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FEATURE: What took Rick Chilton so long to run a six?

Half a dozen years ago, Canberra’s Rick Chilton had new Bob Book engine power. In qualifying for the 2013 Winternationals he went from the outhouse to the penthouse after dropping a 7.001 at 195.59mph. The personal goal of the team’s first six second pass seemed tantalisingly close.

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FEATURE: Fox’s supercharged Valiant ute – on radials!

Brad ‘Fox’ Cullen might not be a Mopar fan himself, but he certainly has the attention of the faithful. When the Pro Radial Valiant VC ute rolled out last year at Sydney Dragway looking like a mix of 90s Wild Bunch, Australian muscle and Pro Street, all Mopar eyes were on him. But he admits that he isn’t a lifelong member of the cult.

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FEATURE: The flat pack doorslammer

Swedish furniture giant Ikea is famous for its flat packed furniture, using inspired design to create stylish household items that you can build yourself, often with just their famed allen key. There is a drag racing version of this.

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FEATURE: Phil Penny’s turbo 2JZ-powered Honda S600

Two words can summarise Phil Penny’s Honda S600 – genre-defying. The body shouts nostalgia, but the turbo poking out of the bonnet argues an outlaw of some description. Between the chassis rails the Toyota 2JZ motor is all sport compact, but on the tyres it’s a 10.5. The conflict is just how Penny likes it.

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