TALKING POINT: Melbourne driver Noel Inman with his 1922 Model T Ford at Dragfest at the weekend.
TALKING POINT: Melbourne driver Noel Inman with his 1922 Model T Ford at Dragfest at the weekend. Gerard Walsh

Dragfest pulls impressive numbers as classics show off

DRAG RACING: Numbers easily passed 200 at Warwick Dragfest at the weekend, and included the only Model T Ford in the world with a fibre glass body.

Melbourne driver Noel Inman who runs Aus Den, a bus and truck maintenance business, made his first trip to Warwick for Dragfest.

"I finished work at 5.30pm Wednesday and was in Warwick at lunchtime Friday," Inman said.

Warwick District Drag Racing Association publicity officer John Loy said they had one of the best crowds on record on Saturday.

"Racing went until 7.30pm Saturday and then we had entertainment," he said.

"We had more than 30 volunteers from our club on both days, and Smokers Car Club members from Toowoomba also helped out."

The "smoke" in the car club name refers to the smoke of drag racing.

Inman was clocked at 7.34 seconds, 7.389 and 7.39 for his first three passes on the drag strip but broke for his third run and it didn't count.

"A couple of thousandths of a second can make a difference," he said.

When he rang up to enter, Inman told a club official he wasn't coming to win.

"I just want to skid over the line so I can inflict entertainment on the crowd," he said.

He has raced at drag strips all around Australia and said he was still getting used to the Warwick track being a little downhill.

"I will probably return for Dragfest next year," he said.

He reached 94mph at Warwick Dragway at the weekend and has been clocked at 120mph on a quarter-mile track.

While he towed the Ford from Melbourne to Warwick, Inman said he often drove the Model T Ford to drag racing events.

"I have driven it to Alice Springs," he said.

"I usually have the oldest street-style drag car at most meetings."



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