Willowbank Nostalgia Drags & Hot Rod Reunion 2019

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

Eh Mad Jpg

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!


Nostalgia Drags

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!




Toyota Corolla1st George Wegener – Toyota Corolla


Malibu2nd Darren Ramsay – Chev Malibu



Nostalgia Drags1st David Gall – ’64 Toyota 


Nostalgia Drags2nd Darren Cahill – XK Falcon 



Nostalgia Drags1st Shane Locke – Chev LUV


Datsun ute2nd Paul Carpenter – Datsun ute



Nostalgia Drags1st Bridger Frankland – FB Holden 

2nd Bruce Cole – ’60 Studebaker



Nostalgia Drags1st Greg Ward – altered


Nostalgia Drags2nd Paul Davies – funny car



Nostalgia Drags1st Zac Palm – ’23 Ford 


Nostalgia Drags2nd Cooper Leahy – dragster 



Gerard Hambster1st Gerard O’Neil


Peter Hambster2nd Peter Grant



Holden HT Premier1st Tonacia Marshall – HT Premier


Holden One-Tonner2nd David Olsen – Holden Tonner   



Dodge Charger1st Jody Wentworth – Dodge Charger


Camaro2nd Craig Currey – Camaro



Nostalgia Drags1st Grant Carpenter – ’28 Ford


Nostalgia Drags2nd Nathan Griffey – ’32 Ford



Nostalgia Drags1st Joe Marshall – Suzuki Katana

2nd Isaac Smith – Honda


How are you finding our new site design? Tell us in the comments below or send us your thoughts at feedback@whichcar.com.au.


Subscribe to Street Machine magazine

Subscribe to Street Machine and save up to 39%
Street Machine is the bible of Aussie modified auto culture, celebrating wild muscle cars, customs and hot rods – and the incredible humans who create them.



We recommend


Wakefield Park Raceway

Wakefield Park development under threat

The Goulburn Mulwaree Council’s planning department has advised councillors to vote against Wakefield Park's development application

5 hours ago
Jack Houlihan
Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.