Since the time when there were two cars in the same town, there has been drag racing — it’s the ultimate battle of man, machine and horsepower. Here in New Zealand, the original venues such as Kopuku, and even Thunder Park may be long gone, but many of those who competed there are still around, and still haven’t lost the bug.
As we read in Tony Johnson’s column over the last few issues, T-buckets, Altereds and dragsters were the weapons of choice in the early days, and with their light weight, simplicity and ability to get power to the ground, it’s not hard to see why.
The public however have always preferred cars they can associate with, and you only need to look at what American car manufacturers were doing back in the ’60s to see that the theory of race on Sunday, sell on Monday was a successful one. In New Zealand though, there wasn’t (more…)