Car of the Week: Steven Payne's 1970 Holden HT ute

Car of the Week: Steven Payne's 1970 Holden HT ute

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Not all of our customers come from the North American continent—in fact, we're proud to have customers all the way out in Australia! We're excited to share today's 1970 Holden HT ute, driven by Steven Payne, from all the way out in Jabiru, in Australia's Northern Territory.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
It was the spur of the moment. I had to take the Holden HT ute (stands for utility) into the Darwin Motor Vehicle Registry for a registration inspection where I heard of a drag race meeting the following night, so I decided to stay an extra night and see how quick the Stock 350 Chevy was. I had so much fun and that started the spending frenzy.
 
 
When and where was your first race?
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia in 1998
 
What model/year do you race now?
I have owned and raced the same car—a 1970 Holden HT ute—since 1993.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
AGRO HT
 
What's under the hood?
A 540 stage 3 Scott Shafiroff BB Chevy short motor with Brodix heads and 8/71 Littlefield blower.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I needed a new transmission in a hurry and I was able to buy a transmission for another customer from a shop in Sydney 2006. The parts I know that are BTE in that transmission are the 2003-dated one piece SFI Powerglide case and the aluminium deep pan.
 
Why do you use BTE?  
My BTE transmission has copped 11 years of abuse and still going strong. I was serviced in 2015 with no problems found.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
The race starter.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I’d drive the same car with more horsepower.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I check that the switches are all on.
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