our suc­cess­ful li­cens­ing and test­ing at Syd­ney Drag­way, I was very ex­cited to get back in the seat of the ‘One Bad Kiwi’ Aeroflow out­law ni­tro funny car. Thank­fully, we only had to wait a cou­ple of weeks be­fore our first of­fi­cial event, The Aeroflow Triple Chal­lenge. This was a mul­ti­fac­eted event, with drag rac­ing, drift­ing, and a burnout com­pe­ti­tion. Be­fore I get into the drag rac­ing side of things, I need to make men­tion of the burnout cars in Aus­tralia. Th­ese guys are nuts, a lot of the cars are very nice, and most of the cars have en­gines that would prob­a­bly go well into the sev­ensec­ond zone in a race car. I’m pretty sure there were more blow­ers on the burnout cars at this event than there are in to­tal in New Zealand! But, in what seemed a rather strange prac­tice, mem­bers of the crowd who were get­ting cov­ered in rubber par­ti­cles would some­how spread them all over their skin, and, by the end of the event, they were black from head to toe! Any­way, back to the ni­tro. As it was our first event, it was great to meet all those peo­ple you’ve heard of but never ac­tu­ally meet. The day be­fore the event was me­dia day, a chance not only to set up the pits, etc. but also for the TV crew to get in all those cool shots you see of the cars in the pre­views. A photo/TV shoot in a tin shed in 37 de­grees of heat cer­tainly had its dif­fi­cul­ties but it was all part of what had to be done to get the good shots. Come race day, we were pumped and ready to go. One thing they do dif­fer­ently in the Aeroflow Out­law Funny Cars se­ries is the sched­ule: the day

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