Lights out-style eighth-mile grudge racing at Powercruise Sydney

Videographers: Matt Reekie

The weekend of Powercruise 66 was a great time to be a drag racer. Not only did you have the chance to duke it out for $5,000 cash on the Sydney Motorsport Park main straight as part of the event’s winner-takes-all Street Outlaws dust-up, but you could also go doorhandle-to-doorhandle with your mates in the cruise sessions, or even indulge in a spot of list racing on the Saturday evening, among other options.

But the serious racers made the trek across the road to Sydney Dragway on the Friday night for some balls-out, heads-up, run-what-ya-brung eighth mile action at the second annual Sydney Powercruise Haltech Lights Out Grudge Racing event.

Entry was free for all paying Powercruise attendees, so it was a real value-add for punters and racers alike. The concept is pretty simple – as long as your car is properly fast and has swinging doors, you are welcome to turn up and pick an opponent to shape up against.

Cheeky side bets have been known to occur, and it’s a street-style environment in that it’s a pro tree start (akin to a flashlight), with no times displayed. The first car past the post wins, so it’s a refreshingly pure form of drag racing.

There were some real toughies on hand, including Jeremy Martin’s Proline-powered VB Commodore, Tomi Raikko’s mental six-second Torana, Dave Murphy’s killer Falcon, and the nitrous-choofing Toranas of Johnny Habib and Simon Kryger to name but a few.

Street Machine Drag Challenge entrants were front and centre too, with Darryl Elliot, Al Vella, Nathan Ghosn and Tristan Triccas taking the opportunity to do some laps.

Watch the video to check out all the heads-up, pro street action from the event!