MAN FOR JOB: Craig Dyson, a performance mechanic from the Gold Coast, in Gladstone for the JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series.
MAN FOR JOB: Craig Dyson, a performance mechanic from the Gold Coast, in Gladstone for the JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series. Tom Huntley

Mechanic in hot demand at raceway

WHEN it comes to tuning cars for the drag strip, performance mechanic Craig Dyson is the man to call.

Gladstone revheads John Bogaart and Shawn Mann invited Craig to tune their cars in preparation for the JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series at Benaraby raceway.

"I've come up to tune some cars and to run at the drags on the weekend," he said.

The Gold Coast mechanic started racing at age 16. Now aged 41, cars are a passion that consumes his life.

"I love the challenge to make something do what it's not designed to do," he said.

"Making a car go from 120 horsepower to 600 horsepower."

At the weekend Craig was set to race John's Mazda ute with turbocharged and injected 202 Holden six-cylinder engines.

Craig originally tuned the high-powered vehicle after John built the car himself.

As Craig sat at the starting line, the light lit up and the car leapt into the air, but the $5000 gearbox fell apart.

"It just wasn't up to the job," John said.

"Time to do the repairs and have another go at it."

John and Craig plan to have the car up and going in time for Slamfest in August.



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