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TIP-IN KINGS

THE fourth Sass Automotive Xtreme Powerfest was held at the Driver Education Centre of Australia in Shepparton over the weekend of 23-24 January, and it was a huge success, attracting 309 entrants. The event also raised more than $20K for BeyondBlue. Russell Harris in the LOO5E VL Commodore scored first spot in the big boy’s class, ahead of Mick Brasher (ULEGAL) and Mark Schwirse (BLOWN). Justin McKinnis in the WIK-434 Commodore took out the regular comp. In between the rounds of burnouts, a tip-in comp saw entrants pushing it to the limit. In the end, Sydney’s Danny Younis defeated some red-hot tip-in experts and was crowned Tip-In King in his FUKYEA Capri.

RIP TONY

BATHURST legend Tony Warrener was commemorated at the Bathurst 12 Hour by having a Mount Panorama building named after him. Tony passed away in July 2015 after suffering from multiple cancers, but has been remembered as the leader of the NRMA smash repair team that rebuilt a number of historic Aussie touring cars after they came off second best around Mount Panorama. Among the cars are Dick Johnson’s Greens-Tuf Falcon, Wayne Gardner’s Coca-Cola Commodore and Peter Brock’s Mobil Ford Sierra.

NEXT!

THE April mag is full of goodies. We’ve got a killer XR Falcon streeter, a super-tough street ’n’ strip HZ sedan, a trophy-winning Mustang from Summernats 29 and a très-cool, circuitinspired Mopar. We’ll also take a good look at the paint process for Project Tailspin, check out the Johnny the Boy Lives (Mad Max) event from Clunes in Victoria and groove out at the Bright Rod Run. On sale 24 March, but if you can’t wait that long check out streetmachine.com.au for daily updates.