Beetle record in sight

ROD Penrose is quietly confident a new VW drag racing car he has spent eight years building can break a world record for a 1/4 mile (400m) pass for a VW Beetle.

The driver from Wollongong tested the car for the first time on Thursday and Friday and then raced it on Saturday at the VWMA series event at the Warwick Dragway.

"I just drove (not raced) it down the dragway and was timed at 6.9 seconds for the 1/8 mile (200m) at a speed of 100mph," Penrose said.

"The world record is 7.7 seconds at 186mph for 1/4 mile."

He broke a throttle part on Saturday so didn't race again yesterday.

"It could be six, 12 or 18 months before I attempt a world record.

"Three days ago I wasn't confident I could do it but after trialling it in Warwick I am confident."

The VWMA series meeting was well supported at the weekend with 83 entries. Most took part in the street parade in Warwick CBD on Saturday.

Topics:  drag racing, vw beetle



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