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VW Warwick 2016
VWMA Editor - August 31st, 2016 at 07:47 AM

Hi All,

The 10th anniversary last year was a great weekend of racing and the record number of entries proved how much the Australian VW racing community values the opportunity to gather at Warwick for the two day event. The racing therefore continues this year, and registrations are now open for VW Warwick 2016 on October 1st-2nd.

Mick Motors is the major sponsor again for 2016, and their enthusiasm for the event keeps the VW drag racing programme in this country alive and well. Supporting Mick Motors and the weekend are Westside Mufflers, Sunset Safaris, Kustom Kombi, Rod Penrose Racing, Vintage VeeDub Supplies, Beach Buggy Australia, Wayne Penrose Volkswagen, Leons Motors and Browns Plains Mechanical.

Sunset Safaris may be a new sponsor to the weekend, but not to racing, as the Alder Outlaws have made VW Warwick their annual family reunion. Scott Alder and the team have introduced a new concept to the Top VW Shootout for 2016. There will now be two brackets - one for normally aspirated and one for forced induction. Scott even created a special trophy for the new concept (pictured below). The two brackets will each have separate cutoff times, and ideally each bracket will have 8 qualifiers. This will open up the opportunity for competitors to enter the Top VW Shootout, and certainly increase the spectacle of the round robin competition on Sunday. The Top VW Shootout plates will be made and sponsored by Darren Hobson. Thanks Darren.

Talking of competitors, first entry received for the event was from John Ďthe Hatí Barrett, but he was only in by the fur of his cap with Henry Spicak clocking in shortly after. Itís good to see Henry back in the seat after his health scare, and I know he is looking forward to the competition. Hot on John and Henryís tail were Aron Heuston and Chelsea Mills - Chelsea is the first female driver to enter for 2016, and the number of female drivers this year is expected to reach the double figures.

An additional programme feature will be the Diesel Tune Dyno event on Friday night at the the track. Diesel Tune will be bringing along their mobile Dyno to run invited and guest VW drag cars, and the Dyno will be set up in the main marquee, which this year is a permanent shed structure erected by the Warwick Dragway Club, made possible by government grants. There are also permanent toilets in the top pit area this year as well.

The dinner and breakfast package is available again, and will be catered by the same cooks as last year. Itís great food, excellent value and an ideal way to enjoy the Saturday evening.

Further information about the weekend is available at 

See you on the track.

Craig Hughes
Editor and Part-Time Drag Racer
VW Magazine Australia 

VWMA Editor - August 31st, 2016 at 07:48 AM

The trophy created by the Alder Outlaws....

VWMA Editor - September 6th, 2016 at 08:25 AM

Hi All,

We are under the 4 week mark until VW Warwick 2016, so light up the workshop candles and get cracking on those race cars!

Volkswagen Genuine Parts has been an avid supporter of VWMA and the VW Warwick Drags since its inception. As part of their support, Volkswagen Genuine Parts have supplied drivers competing at the VWMA drag racing series with a range of exclusive merchandise each year. This year Volkswagen Genuine Parts have generously donated the much sort after Volkswagen Motorsport back packs and the 40th Anniversary Golf GTI caps to be given to each driver competing at this years VW Warwick event. These are very special Volkswagen merchandise items that will add to the excitement of the weekend.

See you on the track.

Craig Hughes
Editor and Part-Time Drag Racer
VW Magazine Australia 

beetleboyjeff - September 6th, 2016 at 05:54 PM

Looks like I am allowed to attend, but man I wish my wife would let me race.

Something about "It is your work car - what if you break it?"

binner - September 6th, 2016 at 06:17 PM


Im there with a few mates in my camper and mate with speedy. Hope to have speedy rego'd n running in time.....
Trying to coax him into doing a run down the strip too...:lol::lol:

binner - September 13th, 2016 at 05:49 PM

can we buy tickets on the days or is it best to prepurchase if camping?

thanks in advance


VWMA Editor - September 14th, 2016 at 08:09 AM

On the day is fine.

VWMA Editor - September 21st, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Hi All,

I hope your drag cars are coming together for the event. Burning the midnight oil is par for any motorsport event, and Iíve already had a few calls regarding 11th hour entry pardons. I could write a book on the trials and tribulations of the VW drag racer - it would make for entertaining reading.

Entries close this Friday September 23rd for VW Warwick 2016. Entries can be made online at 

A reminder about the two final brackets for the Top VW Shootout, one for normally aspirated and one for forced induction. This new concept adds another 8 cars into the Top VW Shootout finals, which therefore means an even greater opportunity for drivers who have always been on the cusp of the cutoff. Just a little extra incentive to find a few more ponies from your engines.

See you on the track.

Craig Hughes
Editor and Part-Time Drag Racer
VW Magazine Australia 

vw54 - September 29th, 2016 at 07:51 AM

Looking great for Saturday and Sunday

VWMA Editor - October 3rd, 2016 at 01:48 PM

An early post to say that VW Warwick 2016 offered some of the best Volkswagen drag racing action I have been proud to be a part of. The new format of two top Shootout finals with an overall bragging rights decider worked a treat. Congratulations to Jason Frost for winning both the N/A Top Shootout bracket and Bragging Rights, and to Michael Holman for the F/I Top Shootout bracket. A full report and photos ( - Peter will have photos uploaded to his site this week) in the November issue and more updates over the next two weeks. Well done all.

vw54 - October 3rd, 2016 at 04:04 PM

Always a great weekend

hellbugged - October 4th, 2016 at 09:48 AM

Lovely weekend.

Great place to camp with the family and an awesome show put on right in the front of our fire pit!

Thank you Craig and his team,

the Warwick drag strip crew and volunteers

and the competitors for the entertainment. :tu:

vw54 - October 4th, 2016 at 06:53 PM

Thought I spotted you Damio in the crowd, but got caught up in the ACTION

Don't think you ran ???

hellbugged - October 4th, 2016 at 07:23 PM

No running Birch, had been a few years between Warwicks so just packed a T3 with gear and family for a getaway.

vw54 - October 4th, 2016 at 07:36 PM

Great weekend Hey

We had HEAPS OF food from the Spanish, Croatian and Aussie cooks