Aside from the day trip out to the shed of wonderment, recently STUNO and I also went to a local drag meet, too. I've documented the venue here several times before but it's a pleasant way to while away a few hours and the (usually) ferociously hot weather draws out the local old chod, so it's always good for a bit of spotting.
Camper converted Bedford was a nice thing to be greeted by. That throng of people surrounding it would be best described as a 'crowd' round these parts.
First things to see on the strip were these two lined up. That Starlet was amazingly fast (10.2 seconds, from memory).
Here it is from later on, warming up its tyres and laying some rubber. It seemed to drive very easily and as the plate sort of suggests, it was rotary powered. Thankfully, it was one of a very rare breed of highly modified rotary motors that doesn't sound earth shatteringly terrible - the farty womp womps were barely audible, certainly compared to the average rotary powered RWD 323 wagon, for instance.
This Mercury Whateveritis was pitting quite similar times to the Starlet but doing so in an entirely different manner.
Chirping tyres leads to the inevitable cabin smokescreen.
Handling-wise, it appeared to be the yin to the Starlet's yang, as witnessed by this messy start. Falcon ute was impeccably presented and I actually really liked it, which I found quite surprising.
Then the children's dragsters came out to compete and despite being faster off the line than a fair few road cars, they're really quite boring to watch, so I walked round the car park instead.
XB Falcon was a personal favourite and has only been back on the road a couple of months after an 11 year rest, according to carjam. That'll be the reason for the guff white plates, I suppose but everything else on it looks just right. Swoon.
World of brown Torana and Capri duo; I'm pretty sure I've spotted the Capri before at a show but the Torana's a new one to me and also very rare these days, in such original condition. These are like an Antiopodean RWD Escort, in terms of attrition rate from those who simply need to modify their cars. Love the full size pie dish trims. Bonus* dubiously modified CF2 back of shot.
I'm not sure of this is a genuine hot Falcon or not but it certainly looks the part and I don't even mind the wheels, as a sort of nod to how it may have looked 20 years ago. I was very lucky to bag a clean pic, as 2 seconds later a Valiant Charger with terrible rims parked up right next to it and ruined the shot.
I was quite meh about this Pontiac Ventura at first but the high quality of the paint job and great wheels swung it for me. An ACE VENTURA, perhaps?!?!!?!!?!! Sorry. Note: casually dressed man helpfully obfuscating shit wheels on Valiant back of shot. Honestly, it looked like a child's toy, with such a short wheelbase and massive chromies.
In no way an uninteresting, non-desirable car but I'm a sucker for a great colour and a smart set of steels, especially when it's far a from a show queen.
Here it is looking slightly less green, racing a 1982 spec modified Capri.
Here's a more ludicrously styled Capri. Check out that bonnet scoop and exhaust pipe! That side stripe is a great addition - shame you don't see them on more Mk1s.
For a modified Torana, this is quite subdued. Think it would look much better with one piece windows on the rear doors though. Am I ever happy?
Props to me for narrowly avoiding foreground arm blocking of the front end of the other Starlet competing that day. A much milder state of tune/modification in this one but still a good performer.
Yeah I know, I've covered this particular car many a time in this thread but just look at it!! what a bleeding scorcher. As such, I've attached a larger than normal image to click on, for maximum pleasure. Absolutely WOULD.
Last notable candidate of the day was this XC Falcon, the last derivative of these shape Falcons, before the updated XD, which looked very similar to a Mk2 Granada. The XA and XB models have waaaaay prettier styling details but rather like a Talbot Avenger, the addition of clunkily styled lights here in lieu of the originals has a charm all of its own. Very Mad Max era styling, I reckon.