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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

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 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 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

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:

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

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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 -

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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

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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 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

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.
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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 – 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:

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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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Two new rides for Queenslanders Leahy and Donnelly in Mackay

Two new rides for Queenslanders Leahy and Donnelly in Mackay

01/05/2015, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 9718643
Two new rides for Queenslanders Leahy and Donnelly in Mackay
Queenslander, Greg Leahy is one of the most experienced Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car drivers in the field and fellow sunshine-stater, Jake Donnelly is certainly the youngest at 19 years of age – but the new kid on the block will give nothing away when the two get behind the wheel of their new race cars in Mackay. 
Donnelly will be racing his new car, the Harbour City Hustler, previously campaigned by none other than Greg Leahy himself.
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The late-model Camaro showed it’s full potential after a successful test at Willowbank Raceway with Jake immediately putting down some scorching passes.
“The car felt great and I can’t wait to race it in Mackay!” explained Jake.
Donnelly’s first session on the car netted a very quick 5.89-second pass at just under 330kph. The speed is down on the 400kph, which the car is capable of, which also means there is more to come in terms of outright performance.
Jake explains, “I was off of the throttle at 1000ft, so we coasted down the last part of the track.”
“There is more in it yet, that was just testing, we want to win some races, that’s what we are here for” smiled the 19 year old.
Greg Leahy, the man who stepped out of the Camaro has taken delivery of the Stormtrooper Mustang, which he now owns.
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“We have found our home in this series and we are committed to racing this car all around Australia.”
“This is a great thing that Graeme and Wendy have done and we are just loving it. The new car is the next step in our involvement. Beg’s (Anthony Begley, the previous Stormtrooper driver) has shown what this car can do and now he also has his own car close to finished as well!
“The numbers are growing and that’s a sign that this series is on the right track,” smiled Leahy.
Nitro racing in Mackay will be at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm, with spectators advised to arrive at 3pm for the ‘salute to the crowd’.
Saturday May 16
Palmyra Dragway
2 Bells Road
Mackay, Palmyra, Queensland
Photography credit: Dave Lovi
New combo for Glenn Moore will be even badder to the bone!

New combo for Glenn Moore will be even badder to the bone!

30/04/2015, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 9697743
New combo for Glenn Moore will be even badder to the bone!
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He’s one of the local heroes representing his hometown in the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars event to be held at Mackay’s Palmyra Raceway May 16, and Glenn Moore is stepping it up for his hometown race with a new monster engine combination for his Bad to Bone Pontiac.
With a strong hometown following, Moore has been looking forward to heading back to Palmyra since the inaugural event held at the venue last year.
“I can’t wait to get the car to the race track, we have done some huge travelling miles over the last few months and the chance to race at home is one I have been looking forward to racing.
“The entire Palmyra committee has done a great job and I am sure, like last year, we will have a boomer crowd.”
Moore also explained that his Pontiac nitro funny car will have more power than ever before.
“We have just finished fitting new BAE engine down in Sydney with the boys from the Aeroflow shop.
“The new engine combination includes a much bigger fuel pump and a much more powerful magneto to send some flames out of those header pipes!”
“We not only want to get some wins, we want to go as quick and fast as we can and this combination is as good as anything in the country.”
Moore will also be attending the Mackay Motorshow on the 9th and 10th May and will perform two ‘start ups’ on Saturday and two ‘start ups’ on Sunday, something that will bring a smile to the face of those not well versed in the ways of nitro.
“It’s going to be great,” laughed Moore. “I’m sure it will surprise a few people and probably scare a whole heap more!”

Nitro racing in Mackay will be at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm, with spectators advised to arrive at 3pm for the ‘salute to the crowd’.
Saturday May 16
Palmyra Dragway
2 Bells Road
Mackay, Palmyra, Queensland
Mackay Aeroflow update – driver changes and 10 cars on track at once!

Mackay Aeroflow update – driver changes and 10 cars on track at once!

24/04/2015, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 9587712
Mackay Aeroflow update – driver changes and 10 cars on track at once!
The Mackay round of the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars is heating up with new driver and car combinations now confirmed for the event as well as the 10-car ‘salute to the crowd’, which sees all of the nitro cars cackling together on the track in unison.
The event will also see the nitro debut of drag racing young gun, Jake Donnelly. The Supercharged Outlaws regular is keen to experience nitro for the very first time.
Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars management believe 19-year-old Donnelly will be Australia’s youngest ever nitro funny car pilot.
Donnelly will be piloting the Harbour City Hustler, the car now having been purchased by the Donnelly family to join the huge line-up of cars racing under the Donnelly family operation.
Jake will be joined at the event by brother Dan, better know as “Rocket man Dan” the driver of one of the series’ wheelstanding funny cars.
Father of the drag racing brothers, Jason Donnelly explained, “For us, drag racing is about family and having two of my boys racing at this event is a proud moment for our family.
“We know the new car is fast and consistent and I know that Jake will do a good job behind the wheel, so bring on Mackay!”
Series Manger Steve Bettes explained that the development of the funny car series has seen an influx of new competitors into the sport.
“What Graeme (Cowin) has created here is almost a kind of ‘Nitro University’. I don’t think any other area of the sport has the amount of enthusiastic, young drivers and crew like this one does. We are bringing the knowledge and experience of running high-level cars into a new generation of racers and crew.
“And at Mackay, you’ll see 10 of them all fired up on once. It really will be something to see, it’s smaller track, so you’ll really get up close and personal! We also have some more driver car announcements about to be confirmed as well,” smiled Bettes.

Palmyra Club President, Kylie London added, "We are excited that we are able to bring the ‘salute to the crowd’ to Mackay, it really is one of the things that race fans have enjoyed at other tracks!"

Nitro racing in Mackay will be at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm, with spectators advised to arrive at 3pm for the ‘salute to the crowd’.
Saturday May 16
Palmyra Dragway
2 Bells Road
Mackay, Palmyra, Queensland
Messineo takes on The Bandit

Messineo takes on The Bandit

17/04/2015, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 9474261
Messineo takes on The Bandit
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Queensland-based racer Paul Messineo will take the wheel of The Bandit rather than his more familiar Dark Horse Mustang as the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro funny Car show heads north to Mackay’s Palmyra Dragway, May 16.

Messineo, who touched the wall at the massive Adelaide event is his regular ride - The Dark Horse Mustang – was not going to make the event due to the repairs required to get the Mustang back in action for Palmyra.

"The drama in Adelaide was a real pity," explained Messineo.

"We had a great car in Adelaide and we just stepped it up a bit too much and broke traction.

"The car got a little sideways and we brushed the wall, it's not something you want to do but it's not the end of the Dark Horse, that's for sure!" smiled the affable Queenslander.

Former Australian Top Fuel Champion, Darren Morgan who has stepped aside to let Messineo take the wheel for the Queensland round, drove the Bandit Trans-Am in Adelaide.

Messineo was grateful to AONFC boss Graeme Cowin to get the nod to drive the black Trans Am.

"It's such a great looking car and it has also proved to be a very fast car too, I can't wait to get some runs done. I think we might be the dark horse in the field, even when driving The Bandit"

The Mackay event is building to be one of the best held at the picturesque Queensland venue.

Palmyra Club President, Kylie London added, "it's all coming together, we have a big field of funny cars as well as a big field of local racers all ready to go. It looks like it's going to be a great night, so don't miss out!"

“Tickets at the gate, but get in early, we are expecting a bumper night!”
Saturday May 16
Palmyra Dragway
2 Bells Road
Mackay, Palmyra, Queensland
Aeroflow return to Mackay with huge field

Aeroflow return to Mackay with huge field

17/03/2015, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 8787456

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The Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car Show is heading back north, with confirmation the tour will be taking a massive 11 of the 4000 horsepower flame-throwing funny cars to Mackay’s Palmyra Dragway!
The nitro coupes will be a running over the eighth mile distance at speeds of more than 300kph.
The Aeroflow show will also be bring their crowd favourite wheel-standing funny cars to the north Queensland venue, a sure-fire favourite for the youngsters in the crowd.
“We had an amazing event at Mackay last year but now with 11 nitro cars and two wheelstanders, the crowd will really not know what has hit them!” laughed Series Manager Steve Bettes.
“Our Aeroflow team are not 100% sure but we believe this many cars on a regional track may even be an Australian record! No matter what the case, 44,000hp worth of nitro cars is sure to put on quite a show! The two wheelstanding, flaming funny cars are worth the price of admission alone!”
Palmyra Dragway is the oldest club run and operated drag racing venue in Australia and the teams are looking to set new benchmarks in performance at a racetrack rich in drag racing history.
“We can certainly take the longest wheelstand title, I’m sure of that!”
As Bettes explains however, the consistency of these cars is what makes the crowd come back for more.
“It’s more than horsepower though, these cars are not only extremely powerful and spectacular, they run very consistently and the side-by-side racing makes the racing something special. They will have you on the edge of your seat or the tips of your toes from start to finish.”
Bettes was also quick to thank new Palmyra Dragway President, Kylie London.
“Kylie, her committee and volunteers at Palmyra have been helpful and excited to get our cars back up there and we couldn’t be more thrilled with their commitment to this event and their race track.”
“We have a huge number of local runners including Glenn Moore, Harold Campbell and the Peirano family as well as fellow Queenslanders – Justin Walshe, Paul Messineo and Greg and Peter Leahy.
“Those teams who know the weather and conditions up there very well, so all that’s left to do is get that 44,000hp to the racetrack!”
Saturday May 16
Palmyra Dragway
2 Bells Road
Mackay, Palmyra, Queensland
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Photo credit - Ryan Corfield/Jeff Hislop