Willowbank Nostalgia Drags & Hot Rod Reunion 2019

We check out the action from last weekend’s Nostalgia Drags & Hot Rod Reunion

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LAST weekend in Brisbane was a big one for fans of old-school car culture, with both the 20th anniversary of GreazeFest and the latest Willowbank Nostalgia Drags kicking up different kinds of dust.

While more than a few hardy souls entered cars in both events, it’s likely that the date clash put a dent in numbers at the drags. Nevertheless, it was a great meeting, with plenty of cool new cars and some great racing. And it was great to see Australia’s oldest drag racer, George Wegener, taste victory yet again.

1936 FordWe dug Bill Taylor’s ’36 Ford dubbed Short Fuse. Running in Nostalgia Eliminator, the big-block Chev-powered beast has run a best of 11.7@118mph.

 

Willys Nostalgia DragsWyld Willy was another newcomer to Nostalgia Eliminator, powered by a gassed Holden V8 that drove it into the 11-second bracket.

 

Studebaker Nostalgia DragsBruce Cole’s Studebaker Lark was also new to Nostalgia Eliminator, but that didn’t stop him picking up the runner-up spot first time out! The Lark is still Stude-powered, too.

 

Ford Falcon XYThere were a few Drag Challenge Weekend cars out racing, including Lee Hill’s killer XY Fairmont, running 11s with a standard-stroke 302. And our 235 Aspirated runner-up, Shane Locke, took out the Street Machine class in his Chev LUV. Woo!

 

EHMADHow tough is this? Graham Miller’s EHMAD packs an 8/71-blown small-block and runs low 10s!

 

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Your humble author also had a great meeting, breaking into the 11-second zone for the first time with an 11.735-second pass behind the wheel of Rob Brown’s Barbara Ann FX Holden. Thanks to Rob, Dan Hiscox and the rest of the team!

 

RESULTS

GAS

Toyota Corolla1st George Wegener – Toyota Corolla

 

Malibu2nd Darren Ramsay – Chev Malibu

 

VINTAGE GAS

Nostalgia Drags1st David Gall – ’64 Toyota 

 

Nostalgia Drags2nd Darren Cahill – XK Falcon 

 

STREET MACHINE

Nostalgia Drags1st Shane Locke – Chev LUV

 

Datsun ute2nd Paul Carpenter – Datsun ute

 

NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR

Nostalgia Drags1st Bridger Frankland – FB Holden 

2nd Bruce Cole – ’60 Studebaker

 

TOP ELIMINATOR

Nostalgia Drags1st Greg Ward – altered

 

Nostalgia Drags2nd Paul Davies – funny car

 

MIDDLE ELIMINATOR

Nostalgia Drags1st Zac Palm – ’23 Ford 

 

Nostalgia Drags2nd Cooper Leahy – dragster 

 

HAMBSTER

Gerard Hambster1st Gerard O’Neil

 

Peter Hambster2nd Peter Grant

 

AUSSIE MUSCLE

Holden HT Premier1st Tonacia Marshall – HT Premier

 

Holden One-Tonner2nd David Olsen – Holden Tonner   

 

US MUSCLE

Dodge Charger1st Jody Wentworth – Dodge Charger

 

Camaro2nd Craig Currey – Camaro

 

HOT ROD

Nostalgia Drags1st Grant Carpenter – ’28 Ford

 

Nostalgia Drags2nd Nathan Griffey – ’32 Ford

 

CLASSIC BIKE

Nostalgia Drags1st Joe Marshall – Suzuki Katana

2nd Isaac Smith – Honda

 

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