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Sydney racers had their first chance to blow off the New Year cobwebs with the first test and tune of the year ahead of this weekend's Santo's Summer Thunder event.

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While the weather was hot, humid, windy and wasn't scoring well on the comfort-meter, a few new car-driver combinations showed up for licensing in the professional class ranks.

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Brett White made his return to Pro Alcohol now behind the wheel of a funny car, the ex-Wayne Newby steed to be exact.

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Not making a full pass, the car dubbed "Carlos" looked and sounded strong in the less than ideal conditions.

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The Sainty team brought out their new ride - the ex Paul-Madill driven funny car - with Alf Sciacca Jr in the seat.

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Sciacca Jr is familiar with Sainty machinery, running one of their powerplant's in ASR Supercharged Outlaws Lamborghini.

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Ironically the funny car offers improved vision of the racetrack for Junior over said Lamborghini.

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Unfortunately the new car was proving temperamental and a dropped valve by the look of it in the burnout ending the team's day, but they will be back this weekend for some more testing.

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The long awaited return of Brett Gillespie's rebuilt 1934 Chev Proslammer happened. The chassis has been completely rebuilt and stretched to a much more sane length for the amount of power it will be receiving by John Willard at Flatout Services.

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The end result is another work of art from Willard.

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Gillespie made several test hits with a fair wack of shake before finding a couple of little issues that needed addressing, so the team packed it away for another day.

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Mark Drew was in town early with the colourful Fin Jaska Salakari to test the new fuel system on the Australia's quickest nitro Harley.

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The high wind limited the team to only one aborted pass that still netted a 6.77.

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Also testing were the nitrous Top Bikes of Rod Barchet and Michael Dwinger. The Barchet team looked satisfied with a 7.08 best in the heat that looked very easy. 

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While Dwinger with the help of American Darion Guillory in his corner is still coming to terms with riding his new bike.

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A number of sportsman racers fronted up in the yuck conditions. And we spied Bob Reischl out in a new Modified Roadster.

Check out our gallery from the day by Grant Stephens and Michael Wyllie at Cackling Pipes.