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Dragfest is the weekend of the year for dragsters

Stanthorpe driver Les Rice in action at Dragfest 2016.
Stanthorpe driver Les Rice in action at Dragfest 2016. Gerard Walsh

TUESDAY TANTRUM with Gerard Walsh

TALK to anyone involved in drag racing and they will tell you Dragfest is the weekend of the year.

The vehicles are the same as at a bracket meeting, the racers are the same, the track is the same, the only difference is the people.

They come in their numbers, both as competitors and patrons, for Dragfest.

Soon after driving past the polocrosse gates on Sunday, I started to see all the crowds at Warwick Dragway.

The crowd was a lot bigger than at most meetings.

Go see Juice was the word from Warwick District Drag Racing Association president Chris Loy.

Who is Juice?

A bloke from the Gold Coast with a couple of vehicles down there behind the canteen.

When I spoke to Juice, Michael Walton is his real name, he couldn't have been more helpful.

Where did you get the name Juice from?

He was given it by his mates when he was a young fellow and they were having a few drinks. It stuck.

"I even nominated as Juice Walton, they don't know my other name,” he said.

Up the road at the Warwick and District Sporting Car Club, the action was thick and fast at Morgan Park Raceway in the Queensland Super Sprints Championships.

Brisbane driver Geoff Noble was one of the winners this season.

Sprints is the format of racing where you don't need to bring your panel beater, a bit like practice at the V8s and not the race.

There are still two events to go at both Morgan Park Raceway and Warwick Dragway this year.

After wet weather had disrupted recent practice days, the Warwick District Dirt Bike Club was back on track at Morgan Park at the weekend along with the aero modellers.

It isn't every weekend four clubs have events at Morgan Park and there wasn't even a horse in sight.

I was really impressed with the large numbers at Warwick Aero Modellers.

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