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Alexandra Drags 2013

On the 28th of September Chris (one of our mechanics) and I set off for the Southern Dragways event held in Alexandra along side the Blossom Festival known as “Thunder Sunday”. I picked up the VE from our workshop around 9am and headed to Chris's house to collect him. We set the cruise control and didn't stop till Geraldine for a lunch of Subway. The next stop was Twizel for a bit of unsuccessful fishing in the canals.

As neither I or Chris had pre registered for the racing on Sunday we had an early night so we could be up nice and early to make sure we didn't miss out on the racing. We managed to be among the first at the track and by track I mean Alexandra's air strip. It was good to be there early to meet everyone and get set up. I was first up in the VE. Now for those that aren't familiar with the Harman Motors Holden Commodore SS-V it's a true street weapon with over 340 rear wheel kilowatt or 450 horse power of true hot cam V8 grunt with a manual six speed. Now as this was a air strip and we were not running slicks I knew traction was going to be an issue. What I did not realize was that it was still going to be an issue after the half track marker. The traction might have been low but the enjoyment factor was high. With both Chris and I running in the 13's all day we had a great time. The VE has run a best time of 12.03 with slicks on a prepped track before so you can imagine how much wheel spin we had to contend with. Our VE made twice as many passes as any other car in the field due to the fact we had two drivers But it still never missed a beat when we packed up and drove it back to Christchurch.

Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?

James McMullan
Performance Technician