Chillin' at drags a smokefest

IF you chose drag racing at Benaraby on Saturday over monster trucks, you wouldn’t have been disappointed with the spectacle.

There were competitors from across CQ ramping it up before the winter titles start shortly, so the championship round three was the ideal opportunity to brush off any cobwebs.

With the air crisp of late, this provided conducive conditions to bring the times down and there were some very slick numbers recorded across all categories.

It wasn’t the coldest time remembered at the drag strip, with one long-time driver recalling a meet where ice was being scraped off windscreens well after sun up some years back.

With drivers off to Willowbank for the June long weekend, they were keen to put their beloved machines to the test.

Local Ashley Pimm had his Black Ice dragster slipping up the strip at a fair rate of knots and used the meet to iron out any problems.

John Findlater launched a twin-turbo 400 in his VL Calais at the weekend and was looking to clock eight to 8.5 seconds for the quarter mile.

Bundaberg’s Justin Murphy was sorting out minor issues with his HK Monaro, a baby of his for more than a decade and powered by a 400 Chev.

But it was Steve Wheatley’s Corvette that had everyone’s ears bleeding. The big-block 454, tricked up with a 1417 Littlefield supercharger under the bonnet, rumbled its way to the start line, stalled once before letting rip down the straight.

The dead silence that fell when the motor quit was testament to the eardrum-piercing the Corvette produced.

There were Camaros aplenty, bikes, junior dragsters and no shortages of burnouts; the guys on the brooms were kept bustling with bristles as usual, sweeping the rubber off the start line.

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