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Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2021 7:47 am    Post subject: WSID - WOW!

Got back from the WSID Summernationals last night.
What a BLAST!
Fantastic track for spectators and competitors alike, adequate facilities, lots of improvements on the horizon.
Me and GT drove up from Canberra, and were at the gates at 9AM. Tickets were $35 ("Silver" seating) which got us on the seated grassed area. Plastic seats ("Gold" seating) $50. Vantage point was supurb, right over the start line. On the lane 2 side, however, you couldn't see the Big Screen, which featured several worth while replays. Will sit on the other side of the track next time to get a good view of the big screen. Cheap seats were $25, and would have ben great. Next time, we'll bring our camp chairs and an esky, chicken sandwiches included. The food from the caterers was very expensive! Being a stinker of a day (38 degrees for most of the day) cold water was the drink of choice, but at $2.50 a bottle, I'll bring my own next time! WSID is a "dry" track, but there were plenty of people who found it easy to bring in tinnies and stuff. Being such a hot day, I'm glad I didn't take an esky full of beer, as I would have been unconscious by mid-day! The last few hours of the meeting was spoiled by a pack of drunken dickheads sitting next to us drinking "crazy coke".
The racing was unreal! Congrats to Terry Aggland, who whittled down a field of some 40+ Super Street competitors to take out the finals in the only hot rod. His white 32 Coupe ran in the 10s all weekend! In addition, he did it the hard way - didn't get any solo pases, got a win from one cherry and one break-out on the Sunday, whereas other brackets took advantage of the solos passes and only cracked the green when they could, plus there were many cherries and break-outs as the competition wound down.
What a great thrill it was to see the Sainty's get a 5.1 in Top Fuel Round 1! Cowan did a 4.99 at the semis to beat Terry, but I have a special place for the Sainty's, having met Stan and Terry a few years ago at a mutual friend's wedding. They should be getting some serious orders for their engines after this weekend! The other great spectacle for Top Fuel was seeing Luke Shepherd take the win against Jim Read in Round 1. Luke had Jim beaten from the start, IMHO, but it was closely founght (5.3 v 5.4) with Jim's run ending in a blower fire and a visit to the sand trap and safety net. Luke Shepherd had only just recently completed his license passes to get his TF ticket, and I reckon we're on a winner! Jim Read, always the sportsman, congratulated Luke on his well deserved win. At the other end of TF was the final between the American Mike Dunn and John Cowan, with Cowan taking the trophy. I was disappointed in the lack of sportsmanship shown by many spectators when the US national anthem was played. Our own anthem was well done, being performed by a young girl from one of the dragster crews (her name escapes me for the moment), she has a great voice and it went over very well.
I enjoyed watching Jay Upton take the finals on that awesome bike of his in TF bike! The top doorslammer was well contested and very entertaining, the cars looking fantastic and sounding awesome! We missed Ben Bray beat Brett Stevens in the finals as we had to get out before the mad rush to get back to Canberra with a reasonable chance of getting some sleep!
All in all, WSID is a world class facility that will benefit drag racing like nothing else has for many years. Having a world class Sydney venue between Willowbank and Perth means it can only get better. When Vic and SA get their tracks back and (hopefully soon now) Canberra, we'll be able to see the best that drag racing has to offer in this country!
And here's a prediction - side by side 4 second passes at the next Top Fuel meeting at WSID!
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Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2021 7:49 am    Post subject: WSID - That Was ME!

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peddro
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Location: Mt. Waverley VIC AUSTRALIA

Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2021 12:29 pm    Post subject:

WSID? Is this the new track in Sydney?

I kinda forget what watching top drag racing is like. Used to go the all four days of the Nationals when Calder Park had them and were usually the last spectators to leave (a few BBQs had with the top fuelers as teenagers....which was always very cool).

As for drags in Melbourne, last I heard (a few months back admittedly)that's not likely to happen any time soon since the money disappeared for the Extreme motorsports complex. There's really only street meets still going on at Calder and Heathcote. icon_cry.gif icon_cry.gif
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johnno402002
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Joined: 28 Jul 2020
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Location: wallsend

Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2021 12:56 pm    Post subject:

Hi Choco,
I was there, what great day, so good to see top fuel running again icon_surprised.gif .

My company's staff club organised gold seating and return coach (2 of them) for $50 bucks a head, great deal.

Here is Jim Read



Hi resoultion image here, it's almost a meg
http://members.optusnet.com.au/~jjohnson61/Jim%20Read.jpg

The 32 Roadster, this thing was such a sleeper, but did it go

Hi resoulution image here, 700k
http://members.optusnet.com.au/~jjohnson61/32%20Roadster.jpg

Who ever built that roadster knows their stuff, and driven spot on.

You might notice the bag of fruit in with the starter on Jim Reads picture, it's Alan Jones, someone I would usually not have any time for, but apparently his constant nagging of the pollies was very helpful in getting the strip going, maybe he's not a complete wally after all. They interviewed him just after Jim's run, He seemed a little lost for words

In his earlier speech, he commented on the engineering of the track, how such a massive hole could be dug to put the strip completely below ground. It's very good, should keep the noise complaints from closing it.

Someone should nominate Jim Read for Australian of the year next year, not only did he manage to get a great strip built, but he spent 8 years dealing with the pollies and Alan Jones to do it. Unbelieveable!!! He also personally tested the catch fence, so they know that works as well!

regards,

John
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hotrodmatt
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Joined: 29 Sep 2020
Posts: 120
Location: Liverpool, Sydney

Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2021 1:14 pm    Post subject:

Yep top track!

I get to crew there next weekend - Yeehar! And a corporate box when we aren't playing with the car!

Ad if all works out I'll have press authentication too! (Against the wall on the fast side of the start line).

The noise retention is good. However I live about 10km away and can hear the fuelers from my front yard! i'll never complain about that sound!
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Popey
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Location: Newcastle. NSW

Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2021 11:47 am    Post subject:

I me up with some friends there, and we enjoyed it, despite the opprsssive heat and humidity. The air temps got up near 40 and the track must have been 70. The nitro Harley's were detonating.

I haven't seen drag racing for 10 years, and it was very impressive. WSID is truely an international standard venue. I heard someone from top fuel stating that they thought it was easily a 4.6 sec track, after it seasons a bit. Not hard to believe, since one of Santo's cars ran a 4.81s with a top end of 'just' 289MPH.

Terry Agland deserved to win that bracket, it was a fantastic driving effort with consistent runs around 10.22 @ 130mph. He is obviously very experienced; made it look so easy.
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