When it comes to tough street cars the Illawarra certainly has it's fair share. From insane eights to turbo sixes, fast four-bangers and rippin' rotarys our region's got it all but nestled amongst them are a select few that are on a level of their own.
Machines like Tom Trunzo's wicked LC Torana which mix race car performance with tough-street looks to deliver what many performance enthusiasts would consider to be the ultimate street car.
Featuring a Westend Performance-built tunnel-rammed 400ci Chev, Tom's LC is a force to be reckoned with, whether it's on the street or the track.
Filled with forged internals and other goodies such as a SCAT crank and nitrous grind cam it's a proven recipe that Westend's Sam Fenech guarantees will put a smile on your dial.
Topped with Pro Topline cast iron heads and fed by twin 750cfm Holly carbs the small block produces some serious mumbo and the sound through the dual three inch exhaust system, eargasmic!
On the track the car, as you would expect is a solid performer. First time out with the new setup and the first time Tom himself had ever driven a car of this nature, the pair reeled off an easy 9.85@136 on 275 MT Street Radial Pros.
Switched over into street mode, don't think that the cars is any less impressive. It's metallic teal duco may be showing its age, the cars exterior a bit rough around the edges in some spots if you're really picky but this certainly does nothing at all to lessen the cars appeal as you can see here.
Tom's LC has got the tough-street look down-pat if you ask us with it's perfect stance, fat rubber and twin Holly's poking through the bonnet
On the inside it's all business. Kirkey fixed-backs may not be the most comfortable choice of seat but Tom's not complaining.
Austometer gauges, Sparco wheel and the B&M shifter give the car a racer feel but the otherwise the cars interior is as you would fine in most street cars these days, including the rear seat still being in place.
Having never owned a modified car of this calibre before the whole rebuild process, setting up the car and racing it has been an exciting time for Tom.
Putting in the hard yards over a period of 12 months, seeing the car slowly come together and then finally being able to enjoy it is what drives us enthusiasts to do what we do and it's why there's a smile on Tom's face each and every time he fires the car up.
And to think, the LC wasn't even on his radar when he was looking to purchase a new toy...
Tom is now keen to enjoy the car as much as possible, both on the street and the track with plans to add some gas to the mix to really make things interesting.
So be on the look out for this beast cruising the streets of the Illawarra, it's certainly a sight to see in your rear view!
You can check out more photos of Tom's LC as well as a quick spec-sheet on the cars setup and a list of people involved in the build in the feature car section here.