One of the standout cars from today's Autofest event in South Australia was this sleek Torana drag car. It's owner, Brett Henley, is a qualified sheet metal worker who built the car from the ground up over a two year period.
It's not common to see drag cars in the show and shine halls, but a close look at this LC Torana reveals its flawless build.
The motor is from an ex sprint car. It's a 372 cubic inch Chevy producing 745hp.
The motor runs on methanol using an old school mechanical injection setup.
The front-end is one-piece fiberglass that is removable. Note the factory steel bumper has been retained, which is a nice touch.
The 15×14-inch rear wheels use a bead lock system to hold the Goodyear 31×14-nch drag slicks.
The Power Glide 5500 stall 'box runs down the center of the interior. Notice the scatter shield to protect the driver.
Although the Torana has obviously been stripped, owner Brett hasn't sacrificed its presentation. Everything is done neatly and logically.
To fit the 31×14" Goodyear drag slicks the rear of the Torana features large alloy tubs, that have been hand rolled. The Torana also features a full chromoly funny car roll cage.
Strange Engineering supply both the front and rear coil overs.
Over the 1/8th mile, the Torana's PB is 5.50 @ 123mph. Toranas are such an iconic car in Australia, and it's rare to see such a pristine example used for drag racing. Brett Henley has certainly done an awesome job of mixing drag racing with such immaculate presentation.