WHEELIE FUN: Scott Alder wheelstanding his kombi at the van-themed test ‘n’ tune at Willowbank Raceway on Wednesday. dragphotos.com.au
WHEELIE FUN: Scott Alder wheelstanding his kombi at the van-themed test ‘n’ tune at Willowbank Raceway on Wednesday. dragphotos.com.au Contributed

Van enthusiasts have a blast at Willowbank Raceway

VANS, vans, vans - the staging lanes at Willowbank Raceway were full of them on Wednesday for the first van-themed test 'n' tune.

Everything from kombi vans to vans that were clearly more used to transporting the kids to soccer practice were in action at the drag strip, racing for free by virtue of their 'van' status.

It certainly was something different, and definitely entertaining.

The theme racing doesn't end there either, with tomorrow set to host a General Motors-themed test 'n' tune.

If you have a GM vehicle, download and print the special flyer from the drag strip's Facebook page and bring it on Saturday to race for free.

In other big news out of Willowbank Raceway this week is the announcement that Lights Out Grudge Match racing is coming back on February 12.

This time it will be bringing with it none other than Jeff Lutz and his world's fastest '57 Chev, thanks to the support of Powercruise, Willowbank Raceway, Horsepower Solutions and Haltech.

It is a safe bet that Jonny Speed will be right there on the start-line taking in all the action and the atmosphere on this big night.

When the lights out concept was first introduced last year it blew up on Facebook, and with some tweaks to the format these events are just getting better and better, offering a rare chance to get as close as possible to some amazing metal in action.

It is all about pro tree, eighth mile, first to the finish line wins racing, and as an invite only outing, you know that the racers in action will be bringing their best.

Next door at Queensland Raceway there has been plenty of circuit racing action this week too, with the Friday Night Drifts kicking off its 2016 campaign.

There were some amazing cars on-track, with plenty of man hours obviously put in on builds across the holiday break, and with the QR round of the Australian Drifting Grand Prix fast approaching (February 27), I am expecting to see more and more drifters on-track at these events as they put in as much preparation as possible for the main event.

See you at the precinct.

KEY EVENTS

  • Tomorrow - General Motors themed Test 'n' Tune, Willowbank Raceway
  • Tomorrow and Sunday - V8 Race Experience, Queensland Raceway
  • Wednesday - Test 'n' Tune, Willowbank Raceway
  • Next Friday (January 22) - Friday Night Drift, Qld Raceway