BACK ON TRACK: Rockhampton racer Raymond Voois takes his Vauxhall for a spin.
BACK ON TRACK: Rockhampton racer Raymond Voois takes his Vauxhall for a spin. Paul Braven

Work in progress gets a run at Benaraby Raceway

FOR his second time out on the track this year, drag racer Raymond Voois sported an all-new smaller engine.

Taking his vintage 1946 Vauxhall to race day was an exciting time for Raymond, his family and friends.

He hadn't originally planned to turn his much-loved vintage car into a fully-fledged hot rod.

But the Rockhampton racer changed his thought process and is determined to get the Vauxhall a decent placing.

Saturday's qualifying race at Benaraby Raceway was just about getting the car out on the track.

Raymond has encountered a few hiccups along the way.

Only late last year, he tried fitting a Supercharged engine to his small beast - but that ended badly.

"It was brand new, the first time I took it out and it blew," he said.

"The valve seats in the cylinder heads fell out and went through the motor.

"And that completely destroyed the bottom end of the engine."

He said the trouble with buying a motor to put in a car was not knowing how it would handle.

"Whereas if we do it ourselves, we know what we've got then," he said.

"As for the old engine, it was something that someone else had built and I had bought it off them and it was supposed to be good, but it wasn't."

While running with the smaller motor for the time being, Raymond and his team are learning and experimenting with what they have.

Currently fixing his gutted motor, Raymond has still got the urge to race.

"We've spent a good 800-900 hours this time around to get the car ready for racing and we're hoping it pays off."



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