Outlaw Radial is home to the wildest new rides at Perth Motorplex, mixing high horsepower engines with street-style tyres to produce exciting racing at every turn.
One of the most anticipated new cars this season was the McClure Family’s ‘Slime Time II’ Holden Torana, powered by a Ford Barra six cylinder. The controversial mix of Holden and Ford stirred the pot on the internet but the end result has been a very quick car giving new driver Connor McClure a rush.
Connor followed his father Al, a drag racing veteran, into the sport and after a stint in Junior Dragsters was complete he got to work with the family to restore the Torana from a rusted shell to a stunning race car.
The team have been coming to grips with what it takes to get a short wheelbase, suspended chassis, radial tyre car down the quarter mile.
“With the radial tyre you have to be more gentle with it off the line, which has been a huge learning curve for us,” Connor said. “We are rigid chassis guys who never really played with four links and stuff. We have put ourselves in at the deep end, especially running a 275, but we have had plenty of help from smart people like Geoff Black at Black Magic and all the radial guys have really been helpful with anything we had questions about.”
The car has now been as quick as 8.49 at 159mph after the team managed to sort out the launch.
“We had a fair bit of trouble with the car smoking the tyres. Geoff walked over to have a chat to us about the car and we told him we were struggling. He gave us some advice and straight away it showed an improvement. He said we were in the ballpark but just needed a little bit here and there, and the car completely changed on the start line.
“We have been slowly bringing the power in. You can feel it through the top end and when you hit the chute it gets your attention.”
Connor anticipates the car finishing in the seven second zone. He and brother Bailey are alternating the seat with Connor playing at the national opens while Bailey gets in for testing and Wednesday nights.
“We think the car has got sub-eight potential. We are creeping up on it and will be happy to keep improving through the year. If it doesn’t run a seven it isn’t going to phase us, we are happy to be out there and having fun.”
Outlaw Radial will be part of the Super Sportsman Showdown II this Saturday at Perth Motorplex, which features $25 entry including pit access! The show begins with qualifying from 11am and the feature program from 5.30pm.