Drag racing legend and current Australian No. 5 Top Doorslammer driver Peter Kapiris made the drive down from Melbourne last weekend to Portland’s South Coast Raceway to check out the race track and check over the progress of the current track upgrades.
The former Australia Champion was very excited about the prospect of bringing a round of the Australian 1/8th Mile Doorslammer series to Portland next year.
Earlier this year they ran the first ever 1/8th Mile Doorslammer event in Mildura which attracted over 5500 people into the Sunraysia District.
“We were just blown away by the support of the Mildura City Council, the SDRA and from the public for this event” said Kapiris. “The town was rewarded for their support with people coming from all over Australia including Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and everywhere in between to watch.”
Kapiris was very impressed with the progress of the upgrades and said that the likelihood of running an event in Portland next year is very high.
“The South Coast Drag Racing Association is doing a fantastic job and just need a little extra support to get the track up to the standards we would require and we will be there,” Kapiris said.
Club president Doug Hetherington said it was a fanatstic opportunity for the club and the Portland community.
“This would be the first event of its kind ever run in Western Victoria and a chance to fill very hotel and motel in town. These drivers currently only race in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and to have the chance to get them in Portland is unbelievable,” he said.
Victor and Ben Bray from Queensland, Sydney-siders Maurice Fabietti and Sean Mifsud and Victorian Peter Kapiris and others could be teaming up to bring the loudest show on earth to town in what would be a spectacular event.
The Top Doorslammers would welcome local schools and the general public to the venue for the opportunity to get a close-up look at the cars, meet the drivers, grab some autographs, take photos with their heroes and bag some souvenirs.
The Top Doorslammer show would be supported by a Supercharged Outlaws bracket as well as Super Sedan, Modified Bike, Super Street and other sportsman categories.