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VIDEO DIARY: DRIVING MISS BESSIE

08_03_2011_downunderVictor Bray has a neat farm outside of Brisbane, complete with kangaroos and koala bears. What’s even neater is his race shop and collection of old cars.

So we went to Willowbank Raceway on Sunday, the second day of the meeting and while it had rained much of Saturday night and into Sunday morning, race officials elected to pull the plug until the next month. What inevitably happened after this decision is what we call the “Bill Bader Syndrome”. If you call the race on Saturday, the clouds will dissipate, sun will come out and not one single drop of rain will fall for the rest of the weekend.

VIDEO DIARY: DRIVING MISS BESSIE

08_03_2011_downunderVictor Bray has a neat farm outside of Brisbane, complete with kangaroos and koala bears. What’s even neater is his race shop and collection of old cars.

So we went to Willowbank Raceway on Sunday, the second day of the meeting and while it had rained much of Saturday night and into Sunday morning, race officials elected to pull the plug until the next month. What inevitably happened after this decision is what we call the “Bill Bader Syndrome”. If you call the race on Saturday, the clouds will dissipate, sun will come out and not one single drop of rain will fall for the rest of the weekend.

VIDEO DIARY: THERE'S A YANKEE [AMERICAN] IN THE WILLOWBANK PITS

Here is a tip for anyone traveling to Australia. When you land, add a day to the day after you leave the U.S.
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I found this out after walking around the first day thinking I was there on Thursday and this day was in preparation for Friday. It wasn’t until late in the day on Saturday before I discovered, the professional cars weren’t qualifying on Friday. Friday had come and gone.

If I had investigated a little better, well … a lot better, I would have realized during the course of the flight I flew over the end of Thursday and into the start of Friday via the International Date Line.

VIDEO DIARY: THERE'S A YANKEE [AMERICAN] IN THE WILLOWBANK PITS

Here is a tip for anyone traveling to Australia. When you land, add a day to the day after you leave the U.S.
08_03_2011_downunder
I found this out after walking around the first day thinking I was there on Thursday and this day was in preparation for Friday. It wasn’t until late in the day on Saturday before I discovered, the professional cars weren’t qualifying on Friday. Friday had come and gone.

If I had investigated a little better, well … a lot better, I would have realized during the course of the flight I flew over the end of Thursday and into the start of Friday via the International Date Line.

LIVE VIDEO: NMCA MUSCLE CAR NATIONALS

Thanks to our coverage partners at DragStory.com and Mark Walter, we present to you the live video feed from the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals in Bowling Green, Ky.

VIDEO DIARY: THERE'S A YANKEE [AMERICAN] IN THE WILLOWBANK PITS

Here is a tip for anyone traveling to Australia. When you land, add a day to the day after you leave the U.S.
08_03_2011_downunder
I found this out after walking around the first day thinking I was there on Thursday and this day was in preparation for Friday. It wasn’t until late in the day on Saturday before I discovered, the professional cars weren’t qualifying on Friday. Friday had come and gone.

If I had investigated a little better, well … a lot better, I would have realized during the course of the flight I flew over the end of Thursday and into the start of Friday via the International Date Line.

NITRO REWIND -- 8-4-2011 EDITION

04_22_2011_cptv_nwTwo thirds of the Western Swing races are in the books and there will be no sweeps as Nitro Rewind looks back at Sonoma’s FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals and caps off The Swing with a look ahead to Seattle this weekend and the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals. The show, an internet based broadcast, is hosted by Bill Stephens and features interviews from Top Fuel and Funny Car NHRA competitors, is available on the NHRA’s YouTube channel after every NHRA national event.

“There will not be a sweep in Top Fuel or Funny Car once again but we do get some great insight from the Sonoma winners Antron Brown and Ron Capps,” said Ashley Force Hood, John Force Entertainment president.

“Getting back to back to back Nitro Rewinds produced has been a challenge but we are thrilled with the way the first two shows came out. The drivers are really opening up to our cameras and thanks to the NHRA and LookatDragRacing.com we are getting great images.”

A pair of Kalitta Racing Nitro drivers fill-out the Nitro Rewind roster as Jeff Arend talks about moving his DHL Funny Car closer to its first appearance in the Countdown. Dave Grubnic gives Nitro Rewind viewers an inside look at the pressure of battling for one of the last Countdown spots with three races left.

There is also a recap of the John Force Road Shows appearance at the EAA AirVenture Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin complete with a zip lining John Force.

THE LATEST NITRO REWIND AT CPTV

04_22_2011_cptv_nwTwo thirds of the Western Swing races are in the books and there will be no sweeps as Nitro Rewind looks back at Sonoma’s FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals and caps off The Swing with a look ahead to Seattle this weekend and the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals. The show, an internet based broadcast, is hosted by Bill Stephens and features interviews from Top Fuel and Funny Car NHRA competitors, is available on the NHRA’s YouTube channel after every NHRA national event.

“There will not be a sweep in Top Fuel or Funny Car once again but we do get some great insight from the Sonoma winners Antron Brown and Ron Capps,” said Ashley Force Hood, John Force Entertainment president.

“Getting back to back to back Nitro Rewinds produced has been a challenge but we are thrilled with the way the first two shows came out. The drivers are really opening up to our cameras and thanks to the NHRA and LookatDragRacing.com we are getting great images.”

A pair of Kalitta Racing Nitro drivers fill-out the Nitro Rewind roster as Jeff Arend talks about moving his DHL Funny Car closer to its first appearance in the Countdown. Dave Grubnic gives Nitro Rewind viewers an inside look at the pressure of battling for one of the last Countdown spots with three races left.

There is also a recap of the John Force Road Shows appearance at the EAA AirVenture Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin complete with a zip lining John Force.

COMPETITIONPLUS DOWN UNDER: HANGING WITH VICTOR BRAY

Spend two minutes in a foreign land and you quickly how helpless you can feel without your modern day communications.

Well this is sort of how my first five minutes following touchdown in Brisbane felt. Grab my Blackberry and there is no service. You’re handed documents on the plane and instructed to fill them out. You walk up to the agent at the desk, present your documentation and passport, and then if all is well, you pass to customs inspection where they ask about the “stuff” in your bag.

For me, I brought along my native snacksjust in case a Vegemite sandwich was not to my liking. There were Mountain Dews galore packed between the shirts and trousers.

But before I could get to this point, I had to pass the lady at the first checkpoint.

Remember, the paper I needed to fill out? One of the questions was my destination once I left the airport and where I planned to stay during my trip. This created a problem. I had no idea. All I knew was my host Victor Bray had it covered.

VIDEO: COMPETITIONPLUS GOES TO AUSTRALIA, PART 1

The email was simple and to the point.

“Would you be interested in coming down to cover our Castrol Edge Winter Nationals at Willowbank?”

Visiting Australia has always been one of those bucket list destinations. It’s always been one of those places you envision visiting but never really expect to happen.

Clicking on the respond button, my response was, “No races that weekend, would love to.”

Then it hit me. June for me would contain four consecutive weekends of drag racing starting in Englishtown and ending in Norwalk. Two of the three races would require flights and the one was in Bristol, just a two-and-a-half hour ride through the scenic mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.

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