Hambridge back in The Bandit

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For this weekend’s Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car event at the Perth Motorplex, Aaron Hambridge will be tuning and driving as the nitro guru makes a return to the cockpit of the iconic Trans-Am, The Bandit.

Hambridge has recently been sharing tuning duties with team kingpin Graeme Cowin, with the duo splitting the field with four cars each.

An accomplished driver in his own right, Hambridge is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel.

“I love tuning the race cars, it’s brilliant,” he said.

“This series is about entertainment and putting on a show for the crowd but we all want the cars to go fast, don’t worry about that! And that doesn’t change as a driver or a tuner.

“I’m a racer as well as a tuner and the idea of getting into this car and mixing it up with the boys, is a good way to bring in the New Year.”

Hambridge most recently piloted a The Bandit in the series, having come from a Top Alcohol dragster, which was one of the category’s most potent cars.

“I have to thank Graeme and Wendy Cowin for the opportunity, it’s going to be great, I can’t wait for it now.”

The event also sees a number of new cars join the show with local racers Andrew Katavatis aboard Beach Bomb, Michael Brooks taking the wheel of Nitro Madness and the Matt Abel/Rory Taylor entry – Nitro Thunder.

The final Perth-based car of Frank Taylor and Andrew Minogue Ford Mustang will be a reserve only at this stage.

Series manager Steve Bettes concluded the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car Series continues to grow and the team behind the scenes were working to make each event better than the last.

“We see it as a beacon for Australian drag racing and is continuing to grow momentum as the field grows for our first trip west,” he said.

Be at Perth Motorplex from 5pm for the ‘Salute to the Crowd’, where all of the cars will fire up at once along the drag strip. You’ll have some time to go and check out the cars up close in the pits then before racing kicks off at 6pm!


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