Mark Ayson shows his style on the way to the final at the Mopar Muscle Meet.
Mark Ayson shows his style on the way to the final at the Mopar Muscle Meet. Gerard Walsh

Cars flex muscle

MARK Ayson might have only been at the Mopar Muscle Meet at Warwick Dragway for a bit of fun but he was ready to rise to the occasion for the final of his class against Mackay driver Adam McNichol.

"No doubt my competitive streak will come out in the final," he said.

He has owned his 1972 VH Valiant for 19 years after buying it as a rundown street car and doing it up.

Ayson mainly runs at Willowbank where he has a best pass for 400m (1/4 mile) of 10.75 seconds at a top speed of 200kmh. His best on the 1/8 mile at Warwick Dragway is 6.75.

McNichol hails from Mackay and admitted one of the reasons he headed to Warwick Dragway at the weekend was to sell his car.

"I have a purpose-built race car on the market to sell for $22,000 so I can build another one," McNichol said.

"Dad (David) has a couple of race cars. I am now the driver and he is my pit man."

Queensland Chrysler Association president Darryl Elliott said the third annual meeting was the best so far.

"Numbers are up across the board," he said.

There were 70 race cars, 25 in the show and another 50 Chryslers in town.



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