3000 attend Summerland Drag races
AROUND 3000 drag action fans turned out to catch the action at the second Summerland Drag races at the Casino airstrip yesterday.
Pee-wee petrol heads vied with grandmums to get a glimpse of the cars – though that was often obscured by the smoke from burn-outs before their race began.
Among the 167 entrants was Neville MacIntosh, from Tabulam, in his 1973 Holden Torana with a Chev V8 engine.
A mechanic, Nev said he hadn’t spent a cent on labour for the car, but in his 10-year campaign to make it faster and faster, he said he might have laid out as much as $25,000.
And as well as covering the 1/8 mile course in about nine seconds, it’s street legal, he reckoned.
During his first burn along the track he said he was spinning the whole time – deliberately.
But he was putting slicks on for the next run, to gain more traction and give him a better time.
His mate, Shane Baker, of Casino, has spent twice as much on his SS Commodore 355, and he lifted the bonnet to show where the money had gone.
But there was more to do to rule in the supercharged turbo class, Mr Baker said.
“Now I just need to put in new injectors. I plan on lifting the horsepower from the current 550 to about 650,” he added
Mr Baker said it was all about the adrenalin.
“That rush for that short little time – it’s great” he said, with a dreamy smile on his face.
“I love it. I can’t get enough of it.”
The day featured four-cylinder, six-cylinder and V8 cars, as well as turbo and supercharged categories, plus motor bikes and exhibition cars.
Organiser David Lander hopes to hold several such race meetings a year.
The racing is open to competitors of all ages and is sanctioned by the sport’s chief controlling body, the Australian Drag Racing Association.