South Coast Raceway back in business
THE sounds of roaring engines filled the air around Portland for the first time this season as South Coast Raceway held its first event.
More than 50 drivers brought their cars out across Friday night and Saturday for drag racing and burnouts, as the popular drag strip hosted a test and tune for the upcoming season.
After a delayed start to the season due to heavy rain in September, South Coast Drag Racing Association spokesperson Greg Holland said it was great for the drivers to get back out there.
“It was pretty good for our opening meet of the season with the test and tune giving the opportunity for some of the local racers and some of the boys travelling to the drag challenge in Adelaide to give their cars a run,” Holland said.
“Weather wise it was fantastic and the track was in mint condition and everyone had a good setup for the day.
“We had a few cars on the Friday, but everyone came out on Saturday and we had around 40 drag cars go down the strip.
“We had a couple of locals and a couple from out of town testing, which was good for them as they found a couple of gremlins in their cars.
“There were plenty of opportunities for the burnout boys to get as many sets out as they want as well, we had around 15-20 cars all up for the weekend come out and smoke some tires.”
While the day was primarily a chance for the drivers to make improvements to their cars for the rest of the season, Holland said there were several standouts on the strip.
“Phil Busbridge, from Portland, brought out his big block VH Holden Commodore again and got it tuned up and ready to go for the season.
“Kenny Stewart, from Melbourne, he calls South Coast Raceway his home track, he had his dragster out and it had a few more horses (horsepower) than last year so it took a little bit to hang on to.”