ACDC's rock anthem, TNT, blasted through the loudspeakers and the smell of rubber burning stung the nostrils as The Summerland Drags at Casino Airport started on Saturday.
Self-confessed “petrol-head” David Lander, Drag promoter and Lismore Speedway operator, did one last check to make sure the fire and ambulance teams were in place.
Then the show began to a deafening roar of “very trick” engines revving and exhaust fumes pluming as 106 entrants prepared to race their cars or bikes in pairs along the 1/8th mile track.
Looking very “James Bond” in his replica 1963 red cobra was 65-year-old racer Phil Aish, of Ballina, who built his car in 2007 at a cost of “around $50 to $60,000”.
“There's nothing like it,” Mr Aish said of driving in his Harrison Cobra with its V8 Lexus engine along the track for that brief, but exhilarating, 10 seconds of racing.
“My father was a mechanic and I've always loved cars – but I only started racing four years ago.”
Watching the race on Saturday from the back of their ute and with a barbeque set up alongside them were Billy Duncan, 15, and his dad, Steve King, 38, who will join the Summerland Drag racers just as soon as they finish building their gun-metal grey 1968 HK Holden.
“We've been restoring it for six months now and we're trying to import a motor from the States,” Mr Kind said.
“It's cost about $20,000 so far and it's a labour of love. We'll know every nut and bolt in that car by the time it's finished.”
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