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Smokey Four comes to stay

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• NEW ‘RESIDENT’: Smokey Four struts it stuff at a recent event and it will be housed at Tyrepower in Scott Street and will provide an opportunity for people to assist in the maintenance of the car.

SMOKEY Four is a VXSS Holden Commodore, and it is part of the Beat The Heat Victoria youth motorsport mentoring program.
This program is run by volunteers from Emergency services alongside the community and supports young people to get involved in motorsport, community leadership and learn automotive skills.
This program receives no government assistance or funding, the program operates via community support.
Tyrepower is a major supporter of this program, alongside Sheens Panels, Repco, Ballarat Autoparts/Revolution Racegear, Ararat Tyre and Auto and Harris Automotive.
Smokey Four will be living at Warracknabeal Tyrepower, and local youth involved with the Yarriambiack Youth Action Council and the Thrive Not Survive Engage Program.
These two programs are run by Yarriambiack Shire Council and young people associated with them will have the opportunity to assist in maintaining this car.
Michael Mayes, owner of Warracknabeal Tyrepower is very excited about having Smokey Four at his shop.
“It will be great to see it racing again and a great opportunity for the youth to get involved and learn about cars,” he said.
Smokey Four is a drag racing car that last raced at Warracknabeal in 2011.
Smokey Four is a VX ‘SS’ Commodore fitted with a Gen 3 engine, cam, pipes, maffless tune, turbo 350 transmission and 9 inch ladder bar rear end built by John Taverna.
This vehicle has completed hundreds of passes and runs consistent 12.0 – 12.4 second times on a quarter mile.
Wimmera off Street Drag Racing Club is a home club of Beat the Heat Victoria and there is a Motorkhana event on September 8 at Warracknabeal Airport and there will also be a drag racing event taking place during October 2018.
Go and meet Smokey Four in person at Warracknabeal Tyrepower, or check out the Beat the Heat Victoria Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Beat-the-Heat-Victoria-597613530330309/