The Merc on Roids team in Hogan Hero’s theme complete with Matching Tune. It won best-themed car at last weekend’s Queensland Raceway “Lemons’’ event.
The Merc on Roids team in Hogan Hero’s theme complete with Matching Tune. It won best-themed car at last weekend’s Queensland Raceway “Lemons’’ event.

Winternats, Thunder events to light up Willowbank

IT'S not long until the 2016 City of Ipswich Winternationals roar down the dragstrip at Willowbank.

All has gone quiet at the precinct leading up to what is the biggest weekend of the year.

That will be the Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway and the 2 Days of thunder at Queensland Raceway.

These two huge events will pump millions of dollars into the Ipswich economy.

More than 400 entries have been received for the Winternationals.

The 2 Days of Thunder will have close to 200 cars competing.

This year's Winternationals will feature the return on drag racing legend Victor Bray.

It also great news that the City of Ipswich has come on board as the major sponsor.

The motorsport precinct is the heart and soul of Queensland Motorsport and the Ipswich City Council has put its money where its mouth is to keep it flourishing.

The 2 days of Thunder at Queensland Raceway is an awesome event.

It features race categories such as Trans Ams, Classic Sports Sedans, Production Sports, Queensland Touring Cars and the fabulous oldies in the Group N Historic Touring.

This year's event will have a display from BMW's celebrating the 100th anniversary of the car manufacture.

It's expected more than 100 BMW's will be in attendance with all types of models, new and classic.

Tonight, the drifters back at Queensland Raceway.

Tomorrow is a Race your Mates program with the Open Sprints.

I love Race your Mates motorcycle racing seeing guys that are just staring out in racing and how far the go from race one to the final race.

Tomorrow night is the Roll Racing, which just keeps getting bigger.

I love how it is not just racing.

It's a true car show feel around with most cars parked with their bonnets up and owners willing to talk about their mods.

On Sunday, another batch of V8 Race experience punters get their chance in a V8 race car.

The action never stops at the precinct.

Last weekend I ventured to Queensland Raceway for the inaugural 24 hours of Lemons in Queensland.

What a hoot it was.

More than 30 cars lined up with their "Lemon" price tags of under $999.

The teams got into the spirt dressing up with themes such as the Death Stars, Storm Troopers, Doctors and Nurses, a patriotic Queensland Team, Ninja Turtles and even a Hogan Hero's team.

That was in in an old Merc (pictured) with a Tank turret on the roof.

In the end it was the Storm Troopers, in their $600 Nissan Pulsar, that took out victory completing an amazing 515 laps or just over 1500km.

Key events

Friday night: Friday Night Drifts, Queensland Raceway.

Saturday: Ipswich Open Sprints, Queensland Raceway.

Saturday night: Roll Racing, Queensland Raceway.

Next weekend: City of Ipswich Winternationals, Willowbank Raceway; 2 Days of Thunder, Queensland Raceway.