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NOSTALGIA NATIONALS TO HOST 150+ CARS OF YESTERYEAR AT WILLOWBANK THIS WEEKEND

Article Date: 6 August 2013

With just days until the much anticipated two-day Cruzin Magazine Nostalgia Nationals at Willowbank Raceway (Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August), entries have now closed with 158 machines of yesteryear signing on for the popular event.

As well as drag racing for the Leahy Custom Imports Top Eliminator (6.60), Quick Eliminator (7.60), Donnelly Blasting Services Mid Eliminator (8.60), Shannons Insurance Super Eliminator (9.60), Vintage Gas (10.50 and slower), Nostalgia DYO, Retro Bikes and Nostalgia Super Stock brackets, the Cruzin Magazine Nostalgia Nationals will also host the introduction of a Trans-Tasman Challenge, with ten racers set to protect their country’s honour over the two days.

Willowbank Raceway Acting President Tony Wedlock said the Cruzin Magazine Nostalgia Nationals will offer the fans something special at Willowbank Raceway this weekend.

“The atmosphere of the Cruzin Magazine Nostalgia Drags events at Willowbank Raceway is just something really special, laid-back with a real focus on family, nostalgia and the great cars of times past,” said Wedlock.

“With this weekend’s event held over two big days I am expecting to see the excitement upped even further, especially when you consider the introduction of the Australia versus New Zealand concept, which should definitely pique the interest of fans and racers alike.

“With plenty to see and do both on and off the track and children aged 13 and under gaining free entry and adult tickets just $25.00 while students with ID can purchase tickets for just $20.00, the stage is set for plenty of family fun this weekend at Willowbank Raceway!”

This August at Willowbank Raceway’s two-day Cruzin Magazine Nostalgia Nationals, race fans can expect to get even more bang for their buck with the introduction of a Trans-Tasman Challenge to the popular event.

After five years of seeing Aussie racers jet over to New Zealand to compete, in 2013 with the help of Australian drag racing identity John Fleming no less than five Kiwi competitors will hit the Willowbank quarter-mile to take on five Aussie representatives for this weekend’s Trans-Tasman Challenge as part of the Cruzin Magazine Nostalgia Nationals.

Lining up for New Zealand will be Mark Vincent, Karl Boniface, Craig Mullen, Richard McCarthy and Alex Hogg; while John Fleming, Peter Leahy, Marcus Paige, Greg Ward and Peter Merrigan will fly the flag for the Australians (see below for scheduled match-ups).

As a ‘team’ points-based format, the competitors will undertake five match races with points awarded for wins and losses, with the total points tally at the end of the two days to decide which team will be awarded as the winners of the 2013 Challenge.

For more information please go to
www.willowbankraceway.com.au

Gates open both days at 7.00am, with qualifying held on Saturday 10 August from 12.00pm to 6.00pm and racing held on Sunday 11 August from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Spectator entry is available for purchase on the day at $25 for adults and $20 for students with ID, with children 13 and under gaining free admission. For more information, please visit
www.willowbankraceway.com.au.

EVENT INFORMATION: CRUZIN MAGAZINE NOSTALGIA NATIONALS – 10 AND 11 AUGUST 2013

Featuring: the 2013 Trans-Tasman Challenge as well as racing from the Leahy Custom Imports Top Eliminator (6.60), Quick Eliminator (7.60), Donnelly Blasting Services Mid Eliminator (8.60), Shannons Insurance Super Eliminator (9.60), Vintage Gas (10.50 and slower), Nostalgia DYO, Retro Bikes and Nostalgia Super Stock brackets.

Prices:
Adults: $25
Students with ID: $20
Free entry for children 13 and under

Schedule:
Gates open at 7.00am both Saturday and Sunday
Saturday - Qualifying from 12.00pm to 6.00pm
Sunday - Racing from 9.00am to 4.00pm

Trans-Tasman Challenge Match Racing line-up:

Mark Vincent (NZ) in the “Freight Train” a Twin Engine FED
versus
John Fleming (AUS) in “The Rattler II” Blown Big Block FED

Karl Boniface (NZ) in the “Nitro Flashback” 74 Chevy Vega Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car
versus
Peter Leahy (AUS) in the “Forever Young” Funny Car

Craig Mullen (NZ) with the “Nitro Ape” Bantam Altered
versus
Marcus Paige (AUS) ’23 T Bucket

Richard McCarthy (NZ) in “Plain Crazy” Supercharged 27 Ford T Roadster
versus
Greg Ward (AUS) Big Block Chevy Powered Altered

Alex Hogg  (NZ) Ford 427 Cammer FED
versus
Peter Merrigan (AUS) “Vandal” Blown Small Block T Bucket Altered

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