Pair cleans up at Nostalgia drags
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WHAT started out as a bit of fun has quickly turned serious for drag racing enthusiasts John Bogaart and Steven Cameron.
The Benaraby pair, who have been good mates for more than 20 years, contested the fifth round of the Cruzin Magazine Nostalgia Drags Series at Mackay's Palmyra Dragway on Saturday, just looking to indulge in a bit of fast-paced fun.
Instead, driver Cameron cleaned up all before him in the turbo-charged 1965 HDX2 Holden sedan owned by Bogaart, winning the day and earning a special invite to the nationals finals at Ipswich's Willowbank Raceway on August 21.
Bogaart said the victory would surprise his fellow clubmates at Benaraby Raceway where he and Cameron often raced but have yet to win a single race, let alone take out a final.
'We've never won at Benaraby and never even tried to,' Bogaart said yesterday. "We've always just wanted to see how fast we can go. We went up there (Mackay) for a bit of fun ? we never expected to do so well.' ' Bogaart, who has owned the car for 12 years, joined Cameron in racing it about two years ago, being helped in the initial stages by respected Gladstone drag rac-ers Des and Simon Pimm.
The old Holden has since gone through plenty of improvements, including several upgraded engines, and produced a time of 12.281sec for the quarter mile in Mackay, at 109mph (175.4kph).
Cameron even excelled in the final, finishing in 12.8sec despite having to race on standard street tyres after suffering tyre damage.
Bogaart and Cameron are set to discover how long this unexpected ride can last and whether more success awaits them at Willowbank.
The Nostalgia Drag Series is open to pre-1975 vehicles only.