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Drag Racing School

Thursday, June 26, 2003
Forget the rest, here's the best... A school that teaches you how to drive these babies. This is more rocked than a car.

Drag racing grew out of hot-rodding, which was popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It began with people tinkering with old model cars and installing larger engines. The first official drag race took place in Australia in 1965.

There are several types of drag racing — index handicap, which means ANDRA, the sanctioning body, has set a handicap between each type of car based upon a set of limiting rules and past performances of the cars in the class. Another is known as DYO (Dial Your Own) handicap. This is where you get to choose the performance standard you want to use as a benchmark. If you go faster, you lose the race.

If you want to give it a try or brush up on your skills, Ken Lowe Race Cars holds schools at Willowbank Raceway, just west of Ipswich, in Queensland.

Ken, like drag racing, was born in the United States and has been building race cars for 40 years. When he arrived in Australia early in the 1990s he immediately began to build cars and help other people who were interested in getting their cars on the track. Then he began the drag race school and word-of-mouth proved to be the best form of advertising.

He now owns four cars and runs an average of two schools a month. He has just two students at a time so you get a great deal of individual attention.

Ken says most people don't necessarily want to get a drag licence or become a professional racer — they just want to enjoy the experience. You need to be over 19 years of age and have a full driver's licence to participate.


Willowbank, 45 minutes south-west of Brisbane.


Ken Lowe Drag Race two-day licensing course costs $1795 per person. They run on Fridays and Saturdays, all year round.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Ken Lowe Race Cars
PO Box 77, Oxenford, 4210
Ph: (07) 5573 4535, 0411 699 535
Fax: (07) 5573 5039

Qantas: 13 13 13

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