The Nitro Slam is upon us for another season at Perth Motorplex and this drag racing show has been filled to the brim with the best drag racers the state can offer – and plenty of nitro, of course!
Here is our list of the vehicles you should take a closer look at on the track and in the pits.
If there is one vehicle that captures everybody’s attention at Perth Motorplex, it would have to be Jay Upton’s insane Top Fuel Motorcycle. Fuelled by nitro and supercharged to boot, this streamlined machine has been edging closer and closer to the ‘sweet spot’ with every appearance. The first five second run by a motorcycle in Australia is still up for grabs and Jay would love to be the one to do it. One thing is for sure, don’t miss this motorcycle!
Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars are common in Australia but less seen are Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragsters. Michael Brooks is changing that with his front engine car! One of the best things about this car is the sound, thanks to the high percentage nitro mixture that makes the dragster ‘cackle’. Listen and you can hear a real snap with every little explosion in that motor.
While we’re on the subject of front engine dragsters, we’ve also included Paul Ryan on this list.
His dragster looks similar externally to Michael’s, the difference with Paul’s is that some parts of it are legit 1960s nostalgia tech. The car was built by Woody Gilmore and raced through the 60s and 70s. It was restored after being rediscovered in the late nineties at a radiator shop in California.
Another fun fact, Paul’s father Mick ran one of the first two dragsters to arrive in Western Australia in 1967.
He was a part of the world’s slowest drag race when he foot raced against Maurice Allen in a now famous Motorplex contest, but Ryan Learmonth plans on being much, much faster in general.
The flamed Pro Stock Motorcycle revs high and cuts times in the low seven second zone.
Funny Cars are not unusual to Perth Motorplex, but they are rare to the Modified class. Danielle Neil has changed that with this Camaro. Despite being naturally aspirated, Danielle bolted to a seven second personal best last time out. This car just goes to show that if your dream is to race a Funny Car, it doesn’t have to be a budget buster!
Steve Aldridge acquired the ex-Frank Mamone Cuda last season but his debut was soured by a crash as the beginning of this season.
Fortunately the car has been repaired and we expect that this should be the next five second Top Doorslammer in Western Australia. Crew chief Andrew Fowler made some great strides with Aldridge’s last car, a very heavy 55 Chev, so with this newer and lighter chassis we expect big things.
Super Sedan is a class that relies on consistency and turbocharging doesn’t always cooperate with that goal. Not that Russell Batley cares with his bright orange Toyota Supra!
Low slung and with the famous Toyota 2JZ engine in place, watch out for Batley building up the boost and hot footing down the race track.
After some time away from the track, Joe Bertolini is back and ready to take on the tough Modified Bike field.
Bertolini’s Suzuki is one of the quickest rides in the class and when combined with his many years of experience on the track, he is one of the major threats to the winner’s trophy.
A new Top Alcohol Dragster burst on to the Perth Motorplex scene when Nigel Johnson rolled out his brand new car at the start of this season.
Johnson’s early performances were strong, with the engine combination from the USA’s Darren Mayer doing a fine job. He has missed a couple of events since but now is back and ready for more times in the mid fives.
If you hear a sound that resembles a machine gun at Perth Motorplex don’t panic, it’s probably Michael Buckley’s mad Mazda RX7!
Watch out for long, high revving burnouts and the long flames that pop from the exhaust when Buckey gets on to the two-step rev limiter before launch.
Well there’s our top ten, but if we had to add one more it would be ANYTHING WITH NITRO! And there are a bunch. Mark Sheehan in the Nitro Madman, Anthony Begley in Chemical Warfare, Andrew Katavatis in the Beach Bomb, Matt Abel in Nitro Thunder, Frank Taylor in No Laughing Matter – the Nitro Slam is going to be epic!
Qualifying begins from 12.00pm with feature racing from 5.30pm.