Father and son off to largest championship drag race
FATHER and son-modified bike drag racers, Craig and Ace Edwards, from Glenlee and Parkhurst respectively, will head to Ipswich on June 4 to 7 to contest the Fuchs Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich.
The Winternationals are the largest drag racing event in Australia and the largest championship drag racing event outside of America.
Craig has been involved in drag racing, in various forms and classes for most of his adult life. He got bitten by the speed bug when he was 18 and hasn't stopped chasing the rush ever since.
Seeking ever faster speeds and an ever increasing adrenalin hit, he made the move to modified bikes in 2008.
"I started in drag racing when I was 18," Craig said.
"So I've been to a few Winternationals and they just don't get any bigger than this. I moved into modified bikes seven years ago, because bikes are a hell of a rush and modern bikes easily make big horsepower. Fast is fast once - and then it's never fast enough, unfortunately."
Big horsepower indeed. His mighty red machine (pictured) puts out an incredible 320 horsepower and reaches a top speed of 270 kilometres an hour. He affectionately calls his bike "disturbed, because it misbehaves quite a lot".
The bike runs on a fuel, nitrous oxide blend and does the quarter mile drag racing track in 7.97 seconds.
Craig is confident both he and his son, Ace will be near the top of the field after the three qualifying rounds.
"I top qualified last year, with a different bike, in 8.1 seconds," Craig said.
"I hope to go faster this time around and I think both Ace and I will be near the top of the field after qualifying."
Each racer gets three qualifying rounds and their best time determines their position into the elimination rounds.
"Once elimination racing starts, it's all or nothing," Craig revealed.
"You win or you say goodbye."
Ace Edwards followed his father into drag racing and climbed onto his first competition modified bike six years ago.
"I don't have a name for my bike," Ace laughed.
"It can be a little distracting racing against my dad, as we help out with tuning each other's bikes and I am always interested to see how his bike runs. I sometimes find myself looking into the other lane to see how his bike is running."
And how is it running Ace?
"He's got it over me," Ace conceded.
"Dad's got the faster bike. But hopefully we'll be up against each other in the final rounds of the Winternationals. The final would be good."
And what's it like up against the best modified drag racers form Australia?
"Willowbank is world-class and my favourite place to race in Australia," Ace said.
"All the best modified bike drag racers will be there and the atmosphere at this event is just unreal."