Andrew Cowin aboard the family’s Nitro Express Nostalgia Funny Car.
Andrew Cowin aboard the family’s Nitro Express Nostalgia Funny Car. Steve Thomas

Cowin comeback revs up

TOP Fuel standout Andrew Cowin will lead a field of 180 nostalgia racers at Willowbank Raceway this weekend.

The NITRO! Magazine Nostalgia Drags will hit Queensland’s premier drag racing facility tomorrow for a full day and night of old school action.

Cowin is making his comeback to Aussie Top Fuel this season. However, he hasn’t been limiting his standout performances to the ANDRA Pro Series ranks, with he and the Cowin family Nitro Express Nostalgia Funny Car blowing apart the Nostalgia Elapsed Time record in November.

A 5.89 second pass at 241 miles per hour on his birthday enabled the 31-year-old to jump the “5.9s” on his way to being the first in Australia to set a nostalgia “five second pass” and the first to break the 240 mph barrier, after earlier in the day crashing through the previously standing 230mph mark.

“They (Nostalgias) are a different beast that requires a different driving style with its shorter wheelbase and engine up in front,” Cowin said.

“You have a better feel of the car in comparison to the dragster and they are a handful of fun to drive.

“What a birthday present November was, running Australia’s first 230mph, first 240mph, recording the first five second run in the final and winning the event, all on one day.”

Joining Cowin on Queensland’s premier quarter-mile will be a wide variety of racers, including vintage gassers, hot rods, muscle cars, slingshots, nostalgia outlaws and bikes.

Fans can also get in on the action themselves with entry to the Pit Lane Car Show, sponsored by Shannons Insurance, included in general admission.

Those wanting to be involved need only to come along in their cool classic, nostalgia car, bike or hot rod and ask to be parked in the car show area to be in the running for prizes.

Among those eagerly anticipating the Nostalgias are members of CanTeen, an organisation for young people living with cancer.

Queensland Street Car Magazine has donated the admission tickets to the event and members of the Mustang Owners Club are bringing them out to Willowbank.

Gates open at Willowbank Raceway at 7am, with qualifying from 9am and racing from 4pm.

Tickets are $25 for adults and children 12 and under gain free entry.

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