Once again it's that time of the year-Fast Fours Jamboree time. The 14th annual event was held September 18 and 19 at Willowbank Raceway in the state of Queensland on the northeast coast of Australia.
For those who don't know, the Jamboree is the largest sport compact event in the southern hemisphere. With more than 18,000 spectators attending the two-day extravaganza there is something for everyone: manufacturers midway, car show, db drags, tons of hot girls, and of course drag racing.
This was the first event in Australian sport compact drag racing history to be held under ANDRA (Australian National Drag Racing Association) sport compact official rules. So everyone was out trying to set the bar high to get into the record book.
One of the crowd favorites was unfortunately unable to attend this year. Joe Signorelli, the owner of the old Abel Ibarra K&N Filters RX-7, crashed and destroyed the Mazda a few weeks prior during a testing session. Joe was taken to the hospital and released after being checked out.
So that left the door wide open for the other heavy hitters in the Pro RWD class to lay their claim as the official quickest and fastest down-under car.
Archie Kajewski was definitely race prepped and ready to attempt setting an official six-second run in his three-rotor Chevy Beretta. It was not to be. The best time Kajewski was able to click off during the weekend was a 7.28 at 190.11 mph. The quickest run of the event came from Pac Performance and their three-rotor Pro RWD Mazda MX6. The high-revving rotary ran a best time of 7.085 at 196.42 mph. That puts Pac Performance into the record book as the fastest Pro RWD vehicle in the southern hemisphere. The first official six-second pass is still up for grabs. Who will get it? We'll just have to wait and see.
Not to forget the man who made Easy Street Motorsports the fastest new gen WRX in the world. That's right, Dominic Rigoli of Tony Rigoli Performance showed up. His WRX wagon has gone a staggering 8.81 at 154.09 mph. Alas, the best he could muster was an off-pace 9.86 at 138.12 mph.
Another notable entrant was Queen St. Smash Repairs "Barbie" BMW that was featured in Turbo magazine early last year. The ANDRA rules do not accommodate a quad-rotor engine so "Barbie" was forced to run in the ET class under the Dial Your Own bracket. "Barbie" still ran an impressive 8.22. Not bad for a car that has just as much show as it does go.
Making the trip from New Zealand was Rod Harvey, owner of the Rod's Rayglass Boating sponsored Datsun 1200 coupe. Rod blasted an 8.43 at 162 mph. That was his personal best, running three tenths faster than back home in New Zealand. Pretty impressive stuff.
The Online Performance del Sol had serious engine problems halfway down the track on its second qualifying pass yet still ran 9.86, The damage was done and it was an early retirement for the Honda.
A new class for ANDRA is the Oz Mod class. This is a class for old school Mazda rotary-powered vehicles that are untubbed running a maximum tire size of 9x28. Over 25 cars attempted to qualify for this class. That definitely makes it one of the most popular and most needed classes down under.
The car show, held on Saturday, was a real eye-opener. Over 150 vehicles were on hand to enjoy spectacular weather, girls, and just a great day at the track. Among the vehicles were mini-trucks, a Skyline with a Nissan V8 under the bonnet, trucks with WRX engines, widebodies, and heaps of old school, which is Australia's calling card.
Finally, what everyone wants to see and hear about ... the hot promo girls. If you have heard a rumor about Australia having the most beautiful women in the world it is not a rumor. It's the truth. Not only are they beautiful they are very personable, easy to talk to and just love to have their picture taken.
There were performances by the Australian Angels who were also recently performing in Las Vegas, Nev., Jambo Bikini Babe contest and the musical stylings of Tom Thumb.
An interesting side note to the entire event was that BFGoodrich Tires Australia was trying out a ride-and-drive challenge for the first time. They allowed racers to try a set of G-Force T/A drag radials on their drive wheels to compare to what they were originally racing on. Reported sales of the tires have had a positive impact due to the ride-and-drive challenge.
After it was all said and done, everyone had a great weekend at the 14th annual Jamboree. Perfect weather, great people and the guys from "Fat Pizza," a popular TV show, came out and paraded around in their bright yellow track suits and participated in the events and filmed an episode of their show.
Special thanks go out to the sponsors of J14 for making it happen: Fast Fours Magazine, ANDRA, BFGoodrich, Castrol, Willowbank Raceway, Horsepower in a box, PWR, Boostin clothing, Ozzy tires, Pedders suspension, Mercury motorsports, Torco oils, Northfield car sound, Jett racing and Zetti performance exhaust.
The Jamboree is something not to be missed. Check out www.Jamboree.com.au for more info on J15 coming September 17-18, 2005.
|ANDRA SPORT COMPACT: NATIONAL RECORDS |
|CLASS ||RACER ||DIV ||MAKE/ENGINE ||TRACK ||DATE |
|Pro RWD ||ET ||7.188 ||Rocky Rehayem ||NSW ||Mazda MX-6/Mazda 20BT ||Willowbank ||Sept 2004 |
|Pro RWD ||MPH ||193.71 ||Rocky Rehayem ||NSW ||Mazda MX-6/Mazda 20BT ||Willowbank ||Sept 2004 |
|Pro FWD ||ET ||No record set yet |
|Pro FWD ||MPH ||No record set yet |
|Sport Mod ||ET ||8.835 ||Grant Dixon ||SQ ||Datsun 1200/Mazda 13BT ||Willowbank ||Sept 2004 |
|Sport Mod ||MPH ||154.48 ||Grant Dixon ||SQ ||Datsun 1200/Mazda 13BT ||Willowbank ||Sept 2004 |
|Front Runner ||ET ||12.434 ||Michael Goss ||NSW ||Mitsubishi Cordia/Mits 4G63T ||WSID ||Mar 2004 |
|Front Runner ||MPH ||119.7 ||Michael Goss ||NSW ||Mitsubishi Cordia/Mits 4G63T ||WSID ||Mar 2004 |
|All Motor ||ET ||12.25 ||Peter Page ||SQ ||Volkswagen Beetle/VW 2Litre ||Willowbank ||Sept 2004 |
|All Motor ||MPH ||105.77 ||Michael Forward ||NSW ||Chrysler Galant/Mazda 13B ||WSID ||Mar 2004 |
|Sport RWD ||ET ||9.983 ||Theo Woollett ||SQ ||Nissan Skyline/Nissan RB26T ||WSID ||Mar 2004 |
|Sport RWD ||MPH ||146.26 ||Theo Woollett ||SQ ||Nissan Skyline/Nissan RB26T ||WSID ||Mar 2004 |
|Sport FWD ||ET ||13.149 ||Gavin Sheargold ||NSW ||Nissan Pulsar/Nissan SR20T ||WSID ||Mar 2004 |
|Sport FWD ||MPH ||110.31 ||Gavin Sheargold ||NSW ||Nissan Pulsar/Nissan SR20T ||WSID ||Mar 2004 |