A day at the Alice Springs drags

A day at the Alice Springs drags, By Greg Tingle - 17th April 2015
(NT News)


Alice Springs Northern Territory Outback Australia Motorsport Sports Entertainment

Photo Credit: Living Life Photography - Samantha Jackson




I’d read something about the drags’ in the newspaper.

Next thing I’m doing the rounds in Todd Street Mall, and I overhear fans enthusiastically telling folks all about it at popular cafe, Red Dog.

Being a new local I had to find out more, and this young fella happy to tell me all about it.

Why wouldn’t he be enthusiastic to spill his guts, with the news that Chief Minister Adam Giles recently given a green light of funding to the Northern Territory motorsport sector in region at nearly $5 million.

Just 10 minutes later and this chance meeting with Joel Bester (Team No BMW) had got me a ride and media accreditation for the first Alice Springs Drag Racing event for the season.

Drag racing is one of those sports you either love or hate, and I’m starting to love it.

Bester has loads of talent as I soon found at, big dreams, and a considerably lower budget than most, however that’s tipped to change, should his current wave of success on the Australian drag strips continue.

He drives a slightly modified Holden Barina, which can do the quarter mile in 18 seconds, and on this day he defeated a Nissan Z coupe worth over $100,000.

“It’s the fastest and best Barina in the entire Northern Territory,” Bester said.

Bester competed five times for four victories which saw him finish second overall and best in class.

Mark ‘Yak’ Probst of YAK Racing (Supercharged Outlaw) has a considerably higher budget than Bester at present, and his rocket on wheels is valued in the $90,000 region.

The year 2015 is shaping up to be a banner for drag racing in Australia, and Alice Springs is in the thick of the action.

There’s big plans to turn the sport into a full blown entertainment extravaganza with live music, fashions on the field and more.

Big Al Stainer Memorial winners:

Street Car — Mick Williams

Super Street — Conan Latham

Super Sedan — Mick Willox

Junior Dragster — Lathan McNicholl

Modified Bike — Brian Metcalfe

Supercharged Outlaw — Mark ‘Yak’ Probst

Best Burnout — Angelique Stainer

Rest Reaction Time — Brian Metcalfe

Best Presented — Mark Probst

(NT News)