Northern Nats a ripper
WELL done to the organisers, competitors and spectators at Springmount Raceway’s inaugural Northern Nats last weekend.
Promoter Evan Yelavich wanted 10,000 people and he got them.
About 10,000 people flooded through the gates from May 13 to 15, including 7000 last Saturday alone, to take in the drag racing, power skids, burnouts and much more, to. He said it was a huge success. “We had good competition that came from all over the country. The best in the game were here,” he said.
“It lived up to everyone’s expectations.”
It was payday for Ross Heasley in MRBADQ who pocketed a cool $20,000 in the burnout competition.
Close behind Ross was Nik Fraser in MELTEM and Fred Watson in FEAR.
Mr Yelavich said more people attended the Northern Nats than the raceway’s grand opening on March 19.
“We had well behaved crowds and a lot of families. A good spread of spectators came out,” he said.
“We’ve had very positive feedback. A lot of people said it was great and they will be coming back.
“Our entrants loved it as well think it was really well done.”
Ian Williams from Cairns brought his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro to the event.
He has been before but it was the first time he brought his eye-catching car.
Mr Williams has owned the Camaro for about 15 years but his love affair with the make started in his younger years.
“I had a Camaro when I was 20 and I’ve always just loved Camaros,” he said.
“I just like the body shape. They drive and handle really nice and aesthetically I really like the look of them. When someone comments on it, it makes you feel all the hard work was worth the effort.”
Mr Williams thanked the sponsors and organisers for all their effort behind putting on the Northern Nats.
“It’s been really good,” he said. “I think it brings a lot of southerners up here and with them the dollars they bring into North Queensland.
“It’s also good for the sport itself. I’m looking forward to the drags and the powerskids and just the atmosphere has been great.” IT’S not quite like selling ice to eskimos, but it’s close. A little known company in Australia has taken on the global car industry with the most advanced wheels in the world.
A Geelong start-up company has won a multimillion dollar contract to export lightweight wheels for the fastest and most expensive Ford supercar ever made.
Detroit executives have confirmed the $500,000 Ferrari-fighting Ford GT will be fitted with wheels made in Geelong with world-first technology.
Carbon Revolution is one of 63 companies that will continue to supply parts to Ford after the Broadmeadows and Geelong factories close in October 2016.
Last year the company – which started in an old shearing shed but now has a production and research facility on the Deakin University campus – won a contract to supply wheels for a limited edition Ford Mustang.
The only bad news for local rev-heads is they will only get to see the wheels in photos or shipping containers.
Following that success, it has now been given responsibility to supply wheels for Ford’s most expensive car of all time.
The wheel technology was previously used in Formula One motor racing and this is its first application on road cars.
“No one has been able to do what we’ve been able to do,” the CEO of Carbon Revolution, Jake Dingle, told News Corp Australia in October 2015. “Even the aerospace industry couldn’t figure out a way to do it.”
Ford heard about the startup company by chance three years ago, and then began torture testing the wheels, including hitting pot holes at 100km/h to see if they would shatter.
“A lot of people think they’re going to turn to dust when they hit a pothole, but these wheels are stronger than alloy wheels,” said Jamal Hameedi, the global head of Ford Performance, at the opening of the Geelong facility last year.
“This shows Ford is prepared to go to the ends of the earth to get an advantage over our competitors,” he said.
Carbon Revolution has doubled the number of employees from 50 to 100 since signing the Ford deal. THE humble cupholder has come a long way and it’s not done yet.
Ford, for one, is conducting extensive research into the use and abuse of cupholders as it shapes the cabins of its future cars.
Its background comes from a Neilsen survey in America but, apart from the size of the giant Slurpee cups that are so popular across the Pacific, the results are likely to parallel the situation in Australia.
Neilsen says cupholders are now as popular for carrying mobile telephones, keys and coins as they are for beverages.
But they need to be more than just a plastic hole in the centre console.
About half of people use a cupholder to store their mobile, followed by 28 per cent who use one for change, 19 per cent for food, 14 per cent for chewing gum or mints and 12 per cent for wallets. Men are more likely to store their wallet and change, while women use cupholders for ... cups.
“When you like your cupholders, they can make your vehicle feel like home,” says Jolanta Coffey, manager for instrument panels and consoles at Ford.
Cupholders must be deep enough to hold taller containers, but shallow enough that you can easily pluck out a small cup.
Ford found most cups fall between three basic scenarios: your average half-litre recyclable water bottle, the 20ounce plastic bottle typically used for juices and sports drinks and the 30-ounce soft-drink cup found at many fast-food restaurants. If a cupholder can help hold all three, it can likely hold most any cup.
Design work for cupholders now involves clearing more space – new-age rotary gearshift controls help – in the console, accommodating bottles as well, giving extra support for containers during braking and cornering, and even providing lighting and cooling in the cupholders.