It's long been known that drag racing, in fact any form of motorsport can be like a drug for enthusiasts. An addiction that is hard to shake and even the thought of going without for any period of time can send a person crazy...
So in early 2010 when local enthusiast and self-confessed drag racing junkie Kon Michaloudakis, head honcho at Wollongong Automotive Services decided it was time to retire his LX Torana hatchback from racing, his mind was already two steps ahead of him, searching for something to take it's place. Enter this tough-as-nails 1970 Ford Capri.
Purchased as a roller, the car was already a proven performer on the track that was ready for the next stage in it's racing career. Before it would see the black though, Kon and his brother Nick thought the car could do with a fresh makeover in the looks department.
Fixing up the bumps and bruises from years of racing and laying down some fresh coats of virgin white, the car took its new form. Adding a tonne of tougness to the exterior, the big reverse cowl gives breathing space for the beast that lurks beneath and the tastefull metalic grey body decals finish off the body just right in our eyes.
Prior to deciding on switching his beloved LX Hatch back into a street car, Kon had built a staunch new 582-cuber heart to power it down the quarter.
Not one to care about the feelings of the blue oval purists, Kon quickly shoe-horned the big block Chev into the Capri's engine bay and with the help of a few close mates, the big girl fired into life with a ballsy growl.
Built as a kind of all-rounder that could fit into many racing classes, the Capri came out swinging from the get-go letting everyone know, Kon and the whole Wollongong Automotive Services crew meant business.
After running a best of 8.48@160 with this setup and doing very well in ANDRA's Top Sportman class, Kon decided it was time to step things up a notch and an even angrier 632ci setup was pieced together.
This new setup saw the car become a very consistent performer on the track, taking out several wins in Top Sportsman and a few runner-ups in both X275 and Mod Street Unblown running as quick as 8.25@165. Serious times for a stock chassis, leaf sprung car!
Having raced the car very successfully for a few seasons with the 632, Kon's once again started to get the itch, the urge to switch things up. With aspirations of running the car on nitrous in X275, Kon was forced to decrease the engine capacity to comply with the rules at the time regarding deck height. This is where the current 598ci donk was born.
Built tough, from top to bottom with quality gear including Diamond pistons, Callies rods and crank, Comp Cam, Brodix heads, topped by a APD billet methanol carburetor, it may have less capacity than it's predecessor but it certainly wasn't lacking in the grunt department, pushing out a solid 1185hp at the fly.
Sandwiched between the Brodix inatke and APD carby is a Speedtech diffuser plate nitrous setup that was destined to supply a healthy 350hp shot of the good stuff into the engines airways.
Running the car first up in naturally aspirated form to get the chassis sorted, Kon ran an impressive 8.38@165; even with less cubes and more weight... So impressed with how the car performed, even in aspirated form, Kon continued to race the car NA for the past 10 or so months on and off, never getting around to opening the valve on that blue bottle and hitting the switch.
Since we visited Kon at his Wollongong workshop last week, the engine setup out of the Capri has been sold and the car is now for sale as a roller. Like so many long-time racers, Kon is eager to get back into the street scene and wants to focus all of his energy into getting his LX Hatchback on the road.
So if you're in the market for a quality, sweet-looking and proven chassis, here's your chance...And if it does sell?? Kon hinted that a new Outlaw Radial car might be in the works... All we can say to that is while it will be sad to see it go, let's hope that right buyer comes and snaps it up!
Want to see more...?? Check out the full photo gallery HERE