Turbo-charged taxi is best in drag
YOU might wonder why anyone would want the world’s fastest taxi, but it seems business has boomed for one cabbie since he did just that.
Ashley Clark-Smith from Casino Cabs has been raising eyebrows across the region since he got the idea after seeing the world’s fastest hearse on television.
He then thought it would be a suitably silly way to raise money for North Coast charity, Our Kids, which had supported him and his wife through a difficult time when their son was sick.
“We just want to raise a bunch of money for them,” he said yesterday.
“We upgraded the turbo, got a new air-intake system and larger injectors, extractors and intercooler.
“Our head mechanic, Rodney, did his magic, then mechanic Matt Mason did his on the back of it.”
Mr Clark-Smith rang the Guinness Book of Records to see if anyone had taken a cab over a quarter mile drag course before – and as far as he and Guinness can figure out, it will be a first.
“Nothing was on the record and they were prepared to start a new category, if I can prove myself (and car),” he said.
“We’re in talks with Lismore Speedway promoter Dave Lander to see if we can take it for a test run before we go for the record in Brisbane.
“Judging by the response I’ve had so far it’ll be a great drawcard.
“It’s basically a prestige model, like the old Fairmont Ghia, but they call it the G6E turbo and it’s got all the gear like leather seats
“Generally I just do corporate stuff with it – which is where I’m going now, to a job on the Gold Coast.
“Since we’ve had it we’ve had so much work out of left field that we didn’t expect, like weddings and school formals – the kids don’t want to show up in a cab.”