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Huge bikes dominate dirt drags


Steve Hargreaves on his gen3 V8 commodore 350 chev.

Tony Martin

MASSIVE bikes and big men with short names dominated the second annual dirt drags at Sarina showgrounds during the weekend.

A group of riders from Western Australia, going by the names of Jimmy, Danny, Potter and Red, won many of the categories, which included V8s, nitro Harleys, modified Harleys and Sportsters.

Riders gathered from around Australia, including Western Australia, Sydney, Brisbane and Townsville to rumble their massive machines down a 200m dirt strip.

A crowd estimated at 2000 watched over two days.

Eight V8 machines turned up but mechanical problems eliminated two, leaving six to take part in the shootout.

Western Australia's Jimmy won the final, but might have been lucky to beat Mackay's Steve Hargreaves.

“Steve had mechanical problems in the final and was beaten by a few lengths,” organiser Dave Robins said.

“We didn't have a speed camera, but we guess the big bikes were doing 150 to 160kmh.”

Mackay's Bill Holgate crashed on his nitro Harley, which was one of two to race.

“He did a bit of damage, but it's repairable,” Robins said. “He bruised his leg but he's okay.”

Western Australia's Danny won the event final.

Robins won the Harley modified division, ahead of Potter from Western Australia, and Perth's Red won Sportsters.

Another dirt drags would be held next year, Robins said.

“Now's the time to start building your machine if you want to compete next year.”


Other results: Junior motocross 250 Dylan Carroll, 125 Bradley Boyd, junior motocross Liam Paro, senior 250 Brendan Moohin, quads Terry Stevens, senior 450 Scott Martin, motocross open Russell Walpole, junior peewees Dylan Wray, Harley street bikes John Clark.


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