Drag racing is in the air! The sounds of highly-tuned weapons of speed are audible, responsibly though, if your GPS tracker indicates that you are within close proximity of the lie detector on Washington Blvd – the dyno! Drag Challenge#3 is at present now confined to an air-conditioned suite in a five-star hotel which will be referred to as our memory.
Drag Challenge#3 was an inspirational event for some, vindication for scalp-claiming competitors, justification for the time and resources spent for others and a relentless wave of jubilant experiences for the patrons who were willingly trapped in the euphoria-inducing grip of stammering launch-control mechanisms, eager wastegates and bruising accelerator encounters! Drag Challenge#3 was the undisputed heavyweight champion of Speed-events for the month of July 2014.
Fortunately, the Nestle Supligen sponsored series delivers doses of the speed-drug at regular intervals and armed with my prescription in-hand, I will be heading to the pharmacy – Vernamfield – this Sunday to have my fix! At Drag Challenge#3, it was evident that some competitors met their objectives but, it was also evident that, for some competitors, the goal was like the Teleporter (X-Men) – an elusive target.
Charles Maxwell returned to his roots – drag racing – with a pristine, spring-water clean Honda EG. The machine which boasts a tested, proven and potent B series gladiator, built by Audley (Portmore), entered the war-zone at the deep end! The machine sped, intercooler first, into the 11 seconds class and immediately claimed respect. At Drag Challenge#2 with a stable of 400 plus horses, the ‘Blue Blur’ left several coveted ‘name-brand’ machines in its wake – sorry again Adrian.
But, Charles was not satisfied. He wanted more. He wanted the ultimate goal for a street-driven drag machine – like a scene from the original Fast and Furious – Charles wants a 10 seconds car! Biggie B, Audley and Autoleague reviewed the recipe and concocted another pot of the explosive Honda stew! The dish was served at Drag Challenge 3, but – cliche approaching – power is nothing without control and that lesson reared its ugly head at Drag Challenge 3. Harnessing 600 plus horses was a monumental task for the team – the rubber would simply not comply. Despite the obstacles, the machine sped to second place, in both the 11 seconds class and the Quick 8. Machine!
TOP 1 OIL
The aim remains the same however – a 10 seconds car! Charles indicated that the team has a new member and with their assistance he is “aiming to break the 10 seconds barrier”. Charles confirmed that he has acquired sponsorship from TOP 1 Oil – which is based in the USA, but distributed locally by Real Oil. Charles also stated that at Drag Challenge#3 he “had a lot of ignition problems” and thanks to TOP 1 OIL he has been able to improve the ignition system on the car.
Charles Maxwell (blue Polo shirt) and representatives from his sponsor Top 1 Oil.
So, if all the rambunctious horses are effectively managed – which is Bigge B’s department and the B series motor remains indestructible – which is Audley’s portfolio and the driver remains focused – only one question remains – Can Charles Maxwell break the 10 seconds barrier?
Drag Challenge#4 – Vernamfield – this Sunday!
Cecil Munroe Gleaner On-Line Writer