Outlaw 71 a highlight of nationals
Anew quarter-mile racing series already boasting a dozen tough supercharged drag racing machines delivered the highlight of the NZDRA Summer Nationals at Taupo on Monday.
The Outlaw 71 series brings together a competitive line-up of dragsters, altereds and door cars for five meetings this summer. It’s billed as “Black Belt” drag racing as the common denominator is a traditional 71 series supercharger — driven by a black toothed belt, atop of a V8 engine.
Outlaw 71 cars must run in the 6.50-7.99secs range with competition based on dial-yourown handicaps which results in plenty of side-by-side finish line action at speeds nearing 300km/ h.
The Outlaw 71 series runs a fourround format and by making an unbeaten run through three rounds the Taupo final came down to the small-block ‘23 T altered of Levin’s Dean Blackburn and the rear-engine Chevrolet dragster of Motueka racer Craig Griffith.
Griffith had earlier achieved wins over the ‘41 Willys’ of Mark Gapp (Palm Nth), the front-engine dragster of Grant Briffault (Hamilton) and the big-block Chev altered of Gerald Smith (Feilding).
Blackburn ‘s run had seen him defeat the Topolino altered driven by Peter Schimanski (Palm Nth), Smith and the Camaro of Brent Whittingham (Feilding). The cars ran side-by-side but the honours were decided on the start line with Griffith red-lighting on his chase of Blackburn’s altered.
The Outlaw 71 series is heading south for its next events at Christchurch on January 27 and a week later at Motueka on February 2. Motueka’s Craig Griffith with the ‘chutes out in his big-block Chevrolet powered dragster. Photos / Colin Smith Super Sedan battle with Wellington racer Aidan Crook (Holden Commodore) out in front of the Ford Falcon of Pukekohe’s Anthony Wijdeven.
Outlaw 71 racer Steve Milliken (Auckland) completes a burn-out his Fiat Topolino