Ken Willing not only drag raced in the Mopar Muscle Weekend, he was the major sponsor of the event.
Ken Willing not only drag raced in the Mopar Muscle Weekend, he was the major sponsor of the event. Gerard Walsh

For the rush of racing

AT THE weekend, he was the major sponsor of the Mopar Muscle Weekend and drove from Townsville to Warwick for the annual drag racing meeting for the Queensland Chrysler Club.

He was one of 65 drivers at Warwick Dragway for two days of competition.

Between 50 and 60 more were in town with their Chryslers for the weekend.

Forty drivers kickstarted the weekend with a vehicle display in Leslie Park.

"There was plenty of interest in the mopar muscle cars," event organiser Darryl Elliot said.

"A lot also came out to the track to have a look.

"Attendance is growing each year. Warwick is a great event for racing and the social atmosphere."

He said the cold weather made it tough in the mornings as the traction compound on the track doesn't work as well.

Willing drove a Plymouth Barracuda he bought from San Francisco, one of seven Chryslers he owns.

"I have raced on every track in Queensland other than Stanthorpe and Boulia," he said.

"I only drag race. I love the feeling of acceleration," he said.

"Drag racing is a whack in the back when you floor the throttle.

"Real racers go straight for the finish line, everyone else drives around in circles looking for it."

He dialled in a time of 7.8 seconds for a pass in Warwick and estimated his speed reached 85-86mph.

"Drag racing is not as easy as you think. You have to spend a lot of time practising to get good at it," he said.



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