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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 25 Due to some unfortunate events at the end of 2011 both Armygeddon and Project Digger needed new engines. ArmyG had an LS1 Transplanted into it, with Digger getting a new 548ci 775Hp monster. Digger's engine was finally installed the night before it was due to leave for Summernats with the engine being first started at 3am. Sgt Stew Watson, Sgt Matt Dowd, Sgt Chris Pooley, Cfn Bill Brodbeck and Cfn Mark Hombsch were put the guys to the test and it gave the trainees some good hands on work with installing and tuning. On first light a test burnout was conducted with a successful result; the car was then prepped and placed on the trailer for its trip to Canberra. Summernats -- Both cars performed well at the event. Project Digger was given the honour of opening the burnout masters competition and was invited to participate in Chic Henry's farewell the 25 car salute. Sgt Battaglia put ArmyG to the test on the dirt figure eight track, and managed to get the quickest time but was not eligible due to too many driving wheels. ArmyG also proved how tough it is by doing away with the prime mover and towing the transporter on its own. Driver training day -- This was conducted at East Bandiana, to give the trainees some hands on driving experience in Project Digger. It was a good opportunity to put the car through its paces, evaluate new tyres and train new drivers. Project digger blocked out the sun over East Bandiana all day, going through 10 sets of tyres. Clipsal 500, Adelaide -- This is always a large event, with on average 300,000 people making it through the gates on any given year and was quite a busy event for the team. Atkinson was the only man able to cut his in arm on the soap dish in the shower to the point where stitches were needed. Project Digger was programmed in to perform on the track, once a day, over the four day event and perform it did, although unfortunately, Friday saw the gearbox and torque converter extension housing separate causing the car to drop its gearbox oil on the track. The staff and trainees worked hard on Saturday to get the car up and running for its last burnout on Sunday, with a test drive conducted Sunday morning it was ready to go for its 11am performance which went without fault. Formula One Grand Prix, Melbourne -- This event was a static display for Team Army, and with both cars in attendance they attracted large crowds. Whilst at the event LTCOL Regener and SGT Shayne Salau got to meet the Victorian governor. CFN Keygan the junior member of the team found that he had to prove his age to view M15+ material. The team even got to take the coaster out for hot laps around the track. Nitro Championships, Western Sydney International Dragway -- This event was a first for Team Army and we left a positive lasting impression on the organisers, competitors and the public. Sgt Watson got to slide digger around on the worlds largest burnout pad getting congratulations on his performance from the legendary Victor Bray. Pte Darren Van Zanden, Cfn Bree Bailie and Cfn Matt Fullarton were given the opportunity to oversee the rebuild of Darren Morgan's Top Fueler engine and were then shown through his trailer and got to learn a few new skills. At the end of the event Team Army got to hang out on the tarmac with the RAAF boys and a C-130 for a bit of a photo shoot. Digger is currently undertaking some new suspension modifications and strengthening to be ready for some future deployments to Townsville, ADFA Open Day, Bathurst and the Gold Coast. ArmyG is getting a new blower and is being converted to carburetted from EFI. Team Army would like to mention the following for their efforts this year: COL Adams, WO 1 Barron, LTCOL Phillips, LTCOL Regener, LT Buntine, LT Sisson, WO1 Ballard , MR Gibson , SGT Battaglia, SGT Dowd, SGT Salau, SGT Watson, SGT Pooley, LCPL Stevens, LBDR Sariks, CFN Brodbeck, CFN Copeman, CFN Gladman, CFN Hombsch, CFN Simmonds, CFN Atkinson, CFN Bailie, CFN Fullarton, CFN Aronov, CFN Lee, CFN Keygan, CFN Barker, CFN Block, PTE VanZanden. 2012 Team Army