Nicole, Gary and Nathan Steinberger with their VJ Valiant Charger and 79 CM sedan at the Mopar Muscle event.
Nicole, Gary and Nathan Steinberger with their VJ Valiant Charger and 79 CM sedan at the Mopar Muscle event. Deanna Millard

Dragway event fun for the entire family

THE thrill of sheer power and speed has captivated the entire local Steinberger family, who competed at the Mopar Muscle weekend at the Warwick Dragway.

Gary Steinberger has owned numerous Chargers over the years and has taken to racing them as well for a bit of fun.

After recently restoring his VJ Valiant Charger, now complete with a 245 engine and triple webbers he said it would be a crime not to test it out on the quarter mile.

"I haven't been competing for long, so for me it's all about having a bit of fun," he said. "I'm possessed, but not obsessed with racing."

Mr Steinberger is pleased to share his passion for cars and drag racing with his wife and son, who both experienced the thrill of speeding down the quarter mile for the first time at the weekend.

Nathan Steinberger said he was ecstatic to receive his father's 79 CM sedan as a 17th birthday gift and put it to good use at the Mopar Muscle event.

"Wow, is the only way I can describe the feeling of being on the track for the first time," he said.

Nicole Steinberger also had her first taste of drag racing at the weekend as she competed in the powder puff category.

Mrs Steinberger said she was a bit apprehensive about competing but her husband convinced her to give it a go. After her first race she said she could hardly wait to get back on the track.

"I was totally overpowered by the need for speed," she said.

"It is so addictive. I can hardly wait to do it again.

"The hardest part is getting your reaction time spot on so you don't red-light and then it is just a matter of flooring it and not missing a gear."

The Steinberger family are members of the Warwick Dragway Association and said they love the social side of belonging to the club just as much as the competitive side.

"We get our kicks from the racing but enjoy camping at the grounds for the whole weekend, spending quality family time and socialising with other club members."



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