A day at the drags....
The 1974 Chrysler by Chrysler 245 Hemi 6 we bought off ebay 2 months ago was about to hit the dragstrip after weeks of solid work cutting out rust and massaging minor dents,then a respray in original colour Star Bronze metallic acrylic, buffed up to a shine!
We had flown to Melbourne then caught a train back up to Albury so my lady could hand over her tax-refund money to buy this rare piece of Aussie Mopar history, she had been craving a Mopar ever since I let her run my '66 slant 6 Valiant down the strip at a club day 6 months previous, she ran a couple of 17 second passes on the day, but I sold the car as it wasn't really up to standard as a keeper.
Since then we had our eyes open for a decent car at the right price.
This car is the result of an ebay gamble, a plane flight, a road trip, and countless hours of hard work.
The payoff was about to happen...
Then the servicing and tuning, getting the brakes up to scratch, upholstery work on a badly sagged drivers seat....fixing up a few years of neglect...she passed inspection and licensed for the road
We were up early to drive out to the track, got there just as it opened.
After forms filled out, money paid, helmet check and numbers put on the windows it was out for her first qualifying pass a [email protected]
next pass a 20.0 then a 19.7
For the last qualifying run I removed the air filter element to get maximum airflow and then as she came up to the burnout water that had previously been driven around, I pointed for her to do a small burnout, which she did.
The car left the line a bit soon pulling a red light
but she kept the pedal to the metal to record a devilishly quick [email protected]
Shortly the first round of the bracket racing commenced with her nominating a time of 19.00 as her dial-in (I thought it a fair bet she wouldn't chop any more than half a second off her best so far)
She lined up against a similar year Chrysler coupe running a 265 Hemi 6 sporting a 4 barrel double pumper carb, he had dialed in at 15.8
My girl cut a .042 reaction and a 3.0 sixty foot and was off for a seemingly leisurely drive down the strip.
3.2 seconds handicap later the white 265 coupe launched in hot pursuit of our bronze 245 4-door.....
He got the win light crossing the finish first and I hot-footed it around to the return road to console her even though she ran her best of [email protected]
I got to the return road as the white coupe came past and then my girl in her star-bronze 4-door Chrysler....she was beaming and waving hysterically...I stuck my thumb out feigning to be hitch-hiking and she picked me up.
As I got in she excitedly told me that the coupe had broke out (ran quicker than his nominated dial in) and therefore she took the win and was through to the next round!
As we waited in the staging lanes for the quicker cars to run through the next round we could see ominous dark clouds closing in fast, then a flash of lightning!
Just as a Top Fuel Hemi powered front engine dragster was about to run a pass it started sprinkling, then heavier...we waited in hope it would blow over but it didn't look good...five minutes later with no reprieve of the rain the event was called off.
We parked back on the grass in the show n shine area, lots of people leaving, we hung around checking out some of the big-hitter Cudas, Challengers, Chargers, Super-Bees, and Coronets.
Animals with blown Hemis and tunnel-rammed dual quad 440's
massive slicks and wild paint jobs. As well as the Aussie variants of Mopar-madness that were there in big numbers hoping to run low numbers.
I replaced our air-filter element, checked the oil and then we headed back home to my workshop.
Another fantastic day!