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Norman Goes European With The R/T Marine Prepared BMW

Norman Goes European With The R/T Marine Prepared BMW

16/06/2017, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 22845481

Norman Goes European With The R/T Marine Prepared BMW

By Mark Humphrey

Adelaide, SA/Aus. 16th June 2017. 2015 Australian Super Stock champion Steve Norman will debut his new ride this weekend at the Adelaide Drag Race Promotion’s Sunday Funday at Adelaide International Raceway. Having been out of the racing seat for the past 15 months, Norman is itching to get some seat time in the R/T Marine built BMW coupe which had been in the pipeline for about 5 years.

I dropped a line to Steve to find out a bit more on the vision he had with the BMW, “Well I noticed the BMW sitting in the Perth Motorplex pits at a Westernationals 5 years ago and straight away thought about debuting a Super Stock version” he said. Norman went on to say “I got the boys (Ryan & Reg Lee) to measure it up and here we are 5 years later with an unbelievable version of European motoring”.  Norman added, “we embarked on the project less than 2 years ago with Ryan Lee from R/T Marine responsible for making it happen. Along with his father Reg and the help of others, the team has put together a race car that is as good as anything I’ve had in the past” he said. Norman went on to say “the attention to detail is simply unbelievable and I cannot fault any part of the build at all. I had enormous trust in the boys to get the job done and they certainly haven’t let me down” he said.

The history of the car is quite chequered with the car originally part of a divorce settlement in the USA. Legend has it that the ex-wife snatched the BMW, poured acid over the boot and then proceeded to drive the car into a dam. The Norman camp found the car at a salvage yard via a friend in the USA and the rest is history.

The guy responsible for the unique transformation was Ryan Lee who owns and operates R/T Marine SA, a business that had its roots in boat repairs but has now expanded into fibreglass auto products, vehicle modifications and of course complete race car builds. I caught up with Ryan and his father Reg to find out more on this simply stunning build and started by asking Ryan his thoughts on the BMW build “absolutely over the moon. The team has done a fantastic job on the car with the end result being an amazing BMW Super Stock car”. Ryan added “ we took possession of the car from the US and completely gutted the car in order to get it ready for the build. Originally, we looked at a Jaguar but because it had an aluminium body it was going to be too expensive to put chrome moly bar work through the car. It then come down to transforming either a Mercedes or BMW car into a MP Super Stock car. We measured up a BMW in the pits at the Perth Motorplex and found that everything would fit and the rest is history” he said.

After being stripped back to a bare shell the car was sent to interstate chassis builder John Lang to get the bar work installed along with some tin work. Ben Seal was then called in to complete the tin work which included all the necessary bracketry, front end and 4 link suspension points. Ben worked solid for 3 straight weeks and then dropped in after hours on more than half a dozen occasions to complete any alterations that were required. Also helping out on the tin and aluminium work was Doug Elsworthy from Elsworthy’s Chassis Shop.

The running gear was fitted up to see what alterations if any were required. The running gear for this project come out of the championship winning Chevy Cobalt and consists of a 312ci Bob Book small block coupled to a 3 speed Pro Flight transmission. Power is transferred down to the JRI sprung titanium housed diff via a carbo fibre tail shaft. Lamb front struts work nicely with Lamb carbon fibre disc brakes to provide plenty of stopping power.

Next it was the job of brother Bryce with help from good friend Matt to prep the body and bar work for paint. Bryce spent a solid 3 weeks straightening the panels alone before prepping the car for paint which in the end was coated with Electric Orange. I asked Ryan what the most difficult part of the build was and he mentioned choosing the paint color. “I first suggested orange to Steve but that was rejected with a pearl white looking like the color. I liked black but in the end, it was Steve’s decision and after some deliberation Steve decided that it would be Electric Orange” he said. Ryan added “I think the color choice was spot on as it certainly showcases the car”.

Once the car was painted it was time to fit out the car and that’s when Reg took over. The car was completely re-wired starting from a bare shell and color coded to MSD color codes. Every wire was color matched to components with all original hinges used. The boot retains its electric opening operation keeping some originality with the car.

The interior was completely re-trimmed by Vicki in the color of their choice still incorporating the woodgrain in the dash and door trims. The attention to detail with the trim is unsurpassed with Steve Norman noting how the interior trim was altered to incorporate bar work encroaching into the door armrests. The choice of trim color certainly adds to the build and compliments the vision the boys had when they first set out to build the car. Asked what the most pleasing part of the build was, they both responded simultaneous with “today”. “Having the car 100% finished with nothing to do but turn the key is definitely the most pleasing part of the build” said Ryan. The car is built to 25.5 C SFI specification as a MP car and will initially be running in Gas.

Now that the car is 100% completed the next thing to do is get some laps into the car. As noted, the team will head out this weekend to Adelaide International Raceway to put down an installation pass testing out things like brakes, tracking, parachute and the like. They hope to get at least a second pass in which with all things being equal will be under full noise. The fact that they are using the running gear out of the Cobalt, takes away the uncertainty of how the drivetrain will go and leaves the team with one less thing to worry about. The team hope to run a private test next weekend and provided they meet all parameters will debut the car for competition in round 3 of the ANDRA Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series at Sunset Strip Mildura in late September.

Obviously to put together this masterpiece the team relied on some outstanding help with Steve Norman thanking Ryan and Reg for their commitment with this build. With regards to the workshop activities Ryan and Reg would like to thank Bryce and Matt for the paint, Ben Seal for the fabrication, Doug Elsworthy for additional fabrication, John Lang for bar work, Vicky from Vicki’s Trimming Shop, Motorsport Connections, Craig at RCE, BMW Adelaide and Brett Henley from Henley Chassis for all his advice.

For race fans, keep an eye on the ANDRA website for details on the 2017/18 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series dates which will feature the likes of Steve Norman, Competition champ Craig Geddes, Super Stock champ Jamie Chaisty among others duking it out in Super Stock/Comp.

Click on the link for more details http://andra.com.au/

All images supplied by Reg Lee


Catch up on the latest news in ANDRA Drag Racing.

Catch up on the latest news in ANDRA Drag Racing.

18/03/2017, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 21702028

17th March 2017

Catch up on the latest news in ANDRA Drag Racing...

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 Win a Double Ticket to 2017 CAMS Hall of Fame Awards

The 2017 Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame Induction Gala – presented by Speedcafe.com is coming up on Friday night, March 24 (Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at 7:30 pm for an 8 pm start.
The inaugural event was held in 2016 and included such greats as Sir Jack Brabham, Wayne Gardner, Alan Jones, and Garry Rush. In Drag Racing, pioneer Ash Marshall was inducted.
ANDRA have 1x double ticket to give away for this prestigious event

  • Give Away – One Double Ticket valued at $600
  • Only ANDRA Members eligible to enter.
  • 10th name randomly selected from all entrants.
  • To enter send email to media@andra.com.au with message “Hall of Fame”, your name and your membership number 
  • Entries close Tuesday 21st at 7:00 pm
  • Winner Announced shortly thereafter.
  • We emphasize the Black Tie Dress and that any travel and accommodation, or associated cost with attending the event, are the responsibility of the winner.

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 ANDRA 2016/17 Championship Awards Presentation/Summit Racing Equipment BBQ

ANDRA will be crowning the 2016/17 Championship awards at the conclusion of the Summit Racing Equipment Drag Racing Grand Finals at Adelaide International Raceway on April 1.

The Championship presentation will be held in the Startline VIP tent on Saturday night after the event winners and runner-ups are presented their trophies.
Please bring your families and crew and join in celebrating out 2016/17 Champions for the ANDRA Drag Racing Series and Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series.

At the conclusion of racing on Saturday, the Summit Racing Equipment BBQ, will be open for all competitors, officials and event staff. Summit Motorsports & Events Manager Jim Greenleaf will also be there and is looking forward to meeting you all. Vouchers are available at sign in, and a cash bar will be available.

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 Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster Log Books

Wow, how cool are these! Thanks to Summit Racing Equipment we now have available Junior Dragster Log Books. These will be available at the Grand Finals later this month and can be picked up FREE from the ANDRA Trailer located on the infield.

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 1.6 Million Facebook Viewers For Westernationals

The recent Westernationals ANDRA Drag Racing Live Stream, presented by GARMIN VIRB XE from Perth Motorplex attracted 1.6 million views from around the world. A fantastic result for ANDRA Drag Racing.

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 Summit Grand Finals Live & Free Live Streaming

2017 Summit Racing Equipment Grand Finals LIVE & FREE

Following the successful Garmin VIRB Drag Racing Livestream, from the Westernationals, ANDRA are pleased to announce that Saturday of the Summit Racing Equipment Drag Racing Grand Finals will be streaming  LIVE & FREE at the ANDRA Drag Racing Series and Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman eliminations from Adelaide International Raceway. At this stage we do not have a start time, however as soon as we do it will be posted on our social media pages as well as www.andra.com.au

If you are at the track we'd love you to join us and please use the hashtag #andradragracing and #summitgrandfinals on your Facebook, Instagram photos, Tweets, and videos.

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  Spoil Yourself For The Weekend with Summit Grand Finals VIP Startline Club Get Your Tickets

It's that time again. With the Summit Racing Equipment Drag Racing Grand Finals coming up fast, now is the time to consider spoiling yourself with the VIP Start Line Club. What a great way to finish off the 2016/17 season. Perfect for your family, friends or sponsor.

  • VIP parking
  • Event Entry
  • The VIP Start Line Club at the AIR is one of the best viewing positions you can get and closer to the action than anywhere in the country!
  • You will have access to the VIP Start Line Club which is under cover and has table seating available.
  • Dinner and evening snacks on Friday 31st Mar, and both lunch and dinner are provided for on Saturday 1st Apr 1/4/2017 (please advise if you have any dietary requirements)
  • Bar facilities available as well (additional cost)
  • Children under 15 whilst accompanied by an adult with a VIP Start Line Ticket are admitted free.
How Much?
  • $99 for Friday,
  • $140 for Saturday, or
  • $200 for both days (limited tickets so please hurry)

You can only buy these tickets prior to the event, so buy yours now!!!!

CLICK HERE for form: http://adelaidedragracepromotions.com.au/vip-startline-tickets/

All tickets may be collected at the front gate on the day

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  Garmin VIRB ANDRA Drag Racing Live Stream Ad Rates

We're offering a special introductory price for logo placement, 15-second TVC, and 30-second TVC.

Get involved and advertise your business, product or service on the Garmin VIRB ANDRA Drag Racing Live Stream.

Beamed around the world via the internet the Garmin VIRB ANDRA Drag Racing Live Stream is the perfect way to grow your profile.


Logo placement: $50 per placement

15-second TVC: $150 per placement

30-second TVC: $250 per placement

If you would like to book ad space on the Live Stream please contact Jennifer Harrison on (08) 8271 5355 or email jennifer.harrison@andra.com.au

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 ANDRA Rulebook Advertising

Advertising opportunities for the 2017/18  ANDRA Rulebook are now open. Showcase your business to thousands of competitors and over 100 officials across the country.

The ANDRA Rulebook is a frequently referenced guide to all technical elements in the sport of ANDRA drag racing and an ideal way to reach your core market.

Please find below the details on advertising in the 2017/18 Rulebook. 

Full Page: $1100 + GST

Half Page: $650 + GST

Quarter Page: $400 + GST

Premium placement including inside front cover and back page available upon request.

All enquiries please contact Jennifer Harrison - jennifer.harrison@andra.com.au

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  ANDRA Fastlane Advertising

Fastlane is the official publication of the Australian National Drag Racing Association. The publication is digitally sent out to all ANDRA member 4 x per year. If you would like to reach or target your audience directly then Fastlane is for you. With a distribution of 5000 plus, Fastlane is Australia's highest circulating drag racing publication. It offers advertising opportunities for the very industry which it represents. 

Back Cover - $1400
Inside Cover/Inside back Cover - $1050
Full Page - $700
Half Page - $450
Quarter Page - $250
Loose Insert - $990
All prices include GST

To advertise contact ANDRA Media and PR Officer, John Baremans on (08) 8271 5355 or media@andra.com.au

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 2017 ANDRA Divisional Election Nominations Invited

Nominations are hereby invited for the various positions, from Full Members of ANDRA. They must be lodged with the ANDRA Office no later than 12 noon (CDST) Friday, March 31st, 2017 on the appropriate form.

Nomination Forms are available below or by contacting ANDRA on  info@andra.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (08) 8271 5355.

Full details of the election process may be found in the ANDRA Constitution

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 AAAA Drag Racing Presentation Opportunity

The Performance Racing and Tuning ( PRTC) council of Australia is a sub-group of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 29th March at Street Fighter in Edwardstown SA.

"We invite you to come along and share an hour or two with our members and would be delighted if you could spare 10-15 minutes for a general presentation on what it takes to be a professional drag racer in this era", said AAAA Robert Johnson.

"The talk would simply be followed by a Q&A session from the floor and, whilst many of the attendees will be garage workshops, we have many large businesses that may be present as well (Great sponsorship opportunity) as Turbosmart/Garrett/Yella Terra/Harrop/Sprintex/Castrol are all members of the 350 strong PRTC group."

If you are able to present to the group please contact Robert on 0432 210 042 or email robert@aaaa.com.au

Kind regards
Robert Johnson
National Manager/Membership

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After 5 years working as the Accounts Administrator for ANDRA, Donna Jantke is moving on to new opportunities. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Donna for all of her hard work and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. 

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 Summit Racing Equipment Grand Finals Entries Close Monday, March 20th

If you want to be competing at the 2017 Summit Racing Equipment Grand Finals at Adelaide International Raceway on March 31st and April 1st, then now is the time to react and get your entries in.

Entries close Midnight on Monday, March 20th.
Head to: http://adelaidedragracepromotions.com.au/2017-grand-finals-entry-form/

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 Technical Update: Martini Turbo 1400 Fuel Update

Martini Turbo 1400 Unleaded is no longer an ANDRA Homologated Fuel as of 16th March 2017.

ETS Racing Fuels have added another fuel to the ANDRA Homologated fuels list. This is alongside their XPRODRAG 2 fuel and is called P14, a very high octane leaded fuel for high compression NA, Turbo and Supercharged engines. P14 will be allowed in ANDRA competition from 1st April 2017.

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Book Your Travel For 2017 Through The Accommodation Brokers

2017 is here and with a full slate of ANDRA Championship Drag Racing coming up, The Accommodation Brokers are here to help ANDRA members save on their travel plans.

The process is simple and highlighted here: 

  1. Email your requirements through to The Accommodations Brokers Reservation team at bookings@theaccommodationbrokers.com.au – Alternatively, you can call: 02 9802 2074. Be sure to include the word ‘ANDRA’ in your correspondence to receive the benefits. Information to include: Number of Rooms required | Dates in/out | Location (any preferences) | Any budget or hotel preferences
  2. The Accommodations Brokers conduct all searches to research and identify best market prices – this includes contacting hotels directly to obtain quotes and negotiate on price
  3. The Accommodations Brokers present a handful of the best options based on your requirements – i.e budget, room type, location criteria etc
  4. Should you want to proceed with any of the options, The Accommodations Brokers will manage the booking for you, secure the room with a credit card (for the hotel to charge on check out, not The Accommodations Brokers) and email a booking confirmation with all relevant information.

Should you have any questions, please contact The Accommodations Brokers directly any time on the above email or contact number.

For more information about The Accommodation Brokers please visit: www.theaccommodationbrokers.com.au

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 Pre-Summit Racing Equipment Grand Finals Activation

We are looking for some vehicles as part of our pre-Summit Racing Equipment Grand Finals activation as part of the Adelaide Chrysler Festival. ANDRA will be at the All Chrysler Day on Sunday, March 26 and would love have some support from our Mopar racers.

Adelaide Chrysler Festival
Urrbrae, SA

March 26
Bump in: 8 am
Display time: 8.30 am – 3 pm
Bump out: 5.30 pm

This is not only a great opportunity for racers to meet and greet your fans and show them what drag racing is all about, but also to promote your sponsors and our great sport to the general public.

We would love for you to join us on display with your race car so please register your interest here: CLICK HERE or contact Jennifer Harrison on 0412 400 566.

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Summit Racing Products

Toolbox Refrigerator VSL18RTC3R

Hand me a 12 ounce hydrator from the bottom drawer, may become your favorite instruction once you bring this toolbox refrigerator into your garage or workshop! This 18.8 W x 31.8 H x 17 D deep two-in-one unit features three roller bearing tool drawers on top, and 1.8 cubic feet of refrigerated space below. The fridge section has a three-position shelf and a light, and you can adjust the temperature from 50 degree F to 32 degree F. It also has 3 heavy-duty locking casters so you can move your tools (and other solutions) around the shop with ease.


Summit Racing® Iron LS Engine Blocks SUM-4853L

The LS engine design has incredible potential, but once you start bolting on big superchargers, an aluminum block just can't contain all of that power. These Summit® iron LS blocks have all of the same potential, but their cast iron construction is capable of withstanding high-horsepower applications.


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Heathcote Park Tastes Nitro Action

Heathcote Park Tastes Nitro Action

09/03/2015, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 8568422

Heathcote Park Tastes Nitro ActionParker Racing

By Mark Humphrey

Heathcote Park, Vic/Aus. 9th March 2015. Top Fuel Bike racer Phil Parker treated the locals with some solid nitro fuel bike action on the weekend at Heathcote Raceway. There with the Parker Racing team, Phil rolled out “Gracie” for a couple of test passes in preparation for the upcoming ANDRA Nitro Champs @ Sydney Dragway in early May. Not having the bike out since November, Parker was keen to get some vital testing into Gracie on the back of a number of recent oil pump modifications. Although some of the oil return issues were still apparent Parker was happy with the day’s work, “had the red light flicker which is connected to various warning alarms but the oil pressure was fine. It was going straight, pulling strong, everything we could dream of. Sydney will be fine” said Parker.Phil Parker aboard "Gracie" getting ready to roll out a pass.

There were plenty of cars out testing in preparation for a number of events fast approaching. Neil Davis had his Top Sportsman Z28 Camaro out for some final measuring before this weekend’s ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series at Adelaide International Raceway. Running in the newly created Top Sportsman category the 175mph big block Camaro was an impressive site going into pre-stage at Heathcote.Neil Davis launches the Z28.

A number of Heathcote Park heavy hitters were also out testing for next weekend’s Heathcote Park Raceway “King Of The Street” event presented by Tunnel Vision. An invite only event, the ”King Of The Street” showcases some of the regions highly modified street cars going head to head over the ¼ mile.

For more images from the day check out the boys @ Full Boost http://www.fullboost.com.au/

One car that won’t be out at Heathcote Park Raceway next weekend is a neat little Chevy Vega that had an altercation with the wall and come off 2nd best.Chevy Vega Video

Video action from Heathcote Park Raceway


For more info on the Nitro Champs go to: http://www.sydneydragway.com.au/events/2015-nitro-champs/

For more info on the ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series go to:http://racingonn.com.au/

For more info on the King Of The Street go to:http://www.heathcoteraceway.com.au/