Newcomer hopes to drag home a big win from Dragfest
A CROWD of eager dragsters from Queensland and New South Wales are expected to descend on Warwick Dragway for Dragfest this weekend.
Among them is Graham Hobbs from Gatton, who has only been racing for 12 months but hopes to take home a big win at the annual event.
He got his start in drag racing after friend and avid racer, Athol Jacobson, was killed in a truck accident.
"Athol had been drag racing for a long time," Mr Hobbs said.
"He used to race modified and now I'm racing super sedan.
"It was pretty expensive to get into but you can't put a price on something you enjoy."
Mr Hobbs said it took two years to buy the car and rebuild it for racing, but once the set-up was done there was no looking back.
His dedication to the sport and to his family and friends is spelled out on the bumper stickers that decorate his white Holden drag car, Snow White.
He supports both Light on the Hill Trucking Memorial and Ride for Elaina, a friend's granddaughter who recently passed away from Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
"All of the set up was done in the back yard by a friend of mine, and I just had to shell out the money for it," he said.
"I've made heaps of friends through drag racing and I get a lot of support from family and sponsorships, it definitely pays to have a sponsor.
"There's a lot of loyalty in the racing community and it's family-orientated with a lot of pride - it's not just bogans and booze.
"Drag racing is definitely safer than being on the streets; you can get the adrenaline racing here with a medical team on standby."
Racing at Warwick Dragway kicks off this morning at 8 and will continue to 7pm, with another big day of racing tomorrow.