TEAMWORK: Mike and Brad Jenkins have been tinkering away on a 1976 Ford Cortina and tested it at the drags held at Benaraby Raceway.
TEAMWORK: Mike and Brad Jenkins have been tinkering away on a 1976 Ford Cortina and tested it at the drags held at Benaraby Raceway. Tom Huntley GLARONE

Father-and-son effort

SEASONED revhead Mike Jenkins has been burning rubber at Benaraby race-way for more than 20 years.

He said it was the adrenaline rush that had him hooked.

"Somebody once told me if it doesn't scare you, spend more money," he said.

"This level of drag racing gets very expensive.

"My driving suit alone cost $3000."

Since the early 1990s Mike has been making Gladstone racing history in his old Datsun.

But for the past three years Mike and his son Brad, who is a welder by trade, have been tinkering away on a 1976 Ford Cortina.

The father-and-son duo together gave the high powered car a serious make-over.

The old Ford went from having four doors down to two and received an entirely new motor.

This weekend marked the second time the car had been let loose.

"The car is still in its set-up stages," Mike said.

"We are using today to test the car.

"We are really excited after years to finally see it go down the track."



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