WE have attempted to keep the rules for Drag Challenge as simple as possible, but there are some needed to ensure a safe event and fair racing. Check ‘em out:
NO TOW CARS!
Once you’ve registered at the track on the Monday morning the only reason your car will be anywhere near a car trailer or support vehicle is if you’re out of the competition. You will not be able to access your tow vehicle and/or trailer from the start of racing on Day One until the end of the competition on Day Five – unless you’re out. This includes on the open road, at fuel stops and at motels.
NO SUPPORT VEHICLES!
Vehicles may not be led or followed by support vehicles of any kind. A support vehicle is one used to: supply (or with the intent of supplying) anything to help or rescue a competitor’s car; or carry anything for a competitor including luggage, tools, fuel, repair parts, spares, marquees and helpers or crew. Vehicles towing just-in-case trailers are also not allowed. We give armbands to entrants and their passengers/helpers, and anyone found working on a car without an armband will get that car disqualified. Armbands will be issued on an ‘as needed basis’ up to the maximum usable seating capacity in the vehicle. Therefore if your vehicle only has two seats available, you get two armbands.
NO REGULAR STREET TYRES
Normal hard street rubber is no longer allowed at Drag Challenge as it destroys our lovely track prep. You'll either need to run on soft compound radials or slicks. You can, of course, run normal rubber for the road course.
SIDE OF THE ROAD SAFETY
All vehicles must be driven under their own power during the entire Drag Challenge competition and may not be towed, trailered or pushed by another vehicle at any time. The exception is in the event of an emergency in which a vehicle needs to be removed from the roadway, or a dangerous situation; such as beside a busy road. In this case assistance may be used to move the car a short distance to a safe area, for example, to the next truck parking area. This doesn’t mean you can tow the car 50km to the next town, only tow it to a safe place. Safety is paramount. If your car breaks at the track, the officials can tow it to the pits. We strongly recommend grabbing some flashing emergency lights in case you have to stop at the side of the road in the dark - your car's hazard lights are not good enough in bad conditions.
IF IN DOUBT, CALL US
A Drag Challenge phone number will be supplied to all participants. If an entrant wishes to withdraw from the competition by loading the vehicle on a trailer or using an illegal support vehicle, the number must be called immediately to notify staff of the withdrawal. Also call the number supplied if you have to move the vehicle for safety reasons as outlined above.
Each competition vehicle may tow a single-axle trailer no more than 190cm high (measured at the axle centreline) from ground to top, including the height of anything carried on top of the trailer. Trailers may not contain any components that contribute to cooling, charging, oiling or fuelling the competition vehicle while the trailer is in motion. It is up to the entrant to make themselves aware of all road rules pertaining to safe loading and towing of trailers.
DON’T BRING YOUR MUM’S CAR
The competitor must race the vehicle they have entered. If you show up with a vehicle that wasn’t on the entry form, we reserve the right to refuse entry. Simply put, if you break your car, talk to us about it beforehand and we can make an arrangement. Don’t show up in your mum’s Camry or a hire car.
WHO CAN WORK ON COMPETITION VEHICLES?
Drag Challenge competitors may borrow or buy parts, tools and supplies from each other and may help each other with manpower. However, vehicles entered with the obvious intent of supporting another competitor with parts, tools, supplies or manpower will subject both entries to disqualification at the race director’s discretion. It is not our intent to keep friends from helping friends, but to prevent entries from acting as support vehicles for other competitors.
STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE
We understand friends and spectators will want to follow along, but helpers may not lead or follow in separate vehicles. Everyone in a Drag Challenge vehicle will get an armband and anyone seen helping a car without an armband will disqualify that vehicle. All Drag Challenge helpers must travel in an entered vehicle. IE: you can swap seats with other helpers, but you can’t hitch a ride in your friend’s Camry because it’s more comfortable.
WHAT HELP IS LEGAL?
While you can’t have a team of helpers following along, you can enlist the help of professional businesses along the route. For example, RACV for roadside assistance, or perhaps a local transmission shop, but they will have to work on the car where it is. You can remove the parts where the car has broken down and get a lift (or taxi) to a place where the parts can be repaired, or a mobile mechanic can come to you.
CAN I ORDER PARTS OR FUEL?
Ordering parts or fuel and having it delivered to drag strips or hotels by professional businesses during Drag Challenge is allowed, but will have to be organised by the entrant. This doesn’t mean you can ring your mate and have him bring you a drum of fuel to the track each day.
CAN I DO AN ENGINE SWAP DURING THE EVENT?
No. Swapping engines so that one is used for the drag strip and another for on-road drives is not allowed. Nor is replacing a blown motor – while you can replace a motor so that you can come along to the remaining days of competition, you’ll be disqualified. The same engine block is to be used for the entire competition.
WHAT SIGNAGE CAN I RUN?
Just like at Hot Rod Drag Week, Drag Challenge competitor vehicles should be void of large sponsorship signage. This is a street car event and it is important the cars look like street machines, not race cars or taxis! Unless your car is an actual taxi, of course.
Lettering or logos must be less than 150mm tall on the side or front of the cars and are limited to a single sponsor, company, or name. Retro lettering on gasser-style or vintage muscle cars is allowed, but no ambush marketing thank you!
Front windscreen banners, large door stickers, and partial or complete vehicle wraps displaying sponsors, workshops or competitor companies to Drag Challenge sponsors will need to be removed before the registration day, Sunday November 11.
Signage on competitor vehicles rear windscreens, trailers and roof racks is open, but should not bring the event into disrepute or attract the wrong kind of attention.
DRAG CHALLENGE SPONSOR SIGNAGE
Competitors are to ensure that all official Street Machine Drag Challenge sponsorship material is applied to the vehicle in the correct position, prior to the commencement of the event. A snap audit may be conducted at any time during the course of the event and failure to meet these requirements will see the competitor excluded from the competition. Without our sponsors, there can be no event!
Drag Challenge 2018 signage includes supplied compulsory decals at the top of the windscreen, class and number on the passenger side of the front windscreen and sponsor logos on the rear windscreen.
THIS year, there will be no racing on regular street tyres, as they chew up our lovely track prep! That means you'll need to run soft compound drag radials or a slick. You can, of course, swap over to normal street rubber for the daily drive.