Although the Perth Motorplex drag strip can be home to amazing 10,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragsters that reach 500kmh in under five seconds it is also a great place for people to take their every day street cars and bikes.
The annual Kwinana Performance Holden vs Ford on Anzac Day was the first example of this. With a beautiful autumn day on the cards many of Perth’s toughest Australian-built cars were out doing their utmost to set a new personal best time or win a race against their arch rivals.
There was everything from Ford Fiestas to purpose built Super Sedans out on the day, all enjoying the most important part of drag racing – fun!
Here’s some of our favourite moments from the event thanks to ace photographer Phil Luyer.
Amanda Martin has been getting licensed recently in the Emerald Ink Holden Commodore. She’s now into the nine second zone and will be one to look out for in Super Sedan next season.
Of course Kwinana Performance Holden v Ford is great because you can bring your street car out into competition and take your place in determining the winning marque for the day. Carmelo Belladonna had his Holden Statesman skidding big in the Street Fighter category.
Steph Gullotto recently married Super Sedan racer Matt Gullotto. This was her second time on the drag strip, the first being Formula Tech Whoop Ass Wednesday just a few days before!
Alicia Naylor was the lone Ford driver left in the finals, but unfortunately she red lit her chances away in the Perth Harley Davidson Ford Falcon ute.
Glen Evans campaigns the very tough FULLMETAL Holden one tonner. Although he was having a hard time getting the bulk power to the ground, this street car was spectacular to watch.
Congratulations go to our winners for the day – Tyron Begg in Sportsman, Adam Michaelides in Oz EFI, Tony Zaccaria in Street Fighter and Evie Toms-Hardman in Street ET.
As an added bonus there was a Ford v Holden burnout comp staged as well, featuring the debut appearance of DVL XC. It turned out to be a rather hellish performance with plenty of fire!
Next we swing into Fast Series action from Sunday. Rhys Naylor enjoyed both the previous day at Kwinana Performance Holden v Ford and the Fast Series racing.
The Fast Series attracts some racers who just want to take it easy, you know, like former Australian Pro Stock Motorcycle champions! Ray Easson is a regular in Fast Bike, running low eights on his Suzuki.
Speaking of interesting motorcycle names, Zoe Nieuwhof is the latest of the clan to go racing on two wheels joining father Paul, mother Julie and brother Luke.
Owen Ducker got in some testing with his 37 Chev Top Doorslammer, still a fresh import from the USA.
The night ended on a scary note with Shane Weston’s parachutes failing to deploy, resulting in him going into the sand trap at big speed. Weston had to be taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he is still feeling pretty sore. If you would like to leave a message of support for Shane you can do it on the team’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/weston.racing.7
More positive was seeing a bunch of racers leave with trophies in hand, with our congratulations going to Tim Spencer in Sportsman, David Morris in Oz EFI, Steven Trott in Fast Bike, Gavin Gillam in Classic, Blake Jeffreys in Street Fighter and Alanah Cope in Junior Dragster.
The final Fast Series event for the season takes place on May 9.