Equine flu stopped event in its tracks, but not this time
STRICT quarantine after a bout of equine flu derailed plans to bring the Drag Challenge Weekend to Warwick ten years ago.
But organiser Street Machine Magazine made the dream finally come true this weekend, when Morgan Park was used as one of the three stops on the three-race competition weekend.
Event director Scott Taylor said the event required drivers to race a street car and drive between each of the three stops.
"It's a smaller version of an event in Victoria, which is five tracks in five days," he said.
"Drivers have a route map to follow every day and need to take a photo at certain locations because it proves they were on the road."
The event hosted 70 drivers who were mostly from Queensland, but drivers from as far as Canberra and Sydney also took to the track.
Drivers started at Willowbank Raceway on Friday, before heading to Morgan Park on Saturday.
They will return to Willowbank Raceway for the final leg of the competition tomorrow.
Mr Taylor said cars would be able to complete the Morgan Park track in about five seconds.
The overall winner of the competition will be the driver with the lowest time across the three different tracks.
Mr Taylor said Warwick was an ideal location because it was close to the Willowbank track.
"For the first one we wanted tracks that were close together and Warwick is a really nice area," he said.
Mr Taylor was taking his own vehicle out on the Morgan Park track, which was an old Melbourne taxi that still runs on LPG.
"It's quite a quick car," he said.
"The motors in taxis are a bit stronger than Falcon motors so you can put a turbo on them and survive," he said.
The best time on day one of the competition was 8.012 seconds on the Willowbank Raceway track by Brad Lane in his Torana.