THAT is the official quickest speed from Race Revolution, held at Gunnedah Airport on Saturday (1 September), with Manny Dalakakis and his monster 6.9-litre twin turbo V8 2009 Jeep Cherokee taking out first place.
Not only that, he doubled up with the quickest overall time, at 14.55 seconds, with very few of his combatants able to even get close on speed or time. Unofficially, we believe Dalakakis might have the fastest half mile Jeep in the world on those times.
The day started slow for most competitors, getting the feel for the 804-metre (half-mile) runway in their first run, with Terry McGrath’s 1994 Toyota Supra leading the way with a 276.6km/h 17.1 second pass.
Run number two again saw the McGrath Supra on top, this time with a 274.5km/h 17.0 second pass, ahead of the 2017 Audi RS3 of Reese McKintosh, who posted a 17.3 second 245.4km/h run.
It was in run number three that Dalakakis first let loose, with that incredible 14.55 second run, punching out a cracking 277.7km/h, ahead of Chris Skinner and his 1990 R32 Nissan GTR (249.8km/h and 16.61 seconds).
It would be all Skinner in run four, with the GTR going fastest on the clock (16.82 seconds), only to be out-gunned for speed by the McGrath Supra (280.9km/h) and Dalakakis (290.1km/h).
Things slowed down again in session number five, with the 2016 Ferrari 488 of Leigh Barker among the fastest for speed at 264.5km/h, and Adam Neish’s Nissan Skyline GTR pushing out the quick time at 17.25 seconds.
Run six will go down in history as the game changer, for it’s here that Dalakakis punched out an official verified speed of 300km/h in 15.2 seconds.
“I can stand corrected if I am wrong, but this is the quickest jeep over a half mile world wide. I’ll go as far to say any SUV world wide,” Dalakakis said on his Facebook page.
“Done right here in Australia at Race Revolution in 2018 by a Jeep on a shoestring budget.”
The incredible speed and pace of the Jeep aside, it was a good day for a number of competitors at the event, with second fastest across the day going to Adam Neish in his R34 Nissan GT-R with a 16.28 second run.
He was ahead of Adam Laura in an R32 Nissan GT-R, with a time of 16.61 seconds. Following the two quick Nissan’s was the Toyota Supra of Terry McGrath in 16.84 seconds, and the Audi RS3 of Reece McKintosh in 17.27 seconds.
In the speed stakes, behind Dalakakis, it was the Toyota Supra of Terry McGrath that would go second fastest, with a 280.9km/h run, with fellow Supra runners Kierin Woods and Matthew Eacott posting 267.4km/h and 266.5km/h respectively.
Behind them was Adam Neish and his Nissan, with a 265.6km/h run. You can find the times and speeds from every session in our Live Blog article. Pictures courtesy of Jordan Dobson.