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Racewars 2017 – 300+ Club

It’s been a couple of weeks since the Racewars 2017 event in Albany & boy was it a great weekend.

Along with my dad & brother we had 3 cars entered, They were:

VE SS A6 with Cam’d & Magnacharge’d 2300 – My Dad’s
VE SS M6 – 402ci LS2/ETP Heads & Harrop 2300 – Brothers
VX Drag Car – 410ci Twin Turbo/TH400 – Mine

My Dad’s car performed flawlessly all weekend & became the stand in when my brothers car died, but there was still a decent photo taken of them together before it did, lol.

Now with my brothers car,  about the 4th or 5th run on the saturday the engine developed a severe miss and shake when running, after pulling the plugs out and finding 1 of them severely damaged (Cylinder 2) we put it on the trailer. 

We didn’t know how bad the damage was going to be until we got it back home and pulled the heads off anyway.

However during the weeks since racewars & between working on it, it was mentioned online that during cleanup the racewars crew had picked up the head of a valve albeit squashed and bent off the runway.

Considering the state of the plug, we were pretty certain it was “ours” & then as sure night comes after day, That’s exactly what we found when we pulled the head off the drivers side. Valve stems still in place by the new springs at least…

Wait a minute, something doesn’t look right….Along with the combustion chamber for that cylinder, the piston had taken a beating. Luckily the bore doesn’t looked to have sustained any major damage, but we haven’t gotten the block off for machining/honing for the new pistons yet so the verdict on the block is unknown.

The annoying thing about all this, is before the event I had just spent a bunch of money on the new valve springs/seats/retainers as the old springs had been on for nearly 8 years or so & since the motor is mine it had been used in 2 of my previous car’s so it was well over due for freshen up.

The pistons i don’t really care about as we had already planned on changing them out after racewars anyway.

So with saturday kinda starting out pretty shit with my brothers car & me originally only planning on doing limited runs in my drag car to save it for the 1000m stuff. I ended up using it a lot more with some passenger rides & testing for the 1000m.

With my brother in the car for a couple of 800m roll-on’s we hit a high 292 & 298 so i was pretty confident of going over 300kph on the sunday. My “idea/plan” leading up to racewars was to get my 300 or more and then put it straight on the trailer, that way i wouldn’t be getting “greedy” with it especially since i still needed the car to compete at another drag racing event on the 22nd of April (3 days away as i write this).

On the Sunday for the 1000m standing starts & with the passenger seat removed the car seemed worse for traction especially for the first 300 meters, I was having to get off or feather the throttle but the 1st run got another 298kph at-least.

Thankfully the 2nd run at 2:29pm got slightly quicker at 302.58kph & with that it went straight on to the trailer.

That is.. When i made it back to the pits… as my battery had gone flat on the return road with the fans on.  As it turns out my alternator even before the event had started to show signs of being on the way out.

1 run fueling would be leaner then what i was commanding in the tune, the next run it would be fine or richer. So i started logging the ecu battery voltage and sure enough the voltage wasn’t consistent.

So i have now put in a new alternator and ran a new sense wire all the way to the battery in the rear & I have 14.6 volts at the battery with the car running vs 12.3v previously which is no good for my fuel pumps & the tune!

Obviously it would worsen depending on how long the car was running for, which at the Motorplex isn’t really that long at each event, but the 8-10 minute drive back through the dirt at Albany was a bit too long to be driving all the electrics.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed reading & watching my sum-what summarized view of the weekend from a racer’s perspective. We’ll be back in Albany again next year with hopefully a couple more of our own 300+kph capable car’s…

Stay Tuned

RaceWars 2014

Another year and another successful RaceWars weekend.

I only took 1 car this year and that was my brothers VE SS Commodore. With it’s very old blower & cam combo making 630rwhp with the stock 6LT it did very well with an overall 10th placing for the top speed and 2nd place for v8’s.

1000m results were:

Run 1:
267.23 km/h
21.514 s
Run 2:
269.53 km/h
21.255 s
Run 3:
269.81 km/h
21.343 s
Outright Position:
Best Class Position:
2nd  (8 Cylinder)
Fastest Run:
269.81 km/h
21.343 s

Racewars 2013 roundup

So the first of hopefully many future events was held over the weekend of the 7-8th of April just gone at a small town called Wyalkatchem about 200km’s east of the Perth cbd.

The event consisted of 2 days of racing at the local airstrip which is approximately 1540 meters long, with a live band for entertainment playing Saturday night at the local bowls club. Most if not all accommodation in town was booked out shortly after the event went on sale with a dedicated area set aside at the town oval for competitors & spectators alike to camp. However my dad, his friend & myself stayed at the Dowerin Pub/Motel a mere 30km’s away, and man do they make a killer surf & turf.

Anyway on with the event, Entries were limited to 200 competitors of which only about 175~180 turned up due to either breakages before the event or just not having vehicles complete in time. There was a regular entry fee of $250 or you could upgrade to VIP for another $250 all of which was non-refundable so as to provide a guaranteed financial kitty. I went VIP for 1 car and normal for the other as it allowed me to essentially “jump” the queue when I went out. Luckily for me I was upgraded to VIP for my second car at no additional cost. Which helped with the logistics side if i needed to work on either car or move camera’s around.

VIP entrants had a paved carpark and also got you a free lunch, access to the main airport building/toilets, tv and power to charge laptops/camera’s etc.

The main purpose of this event was to hold the standstill to 1000m timed event on the sunday, however it also consisted of roll on 400/800 drag racing on Saturday in which you could even have a passenger in the vehicle. Sunday then kicked off with the continuation of the 800 meter roll on racing again as the drivers preferred the roll on racing to the start lights as it meant less waiting time and more track time and helped those with high horsepower vehicles from spinning the wheels off the line for the first 400 meters 😉

Unfortunately during the sunday morning 800m roll on sessions Eddie from Active Automotive & a passenger in his yellow monaro had a roll over at around the 400 meter mark. I don’t know or want to guess what caused it, but luckily this particular car has a very decent roll cage that could take such an accident and both Ed & passenger were rescued pretty quickly by the onsite fire/ambo crews and were both walking around shortly after, However as a precaution they were airlifted back to Perth later in the day via RFDS.

Over both days there was a steady stream of spectators coming in and I’m lead to believe they had over 1700 spectators on the Saturday alone, with an additional 1300 on the sunday which is bloody incredible considering it’s at least a 2 hr drive just from Perth. Some competitors travelled around 1300km’s all up to compete so they were definitely keen.

We trailered 2 car’s there and I drove my VE there and back (including racing) with just an additional 20lt jerry can and still got back into Perth with over 1/4 tank.

Unfortunatly there was some issues with the timing equipment first thing sunday morning so one of my 1000m runs wasn’t timed (bugger as it was cooler and log showed more boost) than the afternoon run. Full results haven’t been released yet either but i asked for my data on the return to the pits. From memory my vy ute went 243kph vs 255kph in the VE, in which i have to take on face value for this year as the ute doesn’t hold a candle to the VE in power nor accelleration to have such a small margin. That and my logs for the same time show a much higher speed.