Sleek new-generation Pro Stock drag race cars will compete for the first time in Victoria at Calder Park this Saturday (November 20).
The US-built spec-bodied cars will race at the Spring HorsePower Challenge event, which will also see 16 Top Doorslammer competitors from around the country compete in the Australian Eighth-mile (201metres) Doorslammer Championship round.
Known as factory Hot Rods, Pro Stock sees General Motors (Pontiac GTO, GXP and Grand Am), Ford (Mustang and Escort) and Dodge (Stratus and Avenger) models race against each other, covering the quarter-mile in the low seven-second zone at over 190mph.
Taking part in the Pro Stock Spring HorsePower Challenge invitational shootout are Lee Bektash (Dodge Stratus), Ian Brown (Pontiac Grand Am) and Richard Caval (Dodge Avenger) from Melbourne, Anthony Selva (Ford Escort) from Shepparton, Joe Polito (Ford Escort), Andrew Stavroulakis (Dodge Stratus), Jason Grima (Ford Mustang) and Bill Perdakiris (Ford Escort) all from Sydney and Arthur Kolaroff (Pontiac GXP) from Adelaide.
The Pro Stock Spring HorsePower Challenge invitational shootout will see all cars do a qualifying session early Saturday afternoon, then race in a four-round format from 4pm.
Drivers will earn qualifying points and then points from each of the four rounds of racing. Bonus points will also be awarded for the quickest and fastest pass recorded in each round of racing. The driver who has accumulated the most points will be the Pro Stock Spring HorsePower Challenge invitational shootout winner.
The Spring HorsePower Challenge event has attracted 250 entries competing in Supercharged Outlaw, Top Eliminator, Super Eliminator, Super Street, Nostalgia, Pro Street, Modified Street, Pro Radial and Modified Bike. Many new cars will debut at the event.
While the Doorslammers will race over the eighth-mile, all other categories will race over the traditional quarter-mile.
Qualifying for the Spring HorsePower Challenge starts at 8.30am and elimination racing will be from 3pm.
Spectator entry to the event is $40 for all people over 18 years; children 14-17 years, $20; family (2 adults and 2 children), $100; children 14 years and under free.