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In the early 1990’s, Senior Officers of the Police Traffic Branch of the Western Australian Police Force explored the feasibility of creating a Police Drag Car aimed at breaking down perceived barriers between Police and youth.

Holden Australian donated a 1990 Pre-production model VQ Holden Statesman to the program. The Tango 1 program blossomed under the leadership and guidance of 1/C Sgt Noel DeGRUSSA MID APM and a dedicated team of officers from within the WA Police developed. Tango 1 raced regularly at the now defunct Ravenswood International Raceway approximately 80km’s south of Perth. Tango 1 entered in Wednesday ‘Street Meet’ grudge racing events and National competitions until the opening of the Quit Motorplex, Kwinana Beach in 2000. Tango 1 began life as a virtual stock standard 5.0l Holden Statesman running high 15 second passes. The best ¼ mile elapsed time of 11.85 sec was achieved by Senior Constable David Wall at the Quit Motorplex in 2001.

In 2003 Holden Australia donated a VT Commodore to the Tango 1 program where it was transferred to the Police Road Safety Section where 1/C Constable Mike PEARSON took over management of the program assisted by Senior Constable David WALL. The engine from the old Tango 1 was retained and further developed.

In 2005 the WA Police made a decision to end their involvement in the program and disband the longest running Police Drag Racing program in Australia.