February 10, 2011 by  
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Powercruise is the top modified car event in Australia and New Zealand, which has now expanded to the United States. This thrilling event sees fans driving their cars alongside modified street machines, drag cars, hot rods and imports. Other highlights of the show include powerskids, drifting, off-street drags, burnouts, show ans shine, Miss Powercruise and so much more. Powercruise was created so that auto fans could do what they’re not allowed to do on the roads.

Date: 22 to 24 July 2011
Venue: Brainerd International Raceway
City: Brainerd
State: Minnesota
Country: United States of America

Armidale Motor Show 2009

September 15, 2009 by  
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The 2009 Armidale Motor Show is gearing up to be an event that motoring enthusiasts should not miss out on. There is something for everyone at the show and will feature a range of vehicles of various shapes and colors such as vintage vehicles, street machines and hotrods, but there will also be motorcycles and trucks to marvel at. Food stalls and vendors will offer their latest products at show prices and is the ideal opportunity to shop for a few wanted accessories. The Show will open at 9 am and continue through the day till 4 pm.

For more information about the show and its exhibitors, contact Trent Hamel at newwnglandtowing@bigpond.com or on 0404 869 869.

Date: 26 September 2009
Venue: Armidale Racecourse
City: Armidale, New South Wales
Country: Australia

Woodward Dream Cruise 2009

June 10, 2009 by  
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More than a million spectators arrive each year, to be witness to the Woodward Dream Cruise. The fifteenth annual event will be held on the 15th of August 2009 and approximately forty thousand participants are expected. Hot rods, exotic cars and classics can all be seen at this event and it is not to be missed by serious automotive enthusiasts. The vehicles are displayed on the sixteen mile stretch between Ferndale and Pontiac.

The Woodward Dream Cruise website will be able to answer any queries and supply additional information in regard to the event: http://www.woodwarddreamcruise.com/

Date: August 15, 2009
Venue: Various
City: Ferndale, Michigan
Country: United States of America

Portland Historic Races 2009

June 10, 2009 by  
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To see restored historic race cars return to their rightful place on the track, and take on other cars in their horsepower class, get to the Portland International Raceway from the 10th to the 12th of July 2009. Over and above thrilling racing action, a massive exhibition of over seven hundred collector cars, food pavilion, kid zone and hot rods will be available for visitors to enjoy.

Chris Vandagriff can be contacted in regard to entrant queries, and spectators are invited to visit the website, www.portlandhistorics.com, for more information.

Date: July 10, 2009
Venue: Portland International Raceway
City: Portland
Country: United States of America

Kalitta Wins NHRA Top Fuel Opener

February 13, 2009 by  
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When Doug Kalitta won the NHRA Top Fuel opener in Pomona on Tuesday, it was a rather emotional victory for him. Not only was the race physically and mentally draining due to the large amounts of rain which plagued the track, but this was the first time that Kalitta won since losing his teammate and cousin Scott Kalitta last June in a tragic racing accident.

The dramatic circumstances surrounding Doug Kalitta’s victory only added to the overall drama and excitement of the race. Kalitta took a clean victory, defeating Antron Brown at 3.822 seconds to Brown’s 3.847 seconds. The event had already been running for six days – having been drawn out an extra two days by the rain which prolonged eliminations. During the course of the race Kalitta managed to defeat Urs Erbacher, Morgan Lucas and Cory McClenathan and fourteen of the other sixteen cars in the field. On the final round of the race it was between him and Antron Brown, with Kalitta clutching the victory just seconds ahead of his opponent. Kalitta was ecstatic. It was the 31st Top Fuel event win for the driver, putting an end to a 27-race winless streak since his cousin’s accident. The win no doubt also put an end to the concerns of his family-run team, which is headed by his uncle and father.

The NHRA Top Fuel victory was particularly emotional and even fans could empathize as Doug’s father Connie came running into the winner’s circle to share his son’s special moment. Speaking about the race afterwards, Kalitta said: “I think of Scott when I’m in the car. It motivates me to get up on the wheel. Winning this race is special. Connie won here and Scott won here. In fact, this is the car that Scott drove to the win here in 2005. I’m sure he’s proud of the fact that all three of us have won here now.” Doug Kalitta added: “It was also special that Connie was in the winner’s circle with us. I’m just happy he still enjoys this. This is his 50th anniversary in drag racing and it would be great to give him a big year.”

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