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Willowbank Nostalgia Drags & Hot Rod Reunion 2019

By Simon Telford, 07 Aug 2019 Drag Racing

Willowbank Nostalgia Drags & Hot Rod Reunion 2019

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

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.

Read next: Australia Nostalgia Racers Drags Mildura 2018

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