Organiser Simon Telford and driver Steve Carkeet with the GTS Monaro which was nine hours on the side of the highway being repaired on Saturday night.
Organiser Simon Telford and driver Steve Carkeet with the GTS Monaro which was nine hours on the side of the highway being repaired on Saturday night. Gerard Walsh

Crew works on vehicle on roadside to stay in drag challenge

DRAG RACING: It took a crew of four more than nine hours to repair their GTS Holden Monaro during the Street Machine Drag Challenge at the weekend.

While the aim of each crew is to have the lowest time for passes on three days, they also had to drive 700km between tracks.

On Saturday night, Jimbomba driver Steve Carkeet and his crew of three spend nine hours repairing their vehicle on the side of the road near Somerset Dam in the Brisbane Valley.

The Street Machine Drag Challenge was being held for a second time in Queensland and started on Saturday at Willowbank where every team aimed to record the fastest possible pass.

All the teams then travelled on a roundabout route from Willowbank to Warwick and it was near Somerset Dam where Carkeet had automatic transmission problems and had to change a flex plate.

That meant the automatic transmission had to be removed from the vehicle for the new flex plate to be fitted.

Each team was allowed to pull a box trailer between dragways with spare parts with one exception, they weren't allowed to change a whole motor.

After a nine-hour repair, Carkeet said "we had to do what we had to do”..

"It is always fun mucking around with cars,” he said.

On Sunday afternoon, Carkeet and his team took off from Warwick Dragway via Stanthorpe and Toowoomba to Willowbank.

To stay in contention for the prizes, they had to take specific photos along the way including a photo in Stanthorpe.

Simon Telford is editor of the Street Machine magazine and said Warwick had one of the best drag strips in regional Australia.

"Club members are very friendly in Warwick and it is a relaxed environment at the drag strip,” he said.

"I was more than happy with the crowd at Warwick Dragway on Sunday.

"Drag challenge is based on an event in America called Dragweek, they have hundreds of drag strips in America.”

While he was happy with the Warwick leg of the Drag Challenge, he said there was a chance they may head north for one drag challenge. Two of the drag strips would be Mackay and Cairns.

There is no guarantee the northern challenge will be next year so Warwick could still be part of next year's event.



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