MUCH like his mate and drag racing adversary John Kerr, Carl ‘Chevy’ Taylor has had a long and colourful relationship with his ride – a 1962 Chev Bel Air – and has done no shortage of kilometres in it travelling to and from events. “I’ve owned it for over 20 years,” he explains. “We did quite well in Super Street and won the 2013 Australian Championship.
We’ve made five national event finals and managed to win three of them.”
The engine is a 409ci W motor stroked out to 476ci and is making around 525hp. With his recent move into Super Sedan, Carl has added a 100hp-shot of spray into the mix and has run as quick as 10.39. In the interest of reliability and longevity Carl was running a more conservative nitrous tune for Drag Challenge, and was making passes in the vicinity of 10.7 seconds.
“I’ve been doing this sort of stuff for a long time, only because I’ve had to,” he says. “I can’t afford a tow vehicle or a trailer and I don’t have anywhere to store it, so it’s a necessity for me to be able to drive it to and from the track.
The event is me to a T; I love this sort of stuff. In 2013 when we won the championship I drove from Sydney to Portland and back. I drive the car to the Winters too, so I’m no stranger to being able to get in the vehicle and drive it copious amounts of miles. It’s a good old thing.”
True to form, Carl’s Chev completed the round trip to Drag Challenge from Sydney without a hitch.
Class: Castlemaine Rod Shop DYO
Engine: Chev 476ci Induction: Nitrous Transmission: Turbo 400 Converter: 4000rpm Diff: 4.11:1 Power: 525hp, 620hp (nitrous) Previous PB: 10.39@127mph Best Drag Challenge Run: 10.74@123mph