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DRAG RACING NITRO NIGHT WRAP UP

DRAG RACING NITRO NIGHT WRAP UP

04/02/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28459620


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Nitro Funny Cars lived up to their wild reputation with one of the most spectacular races ever seen at Perth Motorplex, though for drivers Anthony Begley and Matt Abel it was for all the wrong reasons.
In the first round of the night, Begley had barely stepped on the throttle before a suspected failure in the valve train of his motor caused a backfire that launched the body off the car. Further down track, his opponent Abel had similar problems of his own, with an explosion also tearing apart his Funny Car’s body as it crossed the finish line.

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Begley explained how he felt the nitro motor lag in the 8000 horsepower Funny Car before it blew.

“When I put my foot into the throttle it didn’t seem to go anywhere,” he said. “I couldn’t get my foot off the pedal quick enough and there was a big bang. I remember a big flash of flame and then having no body on the car.
“I felt the heat and the force on me. Afterwards when the adrenaline eased off, I started to feel where the concussion hit me in the chest.”

Team owner Rod Bailey and his crew made some preliminary investigations into why the engine failure happened at the track, but will take the car home to Queensland to look into it further.

“It has dropped a valve for some reason,” Begley said. “It had all new valves, all new rocker gear, new lifters – everything was pretty much brand new in the car for this event.”

Begley said while the moment looked intense, it was a flash flame that disappeared quickly. The veteran drag racer said a braking area fire he had onboard at Sydney Dragway in 2013 was the scarier of the two incidents. “Nothing scares you like these things, it will always draw me back to the driver’s seat,” he said.

The rest of the event’s nitro racing was somewhat more subdued, highlighted by the arrival of two new nitro drivers.
Kyle Putland and Tracey de Jager both begun their licensing, with both adapting quickly to the high horsepower world of nitro. Putland impressed with a quick 5.88sec. on his final run for the night, leaving his team with plenty of confidence.

The Northern Territory’s Adam Murrihy defeated local favourite Andrew Katavatis out of the remaining Funny Cars, with a 5.86sec. run in the final driving Rory Taylor’s Nitro Thunder car.
Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car RoundTrent Morrison scored victory in Top Comp, defeating Sam Treasure in the final round. Morrison was able to overcome an average performance in qualifying.
“This was our second event back for the year after making some changes to the car in the off season,” he said.
“We broke a supercharger belt in the compulsory qualifying round which placed us in the bottom half of the field, costing us lane choice in the first round. But we’ve made the final for two events in a row now and walked away with the win on Saturday night.
“There is still more power left in the engine and with a bit more fine tuning we should see some quicker times.”
Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car RoundModified saw a first time winner with Cory Treasure defeating Neil Gannaway in the final when Gannaway was unable to fire his motor for the decider.
Treasure is new to racing this season but follows in the footsteps of cousin Sam who races in Top Comp and uncle Ray who manages drag racing at Perth Motorplex.
“I was speechless to take a win,” Cory said. “Over the last two years my Dad and I were building the car we were talking mainly about time and speed goals. “The car has a lot of history, dating back to Ravenswood Raceway. I was going to build a Super Sedan but I was was guided into Modified and I’m stoked with how the car turned out. It’s so fun to drive.”

Kyle Higgins racked his second ever win in Super Sedan, defeating Nick Panagopoulos in the final. Higgins said he battled the strong wind during the day to find consistency. “I guess a bit of luck finally came my way this weekend,” he said.
“We had a bit of a hiccup in the first round of qualifying with the car not performing how it usually does, losing power half way down the track, but apart from that the day was smooth sailing.”

Higgins’ win was made all the sweeter with a perfect .000 reaction time in the final!

In other results, John Zappia claimed the win in the Summer Slam, getting by Daniel Gregorini in the final with a 5.70sec. pass.
Times proved exceptional for the whole Summer Slam field, with Gregorini running a new personal best of 5.78sec. during the event while Stu Moresby broke through for his first ‘five’ with a 5.99sec. clocking in the Dananni Hotshots Studebaker.

Errol Quartermaine defeated Nicholas Puglia in Super Comp, while Phill Paton took out Graeme Goldsworthy in Competition Bike.
Jodie Mellitt and Alan Mahkoph again went toe to toe in the Supercharged Outlaws final, with Mellitt emerging victorious, while Chris Roe went to his fifth straight final round and won in Top Sportsman against Alby Bakranich.

Chris Moore rode to the Modified Bike win against Budgie Jones and Paul Garbellini took advantage of a red light from Graham Smith to take home the Super Street winner’s trophy.
Drag racing returns to Perth Motorplex on February 16 for Round Six of the WA Drag Racing Championships – make sure you are there!

Full Results of the event can be found HERE.

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NITRO NEWBIES PREPARE TO RACE..

NITRO NEWBIES PREPARE TO RACE..

30/01/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28425115

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Nitromethane-fuelled drag cars will once again invade Perth Motorplex this Saturday with a number of new drivers set to make their debut.

Nitro fuel was first used in dragsters in the 1950s, with racers discovering the potential of what was a liquid explosive, and medicine, to produce horsepower. The secret was in the chemical formula – CH ₃NO ₂. The two oxygen molecules provided in the fuel mean a bigger ‘bang’ during combustion, though the volume of fuel required is much higher.

Northern Territory driver Adam Murrihy has been getting a taste for nitro fuel recently, making licensing runs to compete in the Nitro Funny Car class with Queensland team owner Rod Bailey.

At this Saturday’s Nitro Night event at Perth Motorplex, Murrihy will be in nitro competition for the first time. Murrihy will drive for WA team owner Rory Taylor, piloting the Nitro Thunder Funny Car.

“I’ve been wanting to step up from Supercharged Outlaws and I wanted to still be in a centre steer, front engine car,” Murrihy said.

“I’ve been doing my licensing with Rod in his second car, as he wants to get two cars back on the track. Unfortunately a few things didn’t go our way and we couldn’t bring the second car over to Perth, so Rory gave me an offer to drive his second car.”

Murrihy said drag racing on nitro delivered plenty of excitement for him as a driver.

“It definitely gets going faster than my other race car and you can see the nitro flames out the side windows – it’s pretty cool.”

While he has past experience competing at Perth Motorplex in his own race car, Murrihy wants to make an impression on fans with his debut nitro laps in competition.

“I’ve always liked racing in Perth and it’s a terrific venue,” he said. “I’d be happy if we can put on a show with solid runs. Spectators here love Funny Cars so we want to live up to that reputation.”

Joining Murrihy on track will be fellow Territorian Matt Abel and WA’s Anthony Begley and Andrew Katavatis, while two more new nitro drivers, WA’s Kyle Putland and Tracey De Jager, are also set for launch.

Putland, who has been expanding his race car collection at a rapid pace, will be driving a Chev Camaro Nitro Funny Car he purchased about eight months ago.

“We decided we were going racing about a week ago and so we have been very busy stripping the car down and building it back up from scratch,” he said.

“It’s a car formerly owned by another WA racer, Michael Brooks, but it has undergone a bit of a transformation.

“I’m excited and scared to drive it all at the same time!”

De Jager, known as the ‘Nitro Nanna’ among her fans, will finally live up to her reputation when she begins her licensing in her Ford Thunderbird. De Jager has been waiting for a foot injury to heal before commencing driving but is now ready to hit the throttle pedal.

“We are not expecting much, but every milestone just to get this far is great,” she said. “I’m sure the day before we go racing is when the butterflies will be building.”

Sportsman qualifying and nitro licensing begins from 11am on Saturday, with the main show from 5.30pm.

Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car Round

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THE NOSTALGIAS WRAP UP & RESULTS

THE NOSTALGIAS WRAP UP & RESULTS

28/01/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28413958


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Nostalgia Drag Racing at the Perth Motorplex

By the time the sun came up on Sunday morning the Cranksters Hot Rod & Kustom Club were already on the road to Perth Motorplex to set up for the Automotive Swap Meet ahead of the Nostalgias …

Huge thank you the Cranksters for organising and running the Swap Meet. Photo by High Octane Photos

 

While that was going on cars where piling into the pit area for both Drag Racing and the mini Show n Shine for enthusiasts of all ages to park up and watch all the action of the day. (Show N Shine pics by John Harney Photography)

Show n Shine Top Closed Street Winner Mark Allen 41 Willys

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Mark Allen
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Show n Shine Top Hot Rod Open Carl Furfaro 1926 T Roadster

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Carl Furfaro
1926 T Roadster

 

Top Street Machine Winner Brett 71 Dodge Pheonix

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Top Custom Winner Jake Anderson 55 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria

Show n Shine Top Custom
Winner
Jake Anderson
55 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria

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Nostalgia Drag Racing at the Perth Motorplex

Photo by High Octane Photos 

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48th Annual Westernationals

48th Annual Westernationals

24/01/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28401573
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The Annual Westernationals is one of the biggest events in WA Drag Racing and the 48th running of this quarter mile spectacle will take place over the Labour Day Long Weekend in March.

Saturday will see local and interstate teams battle it out in Qualifying with the all important Finals on Sunday.

See National Championship Drag Racing take over the West as Competitors vie for this prestigious title.

EVENT INFORMATION

GATE TIMES
Competitor Entry Gates:
Time: 9.00am
Main Spectator Gates:
Time: 1.00pm
FAN EVENT SCHEDULE
Qualifying From: 
Time: 12.00noon Both Days
On-Track Time: 
Time: 12.00noon to 10.30pm Both Days
The above Fan Entry Schedule is an early indicative schedule subject to minor alterations. The detailed Competitor Schedule is released the week of the event.

SPECTATOR ADMISSION PRICES

GENERAL ADMISSION
Adult 18+ :
$30.00
Student* 13-17:
$17.00
Child 5-12:
$10.00
Child Under 5:
FREE
Concession* :
$23.00
Family (2+3):
$69.00
SILVER ADMISSION
Adult 18+ :
$40.00
Student* 13-17:
$24.00
Child 5-12:
$14.00
Child Under 5:
FREE
Family (2+3):
$92.00
GOLD ADMISSION
Adult 18+ :
$50.00
Student* 13-17:
$34.00
Child 5-12:
$24.00
Child Under 5:
$10.00
Family (2+3):
$122.00

Buy Tickets Here

SEATING OPTIONS AND INCLUSIONS

PIT AREA ACCESS
General Admission:
No
Silver Admission:
Yes
Gold Admission:
Yes
RESERVED SEATING
General Admission:
No
Silver Admission:
No
Gold Admission:
Yes

VIEW SEATING MAP

SEATING AND MAP INFORMATION

General Admission: Terraced grass section from 400-foot mark (just beyond one-quarter mark) to 1000 foot mark (three-quarter mark). No Pit Area access.

Silver Area: Terraced grass section from behind start line, adjacent to start line all the way to half-track. Includes sun shade sales on western side. Also includes access to general admission area. Pit area access included.

Gold Area: Reserved premium seats in stand in front of corporate suites near start line. Only gold area members can enter stand. Also includes acres to general admission and silver areas. Pit area access included.

COMPETITOR ENTRY AND INFORMATION

COMPETITOR ONLINE ENTRY

SCHEDULE

ENTRIES

PIT MAP

Entries / Schedule: Updated approx. week prior to event. Pit Map uploaded approx. 72 hours prior to event.
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EVENT DETAILS
What a way to kick off the Labour Day Long Weekend with one of the best Drag Racing events in the country!

With a full field of Doorslammers in the Summer Slam Series running head to head over the two days and then there is those Nitro Guzzling 2 wheeled machines with WA’s Mark Drew heading the Harley charge while Jay Upton is steadily creeping up on his new combo and ready to take on all comers.

Logo SRE_Sportsman_300This event will also see Round 8 of the ANDRA Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series that also attracts the best Sportsman racers from around the country to WA. This is penultimate round of the Series so the last chance to score points before the all important Grand Final in a few weeks time the competition is going to be full on …

Brackets racing over the weekend include;

Summer Slam

Nitro Bike

Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series

Competition

Super Stock

Comp Bike

Supercharged Outlaws

Top Sportsman

Modified

Super Sedan

Modified Bike

Super Street

Super Gas

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ANDRA Sportsman Series Grand Finals

ANDRA Sportsman Series Grand Finals

24/01/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28401525
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For the first time in history WA will host the ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series Grand Final for the 2018-2019 Season.

Saturday will see local and interstate teams battle it out in Qualifying with the all important Finals on Sunday.

See National Championship Drag Racing take over the West as Competitors vie for this prestigious title.

EVENT INFORMATION

GATE TIMES
Competitor Entry Gates:
Time: 8.00am
Main Spectator Gates:
Time: 1.00pm
FAN EVENT SCHEDULE
Qualifying From: 
10.00am Saturday
On-Track Time: 
10.00am to 8.30pm Saturday
10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday
The above Fan Entry Schedule is an early indicative schedule subject to minor alterations. The detailed Competitor Schedule is released the week of the event.

SPECTATOR ADMISSION PRICES

GENERAL ADMISSION
Adult 18+ :
$25.00
Student* 13-17:
$15.00
Child 5-12:
$9.00
Child Under 5:
FREE
Concession* :
$20.00
Family (2+3):
$59.00
SILVER ADMISSION
Adult 18+ :
$35.00
Student* 13-17:
$21.00
Child 5-12:
$11.00
Child Under 5:
FREE
Family (2+3):
$81.00
GOLD ADMISSION
Adult 18+ :
$45.00
Student* 13-17:
$31.00
Child 5-12:
$21.00
Child Under 5:
$10.00
Family (2+3):
$110.00

Buy Tickets Here

SEATING OPTIONS AND INCLUSIONS

PIT AREA ACCESS
General Admission:
No
Silver Admission:
Yes
Gold Admission:
Yes
RESERVED SEATING
General Admission:
No
Silver Admission:
No
Gold Admission:
Yes

VIEW SEATING MAP

SEATING AND MAP INFORMATION

General Admission: Terraced grass section from 400-foot mark (just beyond one-quarter mark) to 1000 foot mark (three-quarter mark). No Pit Area access.

Silver Area: Terraced grass section from behind start line, adjacent to start line all the way to half-track. Includes sun shade sales on western side. Also includes access to general admission area. Pit area access included.

Gold Area: Reserved premium seats in stand in front of corporate suites near start line. Only gold area members can enter stand. Also includes acres to general admission and silver areas. Pit area access included.

COMPETITOR ENTRY AND INFORMATION

COMPETITOR ONLINE ENTRY

SCHEDULE

ENTRIES

PIT MAP

Entries / Schedule: Updated approx. week prior to event. Pit Map uploaded approx. 72 hours prior to event.
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EVENT DETAILS
What a way to finish off the 2018-2019 Drag Racing season with the coveted ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series Grand Final right here at Perth Motorplex! this is the first time ever the series has had it’s Grand Final run in WA and with hundreds of racers hungry for the National Gold Christmas Tree we will have racers from all over the country converging on the Perth Motorplex.

With a full field of Doorslammers in the Summer Slam Series running head to head over the two days and then there is those Nitro Guzzling 2 wheeled machines with WA’s Mark Drew heading the Harley charge while Jay Upton is steadily creeping up on his new combo and ready to take on all comers.

Logo SRE_Sportsman_300This is the Grand Final of the WA Drag Racing Championships as well the Grand Final of the ANDRA Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series that also attracts the best Sportsman racers from around the country to WA.

Brackets racing over the weekend include;

Summer Slammer

Nitro Bike

Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series

Competition

Super Stock

Comp Bike

Supercharged Outlaws

Top Sportsman

Modified

Super Sedan

Modified Bike

Super Street

Super Gas

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MODERN CLASSIC FOR NOSTALGIAS

MODERN CLASSIC FOR NOSTALGIAS

24/01/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28401262

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Rhys Naylor will be joining in the fun at this Sunday’s Nostalgias at Perth Motorplex in a deceptively modern car.
Naylor will be driving the family’s Altered, a short chassis race car that uses a retro ‘T-bucket’ body based on the Ford Model T. But while the look is a classic, the materials and technology are state of the art.

“This car actually has a lot more to it than meets the eye,” Naylor said.

“It’s a Spitzer-built Altered from the USA, with a full chromoly chassis and every nut and bolt is made of titanium. It has a full carbon fibre body and the car uses four link suspension with Koni Electric shocks, which makes for a nice launch and no bumpiness down the track.”

Driving the car to the finish line is a 750 horsepower Ford Performance V8 and a two speed ATI Powerglide transmission.
“My current PB in the car is an 8.62sec. at 264kph. That was with a lazy launch and a short gear shift so there is still a lot more performance in the car.”

Naylor’s family have been long time participants in drag racing. His father Mike has competed in a variety of categories, while his siblings Alicia, Brittany, Brayden and Michael have all come through the Junior Dragster division.

“After we finished Junior Dragster racing, Dad and I sat down and found an engine and I was offered the drive with the new combo,” Rhys said. “I jumped at it without hesitation. I’ve been eager to get into the altered since Dad first got it in 2009, so it’s a great feeling to finally be the driver of such an awesome car.

“The first time I ever drove the car my nerves were through the roof and all I could think about was not messing up. Knowing the speed this car was capable of I knew I was going to be in for a wild ride. Once I did my first full track pass the feeling is almost indescribable. The speed is insane but feels like it takes forever to get to the end. It’s an awesome feeling but in a race it feels like its so much faster because of all the extra things you have to concentrate on.”

Naylor will be using the Nostalgias on Sunday, January 27 as a good opportunity to test the potential of his car.
“We actually hurt the engine at the last event, so at the Nostalgias we are planning to have the car at 100% and get some nice fast passes in,” he said.

The Nostalgias will see gates open from 7am. The Cranksters Swap Meet begins from 7.30am, with the show and shine from 9am before drag racing starts at 10am. The Power Parade will allows cars in the show and shine to cruise the drag strip at 1.30pm.
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STREET MACHINE EXPERT A FAN OF NOSTALGIAS EVENT

STREET MACHINE EXPERT A FAN OF NOSTALGIAS EVENT

24/01/2019, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28400685

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Perth Motorplex will rumble to old school cool on Sunday, January 27 for an event known as The Nostalgias, where classic street machines, hot rods and dragsters take part in a combination race and show.

Among those taking in the event will be Boris Viskovic, one of Perth’s foremost authorities on classic and modified cars. Viskovic has been the Western Australian correspondent for Street Machine Magazine for some 15 years and an avid participant in past Nostalgias with his 1967 Rambler. He has watched the nostalgia scene grow in popularity.

“In the late 1980s, when I first got my car, there wasn’t really a ‘nostalgia scene’ in Perth,” he said.
“For me it’s just a lot of fun. Catching up with friends and seeing a bunch of cool cars race. It’s easy to make modern cars go fast, but when you see big, old, heavy stuff go fast, it’s just so much cooler.”

Viskovic’s Rambler is a rare sight on Australian roads. For over three decades he has customised and modified it to be a street car that does it all.

“It’s my daily driver, I run the kids to school in it, go to the shops and race it occasionally – sometimes all in the one day!” he said.
“It’s had some fairly major upgrades since 1986. A couple of paintjobs, three engines, a couple of gearboxes and diffs, the usual stuff. When it was stock it ran 17 seconds for the quarter mile, then I put a 290ci Rambler V8 in it and it was a mid-14 second car on a good day.”

Nostalgia Drag Racing at the Perth MotorplexThen Viskovic got serious. He went to a Rambler 360 with forged rods and pistons, plus a host of other go-fast bits including a Lunati hydraulic flat tappet cam, Edelbrock alloy heads and Air-Gap intake with a Holley HP Street 750 double pumper carb.
“That motor went in about eight years ago and it went straight to a low-13 second car,” he said.

“I knew it had more in it, though, and it wasn’t until recently I figured out it had a valve spring issue, so I swapped in some heavier springs and it has now run a best of 12.87 @ 173.8km/h.”

Viskovic is well known in Perth’s car culture for his years of service to Street Machine magazine.
“I had a website which I started in 2000 or thereabouts and would cover car shows and cruises When I chucked my job in working for an IT company, I approached Street Machine.

“It’s been a real buzz being able to get a lot more West Aussie content in the magazine.”

The Nostalgias will see gates open from 7am. The Cranksters Swap Meet begins from 7.30am, with the show and shine from 9am before drag racing starts at 10am. The Power Parade will allows cars in the show and shine to cruise the drag strip at 1.30pm.

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