Leading turbo and electronic injection tuner Terry Seng is teaming up with Wild Bunch and Top Doorslammer legend Les Winter to put a new spin on an old classic.
One of the world's most powerful, if not the most powerful, factory block and head LS engines will be calling Winter's former Top Doorslammer 1955 Chev home very shortly.
Les Winter needs no introduction to the more senior members of the Australian drag racing community. He was one of the first Wild Bunch racers in Australia, as well as the owner/driver of the second six second Doorslammer in Australia, after John Zappia. His shoebox car was known as the 'Wild Fridge'.
Seng met Winter in the USA of all places, at Drag Week last year.
“Things just continued from there,” Send said. “We had been chatting about the performance of LS combinations and someone mentioned world records. We believe we have the fastest and quickest factory block and head LS in the world at the minute at 7.37 seconds/187mph over the quarter mile (in his Holden VC Commodore street car). I understand Mike Moran holds the outright factory block LS world record with a 6.866/205.”
Winter, who is currently racing and spending time in the USA, said he had been admiring the performance and power Seng had been making out of the engine and the way he carried himself with professionalism.
“I knew how good it made me feel over my years of racing, when people helped me out with support, and I wanted to give something back and to be able to do it with such a no carry-on, mature-beyond-his-youth guy,” he said. “It was a great opportunity I just couldn't let pass by.”
Winter invited Seng to take a look at the Chev.
“It was such a good looking car and I straight away felt very comfortable,” Seng said. “It fits me perfectly.”
Steve and Jason from Team Bray Racing have helped give the Chev more of a street car look, re-fiberglassing the front and adding the iconic chrome bird.
“I think it would be the only flat bonnet 55 Chev race car I have seen at the drags,” Seng said.
Work is continuing at fever pitch to make the LS feel at home in its new 1955 body and the team look forward to putting on a stellar performance at the track at the 50th Gulf Western Oil Winternationals in June.
- Paramount Performance