HEATING UP: Not all the action will take place on the track this weekend as The Road Trip rolls in to town.
HEATING UP: Not all the action will take place on the track this weekend as The Road Trip rolls in to town.

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DRAG RACING: What’s better than a day of drag racing?

How about a full weekend of touring and competition as part of The Road Trip 2019?

Now in its fourth year, the high-rev action will see drivers travel from Willowbank to Warwick over the three-day event.

Event organiser Mick Apps said the competition draws drivers from across the state.

“People come from all over to be involved in what we’re doing – it’s just purely for fun, there are trophies but it’s just for fun,” Apps said.

“The furthest entrant that we have coming is 1100km away – they’re from Walkerstone, up near Mackay.

“It’s a tricky thing to monitor, I’ve got about 10 people that have done it every year.”

The event will kick start tonight at 6pm in Willowbank, with drivers wanting to participate able to register right up until the start of the first race.

“It’s hard to say how many we’ll have because anyone can enter right up until kick-off but at the moment we’re sitting at 65 people,” he said.

“We can only take 80 entrants, that way we can all have a bit of fun.”

Despite being a series of drag races, they travel at normal speeds between venues.

Apps said there is no specification as to the type of car that can be involved.

“There are no regulations on the types of cars that can enter, so long as it’s registered,” he said.

“We see everything from modern cars, right through to a 1957 Chevy. There’s even the latest Commodores and all that sort of stuff that come along as well.’

While the mix of cars is diverse, it’s a weekend of racing that is predominantly enjoyed by older racers.

“It’s an older sort of group that come along, although there are a couple of P platers that are coming this year which will be good to get some diversity in the group,” he said.

“There are even a couple of families that used to come that don’t any more, but their kids are now involved.”

This year’s event is set to be extra special with racers encouraged to donate a slab of water to Warwick Dragway.

“To help Warwick out this year we’ve asked the guys that are competing to grab a couple of slabs of water to donate to the Warwick Dragway.

“The idea next year will be to go to more rural tracks, at the moment we use Willowbank because they have timing facilities that we need for two of the races.”

The event has a positive atmosphere, according to Apps, who believes people are more inclined to get involved that way.

“Because it’s not deadly serious, people are able to use it as another stepping stone to get into drag which is good,” he said.

“If people are wanting the competition or taking the competition too seriously we sort of tell them not to bother.”

The weekend of racing will resume at Warwick Dragway from 1pm tomorrow.

Gate entry is free at all three drag events.

“We want everyone to be able to come out and enjoy it,” he said.

Drivers will make their way to Lakeside on Sunday.



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