SHEPPARTON madman Harry Haig has been with Street Machine Drag Challenge since the first event, getting it done in a ratty HQ Holden sedan wearing the plates POP666. Under the bonnet is a big block Chev with EFI and a big single turbo. Harry repainted the car in HQ SS colours for last year’s event and dubbed it the Shonky SS in honour of the late Craig Brewer, who was instrumental in helping Harry tame down the HQ’s wild launches.
Instead of bringing a trailer, Harry and the lads brought a tinny with them and indulged in a spot of fishing on the Murray along the way. Despite the hijinks, Harry took out second place in the Outlaw Blown class.
Since then, Harry has been over to the US for his second shot at Hot Rod Drag Week in the Aussie Chevelle. Teaming up with Terry Seng, Harry and his mates plugged a new twin-turbo BBC into his rusty Chevelle in less than a week and then managed to complete Drag Week with an average of 8.95-seconds.
Now, only a couple of months later, he’s taking on Drag Challenge again and the old HQ hasn’t been entirely happy. Sure, Harry is still sitting in third place in Turbosmart Outlaw Blown, but there have been a few obstacles along the way, including a buggered roller lifter at Mildura Sunset Strip today. Harry and his team – with a big help from Robbie Abbott – managed to get the car to the staging lanes with just five minutes left to run a number. The HQ ran a respectable 6.5 to keep Harry in the running in day four, at the new Swan Hill quarter mile strip today.
And remember, you can come and see the last day of racing at Calder Park. Gates open at 2.00pm and racing starts at 4.00pm and finishes at 9.00. See you there!