V 4&Rotary Nationals: Drag Racing photo gallery – 240 photos

February 1st, 2013 by Marcus

Day two of the V 4&Rotary Nationals took place as usual at Fram Autolite Dragway in Meremere. With an excellent track surface on offer drivers were cutting quick 60 foots and ET’s, with PB’s records and national indexes falling. The day ran without incident and for the thousands that packed the stands it was one of the best days racing we have seen this season

The biggest field of the day as usual was C1 Turbo (Turbo 4WD), but for the first time in a long while it was a GTR that took the class win in the form of Shaun Perwick’s Skyline R32. Shaun took the win over his opponent Andrew Glasgow who, went under the dail in of 11.00 for the class, running 10.93 to earn himself a disqualification.

C2 (Turbo RWD) had a great mix of vehicles, highlighted by the final between Chad Lakes Toyota Hilux and Jarred Coleman’s Toyota KE70 Sedan.  Chad went 12.6@172kph to claim the class win

C3 (NA) a class made up of prodomently rotary and Honda powered machines, with plenty of revs and awesome pre stage burnouts from both camps, not just the rotors.  Willie Green’s rapid 1978 Mazda 323 hatch would run constant mid 11s all day and earn his second C3 win in as many years after beating out Shane Haitana’s Civic

C4 (V8) saw only four entrants in the class, three of which were regular competitors at NAC Night Speed Drag Wars, all eager to take home the double points on offer at the rounds for that championship. The final would see the closest finish of all classes, with .01 of the second separating Mark Thomas’s 73 Falcon and Justin Weir’s 2002 Z06 Corvette. Mark taking the win with a 12.29@186kph Vs Justin’s 12.28@181kph

C5 (bikes) featured a good turnout of high performance Japanese bikes, many of whom race at NAC Night Speeds and were looking to earn those championship points. It would be the 2010 Hyabusa of Tony Gray thhat would take the win with a 10.86 on a DYO dial-in of 10.55

C6 (DYO) Went to the T Bucket of Martin Reichs running a 12.6 on a DYO dail-in of 12.5. While another DYO category C7 (Womens) was taken out by Sharan Steadman on her ZXR400 bike

C8 (Rotary turbo) eliminations played out to set up a final between Ben Clarke in his FD RX-7 and Matthew Avery in his RX-3. Matthew looked to have an easy win up his sleeve  because his RX-3 had been running mid 11’s all day vs Ben’s mid 12’s, but with Matthew blowing out to run a 12.75 the win went to Ben, running a 12.63@185kph

C9 (Pro street) only had three competitors entered, the fastest of which was Neil Carter in the 10 second NAC Evo. Neil’s fastest time of the day was posted in the final, running 10.2@227kph to beat out Adien Reidy


C11 (Outlaw) Saw Phil Grimmer’s new 37 Chev coupe take the win over Chris Anderson’s 1UZFE powered Ford Courier

The field everyone was there to see was without a doubt C10 (Sport Compact). These cars seem to run on a knife’s edge between victory and carnage and because of that fact it makes it the  most exciting class to watch. Although some of the big hitters in the class were absent, there was a good turnout of both Pro Import and Sport Mod (small tyre) vehicles. Brad Jonson in his now methanol fueled RX-7 would run a 8.94 to take the win over fellow sport mod contender Ben Cox. This is Brad’s second C10 win in a row. To top the day off he also ran a new PB of 8.6@257kph – an amazing feat considering this car still runs an H pattern gearbox

Ben Cox went 8.70@243kph during the day to better his own PB

and Matt Buttimore claimed the NZ 28×9 record with an epic 8.13@165MPH in the new look RX-4

Another car worth a mention was RIPS Racing’s new MGAWOT Stagea, which ran a new PB and broke into the NZPC 8 second club with a 8.82@254kph. This car is 100% street legal and with that pass it makes it New Zealand’s fastest street registered Import

The $1000 cash prize for the top burnout was well and truley earnt by Shaun Smith in his Datsun 1200 ut, which runs a methanol fueled Donovan V8 running Hilborn injection. Shaun laid down one of the biggest skids we have even seen, blanketing the entire crowd, actually, the entire Fram Autolite complex

For more coverage of both days of the V 4&Rotary Nationals check out NZPC195 on shelves next week. In the mean time here is a gallery showing just some of day two’s action