Lyn Stewart races in memory of her late husband Mark in each year's Six Banger Nationals.
Lyn Stewart races in memory of her late husband Mark in each year's Six Banger Nationals. Molly Glassey

Lyn races in her husband's memory in Six Bangers

DRAG RACING: For the seventh time at the Six Banger Nationals, Lyn Stewart is driving her Holden Gemini Station Wagon with the engine and carby settings from her late husband in 2012.

The Six Banger Nationals will be held at the Warwick Dragway for the 12th time this weekend.

Some drivers will only compete in the Six Bangers which have qualifying on Saturday and racing on Sunday.

Only six-cylinder vehicles can compete on Sunday with drivers coming from as far as Sydney and Newcastle.

The drivers will compete for the Mark Stewart Trophy on Sunday. Mark was fatally injured in a work accident in 2012 after he and wife Lyn started the Six Bangers.

More than 100 drivers will be in action at the Warwick Dragway this weekend for the first meeting since the winter recess.

"It is good, absolutely, to be able to remember Mark with the Six Bangers each year,” Lyn said.

"Our son Norm will travel from Newcastle to drive the memorial pass in Mark's altered (drag racing vehicle) on Sunday morning as he has done for the past six years.

"Mark loved his six-cylinders, of course six-cylinders can beat the V8s.”

Lyn has a white Holden Gemini Station Wagon she has competed in for the past decade.

No one has worked on the motor of the Gemini since Mark did in 2012.

"He was absolutely good at making a car go fast down the 200m (one-eighth) mile track,” she said.

"Mark loved his SU Carburettors and was good at tuning them.”

"I have won 10 years in succession in my class in bracket meetings at the Warwick Dragway. I used to try to get a bit of sympathy as I had a little Gemini but they don't give me sympathy any more.”

While it is not impossible for her to win her late husband's trophy at the Six Bangers, she said everything had to go right to win it.

"There is a lot of competition for the overall trophy,” Lyn said.

Warwick Drag Racing Association committee member, Matt Loy said the Saturday program would be round 3 of the DAS Contracting Sutton Family Bracket Series.

"We are hoping for 70 drivers and motorcycle riders to head to town for the bracket meeting at Warwick Dragway,” he said.

"Competitors aiming to win the series need to perform this weekend as there will only be four rounds.”

Drivers who haven't competed in the whole series are still welcome to nominate on Saturday.

Gates open at 7am Saturday and Sunday with qualifying at 10am-3pm Saturday and racing from 3.30pm to 8am and then all day Sunday.

Admission is $10 for spectators, children under 13 free.



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