IN THE face of searing temperatures and only a couple of days after New Year’s hangovers had subsided, more than 2000 cars and over 107,000 people turned up to party at Street Machine Summernats 32, in what turned out to be a watershed year for the festival.
The event kicked off with a record 400 cars rolling through the centre of Canberra on the City Cruise, before heading back to Exhibition Park and watching the new Skid Row lane fire up for the first time.
One of the most highly anticipated Summernats additions, Skid Row was a definite hit that allowed entrants to drop sets on Tuff Street without getting their sticker peeled. The punters loved the skids, security loved the fact the cruise route was back to cars cruising, and entrants were stoked they didn’t have people spilling onto the road pawing their cars. However, it wasn’t an easy task getting Skid Row off the ground.
“Skid Row was about us giving entrants and spectators what they wanted, says Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez. “We had to bring the life back to the ’Nats, and we wanted to repay the faith shown in us by the entrants and fans who came back even though they were a bit disappointed with 31.
“Skid Row took a lot of pressure off the rest of the cruise route and reduced the aggro between entrants and guards.
It signalled a subtle but defined shift in the atmosphere at Summernats, as spectators and entrants alike heaped praise on the additions to the line-up. Some of these included the Just Cuts Mullet Competition, drifting demos, the Turbo versus Blower Challenge in the Dyno Cell, and more.
“We worked hard to bring in new elements like Skid Row and drifting, Andy says. “There was as much paperwork-shredding as tyre-shredding to get government and police on-side, but once the skids started, we knew the hard work had been worth it.”
The Street Machine Summernats 32 Grand Champion is Rick Werner and his 1932 Ford pick-up. It’ a ripper win for the bloke who had a crack at Summernats’ ultimate award last year but had his chance messed up by a loose distributor that stalled his engine during the driving events.
This year’ win came as a bit of a shock and a great source of pride to the Gold Coast-based rodder, who built his hot rod around a fibreglass body, hand-built chassis and blown 383ci Chev small-block.
He spent the past 12 months putting 7000km on the clock to eradicate any potential issues before having a go at Grand Champ again, this time coming out on top.
AUSTRALIA has reclaimed its rightful title as the burnout masters of the world, putting 126 cars on the pad at Street Machine Summernats 32 to reclaim the Guinness World Record for Largest Simultaneous Burnout.
Last year the Saudi Arabians took the record from us with a simultaneous skid featuring 119 cars. Naturally, proud Aussie street machiners weren’ about to cop that, and at midday on Friday 4 January, nearly 130 Summernats entrants officially reclaimed the title.
Street Machine deputy editor Scotty Taylor got a lastminute call-up in the Turbo Taxi to take part, but he had to borrow’ concrete barrier when the Falcon wouldn’ hold on the footbrake.
MICK Sapienza’ Monaro is Summernats 32’ Street Champion, which is fitting given he cruises it around the NSW South Coast with his wife Kristy and kids Olivia and Luke. Ex-mechanic Mick did most of the work himself in the shed at home, beginning with a tatty HQ Monaro he bought in Canberra 15 years ago. Mick repowered it with a mild 350 Chev, Muncie four-speed, Salisbury rear end and a set of Wilwood brakes behind 17- and 18-inch Foose Legend wheels. While Mick’ Munro is a Summernats first-timer, the 15,000km of street cruising since it was built was a nice foundation for a worthy win.
THE first-ever Just Cuts Mullet Comp saw 40 contenders take to the Nats Main Stage to battle their Tasmanian Waterfalls. The Junior Mullet trophy (for under-16s) was won by Soren ‘Pup’ Zenke from Byford, WA, while Adam Bezzina from Blacktown, NSW took home the trophy for Super Majestic Longest Mullet with a gorgeous pelt he has been cultivating for six-and-a-half years. The Mr Mullet trophy was awarded to James Barraclough from Griffith, NSW, while the Game Changer trophy for most original/impressive mullet went to Darren Gallaher from Yass, NSW. The four trophy winners then faced off for the Grand Mullet award, judged by who got the loudest cheer from the crowd. Little ‘Pup’ Zenke, just shy of his second birthday, took out the belt and the $1000 cash prize.
On the burnout pad, 126 Aussies re-took the Guinness World Record for the most number of cars doing a simultaneous burnout, including our own Turbo Taxi, while other punters retired to the expanded Cougar Cave bar to beat the heat. Boasting seven tonnes of ice-cold Cougar & Dry cans, misting fans to take the sting out of the heat, games machines, and a killer view of Tuff Street and the oval, it was something of an oasis.
The MPW Performance Dyno Cell was packed all weekend as the twin-turbo Castle Hill Performance VT Commodore faced off against the ACDelco Pro Slammer in a battle over which makes the most power: blowers or turbos. In the end we saw power records shattered as the CHP VT cracked 3076hp at the hubs. Meanwhile, Brenden ‘Bubba’ Medlyn’s VH Commodore went 2483hp to reset the Haltech Horsepower Heroes record, too!
In the Elite Hall, a record 17 brand new show cars were unveiled at ’Nats 32, with the quality and innovation in the rides on display hitting impressive levels. For the first time there was even a father/son unveil, as Rob and Cooper Zahabi whipped the covers off their Rides By Kam 1970 Dodge Challenger, HAVOC, and 1970 Chevy Nova, INFERNO.
While some online commentators questioned the future of Summernats after the the right 2018 path. event, s the calmer, more mature 32nd ’Nats proved the event is on
WITH HORROR-movie murals laid over its black flanks and distinctive 1960s Mercedes and LC Torana lights, Pat Fay’ Humpy Mekka hearse-themed FJ Holden panel van is instantly recognisable as an icon of 1970s vanning and street machining. Pat and the FJ were regulars at early Summernats and, as well as being an entrant, Pat sold oldschool speed equipment. Pat passed away in 2013, before the van could be returned to its former glory, but thanks to an idea from multiple Grand Champion Peter Fitzpatrick, this iconic Aussie panel van is to be restored by trade students at the Canberra Institute of Technology.
ONE of the most impressive cars at Nats 32 was the thongslapper-powered HJ Holden station wagon that Aiden Stampalia, Jamie Cato and Anthony ‘Pagey’ Page dug out of a field in West Oz, spent a week building, and then drove 3500km across the country with five on board. With bodywork by the infamous Ferric Oxide, the $2000 wagon made it all the way to Wagga Wagga, NSW, before being defected off the road. Thankfully the crew were able to borrow a car trailer to get to the Nats, though they weren’ sure how they were going to make it the 3500km home to Western Australia!
THE quality of the field in the Elite Top 60 Hall at Street Machine Summernats 32 was the strongest in recent memory. Punctuated by a record 17 brandspanking-new unveil cars, there was plenty of fresh metal to admire. While a few standout performers claimed many of the awards, every single car in the hall was worthy of its spot, and there was something to suit all tastes.
Robert Zahabi’s freshly unveiled ’70 Dodge Challenger was the star attraction, unveiled to an adoring public on Friday evening as part of the Great Meguiar’s Uncover, and romping it home at the presentation. It scored runner-up trophies in Top Undercarriage/Driveline, Top Engine Bay and Top Interior, and wins in Top Pro Touring, Top Bodywork and Artistic Expression, not to mention the all-important Master Craftsman award (also known as the John Taverna Sr Memorial Award), a Top 10 berth, and the big one – Top Judged Elite.
David Xuereb’s Cortina looked every bit as fine as it did on debut last year, and took wins in Top Undercarriage/ Driveline, Top Engine Bay, Top Interior, Top Standard Paint, Top Sedan and a spot in the Top 10 – a big haul in anyone’s language.
Another key accolade in show car circles is People’s Choice, and this year Dean Wilson’s ’37 Plymouth coupe was found to be the most popular car with the punters. Beautifully finished in Wild Cherry paint and dedicated to the memory of his late father, Dean’s coupe was also a Top 10 finisher and picked up 3rd Top Engine Bay, Top Special Effects Paint, Outstanding Engineered Hot Rod and Top Closed Hot Rod.
ABOVE: Michael Brown’ latest AMC Hornet was originally intended to be a skid car, but it turned out too nice. With 1680hp on 22psi from the 14/71 Hampton-blown, forged LSX454 in front, it’ have no problems smashing the 33x16x15in rear slicks, though Michael no longer wants to risk sending the beautiful candy red paint for a date with concrete blocks. Given it now sports wheelie bars and a parachute, we’ hopefully see it at the strip soon!
1: Over a decade on the burnout pads of Australia took its toll on Ross Heasley’ MRBADQ Monaro. On top of a fresh black leather interior, the HQ now sports colourchanging Didspade SuperShift metallic paint
2: Not bad for a first car! Cooper Zahabi unveiled his 1970 Chevy Nova, which he started building three years ago at the age of 15. The Nova is powered by a 468ci bigblock and backed by a six-speed manual, with luscious Sunrise Pearl paint covering the smooth shell
MAIN: Joe Panzarino’ 57 Chev sport coupe started life as a brand-new steel body from Real Deal Steel in the USA, now equipped with an 800hp, EFI 400ci Chev packing a 6/71 blower. Deleting the quarter windows and bonnet rockets has cleaned up the lines, while mini-tubs in the rear swallow huge 20x16in Boyd Coddington billet wheels
3: Ten years in the build, Zoran Krstevski’ THE XE Falcon is a tribute to his late father. With a nitrous-huffing 393ci Clevo under the bonnet, the super-clean XE will also be able to take names once it hits the drag strip
1: Built by Steve Alldrick and the team at Deluxe Rod Shop, Mike King’ epic XM Futura coupe hid its many modifications well, though the 363ci Windsor V8, Tremec six-speed manual, tube IFS and four-link mean it isn’ just a pretty face
2: You couldn’ miss Glenn Starr’ 74 Torana thanks to the eyebashing Dupont Papaya paint. Under the bonnet is a 308ci iron lion out to 333ci with twin 450cfm carbs on a tunnel ram
3: Craig McKenzie brought Ditch Jones’ old HR ute to Summernats 32, 12 years after it was unveiled in this two-tone blown guise. The 4/71-boosted red six and quality of the metalwork from Drago Ostric and Sefton Concept Vehicles has stood the test of time, allowing the ute to once again place in the Top 10
4: Rob Zahabi’ 1970 Dodge Challenger, Havoc, runs a crankdriven F3 ProCharger and 572ci Hemi, but there isn’ a piece of original Mopar E-body left, as Rob built the car to suit US showjudging criteria
5: Dean Wilson’ dad Errol started building this 37 Plymouth street rod, but Dean took over after Errol passed away in 2009. Dean pulled it out of the shed in 2015 and set about building it as a stout street rod, packing a 947hp big-block Chev and a custom chassis
6: David Xuereb’ Cortina was back in the Elite Hall and Top 10 at Summernats 32. The homebuilt masterpiece continues to wow punters a year after it scooped People’ Choice at Summernats 31
7: Hot rod legend Chris Palazzo had the former SMOTY-winning LeBrese XC Falcon in the Top 10, with the wild left-hook coupe scoring Outstanding Engineered Pro Tourer
8: Following a crash, CAD Customs in Melbourne gave Tony Wilson’ 32 Ford CHOODA’ fresh look in Charley Hutton Kona Brown, with the McGee-injected 383ci Chev painted in contrasting PPG Madison Gold
9: Jack Zee’ 38 Fordson van is almost completely handmade by his Johnny Z’ Hot Rod & Custom Shop crew. Under the bonnet, an 8/71-blown 383ci Chev puts the hot to this rod
’64 FORD FACON COUPE
’67 HOLDEN HR UTE Top Pro Street
’78 FORD XC FALCON COUPE
3rd Top Bodywork
Outstanding Engineered Pro Touring
’74 HOLDEN TORANA SEDAN
2nd Top Standard Paint
2nd Top Sedan
’32 FORD PICKUP
’37 PLYMOUTH COUPE
3rd Top Engine Bay
Top Special Effects Paint
Outstanding Engineered Hot Rod
Top Closed Hot Rod
’32 FORD MODEL B TUDOR
3rd Top Undercarriage/ Driveline
3rd Top Interior
2nd Top Closed Hot Rod
’73 FORD CORTINA SEDAN
Top Engine Bay
Top Standard Paint
’70 DODGE CHALLENGER COUPE
2nd Top Undercarriage/ Driveline
2nd Top Engine Bay
2nd Top Interior
Top Pro Touring
Top Judged Elite
’38 FORD FORDSON VAN
2nd Top Bodywork
Top Custom Interior (Fabrication)
2nd Top Special Effects Paint
Top Custom (Mild/Wild)
Top Open Hot Rod
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 rang out across the Tuff Street precinct like never before.
It was a Holden whitewash come presentation time, with 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 HT Monaro – finished second to Owen Rice’s stunning FRIED CV8 Monaro.
FRIED also took out second in 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!
2: Pleasingly, Jeff Briffa’ gorgeous HT GTS was one of many first-generation Monaros dotted along Tuff Street. Summernats 32 was first time out for the blown small block-powered stunner, and it claimed third place in Street Tuff
3: Back on Aussie soil after a whirlwind tour banging tyres in the USA, Rod Waters’ 1400hp KRANKY HQ sedan continued its winning ways with another Tuff Street trophy for the cabinet
4: Owen Rice’ blown small-block powered CV8 is a masterclass in modern muscle. With 1200hp on tap, brighterthan-bright PPG paint, 20x12in billets and a superb engine bay, the car is textbook Tuff Street fare
BURNOUT CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
ALTHOUGH the Burnout Masters are regarded as the best of the best, there is nothing ordinary about the ‘regular’ Summernats Burnout Championship. For Summernats 32 every competitor in the comp beat on their car like it owed them money, and a huge field of tyre-fryers gave the crowd plenty of bang for their buck.
After losing his original 3FIVE5 VK Calais to fire last year, Jono Kelly had the Summernats 32 burnout pad going off like a frog in a sock with a VK Blue Meanie tribute built in just eight months. Turning to almost 10,000rpm, the new VK boiled the hides with an amazing soundtrack courtesy of a 358ci dry-sumped Dodge NASCAR engine under the bonnet.
Robert Cottrell’s blown, LS-powered XD Falcon 4DH8RS ended up collecting the walls of the burnout pad hard on Sunday. A busted steering shaft was apparently the cause of the car going nose-in to the concrete at Mach 3, doing huge damage to the sedan.
Once the smoke finally cleared on Sunday arvo, it was Mick Hamon’s hard-charging blown, injected 2011 VE Commodore, WIDE OPEN, that won the title of Burnout Champion for 2019. Behind the blue HSV was Dapto’s Nik Fraser, who scored second place in his infamous MELTEM ’79 Corolla sedan, with Jaspers Brush local Alex Hirst spinning his Holden ute BAD HT to third place.
Other winners included Shawn Johnson for Best Four-Cylinder Burnout in his Datsun 1600; Mark Ansaldi, who took home Best Six-Cylinder Burnout in his Ford XG ute; and Brad Scroop, who won the Encouragement Award for his efforts in his ’93 VR Commodore ute, FROFFIN.
3: Shawn Johnson from Oakville, New South Wales took out the top skid by a four-cylinder in his little SR20-powered Datsun 1600
4: Mark Yardy had a rough weekend, smacking the wall three times in the legendary YUMMY blown Holden ute
5: Neither a Commodore nor a Falcon, Matthew Clavell’ Chrysler 300C was something special for Mopar fans at Summernats! And it is Mopar-powered too, with a little 5.7L Hemi hiding under that massive blower and hat combo
6: Shannon Heraud’ oh-so-rad TUF253 Escort adorned the cover of our August 2018 issue. At Summernats 32 he took SM’ own Dave Carey for a thrash on the pad
Belching multicoloured smoke from the hides all weekend, the throttle blades on Mick Hamon’ VE were definitely WIDE OPEN in the Sunday finals. He was fortunate to survive a big fire during his Last Chance Wildcard burnout in the blown and injected LS-powered brute
BRAD SCROOP 1993 HOLDEN COMMODORE UTE
SHAWN JOHNSON 1979 DATSUN 1600
MARK ANSALDI 1993 FORD XG UTE
ALEX HIRST 1969 HOLDEN HT UTE
NIK FRASER 1979 TOYOTA COROLLA
MICK HAMON 2011 HOLDEN VE COMMODORE
On Thursday, burnout weapons battled in the Last Chance Wildcard Shootout in near 40-degree heat, hoping to snare one of the remaining spots in the Burnout Masters. The five cars making it through to Saturday’s qualifiers were Marc Waddington in the WARBIRD XP, Jay Chun Tie’s TINYTOW Suzuki Carry, Matt Lunney in FLIRT, Danny Smith in SOLID and Karl Haining in the FATLX Torana
2: Jake gave the Mustang a small birthday before the Nats. “We put bigger diff gears in and some new RHS heads on the 302 Windsor, plus I wrapped it in new 3M vinyl wrap,” he says. “We put a 9000rpm chip in it for Sunday”
3: Last year’ winner and runner-up Matt James didn’ make the cut this year after throwing some serious flames in his 1300rwhp blown 480ci big-block VF Commodore ute
1. JAKE MYERS – S1CKO 1966 FORD MUSTANG COUPE
2. TIM BROWN – CEMBLO 1985 HOLDEN VK CALAIS SEDAN
3. RICK FULLER – LSONE 1985 HOLDEN VK COMMODORE SEDAN
4. STEVEN EDSALL – SKDUTE 1977 FORD XC FALCON UTE
5. TOM BELTRAME – INFERNO 1978 TOYOTA FJ40 LANDCRUISER
6. PHIL KERJEAN – TUFFST 1980 HOLDEN COMMODORE WAGON
7. ANDREW POOL – IBLOWN 1979 HOLDEN VB COMMODORE SEDAN
8. GRAHAME ROWE – GAMBLE 1983 FORD XE FALCON PANEL VAN
9. RICK FULLER – FULL ON 2012 HOLDEN VF COMMODORE UTE
10. FRED WATSON – FEAR 2006 HOLDEN GTO COUPE
4: The Castlemaine Rod Shop’ WARBIRD Falcon didn’ have a great time in the Saturday qualifiers, as the transmission locked up and destroyed the engine in the process, putting the Waddingtons well and truly out of the competition
5: Rick Fuller’ yellow LSONE VK was on-song in the finals, revving hard to take third spot for the second year in a row, this time behind Tim Brown’ CEMBLO VK Calais
6: Kiwi Robert Toheriri and the AGROXB Falcon were knocked out of contention thanks to a huge flame show that engulfed the rear end of his choice-as XB coupe
The finals of the Masters on Sunday included heavy hitters like Steve Edsall’ SKDUTE Falcon, Fred Watson in FEAR, Rick Fuller’ LSONE VK and FULL ON VF ute, Thomas Beltrame’ INFERNO Land Cruiser, Grahame Rowe’ GAMBLE, Tim Brown’ CEMBLO, Jake Myers in S1CKO, Andrew Pool’ purple IBLOWN Commodore (pictured) and Phil Kerjean in TUFFST
THE Summernats 32 Burnout Masters title was a knock-’em-down, drag-’em-out affair that saw the Myers family reach a new level as a genuine dynasty in the Aussie burnout scene.
Jake Myers, the son of Summernats icon Gary, took home the cherries this year, winning the Burnout Masters competition in emphatic style in his blown Windsor-powered ’66 Mustang – the same car Gary used to build the Myers burnout legend. Jake already has numerous burnout competition wins to his name, but this was his first Masters win – the perfect way to kick off his 2019.
“This is what I’ve been trying to get for four years now, Jake said. “Dad has won the Masters twice now, and I’ve been trying for four years. I had a bit of a plan going into the weekend; I played it safe on Saturday knowing everyone was going to be going pretty crazy. just wanted to get into the finals, where I could go hard.
“I want to thank all my sponsors, my dad for building one of the strongest Windsors I’ve ever seen, and my mum and my partner Amy for their constant support. My mum and dad have always supported me no matter what.
Tim Brown in the CEMBLO VK Calais took out second place, with Rick Fuller’s LSONE VK in third after his new FULL ON VF Holden ute coughed and spluttered on the startline, forcing him to slowly roll out onto the pad before throwing the green machine into a cloud of dying tyres with a ruthless neutral drop.
The Masters top 10 shootout wasn’t without its troubles for Fred Watson in the FEAR Monaro, either. His run ended prematurely, with the car having to be flat-towed off the pad.
NOT only did we see power records obliterated in the Haltech Horsepower Heroes competition, but the MPW Performance Dyno Cell saw more big-horsepower street cars than ever before. This came partly because of a change from the traditional roller (chassis) dyno to a Mainline hub dyno, bringing out a bunch of killer big-power rides.
More than a dozen cars made over 1000hp at the hubs over the three days that Adam Rogash and the MPW boys were running the show, with over 1300hp required just to qualify for the finals of the Forced Induction Eight-Cylinder class!
At the other end of the scale was Christine Marimon’s KE55 Corolla. After the only other challenger in the NA Four-Cylinder class didn’t turn up on Sunday for the finals, two pulls and 49.7hp at the hubs were all that was required for Christine to take home the tinware.
Scott Forrester’s ARROW Gemini is a Horsepower Heroes legend, having made over 800hp at the treads in years past. However, a mystery engine miss forced Scott to run the car on pump 98RON fuel and just 15psi, well down from the 45psi on methanol. The 279hp result was enough to take the win in Forced Induction Four-Cylinder, as he was the only blown four-banger to turn up on Sunday.
Tony Spasenoski has won a swag of NA Six-Cylinder trophies at Horsepower Heroes over the years, but he was at Summernats 32 with a new build. His ’72 VH Town & Country ute rocks a 265ci Hemi six running a billet crank punching 285ci, making a best pass of 451hp on Saturday. The open diff held him to 381hp in the finals on Sunday, but it was enough to take out the aspirated six-banger class.
Frank Gonzalez from Allsparks brought along his customer’s FG ute to have play on the dyno. With a forged Barra, Haltech plug-and-play ECU and Garrett GTX45 turbo under the bonnet, the E85-swilling brute made 1112hp on 29psi to take out the Forced-Induction Six-Cylinder class.
Brett Armstrong’s PROHK Monaro took on all comers at Tuff Street, then backed it up by belting out the highest power figure for an aspirated eight-cylinder with 962hp at the hubs, taking the class win. The 615in Sunset alloy big-block runs 14.8:1 compression, while the super-tidy coupe has done 8.79@154mph full-weight.
Brenden ‘Bubba’ Medlyn set the internet on fire when his VH Commodore made 2261hp at the hubs on Friday, top-qualifying for the Forced Induction Eight-Cylinder class. The 398ci Torque Power Holden motor runs a pair of 88mm turbos and methanol fuel, and Bubba pushed approximately 50psi into the combo on Sunday to win the class – and Horsepower Heroes overall – with an astounding 2483hp!
1: Tony Spasenoski is well-known for his big-hitting Hemi sixes, and his new combo in this Town & Country ute is a corker. The billet crank pushes cubes out to 285ci, but it still runs a cast-iron head and flattappet cam, with a trio of Webers hanging off the side
2: Brendan Cherry’ VL overcame some cam timing issues to run 1469hp on the Sunday. The twin-turbo big-block needed fresh plugs but was still able to nab second place in the Forced Induction Eight-Cylinder Class
Although he was concerned about sending one of his rods into a low orbit during the finals on Sunday, Bubba still had time to watch a couple of re-runs of The Golden Girls before wearing out his Page Up button pushing boost into his VH’ engine
4: Despite the fibreglass doors and bonnet, Corey Hamilton’ BF ute weighs in at 1723kg (3800lb) but still runs 8.30@169mph thanks to a forged Coyote with a huge Kenne Bell pump on top running 31psi on E85
5: After spending all Saturday night trying to diagnose a miss, Scott Forrester’ ARROW Gemini had to run on pump fuel on Sunday. This limited him to 15psi boost in the Isuzu four-pot, instead of the 45psi he can run on methanol fuel. After two pulls to secure the FI Four-Cylinder class win, Scott switched the car over to methanol to try his luck, but the miss was back and the run was aborted
CHRISTINE MARIMON 49HP
SCOTT FORRESTER 279HP
TONY SPASENOSKI – 381HP
FRANK GONZALEZ – 1112HP
BRETT ARMSTRONG – 962HP
BRENDEN MEDLYN – 2483HP
BLOWER VS TURBO
AN AWESOME addition to the Summernats 32 line-up was the Turbo versus Blower Challenge, pitting the Fabietti Racing ACDelco Monaro Pro Slammer against the Castle Hill Performance twin-turbo VT Commodore of Dale Heiler. Expectations of an awesome show were high, and neither team disappointed through the three rounds over three days.
Maurice Fabietti’s 521ci blown alcohol Noonan-headed Hemi was surely the loudest car to ever run in the ’Nats Dyno Cell, blowing lights around and shaking the dust out of the rafters. However, while the ’Slammer was spectacular, it went down three times to the turbocharged VT, managing 2563hp on Friday, 2823.9hp on Saturday and 2992hp on Sunday.
While it wouldn’t have been able to catch the Pro Slammer on a drag strip, Dale’s methanolfuelled 540ci big-block Chev gapped the blown car when it came to power. It ran 2604hp on Friday, 2824.6hp on Saturday and 3076hp on Sunday – the most power ever recorded on a dyno at Summernats!
“That last run had 54psi in it, but I thought it might have done a little bit more, said Dale after his winning run on Sunday. “It had way too much fuel in it as we’ve never had that much boost in it before.
“This has been the best time, said Maurice. “We’re like a family here and we’ll go home and lick our wounds, but if we get to come back we’ll come back ready to do battle again!” A gracious winner, Dale was also quick to point out one difference between the two cars: “The cool thing about the supercharged car is that is how they would run it down the strip, but my car probably wouldn’t be able to handle this power at the track right now.
“It’s been an awesome time and I hope the crowd enjoyed it; this was a unique opportunity to see a car like the ACDelco ’Slammer running on the dyno, just 15m away from them.
WHILE some online squawkers said it was destined to fail from the beginning, arguably the biggest success of Summernats 32 was the new Skid Row section of the cruise route. This 45m concrete-lined lane allowed burnout-hungry entrants the ability to rip off a skid next to Tuff Street, without security peeling their sticker.
Right from the word go on Thursday afternoon there was a queue of cars waiting to roast a set, although static skids, doughnuts, tip-ins and other wild shenanigans were not allowed. This was a place for punters to have a quick blat with their friends in the car, before rejoining the cruise route for some relaxed lappin’ “It has been awesome, said Skid Row marshal and YouTube celebrity Ben ‘Mechanical Stig’ Neal. “We haven’t had any real problems and everyone has been in a really good mood.
There was a noticeably much more relaxed vibe around the event, as tension between entrants and security over bad behaviour on the cruise route was dispelled. Skid Row had given the spectators and entrants what they wanted, which was an area to have fun with their friends, without the pressure of going onto the actual burnout pad to compete.
Realising that Skid Row has been a genuine hit, the Summernats organisers are already looking to improve the concept, including investigating ways to give more one people down. a look s at the cars as they chuck one down.