On a day normally reserved for horse power of the four hoofed variety, Kingpin Kuztums decided it was time to showcase the four wheeled variety and their impressive boost of horse power in the form of 1/4 mile straight line racing!
Calder Park Raceway was the place to be on the first Tuesday of November, a public holiday for Melbournites, thanks to the running of the Melbourne Cup. Rob and his team, in conjunction with the Calder Park staff, brought together the sights and sounds of the rockabilly world with the fast paced action of drag racing! This rockin and racin, smokin and cruisin atmosphere encapsulated everything that’s cool about our scene!
Over 150 classic cruisers and rods parked up on the black top carpark while the drivers and co took in the frantic activities of the pits as racers and crew went about fine tuning their high horsepower rockets. Everything from Street Outlaw class rides to old school gassers and wild rods could be found throughout the pit area. The only time the pace slowed down was when the welcome distraction of the stunning Kingpin models, Dahlia Black and Katarina Sin strolled through the pits much to the delight of the racers and crews. Plenty of photo opportunities were taken advantage of as the girls’ slender figures created a juxtaposition with the hard edged curves of the highly modified metal machines.
Not to be outdone by sight or sound, three rockabilly bands belted out the tunes keeping pace with the non-stop action on the track! Firing up the day was Rosie & The Mighty Kings followed by Itchy Fingers with The
Detonators rounding out the day’s proceedings! Their distinct sound could be heard across the race park only to be momentarily drowned out by the roar of high revving race engines (about 10 seconds each time!)
Track action saw your fair share of wheel standing racing as gasser matched gasser and Street Outlaw matched Street Outlaw! The drag rods weren’t going to be outshone with their wild start line antics and even a bit of two wheeled action could be found. With a gap in proceedings allowing the track to be open to a bit of laid back cruisin, the carpark soon emptied out as the show n shine became mobile, showcasing the other side of our automotive action.
The melding together of these two entertainments has the potential to create a lasting legacy and celebration of our automotive past as fast cars were born in conjunction with loud riotous music embodying the sport we choose to immerse ourselves in on a regular basis.
The word from the top is to expect another Kingpin Kuztums/ Calder Park event in the near future, so if you missed this one, stay tuned for the next one ’cause it’s gonna go into the night!
Get revved up and rock on!
Keep on cruisin,
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