The meanest of the mean battle it out for Tuff Street supremacy

Photographers: Chris Thorogood

TUFF Street is where the wild things are at Summernats, and with Skid Row forming the most appropriate of backdrops, smoke hung low in the sky and the noise of wailing V8s rung out across the Tuff Street precinct like never before.

It was a Holden whitewash come presentation time, with a Toranas and Monaros dominating the trophy list. A pair of nitrous-snorting big-block Toranas claimed first and second in Comp Tuff, with Brad Zammit’s flamed LC coupe edging out Mick Darke’s sinister LX hatch for line honours.

In Street Tuff, Jeff Briffa’s blown HT GTS Monaro finished in third spot, with Rod Waters’ KRANKY HQ sedan in second, and Brett Armstrong’s mind-bendingly perfect silver mink HK Monaro taking both the Engineering Excellence award and the class win.

In Pro Tuff, Mark Siracusa’s ONIT Torana picked up Engineering Excellence, While the car that broke the internet prior to Summernats – Brett Hewerdine’s obscenely tough HG Monaro – finished second to Owen Rice’s stunning FRIED CV8 Monaro, which featured on the cover of our recent Street Machine Commodores magazine.

FRIED also took out 2nd place Overall Tuff Street, while the big gong – Tuff Street Champion – was awarded to Brett Armstrong’s HK. The big-block-powered rocket also spun up a storm in the dyno hall at Summernats, has run into the eights on the quarter, and is beautifully engineered and finished to absolute perfection.

The Blue Oval brigade will need to step up their game at Summernats 33!