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Portland’s South Coast Raceway Car Show

Due to the change of date for the annual kick-off February meeting when you guys were having a free feed I was at the Portland Nostalgia drags,

I had also organised to catch up with some of the Port Fairy gang on the Sunday. After a six am start and a five hour drive I arrived at the track,

in 2010 we had gone there while on one of our Port Fairy weekends & what a great 1/8th mile facility they have now. The strip surface looked smooth, fast & was prepped well with plenty of traction for the big horsepower cars, grassy viewing mounds with shade structures,

food and drink at good prices, the committee and volunteers have done a magnificent job. The Wild Bunch and Nostalgia Drags were great. Ex-member and legendry nitro Funny Car racer from the 70’s & 80’s Jim Walton was Grand Marshall for the event.

There were nine gassers including four Tri-five Chevys and a ’64 Fairlane racing, they really put on a fantastic show with huge smoky burnouts and close racing with most running

in the 5-6 sec range at well over 100mph. I managed to get around the pits to see what tips I could get for my project and they seemed like a great bunch who just loved to have fun with their cars. “I think I’ll need a bigger moat(er)”

There was plenty of non-stop action with Aus & US Muscle, Hot Rod, Street and Super Sedan, Jr. Dragster, Bikes and Wild Bunch classes. Fastest car on the day was Spud’s ’67 Camaro which ran 6.3’s sec/160MPH passes all day!

Well done to all involved (just wish it was a little closer to home!) On Sunday I caught up with a couple of garage projects in Port Fairy and finished the day off with a “couple” of quiet beers with Digby at the Stump.

“Gasser” Steve!



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