Up for the (drag) challenge

By David Chapman

THE Street Machine Drag Challenge is on again in 2018 and four Echuca revheads will be part of the adventure.

Clive Polidano, Matt Robinson, Chris Oliver and Scott Hore have prepped their own street machines to take part in the high-octane six-day road trip.

About 200 entries have been received from around Australia for the drag challenge which starts at Calder Park on Sunday.

Entrants are required to drive into a town and make a run down a drag strip (in the same vehicle which they drove into town) until they record a time they’re happy with and then move on to the next track more than 200km away.

Last year’s drag challenge started and finished in South Australia but this year’s event is confined to Victorian venues.

From Calder Park, drivers will head to Swan Hill, then to Mildura, back to Swan Hill before returning to Calder for the final event on Friday.

Clive Polidano and Matt Robinson took part in last year’s event and had so much fun they couldn’t wait to sign on again for the 2018 challenge.

Clive will compete in his 1977 HZ Holden Kingswood and Matt is taking his 1970 HT Holden Premier.

Chris Oliver was part of Clive’s support crew in last year’s event and this year is out on his own with his 1968 XT Ford Falcon.

Scott Hore watched from the sidelines last year and was hooked from the get go.

He took part in the drag challenge weekend in Queensland earlier this year and is revving to go for next week’s event in his 1974 HQ Holden.

Each driver will have their own support crews in an event which is more of an opportunity to share motoring stories and knowledge with fellow enthusiasts rather than winning any prizes.

Clive and Matt both said the trip was not about egos with everyone sharing each other’s passion for modified cars and sharing drinks and dinner at each town they stopped at overnight.

‘‘The camaraderie,’’ Clive said is what makes the trip such a fun event.

‘‘If you drove past someone who had broken down, they would either give you the thumbs up which meant they were okay or the thumbs down and you’d pull over and help.’’

Matt said the aim was to finish.

‘‘It is a lot of fun,’’ he said.

A total of 115 cars made the starting line last year but only 90 cars finished.

Entrants are given the route they have to take each day and need photographic evidence of themselves at checkpoints to prove they had taken the right route.

All four Echuca drivers believe their cars are primed as well as they can be for the event.

‘‘They’re as good as they’re going to get,’’ Scott said.

Entrants will gather at the Calder Park raceway in Melbourne on Sunday for scrutineering before racing begins at the venue on Monday.

On Tuesday the action moves to Swan Hill, Wednesday it’s in Mildura, Thursday the cars are back in Swan Hill and Friday is the wind up at Calder.

Racing is from 9am to 3pm each day except for the twilight event on Friday at Calder which runs from 3pm to 9pm.