Neil Murphy, of Brisbane, speeds up during a pass at the Warwick Dragway on Saturday before hitting the wall on the side of the drag strip.
Neil Murphy, of Brisbane, speeds up during a pass at the Warwick Dragway on Saturday before hitting the wall on the side of the drag strip. DAVE HATFIELD

Thrills aplenty at drags

THEY have burn-outs, smoke, noise and plenty of speed at the Warwick Dragway, and last Saturday a tiny bit of fire as well.

Warwick Drag Racing Association president Chris Loy confirmed Brisbane driver Neil Murphy was the one who hit the wall in his super charged outlaw car on Saturday.

“He had a relatively new car which had only done six or seven passes at Willowbank where he ran 6.6 seconds for the quarter mile (400m) at a top speed of 212 miles per hour,” Loy said.

As the car hit the wall, there was an instant fire ball but due to the safety requirements in the sport, the driver walked away without a scratch and the fire was extinguished by an on-board fire system within 10 seconds.

Murphy was in an exhibition bracket on Saturday and not competing in the Nitro South Queensland Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series.

Series organiser John Winterburn was in no doubt a round of the series would be held in Warwick again next year.

“The stringent safety requirements of the Australian National Drag Racing Association make it a very safe sport,” he said.



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