THE Punisher once lived up to its name, driving Earl McCallum to the edge by breaking down every time he took it to the drags.
But McCallum has turned it from a $1000 piece of scrap into a lean, green fighting machine.
The Punisher, made up of parts from three or four manufacturers, is now so good that it has won despite being the slowest car in the field.
Unsure if The Punisher will be on track for Saturday's Central Queensland Drag Racing Association meet at Benaraby, McCallum has a stable of cars to choose from if the worst happens.
He has two cars in his care locally as well as another couple available in Rockhampton.
"We are pretty lucky. I send my nomination in and sometimes don't put a car on it," he said.
The drag racer has a wealth of experience which means switching cars is not a problem for him.
McCallum's sport has taken him around the country.
"I have raced nearly every track in Australia, not the new Sydney one and Western Australia," he said.
Joining McCallum on track will be the usual competition.
Drivers will battle in numerous brackets tomorrow .
A Nitro Funny Car will also wow crowds as an extra, previewing settings for its return in May.
Round 2 CQDRA
Friday: Off-Street Meet - racing from 6pm
Saturday: Championship - qualifying from 1pm, racing from 6pm