NASCAR Goodyear 500 (Calder Thunderdome) 1988 ICMR
The Goodyear NASCAR 500 race was run at the then new A$54 million Calder
Park Thunderdome (built by Bob Jane) in Melbourne, Australia on February
28, 1988. The race was the first ever NASCAR event held outside of North
America. Aussies competing include Allan Grice, Dick Johnson and Jim
Richards. All credit to Mike Raymond and Channel 7 Sport Sydney, Australia.
For more info on this race see:
Calder Park Raceway 1972
Calder Park 1972
Bob Jane, Allan Moffat, Kevin Bartlett (No.5 Lola),
John Harvey, Peter Brock, John McCormack
V8s @ Calder Park Drags - March 22nd turbo, naturally aspirated, Nitrous assisted, new and old V8 street and race
cars from Calder Park ANDRA Test & Tune combined Street meeting.
Calder Park Raceway, Australia ~ March 22nd
Calder Park Friday Night Drags 09 07 2010 part 1
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While the weather may have been bitterly cold with racers risking
frostbite, the track was kept hot with wall to wall action, and HP Heaven
was there to capture it all! From the first run of Easy8s all the way to
some unfortunate breaks on the line. There was plenty of horsepower being layed on
the track as well with the mph hitting the low 170s. So sit back and relax
as we bring you all the highlights over three cram packed clips. And
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CalderPark V8s - July 9 2010
Highlights include Danny Sharban's new Mod-Street BBF Capri -- 8.20/166,
Dion's GMKILR SBF XD -- 8.86/150, Tim Perry's turbo Gen III -- 9.19/160, Tony's turbo HQ was out of shape for a 9.68/147 and many
more quick V8s.
Turbo 4, 6 & Rotary @ Calder Park - May 30th turbocharged 4 & 6 cylinder powered
street and race cars from Calder Park ANDRA Street Meeting.
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Calder Park, Australia - May 30th, 2014
John Taverna Classic ~ Calder Park
The inaugural JTC event was run last Saturday to kick start the Melbourne
Drag Race calendar for 2014. 118 competitors were led by a field of six
Pro Stock cars and a field of Victoria's finest Super Comp, Outlaws, Super
Sedan, Modified, Modified Bike, Super Gas, Super Street and Junior
Dragsters. This is a race meeting everyone hopes will be the season opener
for many years to come in memory of John Taverna who was a large
contributor to Drag Racing in Melbourne and Australia.
The day's competition started well for local Pro stock racer Bill Kotsias,
laying down a 7.18 first pass in Pro Stock which set the pace for the rest
of the day. Jason Hedges played it safe running strong to halftrack, with
Nino Cavallo, Ian Brown and Richard Cavell trying to tune around the
conditions while Hugo Dianvincenzo filled sixth spot in his GXP. Kotsias
and Hedges faced off in the final, and Hedges' debut meeting paid off well
winning the $5,000 kitty as Kotsias drifted right off the hit.
Super Comp had a few highs with DD/GA racer Daniel Camilleri going way
under the DD/GA national record @ 7.63, and Shane Baxter running strong all
day to take the win over Mick Simic's Camaro.
Supercharged Outlaws consisted of a small field running a Chicago Shootout
format to give everyone an opportunity. The final was a tight race between
Michael Braggs and John Brunner's Monaro. Braggs crossed the line first
after both drivers did some pedalled at the end of the night.
Super Sedan had a field of 42 tough competitors as usual. The no 20th
qualifier Rob Taylor in his immaculate LJ Torana met George Hatzi in his
wheels up Charger. Unfortunately for Hatzi he was a little anxious to
start the race and red lit giving the win to Taylor.
Modified featured a field of ever consistent racers fighting it out to the
final which saw Leanne Braggs and Craig Baker line up in the final. A
perfect run for Baker (Mr Perfection) saw him run 8.70 on an 8.70 dial in
and take the win from Leanne who also an ever consistently throughout the
Mod Bike had a strong field of racers (two of them usually race Pro). But
it was the experience of DYO racers Shane Walker and Brendan Sanders that
saw them face each other on the business end. Shane got the win over
Brendan by winning at the lights and running 9.72 on a 9.65 Dial in vs
Super Street looked like it wouldn't have the numbers to run, but late
entries pushed it to a 16 car field and it was an all Ford final with
Anthony Barbara running a brilliant 11.29 on a 11.29 pushing Chris Naughton
to break out by .07 seconds.
As the home of Super Gas racing, a field of 11 cars showed how perfect they
can be with a strong Adelaide contingent of racers. Bruno Romeo's Top
Qualifying spot showed everyone how to do it, but unfortunately he didn't
make it to the business end of the night. It was Matt Forbes and Adrian
McGrotty lining up at the end, with Forbes going 9.90 vs a breaking out
9.88 -- what a final.
Junior Dragster has returned to Calder Park for the first time in over 13
years. In typical winning fashion Jake Cartledge took the win over Brodie
Tedesco running 8.45 on an 8.39 DI.
Although the weather kept the crowd down a little, the inaugural JTC event
was run and won as the excitement of local competition and the start of the
Melbourne season had everyone on a huge high. The meeting finished on
time, with everyone all prepared and itching for the April Top Doorslammer
and Pro Stock round less than 4 weeks away.
Calder Park Raceway, Australia ~ March 1st 2014
V8s @ Calder Park Drags - March 7th turbo, naturally aspirated, Nitrous assisted, new and old V8 street and race
cars from Calder Park ANDRA Test & Tune.
Calder Park Raceway, Australia ~ March 7th
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Whilst the Hoon Haven Friday Night Drag Meet at Calder Park Raceway began
in a typical manner, it wouldn't stay that way for long. With history in
the making as some drivers cracked their personal best, others the record
and some just farwelled their car in style! But that wasn't all, so sit
back and enjoy the highlights from yet another successful trip to Calder!
2010-10-22 Calder Park Part 1
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As the summer continued to approach, the weather continued to warm up and
in between sprouts of rain, it was apparent that the racing season was well
and truly upon us.
With some sensational action throughout the relatively short night the 22nd
of October highlighted what was to come. With Operation Drag Right racing
in some of their unmarked vechiles, as well as their more traditional
highway patrol marked cars, and the dragster out for some quick times,
Michael Braggs was also out running in his new aquisition, while many of
the street racers were pushing records. Lane two proved to be the lucky
lane for the night, with most of the winning times recorded there. And of
course Hp Heaven is pleased to bring you all the highlights so sit back and
relax as we bring you the 22nd of October 2010 Friday night Drags from
Calder Park Raceway over two parts.
Honda S2000 (aozora) - Calder Park Raceway, WRX/SAU club day - 21/09/13
First time at Calder and while a bit bumpy in places, reminds me of
Sandown... alot. But besides some poor overtaking etiquette in my group was
still a fun day. Always good to try a new track. I found the 4.44 gears
were somewhat annoying seeing as I'd change up to 3rd only to go back down
to 2nd. Not sure if 4.1s would help this much by holding onto 2nd longer...
Otherwise I think there's definitely more time to be gained with
refinement... tips very welcome!
Best lap of the day (in video) - 1:09.51
Complete results available on Natsoft (www.natsoft.com.au)
Running STD 2WD class gear (Street tyres and OEM aero... no CR wing this
V8s @ Calder Park Drags - Feb 21st turbo, naturally aspirated, Nitrous assisted, new and old V8 street and race
cars from Calder Park ANDRA Test & Tune.
Calder Park Raceway, Australia ~ February 21st 2014