Drag Race bonanza for local charities

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The smell of engine oil fills the air before suddenly the ear-splitting roar of car engines burst forth like a ravenous beast looking to reclaim its territory.

A huge throng of spectators fill the banks over looking the road which has been transformed into a drag race track as the cars line up in pairs and take off into the distance.

Drivers, mechanics and helpers ensure the area beside the cars is a constant hive of activity while locals watch on with wide-eyed wonder and smiles at the blistering pace set by the motors below.

The Run What Ya Brung Drag Race, organised and hosted by Lewis Car Club in association with Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL), was a car and race enthusiast’s dream but as well as thrilling the near 1,000 strong crowd the race helped swell the coffers of seven local charities to the tune of almost £3,000 so far.

The benefitting charities are: National Autistic Society, Crossroads Lewis, Grianan Day Centre, Samaritans (Stornoway), Lewis and Harris Breast Cancer Support Group, Foyer (Bayhead St), Alzheimer Scotland, Western Isles Men’s cancer group, and Action For Children.

A whopping 52 cars, the biggest turnout ever, made their way to the track at Stornoway Airport for the quarter-mile drag race event.

22 cars even crossed the Minch to put the pedal to the metal for the hugely popular event.

One of the star attractions at the race was a Ford Anglia, complete with fiery paintwork on the side, which reached a staggering 147 mph. It went so quickly in such a short space of time it had to use a parachute to slow down before the end of the track - completing the quater-mile in 9.9 seconds.

Not far behind with a 10-second quarter-mile was Jim Fairbairn in his 32 Ford Coupe.

The Lewis Car Club Committee would like to thank everyone who helped over the weekend, with organising, and setup of their first drag race event of 2014.

They said: “We would also like to thank all who entered, and supported our event by coming to spectate from all over Scotland, making the event such a success with a special thank you going to Colin Millar and Jim Fairbairn and their support teams for making the trip north to race. Great people with a real passion for racing the 1/4 mile. Thank you all.

“Our next drag race, which will also be raising money for the above charities, is planned for July 5, 2014. Entry forms are available from Autoparts Stornoway.”

The event was sponsored by Smiths Garage, Contin, and Hebridean Plant Hire.