NOT SO SUBTLE: This blown Mercedes is everything the marque tries not to be.
NOT SO SUBTLE: This blown Mercedes is everything the marque tries not to be. Mike Richards

Locals out in force as cars light up raceway

POWERED up street cars got buckled and bent at the Benaraby Raceway on Saturday for the Australia Pro Street Association.

The locals came out in force to support the event with organises estimating a turnout of 3000 spectators to watch the 90 cars race each other down the strip.

Racers wrestled with their cars, whether they were Commodores, Toranas, Falcons or a Mercedes.

Supporters were treated to a racing format which awards the first driver past the post, making it easy to know who wins after the smoke clears.

Event owner John Habib said the Benaraby hospitality was amazing.

"It's a really good crowd and they have been really welcoming," he said.

"We have brought the best cars and racers in Australia so there is a lot for them to see here."

Gladstone's very own Wild Willy driver Mark Harris said the event was good for the area.

"We have a 41 Willy's Coupe Doorslammer and it is great to race it at our home track," he said. "We are Central Queensland's newest big power drag team."

Adrian Smith said he had driven up with other racers from Brisbane to race his LJ Torana.

"I just love the sport and at the end of the day I hope the car is still together," he said.



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