GALLERY: What you missed at the VW Street Parade
YOU'D be forgiven for thinking the old fashion Volkswagen Beetle is a poor choice for a drag racer.
Some models can be well over 60-years-old and their stock engines top out at about 30 hp.
But VW Magazine editor Craig Hughes said with the right alterations they have enough power to rival the traditional drag racing models.
"They were never built for this purpose but now you can buy performance parts and engines that can produce up to 350 hp."
Mr Hughes has organised the VW Nationals at Morgan Park Raceway for more than a decade.
He has about 75 racers booked in for the weekend across a range of classes.
From rusted VW kombi vans to supped-up bugs.
"There is a class for everybody."
The drags run on a handicap. Each entrant estimates a time and the team that is closest, or most consistent, with that time wins the day.
This handicap does not stop racers from dropping decent coin on their rides.
"You can spend about $10,000 to get it the point where it won't explode, so it's still cost effective," he said
"Compared to a top fuel dragster, that's just their fuel bill for the week, I think it costs about $1000 a second for their fuel."
The VW Nationals qualifying rounds start at 1pm today. Races run through until Sunday afternoon.
Sunday kicks off at 9am with a show and shine, swap meet, and trade displays.