Power-packing motors rev up

SELF-proclaimed revheads were loud and proud at the weekend’s eighth annual Dyno Day.

Totally Exhausted’s event was staged at the Wodonga Racecourse after outgrowing its business workshop in Thomas Mitchell Drive.

Saturday morning’s early rain scared away some entrants in the dyno challenge and show ‘n’ shine, but organisers were happy with the crowd size.

Ben Arnold, 24, of Albury, was one of the entrants in the dyno challenge, putting his Holden VL Turbo on the dyno machine to test the raw power of the engine.

“It’s all a bit of fun,” he said.

But the car enthusiast said the event wasn’t just for revheads.

“It’s anyone’s sport, really,” he said.

“It’s advertised as a family day and looking around there’s people of all ages.”

Mr Arnold explained he had been working on his car for many years.

“I got this car when I was 17 and I have completely rebuilt the drive-train,” he said.

“I’ve slowly been doing it up over the years and every time it gets better and better results (on the dyno machine).”

Totally Exhausted co-owner Kim Hargraves said entrants in the dyno challenge were down to 30 compared to 66 last year.

“We think the weather has scared them away, some people don’t like to bring their cars out when it’s raining,” she said.

But Mrs Hargraves was expecting crowd numbers to be on par with last year’s 2000.

Jason Stanja, owner of Cartech Australia, ran the dyno machine.

“You look at some of the cars and you don’t expect the power they have,” he said.

“This Holden we are testing now is not a standard car — when you lift the bonnet you can see it has had work done to it.

“Then you look at some and expect power and get nothing.”

Mr Stanja said the cars were being measured in horsepower, with readings recording anywhere between 300 and 700 horsepower.

The event also included a show ‘n’ shine, trade stalls, face-painting and kids activities.

It kicked on into the night with music and a burlesque dance show.

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