Calder Open For Business

After almost 12 months in the wilderness, racing resumed at Calder Park on Sunday

Photographers: Bright Design

CALDER Park has been closed for many months, awaiting resurfacing. Many doubted it would ever re-open, but it did just that last Sunday for a test and tune. It was also the first meeting in Melbourne since the passing of popular racer Craig Brewer, so a cruise from BP Officer to the track was organised in his memory.

The three staging lanes were full for most of the day once racing began. One lane was dedicated to the comp cars and the other two were for the off-street racing vehicles. The weather was perfect for racing and the general consensus is that the new surface is a beauty.

DAgostinos LX Torana 1Domenic D’Agostino’s LX Torana runs 383ci Holden power and pulled a best of 9.84@137mph on 255 radials.

Nikodijevics Camaro 2Drago Nikodijevic’s Camaro is both a head-turner and an ear-splitter! It ran a best of 7.37@192mph.

OHehir Camaro 3Garth O’Hehir was a regular at Calder in his tough Camaro before it shut for resurfacing. He ran a best of 10.83@126mph.

Turners dragster 4Former SM Iron Maiden Jess Turner’s dragster liked the new surface, running a new best 60-foot time on the way to a 7.31@181mph.

Evil 34 coupe 5Jason Keily was running in the mid-sevens in his evil ’34 coupe.

Buccellas LC Torana 6Stef Buccella’s LC Torana hooking up hard.

LC Torana 7Fresh from taking out the runner-up spot at King Of The Street the previous day was Brandon Zito in his LC Torana. He was rewarded for his enthusiasm with a new PB of 9.2sec.

Calder Frank Marchese 8KOTS winner Frank Marchese also backed up for Calder and was back in the seven-second zone. Full story on this car in the October issue of Street Machine, out tomorrow!

Calder Moras ScionPeter Mora’s Scion took out the Aussie record for fastest all-motor (normally aspirated) front-wheel-drive, with a 9.70@144mph.

Calder supercharged outlaw coupeMick Ellis’s bitching Supercharged Outlaw coupe.