Vern Veitch, Ken Willing, Maria Pagano and Matt Willing were some of the Townsville connection at Mopar Muscle.
Vern Veitch, Ken Willing, Maria Pagano and Matt Willing were some of the Townsville connection at Mopar Muscle. Gerard Walsh

Northerners like our drag racing

TOWNSVILLE deputy mayor Vern Veitch was one of five drivers from North Queensland who travelled more than 2800km for 45 seconds of action on the Warwick Dragway during the Mopar Muscle Weekend.

Two more towed vehicles to Warwick for the event.

Matt Willing travelled the furthest, 4100km from Atherton.

He and his brother Ken have been to the last five of the Mopar Muscle Weekends. All would love to have a chance to drag race in Townsville but don't have a raceway.

Veitch said they had the coloured taxi cabs (V8 Supercars) annually but there wasn't a drag racing facility in the area.

"They run drag racing well in Warwick," Veitch said.

For Ken Willing, the Warwick trip is a high point of his sporting year.

"I love racing here, the people in Warwick run a good meeting," he said.

Warwick District Drag Racing Association president Chris Loy said as with all meetings on the track, everything was done by volunteers.

"We have a lot of volunteers who don't come from the Warwick area," he said.

Drag racing's worst enemy - rain - blew in about 5pm Saturday during qualifying and the band and barbecue started earlier at the track than planned. There was just a bit more to get through on Sunday after the Saturday night rain.

Loy said the Mopar Muscle Weekend, which attracted 80 racers and many more cars, was one of the top three meetings at Warwick Dragway for the year.



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