PRIDE AND JOY: Gladstone's Glenn Williams raced his 1959 VE Beetle in this year's Bug In at Benaraby.
PRIDE AND JOY: Gladstone's Glenn Williams raced his 1959 VE Beetle in this year's Bug In at Benaraby. Paul Braven GLA250617BUGIN

VERY WELL DONE

MOTOR SPORT: The first Benaraby Bug In was a massive success with VW competitors and enthusiasts from all parts of Central Queensland and beyond converging at the Benaraby drag strip.

The stands were packed and the venue was littered with Kombi vans and tents with campers soaking up the festival atmosphere.

Event organiser Shane Chung said the feedback was nothing but positive and he is setting his sights on the Bug In to be a two-day VW festival catered for not just motor sport enthusiasts.

"The aim is to have it on a Saturday and Sunday and I will be driving this event harder to try and make it the biggest VW event or festival in Australia,” Chung said.

"The other thing is that it is not going to be just about racing VW cars, but more about camping and Kombi vans.”

Xhung said the feeback from the many who attended Friday night's Off Street Meet and Saturday's actual all-VW drag racing was that it dismissed the notion that the VW is a slow and cumbersome machine.

"The main feedback was that people didn't realise that Kombi's go so fast and that shocked a lot of people,” he said.

"They didn't see the VW car as fast and they see the Kombi as a brick on wheels.”

One of the many many highlights as Chung noted was the Brisbane team from Alder Outlaws VW Racing.

"Dave Richardson drove one of the fastest buggies as well and Anthony Loveridge from Hervey Bay won two categories where he was up against some stiff opposition,” Chung said.

He praised the Benaraby Drag Racing committee for making the event so successful.

"The Benaraby committee were super supportive and it was all run by volunteers and it's been great from their point of view,” Chung said.

Event volunteer and racer Michael Whitmore was pleased with how he performed in his 1972 Volkswagon Superbeetle 1.6 Litre.

"I did a personal best in the quarter-mile and won three out of six races which is a pass mark,” Whitmore said.

"The car didn't break in half.”

The weekend culminated with dozens of VW cars at the Show and Shine yesterday followed by a Pack up and Cruise in the afternoon.

The next drag meet is on July 21-22 with round five of the Central QLD Drag Racing Association Championships.

WINNERS

AIR-COOLED: Craig Webb

WATER-COOLED: Luke Allison

SPECIALS/OTHER: Anthony Loveridge

ALL-MODEL: Anthony Loveridge



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