It’s the great automotive lie detector test. You can claim all the numbers you like, you can throw out any race challenge you want, but if you really want to be the one to lay their big brass ones on the table, you get proof of what you’re packing. There’s a reason why there are dyno challenges at events like LS Fest and Power Tour…it’s the perfect place to send your smack-talking buddy and his 400 horsepower cam-only 2002 Camaro to. If he’s legit, then it’s time to quit making fun of him. If he isn’t, then it’s time for him to quit bitching and either accept reality or start working towards a goal. Dyno runs are badass, and the bigger the number that flashes on the board, the louder the crowd that’s watching gets.
That being said, anyone who was in the building at this year’s Summernats when this went down was guaranteed to have tinnitus, one way or another. Two of the biggest hitters in Australian drag racing, Maurice Fabietti and his Pro Slammer Monaro and Dale Heiler and the Castle Hill Performance radial Commodore, strapped onto hub dynos and proceeded to blast out some big-time four-digit power figures in 100-degree heat and decent elevations. The Monaro is running a 500ci AJPE Hemi with a PSI blower, while the Commodore is sporting a 540 Chevrolet with twin hair dryers front and center. But again: alcohol doorslammer and wild-ass twin-turbo radial car, indoors, laying out the numbers for all to see.
You have no idea how jealous we are of the folks who were there.
(Thanks to Iain Kelly from Street Machine, who shared the information with us!)