Terrific Toranas

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The Holden Torana is one of the favourite locals of the drag strip, with their short wheelbase but tough looks inspiring plenty of popularity.


At the last event of the Perth Motorplex track championship last season there seemed to be tough Torries everywhere. This photo feature takes a look at some of the crowd favourites coming out of the West.

George Separovich has been a long time runner of the Torana breed. His latest version steps into the AA/AP category, taking the alternative path of a Rootes supercharger. A master of working out how to get a short wheelbased animal down the track, it won’t be long before he is on the pace.

Vince Belladonna debuted his new Supercharged Outlaws Torana towards the end of the season. Well known for his big burnouts in Super Street, Belladonna is slowly learning the ropes and should be driving this Torana into the sixes before long.

Craig Anderson’s BB/G Torana has been struggling to get past some niggling mechanical gremlins, but hey at least the burnouts look tough. 

Speaking of tough burnouts, here is Michael Butler in Super Street. He seems to consider skids far more important than the race itself, though he is a more than capable competitor, having worked his way up from the Junior Dragster ranks where his brother Sam still races, while father Norm has just started racing in Modified.

This Pro Street Outlaw LC Torana belongs to Daniel Mitchell. It makes frequent passes over 200mph and looks very serious doing it.

Michael Palmieri is actually just coming down from a monster wheelstand here. This Super Sedan always pulls up the front wheels.

Kaine Weighell is one of the more successful Torana drivers on this list. He is a Super Sedan champion and has proved virtually unstoppable in DYO racing!

Daniel Ferraro took a win in the last event in Super Sedan, watch out for him next season.

And last on our list is Travis Oberg, who has begun racing this ex-Separovich Torana in Supercharged Outlaws. Already running 6.5 second times, the car has remained just as spectacular.

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