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Gardner's backyard build no slouch
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 11:48
Drags News Australia
With Western Australia's biggest ever drag racing event coming up at Perth Motorplex this weekend, Port Kennedy drag racer Peter Gardner is keen to come back to form in the Stone Racing Transmission Super Sedan category.
The 48 year old sales manager currently sits third in the state championship and after two first round losses in a row he is keen to improve at the 39th annual Westernationals, this Saturday and Sunday.
It will not be easy, with 68 cars in total vying for the win in Super Sedan alone.
“I want to keep on evolving my racing and be the best I can be in Super Sedan,” Gardner said.
“We've had a runner up already this season so a few more finals would be nice.”
Uniquely, Gardner built his own Holden Monaro and engine to compete in Super Sedan.The 7.1 litre V8 motor propels Gardner to speeds of 260kmh in just eight and a half seconds, proving more than the equal to any other Super Sedan at the track.
“It gives me a sense of pride to go racing; building my own car was a great experience and one I'd love to do again,” he said.
Gardner also assists other teams with their engines at drag racing events, saying his skills have evolved over the years since he first started tinkering with cars in his teenage years.
“I liked pulling things apart and putting them back together again, other than a short time as an earthmoving fitter I'm self taught,” he said.
The speed of racing still amazes Gardner even after two seasons of racing his Monaro.
“Compared to any kind of street car it's a thrill, it's at the pointy end of the field and it's good fun,” he said.
The Westernationals event has a total of 352 entries, making it the biggest drag racing event ever to be staged in WA and is the second biggest Drag Racing event in the Country. Seventy three of those teams have come from interstate providing a massive boost to the local economy and giving race fans a chance to see vehicles they have never witnessed on the track before.Qualifying starts from 11am on both Saturday and Sunday, with eliminations racing getting started at 2pm on Sunday for sportsman divisions and 6pm for the ANDRA Pro Series categories Top Doorslammer and Top Bike.