READY TO RACE: Michael Schaper is hoping his 1957 Chevy will go the distance at this year's race.
READY TO RACE: Michael Schaper is hoping his 1957 Chevy will go the distance at this year's race.

Full throttle weekend of racing

DRAG RACING: They clock high speeds over the quarter mile, and drag racing enthusiasts won’t be disappointed during this weekend’s Dragfest races.

After 15 years of racing, Warwick’s drag strip has shown there is a need for speed from local and out of town drivers.

Gold Coast racer Michael Schaper has attended every year the event has been run, and isn’t ready to slow down yet.

“I’ve been involved in drag racing for about 21 years, and I really love the sport,” Schaper said.

“This weekend, we have a 1957 Chevy ute — which really is a one of a kind car.

“It’s a fuel injected big block chev that we’ve run the best of an 8.65 second at 155 mph.”

As last year’s runner up in the extreme sedan bracket, Schaper knows what it takes to get a victory at the event.

“I’ve won multiple Dragfest meetings over the years,” he said.

“Last year I was actually the runner up, and I was in the top 10 of the 200 cars that competed over the weekend.”

One racer looking to make his mark on the weekend, is St George driver Phil Halpin, who’s recent rekindling with the sport is his driving motivator.

“I started drag racing about 30 years ago, and I did it for a really long time before I decided to give it up,” Halpin said.

“It was actually my two sons who got me back into the sport, they started racing and I thought it would be good way for me to get back into it.”

This weekend’s event will see Halpin race in not one but two events — doubling his chances for a victory.

“When we go to Warwick, I race a bike and a car, and this year I’ll be putting my car in the radial class,” he said.

“I drive a 1984 panel van, that runs with a modified engine.”

Both drivers agree that the friendly hospitality and community environment is what makes Warwick Dragfest one to mark on the calendar.

“Warwick is good — it’s a well-run event over the two days and people always seem to enjoy themselves,” Schaper said.

“And it gives people the chance to catch up with everyone that they might only see once a year.”

Gates open from 8am, with the first round of racing kicking off at 10am.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $15 per person per day.

For more information head to www.warwickdragway.com.au



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