World Fast Fifty-Seven!
CHP’s recent trip “down under” also included an opportunity to witness Australia’s thriving Aeroflow Performance Products Outlaw Nitro Funny Car Series—a momentum-filled, impressive independent circuit of touring nitro-burning nostalgia Funny Cars founded by Australian drag racing legend Graeme Cowin. During the event at Willowbank Raceway (Ipswich, Queensland), we witnessed some drag racing history when driver Rick Gauci drove his totally amazing Nitro Express ’57 Chevy-bodied car to a string of world record times, including the quickest e.t. ever seen: a 5.374 at 271.19 mph while winning the event. This is just one of the numerous cars within the series owned by Graeme and his wife, Wendy, that Graeme personally tunes. While there are some significant differences within the rules for Outlaw Nitro versus NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Nostalgia Funny Car, there is no denying that the performance witnessed was impressive any way you measure it.