Some­times

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you won­der if some of your dreams will ever be­come re­al­ity. As you may have seen on the­mo­tor­hood.com or on my Morice Mcmillin Drag Rac­ing Face­book page, I was lucky enough re­cently to knock off a cou­ple of pretty big dreams all in one day. Through a good friend, I got the op­por­tu­nity to go over to Aus­tralia and meet drag rac­ing leg­end Graeme Cowin. Graeme shouldn’t need any in­tro­duc­tion; he was the first per­son in Aus­tralia to run a four-se­cond pass — all the way back in 1993. He has won nu­mer­ous Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships and has held many records in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. Graeme raced to a fi­nal in an NHRA event and has done more passes down a drag strip than I have had hot din­ners. He’s also the man be­hind two very suc­cess­ful brands, Rocket In­dus­tries and Aeroflow Per­for­mance. Walk­ing into Cowin Fam­ily Rac­ing’s Aeroflow out­law ni­tro funny car work­shop, I felt like I had died and walked into heaven. With more than a cou­ple of ni­tro funny cars and fuel al­tereds to drool over, I didn’t know where to look. Long story short, af­ter I spent a day at the track and the work­shop watch­ing and learn­ing about ni­tro funny cars, a deal was struck for me to drive one for Cowin Fam­ily Rac­ing. Re­turn­ing home, it still didn’t seem real, but, when I got the call from Graeme say­ing, “The boys will have your car done in two weeks, so best you and your guys book your flights”, it all be­came real! It be­ing a cou­ple of years since I had driven my funny car, and hav­ing driven only door cars since, I started to won­der if I would re­mem­ber how to drive one, let alone one that had 90-per-cent ni­tro in the tank! We ar­rived in Syd­ney on Satur­day morn­ing, with the track booked for test­ing on the Sun­day. Graeme had given me an idea of what the car was go­ing to look like but hadn’t sent me any pho­tos of it sign writ­ten. I was pretty ex­cited

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