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The Slamfest series continues to hit its straps and the latest successful round was held in Portland at Fuchs South Coast Raceway.


Another crowd of around 4000 people turned up to watch the show at the rather neat little Victorian facility. The only issue with the track remains the somewhat interesting braking area, with most of the Top Doorslammers missing the first turn off on full power runs and needing to take the bend.

With concrete launch pads only, traction wasn’t quite as good as the 400ft of concrete at Heathcote, but 4.1s were still managed and there was plenty of entertainment. The bar was running hot all day, there were jumping castles for the kids and even a band running late into the night to keep the punters entertained after racing finished. Combine it with some stunt bikes and burnouts and it was horsepower heaven.

Top Doorslammer

We’re trying something a little bit different with our Top Doorslammer coverage this time, a little bit of a video montage. Let us know what you think!

Traction proved the issue early in qualifying with much tyre smoke, John Zappia’s wild fishtail perhaps the most spectacular effort.

Peter Kapiris’ 4.24 was the quickest pass of qualifying, with most other teams shaking and spinning.

In round one Kapiris went 4.329 on a solo to set his time for the elimination round. The semi finalists would be decided by the quickest four winners of this all important first round. Russell Pavey went 4.38 with Frank Mamone NTRing, while Maurice Fabietti took a 4.38 win also against Marcus Chambers, who lost after a holeshot on his 4.35. Ben Bray belted out a 4.20 to knock out Gary Phillips, before Victor Bray brought the house down with an upset of John Zappia in a 4.22 to 4.23 thriller.

That meant just Pavey missed making the semis. Ben Bray upped the stakes with a 4.18 win over a 4.34 from Fabietti, as a 4.20 from Kapiris eliminated Victor Bray who shut down early.

Slamfest thus had two different finalists for its second round of the series. Kapiris took the opportunity to lay down a 4.16 for low et and 177mph for top speed to take the win, a deserving effort for a man who has played an influential role in getting the series up and running.

Things certainly moved fast during the day!

Supercharged Outlaws

Michael Braggs claimed a win in his wild hot rod with a 4.95 on a 4.86 dial in doing the job. Image by

Bill Waldock ran .45 off his dial in for the final, which wouldn’t be enough to take the Monaro to victory lane. Image by

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A .038 reaction was crucial in Matthew Voight racking up a win for the FED brigade. Image by

Leanne Braggs kept up the family’s hopes in Modified but unfortunately fell before the finals.  Image by

Super Sedan

David Todd’s .037 light and 6.48 on a 6.45 dial in showed that aerodynamics are overrated and big skids matter.

Tim Stone was unlucky to lose with a two hundredths breakout. Image by

There was something of a gasser look going on! Black Chev image by

Modified Bike

Peter Bartlett’s turboed Suzuki was finding some pace and he looked fairly happy with a series of low fives.

Tony Frost’s 5.65 on a 5.58 dial in with a small holeshot took the win for one of the more colourful Modified Bikes in the field.

Here’s a unique view of Gavin Dohnt’s Mod Bike. He went to runner up on the day.

Super Street

The Ford GT of Scott Riley went 7.10 on a 7.08 dial in to do himself proud and take a win in the final in Super Street.

A red light cost Chris King’s Capri the win in the final, wasting a rather good 7.11 on a 7.10 dial in.

Super Gas

With a .045 reaction and a 6.34 on the 6.30 index, Bruno Romeo clinched victory in the Super Gas field.

Colin Griffin (far lane) had to settle for runner up, but the racing early in the day in Super Gas provided him plenty of close thrills.

What’s better than pics? How about some moving images of the finals.

Burnout shows kept the fans entertained.

And because you’ve stuck around this long, how about some more photos?

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