Summernats 2014 was definitely the year of the Hemi! Three out of the seven cars that had the silk covers removed during the Meguiar’s Great Uncover featured Hemi power. Craig Hewitt’s VZ Monaro and Blake Fardell’s XY Falcon both sported Mopar-based Hemis. While Phil Rillotta’s sleek Camaro runs a one-off, 1005.8ci, hemi-headed, big-block Chev. Joining the Hemi pack was the Meguiar’s People’s Choice winner, Terry Mourched, with his Hemi-powered ’68 Dodge Charger. Yep, Summernats 27 Meguiar’s Pavilion was Hemi Heaven.

As Paul Sant from Proflow Performance says, “It’s a neutral motor, a universal power plant. It doesn’t upset any particular faction. Besides, everybody loves a Hemi!”

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Craig Hewitt – 2006 VZ Monaro

Noted drag racer, Aaron Hambridge, built the 501.6ci, blown, Hemi in Craig’s wicked APSA ProStreet Blown VZ Monaro. It utilises a Keith Black alloy block, billet heads by Noonan Race Engineering and a 14/71, high-helix, Kobelco Superman blower. Slurping a staple diet of methanol, power output is around 2500hp, with better than 6:68-second ETs being the target.

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Blake Fardell – 1971 XY Falcon

Even though Blake’s House of Kolor, Galaxy Grey, XY Falcon is genuine driver, it’s blown, 572-cube Hemi is good for tyre-shredding 1000 to 1200hp – which is far from tame. Built by Proflow Performance, the all-new Hemi has been built around a genuine Mopar Performance block and topped with an 8/71 Blower Shop pump. And to ensure the sinister, all-black, beast exhibits appropriate street manners, it utilises one of Proflow’s EFI induction hats and is tuned to run on E85 pump fuel.

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Terry Mourched – 1968 Dodge Charger

Terry’s Charger features the biggest and baddest of everything – including a blown, 426ci Hemi screwed together by legendary US Hemi expert, Ray Barton. This tasty, 1000-plus horsepower mill features loads of goodies including; 8/71 BDS blower, twin Holleys, roller cam, Carillo rods and MSD 7AL Ignition – all polished to glittering perfection.

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Phil Rillotta – 1969 Camaro

Measuring in at a gargantuan 1005.8 cubic inches, this prototype, hemi-headed beast built by Sonny’s Race Engines in the US, is the world’s largest big-block Chev. Nicknamed ‘The Godfather’, virtually everything in this engine has been custom made. It’s impressive stats read; 2150hp@8,000 rpm and 1500lb/ft@6200rpm, all on 112 octane fuel. By the way, they’re naturally aspirated numbers!