ADAM rode shotgun in his mate Nathan Ghosn’s Capri at Drag Challenge 2014 and got a taste for the event, so he was pretty keen to be in the driver’s seat this time around in his tough HQ one-tonner.

“This year I made sure my car was ready, and I’ve learned from this event so that I can improve on my preparation for next year,” he says.

“I had a bit of a mishap at Portland when the car slipped off the jack. It dented the sump to the point that the crank was hitting on it, so I borrowed a welder and a D-shackle, welded it to the sump and pulled the dent out with a strap. Other than that the car ran great.”

The tonner’s 406ci small-block Chev runs 18-degree heads and a Dominator carby and makes about 660hp, backed by a Turbo 400 and nine-inch.

Consistent low-10-second pace was good enough to land Adam in second place in the Outlaw Aspirated class.


Class: Street Machine Outlaw Aspirated


Engine: Chev 406ci Transmission: Turbo 400 Converter: 5800rpm Diff: 4.11:1 Power: 660hp Previous PB: 9.80 @137mph Best Drag Challenge Run: 10.02@132mph


James Barnes