-cube 10-second XR Falcon was an instant Drag Challenge hero

EIGHT-SECOND TURBO CLEVELAND MUSTANG

On Day One of Drag Challenge, Vince Stigliano managed to run eights in his 843rwhp, turbo Clevo-powered Mustang fastback. But then disaster struck

50PSI 2JZ-POWERED TOYOTA LEXCEN AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Chris Veleski is keeping it in the family with his 1150rwhp 8-second 2JZ-powered Toyota Lexcen

BIG-BLOCK CHRYSLER-POWERED DODGE CHALLENGER AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Jon Mitchell's Dodge Challenger takes on its third Drag Challenge, running faster than ever

ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE HOLDEN ADVENTRA WAGON RUNS 11S AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Mark Busscher battled a rather-too-conscientious traction-control system in his AWD Holden Adventra at Drag Challenge

DRAG CHALLENGE RADIAL ASPIRATED-WINNING 450CI FORD CAPRI

Alon Vella's crazy Windsor-powered Ford Capri took out the Earl's Radial Aspirated class win at Drag Challenge 2016

EIGHT-SECOND BLOWN LS3-POWERED VH COMMODORE AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Todd Foley's VH Commodore ran an eight on its first full pass with its new Magnuson blown LS3 motor

1000RWHP TURBO LQ9-POWERED HQ HOLDEN FARM UTE AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Rodney Browitt breaks into the eight-second zone at Street Machine Drag Challenge

TWIN-TURBO L98 LC TORANA AT DRAG CHALLENGE

Luck didn’t smile on Adam Styles at Drag Challenge this year, but he still had a blast all week in his 1400hp Torana