RED ROCKET: Greg Emberley’s 1966 Dodge Coronet is the poster car for Mopar Sunday at Willowbank Raceway.
RED ROCKET: Greg Emberley’s 1966 Dodge Coronet is the poster car for Mopar Sunday at Willowbank Raceway. Dragphotoscomau

Chrysler family set for Mopar Sunday

WILLOWBANK Raceway will host Chrysler heaven on Sunday in the form of the annual running of Mopar Sunday.

More than 120 modern and classic, street and drag cars from the Chrysler family tree (Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Plymouth, Valiant, Charger) will take to the track in the largest event of its kind in Australia.

It includes a day of racing, the Surf City Garage Show and Shine, a Chrysler Cruise, Mopar Marketplace and Swap Meet, dyno shootouts, displays, trade stands and more.

Also on show will be local Top Fuel star Steve 'The Pom' Read, who will perform several passes in his 8000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster, capable of travelling the track in five seconds at more than 480 kph.

Amongst the Mopar line-up will be a number of Chrysler machines, with Greg Emberley's 1966 Dodge Coronet standing apart in the pack.

"There are not a lot of old Chryslers that are raced in Australia anymore I think," the 38-year-old fridge mechanic said.

"In the United States it is really big, but here that is not the case.

"Because the Dodge is big and square - and doesn't look like it should go as fast as it does - it really does stand out, and that is something I am happy about."

Emberley and his striking turbo-charged Coronet came onto the scene three years ago.

He purchased the car as a rolling chassis (with no engine or gearbox) two years earlier.

This weekend will mark the third Mopar Sunday for the racer, notwithstanding the July attempt this year where the event was unfortunately rained out - spectator tickets purchased for that event will be honoured for entry on Sunday.

"The first time we came to Mopar Sunday, the car had only been going for about three months and I was still very much learning as I had just got my licence. But it all went well and the car ran its first nine-second pass," Emberley said.

"By the time we got to the 2014 event we had learnt a lot and progressed to have the car and the set-up fairly sorted, which showed when the car dropped a full second from its ET to run an eight second 'flat' pass. This year, we are hoping to run our first Mopar Sunday seven second pass.

"In testing late last year, it went as quick as 7.5 seconds, but we put a new engine in at the start of this year and since then it has only gone to 7.86 seconds. We have been working hard to get back on top of it and we are not too far away now.

"The car is definitely capable of it, we just have to make it happen on the day and that is where it is not always as easily said as done."



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