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 sets hot pace in record run

TOP Fuel standout Andrew Cowin has punctuated a hot and steamy day of Nostalgic action at Willowbank Raceway with a blistering record-surpassing pass.

Cowin lifted the temperature further aboard his family Nitro Express Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car.

Cowin’s third and final pass during Saturday’s round of the NITRO! Magazine Nostalgia Drag Racing Series was electric.

The 31-year-old travelled the quarter-mile in 5.88 seconds at 239.61 miles per hour, edging out the previous Australian quickest Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car mark of 5.89 seconds. He set that standard in November, 2010.

“It is just so much fun to drive this Funny Car, it’s a different experience completely,” Cowin said.

“It was really cool for us to be able to show up and run the quickest ever pass in Australia with the 5.88 second pass.”

Cowin was in action at the weekend thanks to World Classic Muscle Cars.

“The crew did an awesome job all day long,” he said.

“Racing the Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car is just so different and it’s great for us to do in between the Top Fuel Racing.

“It’s a lot of hard work and keeps everyone on their toes, and they are just so fast.”

Cowin said he hoped to “squeeze another tenth from the car”.

“But at the same time we are still learning with the Funny Car,” he said.

“Hopefully we can run a bit quicker every time but then again that is the plan every time you go racing anyway, isn’t it.”

Cowin and his Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car was one of 180 Nostalgia entries at Willowbank.

Taking to the track were racers from a wide variety of racing brackets.

Jason Donnelly (Nostalgia Outlaws), Brad Wooldridge (Gas), Kerry Boyde (Junior Fuel), Peter Rauchle (Vintage Gas), Mick Roche (Hot Rod), Jimmy Lau (American Muscle), Shane Molloy (Aussie Muscle), Pedro Smith (Classic Motorcycle), Jake Pearce (Outlaw Bike), Ken Moss (Six Banger) and Wade Wagstaff (Outlaw Hot Rod) all secured event wins for their brackets.



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