LIFE’S A DRAG: Isaac Hughes raced the ‘pink car’ at round 4 of the Track Championship at Ironbark Raceway.
LIFE’S A DRAG: Isaac Hughes raced the ‘pink car’ at round 4 of the Track Championship at Ironbark Raceway. Sarah Dionysius

Racing the ‘pink car’ is a special privilege

If you were at the Ironbark Raceway last Saturday for Round 4 of the Track Championship, then you probably would of noticed junior dragster Isaac Hughes in his hotted-up ‘pink car’.

Isaac had the privilege of racing fellow dragster Paul Winkel’s modified vehicle and was incredibly appreciative for the opportunity.

“I would like to thank Paul Winkel and Rayner’s Auto Electrical for allowing me to drive the car,” Isaac said.

When asked whether he has given the car a name Isaac replied ‘no, everyone just calls it the pink car’.”

The vehicle, which can reach times of 6.8 seconds, helped Isaac secure the third spot out of six racers in the Modified Division of the track championship.

Mr Winkel took out the first place in the division and joked that it would of been annoying to see Isaac overtake him.

“It’s frustrating when you watch your old car do so well, but I mean it is good at the same time,” he quipped.

“But no, he raced really well and it was a really good weekend overall.”

According to Mr Winkel, Isaac was given the chance to race one of his cars simply because he was just in the right place at the right time.

“He was doing some after school work with us and I asked him if he was keen to have a go of racing the car,” Mr Winkel said.

“I had just bought a bigger car at the time so it was just good timing.”

Mr Winkel said the weekend had been a great success with a number of riders getting involved.

“The club is getting bigger and bigger each race which is great to see,” he said.

“There are a lot more people interested in racing and getting involved in it.”

Isaac will have to return the keys to the ‘pink car’s’ rightful owner this weekend, but only momentarily.

“My wife is actually going to have a go of racing the car on the weekend,” Mr Winkel said.

“But Isaac will get it back for some of the bigger races coming up.”

Both Isaac and Mr Winkel will race in Round 5 of the Track Championship at Ironbark Raceway on July 23.


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