The Powercruise 2-seat Top Fueller.
The Powercruise 2-seat Top Fueller. Dave Reid

Strap yourself in for unique Powercruise ride

WHEN event promoter and eccentric Queenslander Michael Gilbert touts his Powercruise event as "the wildest cruising car show you'll ever go to", he isn't kidding.

His revolutionary, interactive car show has been roaming Australia for the past 10 years. It has recently ventured into America and New Zealand.

The event offers entrants the chance to exercise their enthusiasm behind the wheel in perfectly safe and controlled environments at race tracks. It encourages them to find the limits of their vehicles and driving skills in a manner that's safe to do so.

However, his own garage full of 1000-plus horsepower cars wasn't enough for Gilbert, who knew that his recent Powercruise Queensland #43 event at Queensland Raceway had to reset the yardstick.

"In 2012 we had the country's richest burnout comp, where competitors travelled from all over the country to compete for $50,000 cash," Gilbert said. "So I had to make sure that people had a reason to come back this year - we needed something that would blow people away.

"Powercruise is all about interacting with the cars, whether it's someone's street car, a drift car, a wild burnout car or in this instance a top fueller," he said. "So we added the second seat, meaning that the team (headed by Top Fuel champion Darren Morgan) could take people for laps of the track. There isn't anywhere else in the country that you can experience that."

The Powercruise 2-seat Top Fueller debuted at Powercruise #43 and enjoyed several exhibition runs, taking a handful of passengers on the ride of their life.



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