Drag-racing truck outing after ground-up revamp

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Motoring mad... Tony Richardson with his 1947 Ford Jail Bar at the Thunder Sunday Drag Race at the Alexandra Blossom Festival of 2015, before the truck was revamped. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

Mataura’s Tony Richardson is looking forward to getting the wheels turning at Motoring Mad next week.

As well as organising the Mataura Scouts fundraiser, he is also participating with a vehicle of his own, a 1946 Ford Jailbar.

“I will have my truck there on Friday night,” Mr Richardson said.

“A lot of people have been waiting to see it. It’s been off the road for five years, it’s had a total rebuild.

The truck was not a new sight at Motoring Mad, which he had been organising for 10 years.

However, when this year’s event kicked of with a cruise in Gore’s main street, the results of an extensive rebuild would be visible for the first time.

“It was down here last year but it wasn’t going, it wasn’t running then.”

He and his son had undertaken the mission to revamp the truck together.

“Four years ago, we decided to do a freshen up of the motor and it got out of hand.

“It’s a completely different truck altogether.”

“I think we used only the heads of the original motor, everything else was new.”

The new engine was both very large and very powerful.

“It’s now a triple five big block Chev, twin-turbo, fuel-injected.

“At the moment it’s just over 1100 brake horsepower, it’s about 950 [horsepower] at the wheels.

“We rebuilt the chassis from the cab back to accommodate the new back end that we’d put in it.

The vehicle was used for drag racing.

“It’s done one run at the track.”

However much it had been modified it was also street-legal.

“It’s good to have it going again, it’s a lot of fun.”