Mark Harris and his drag car named Wild Willy, a car he worked on for eight months before he could race it.
Mark Harris and his drag car named Wild Willy, a car he worked on for eight months before he could race it. Jake Jones

Wild Willy drag car has plenty of muscle

WILD Willy is the loudest car to hit Benaraby Raceway on a regular basis, and its owner is almost certainly the proudest.

It took Mark Harris nearly eight months to get his drag racing car up and running, and the driver is as proud as punch when it comes to his machine.

Taking a classic look of a 41 Willys Coupe, which is more popular for hot rods, Harris's beast sticks out among the drag racing maze of cars.

Not just for its look, but also the bright orange and black paint job.

"I wanted it all to match, we went with this paint because I own Harbour City Harley-Davidson and it matches the Destroyer colours," Harris said.

Wild Willy has been in Gladstone for about 12 months, and after the initial eight months of piecing it together to get ready to run, it has been getting along fairly smoothly.

The first major competitive run was at the Benaraby Nationals, where Harris won his first race and then left the start line early on the second elimination.

Sitting at 2000 horsepower, Wild Willy has plenty of muscle to offer the driver, when he gets accustomed to being behind the wheel.

"It doesn't matter how much power we throw at it, it can handle it," he said.

"There have been just teething problems, for something making this much power it is good, it is a violent thing.

"It was good to get a win in that first race."

WILD WILLY:

  • 2000 Horsepower
  • 526 Cubic Inch Keith Black Hemi
  • Gearbox - Mikes Monster Glide 2-speed automatic
  • Diff - Strange 9 inch
  • Painted by - Brown and Meyers Gladstone
  • Best 1000ft time - 5.74 seconds at 183mph


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