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Old 11-25-2004, 05:24   #1 (permalink)
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Guys I want to share an article i recently read in a Aussie men’s magazine about the cost of drag racing...

It’s called LIFE IS A DRAG...want to go fast - and spend money even faster?

Now this was done on a racing team called START YA BASTARD RACING, team manager is Steve Reed and the Fastest driver of there alcohol funny cars...the list reads like this

COMPUTER $15,000.

BODY SHELL $30,000.

DIFF $10,000.

TRANSMISSION $12,000.

CLUTCH $10,000.

SUPERCHARGER $20,000.

ENGINE $60,000.

REAR TYRES $2500 last 6 runs.

FRONT TYRES $800.

EXHAUST $1800.

They could easily spend a extra $250,000 and you wouldn’t even see it.

This doesn’t include running cost as fuels, oils, transport, and Tech crew. And did not mention the price of the car its self the rolling chassis.

There are very cash sponsors in this sport; most of these guys are using their own business to fund their venture in this game.

And this is the Alcohol class Nitro would be a lot more cash.

If you want to read the full article its in this months Ralf magazine...
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Old 11-25-2004, 12:42   #2 (permalink)
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$250,000 is all we need to get old fart racing up and going, lets put out a donation hat !! LOL
Interesting to watch those numbers rise very quickly !
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Old 11-25-2004, 12:46   #3 (permalink)
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Q. How do you make a small fortune from motor racing?

A. Start with a large one.
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Old 11-25-2004, 13:31   #4 (permalink)
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But this last weekend cost me

Hire of Car $439.00
Hire of Trailor $220.00
Accomm $100
Food and drink $50
Petrol
Minginator $55.00
Hire car $175.00
Coolant $27.00

Entry to Calder and Heathcote $90

and taking into account thats not the fuel i wanted to run as its $5.65L

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what kind of fuel is $5.65 a litre? That is heaps.

I spent about $120 on petrol and drag racing entry fee. I drove the car I ran there and home though.

I cant believe professional drag racing is so expensive.

What times would the above car run? Are they those 4 second cars?
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Here are our costs per season maintanance on our 7 sec 355 clevo dragster.

1 set MGP Alloy rods - $2000 (80 passes then we chuck em)

2 sets Childs and Albert lo drag rings - $400 ea

2 sets H series bearings - $400 ea build

1 set jesel ultra lite lifters - $2600

4 sets PSI valvesprings - $600 ea set

1 set Del west titanium valves - $3600

1 ATI alloy balancer - $800

2 sets titanium piston pins (custom) - $1000 ea build

Sunoco race fuel - 600 litres @ $6 per litre

dragster by rail to kwinana motorplex, towing to WSID, willowbank, testing at heathcote and calder, the list goes on.

Three of us share the costs. and although we have won back to back championships, we are just "small fry", with only 690hp produced from the 4v 355 SVO.

if we had a blower on it, the costs would triple.

wouldn't miss it for the world.
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Clasic

But this last weekend cost me


Food and drink $50
Hi Laminge, you must have went easy on your tucker last weekend..lol..
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$250,000 is all we need to get old fart racing up and going, lets put out a donation hat !! LOL
Interesting to watch those numbers rise very quickly !
Hi Ray, don’t worry about your OFR its up and running next year should be a bonza year, I am confident OFR will have street reregistered 10 sec BA next year...and if Rod stops eating for a week we might see a 9 sec pass in the Monza soon..

But Ray we are missing your guidance, how’s your search for a new car going hope to see your face at the track soon...
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I can't see how you guy's down under can afford to drag race.If it cost me that much here in Kentuck I'd have never gotten started.
The initial cost to get my car going was $8,500. This got those other than myself started on their part of the project. The paint and body man, frame builder, machinest. All of these fella's were friend's or friend's of friend's, so you can imagine that I recieved a large discount.Even with that the cost was higher than I had first thought.
My first engine was $12,836. That was a big pill to swallow, but it did last me four season's so I have no room to complain. If it weren't for my sponsor's, friend's, and family my car would have never been finished.
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