Dreams Come True for Alex
Thirteen year old Alex Mee has today made treasured memories at Mildura’s Sunset Strip Dragway thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group. Growing up in a drag racing family, Alex has always dreamt of racing himself however after being diagnosed with the terminal disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), it appeared this dream would never come true. However, today Alex realised his dream of travelling the drag strip, with the car-loving youngster able to ride in a specially-liviried Junior Dragster as it was pushed by a golf cart to the start line and then down the drag strip* while his family, friends and racing community watched on decked out in special 'Alex Mee' race gear and clutching their special edition 'Alex Mee' racing posters. “This all means a huge amount – I have grown up with the drags all my life and Alex’s dad Frank Intini and my partner Lance Larcombe also race. I always thought my son would too but then after his diagnosis we knew that was never going to happen,” Alex’s mother Donna Mee said.
“On behalf of the whole family and all who love Alex I have to really emphasis our thanks to all of those involved - Jason Stares has been absolutely pivotal in making this a reality and together with Tim Reidy, Kingsley and Lauren Kuchel, ANDRA and plenty more has made this a reality for Alex and we can’t thank them enough. We also have to thank the Sunraysia Drag Racing Association for fitting Alex’s run in at what is one of their biggest events to date and Alan Ward for promoting it all over the place. It is very humbling that so many people have gone to such a huge effort.”
As part of the activities at the race track today, donations were also taken in support of the Save our Sons Duchenne Foundation.
If you wish to donate, please visit https://www.saveoursons.org.au/ The Muscular Dystrophy Association explains that Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common and the most severe form of Muscular Dystrophy. It is a genetic disorder characterised by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. It is one of nine types of muscular dystrophy and is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein which helps keep muscle cells intact. Symptom onset is in early childhood, usually between ages three and five. The disease primarily affects boys, but in rare cases it can affect girls. Until relatively recently, boys with DMD usually did not survive much beyond their teen years however thanks to advances in cardiac and respiratory care, life expectancy is increasing. For more information on DMD, visit https://www.mda.org/disease/duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Automotive Event Images feels privileged to be apart of helping young Alex realise his dreams and have donated all images of Alex and his family from the event to Alex and his family for awareness and publication about Duchenne muscular dystrophy..Well done to all involved..
Andra Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Sunset Strip Nationals ( Round 3 2018-19)
The team from Automotive Event Images set our sights on Mildura last weekend for the 3rd Round of the 2018/2019 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series held at the SunSet Strip Raceway Mildura.The much anticipated event saw a record-breaking field for the Sunraysia Drag Racing Associations event, 186 entries were received for the event which kicked off on Saturday with qualifying ahead of Sundays eliminations. The event consisted of the brackets for Super Street, Super Gas, Modified Bike , Competition Bike , Modified , SuperCharged Outlaw, Super Comp, Top Sportsman, Super Sedan and Junior Dragster.The event ran very smooth with no attention to detail missed by track staff and Track President & Secretary- Kingsley & Lauren Kuchel and all their track staff must be commended for a very enjoyable event.
For this event Automotive Event Images Supplied all images from the event to ANDRA and Drag News Magazine. be sure to check them out.
Picture - ALEX PANAGIOTIDIS Super Comp.
Jamie Whincup & Paul Dumbrell take out Rabble.Club Sandown 500
The Rolland Dane owned Triple Eight Race Engineering Racing team has clean swept the Rabble.Club Sandown 500, round 12, race 24 of the 2018 Virgin Australia V8 Supercars Championship with Jamie Whincup and Co Driver Paul Dumbrell racing for the Red Bull Holden racing team convincing winners of the 500 Kilometre race, Whincup beat home team mates No. 97 Shane Van Gisbergen and Co Driver Earl Bamber who finished second in the race and No.888 Craig Lowndes and Co Driver Steven Richards completed the all Holden Podium.
Troy Herfoss takes out the ASBK - Australian SuperBike Championships for 2018
The 2018 Australian Superbike Championship has been decided a round early with #17
Troy Herfoss riding his Honda CBR1000SP racing for Penrite Honda Racing, taking pole position and riding to a victory in the red flagged reduced lap Race One, and a 5th place in the equally accident marred Race Two, to secure a points lead that has put him into a position where he has secured the championship overall win for 2018.
Read the Full Race Report and Results from the link below..
Nostalgia Drag Racing from Mildura Victoria
The team at Automotive Event Images headed up to Mildura for their Annual Nostalgia Drag Racing event held at Sunset Strip..This years event saw just under 120 cars racing in in the action packed card of seven Brackets including - Aussie Muscle, American Muscle, Vintage Gas,
Hot Rod, Top Gas, Middle Eliminator and Top Eliminator.
Pictured is Kingsley Kuchel who took out his rivals in the Middle Eliminator Bracket.
Our team also compiled a short video from the event from the link below..be sure to turn it up..
or view the video in full size and resolution on Youtube from here
full size youtube video
For a full racing report and results click the link below.
Winton Festival Of Speed 2018
The team from Automotive Event Images headed back to Winton Motor raceway for the 2018 festival of Speed..We had a very busy weekend and it was a pleasure to see all the amazing cars and competitors and the great racing which evolved.This years event saw over 650 drivers competing in 11 categories which catered for all makes and models and made for a great weekend of historic racing..
The Sunday Event program also included the 17 lap Group N Touring car Cup which was taken out by Les Walmsley in his 72 Charger E 49 in the "NB" class & Les Walmsley '72 Charger E 49 in the 'NC" class.The Group "S" tourist trophy raced over 15 laps and consisted of the SA,SB,& SC groups and was taken out by Lyndon McLeod '58 Elva Courier in the SA Group , Darryl Hansen '66 Ford Shelby in the SB Group and Wayne Seabrook '76 porsche carrera in the SC group.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the Shanons Show and Shine parade which was quiet a spectacle of all the cars cruising the Winton track..Our team captured all the images from all events from both days which can be viewed in our gallery section..and our video guys compiled a short video from the event from the link below.
2018/2019 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Calendar Released. 31/07/2018
Round one – Hidden Valley Drag Strip (Darwin, NT) – Nitro Up North – July 13-14, 2018
Round two – Alice Springs Inland Dragway – Desert Nationals – July 21-22
Round three – The Sunset Strip (Mildura, VIC) – September 22-23, 2018
Round four – South Coast Raceway (Portland, VIC) – November 10-11, 2018
Round five – Perth Motorplex (Perth, WA) – Goldenstates – December 1, 2018
Round six – South Coast Raceway (Portland, VIC) – South Coast 660 – January 12-13.
Round seven – The Sunset Strip (Mildura, VIC) – February 15-16, 2019
Round eight – Perth Motorplex (Perth, WA) – Westernationals – March 2-3, 2019
Round nine – Perth Motorplex (Perth, WA) –
Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Grand Final – April 6-7, 2019
for all the latest Drag Racing Info or Results go to - ANDRA.com.au
2018 Victorian Senior MotoCross Round 2 Championships Promo Video.
The team at Automotive Event Images attended Round 2 of the Victorian Senior MotoCross championships and our video guys have compiled a short promo video from the event..View the Video at You Tube in full size and resolution - Victorian Senior MotoCross Promo Video
Victorian Senior MotoCross Championships Round Two From Colac Victoria.
Day One of the Victorian Senior MotoCross Championships started in Foggy Conditions but cleared to revel and bright and sunny afternoon..The track was in great condition and all the riders in the Over 40 / MX2 - B Grade / MX2 A Grade / MX2 C Grade and Over 30's seemed to revel in the great conditions..A great crowd turned out to watch the championships unfold after the meeting was rescheduled from 28/29 July due to bad weather and track conditions after weeks of heavy rain in the area.Overall results were as follows -
Over 40's - #v1 - Mike Reefman
MX2 - B Grade - # 473 - Micheal Murphy
MX2 - A Grade - # 233 - Cody Dyce
MX2 - C Grade - #530 - Sam Monk
Over 30's - #V45 - Julian Carafa.
Day two of the the Victorian Senior MotoCross Championships started in complete contrast to the previous days racing with heavy rain and sever wind lashing the track all through the night and most of the day.The racing conditions were extreme and the riders in the classes MXD - C Grade / MXD A&B Grade / MX1 C Grade / Mx1 B Grade / MX1 A Grade / Womens Expert & Clubman braved the harsh conditions to complete the round of racing.
Overall Results were as Follows -
MXD C Grade - # 504 - Nicko Green
MXD A&B Grade - A Grade #233 -Cody Dyce - B Grade #473 Micheal Murphy
MX1 C Grade - #554 - Robbie Sharp
MX1 B Grade - #404 - Jaxson Murphy
MX1 A Grade - #20 - Lachlan Davis
Womens Expert & Clubman - Clubman #34 - Abbey Webb./ Expert #50 - Ebony Harris.
For full race results from both days go to - My Laps - Speedhive
2018 Victorian Junior MotoCross Championships Round 4 - Promo Video.
The team at Automotive Event Images attended Round 4 of the Victorian Junior MotoCross championships and our video guys have compiled a short promo video from the event..
View the Video at You Tube in full size and resolution. - Round 4 VJMX
Victorian Junior MotoCross Championships Round 4 From Monza Park Ballarat
A great weekend of MotoCross Racing was held at Ballarat's Monza Park with the running of the Victoria Junior MotoCross Championships Round 4.With over 230 Junior Boys and Girls from all over Victoria who competed over the two day event.
Overall Results for the weekend were -
100-125 2st A grade - #32 Liam Andrews
250- A grade - #92 Dante Hyam
100-125 B&C grade - #135 Blake Mcpherson
250 B&C grade - #420 Romayne Cluffetelli
50 cc Div 2- #94 Jobe Dunne
65cc A&B grade- #44 Jake Sanderson
85/150 SW B grade - #121 Ty Godfrey
85/150 SW/BW A grade - #2 Connor Towill
85/150 SW C grade- #238 Ryder Favaloro
85/150 SW/BW B grade- #221 Dylan Parsons
Girls 85/150-150/250 - #49 Tanesha Harnett
85/150 SW/BW C grade - #378 Braiden Nicholson
100/125 C grade - #420 - Romayne Ciuffetelli
65cc B grade - #100 Billy Pearsall
To view the full galleries from both days head to our Galleries Page.
Well done to all the riders. for full results head over to - MyLaps - Speedhive
Supercars legend Russell Ingall Will drive the Triple Eight Race Engineering Red Bull Holden car 97 - 19 July 2018.
Supercars legend Russell Ingall Will drive the Triple Eight Race Engineering Red Bull Holden car 97 of Shane Van Gisbergen in Friday mornings 30 Minute Co / additional drivers session at the Coats hire Ipswich SuperSprint. The situation arose after Earl Bamber, Van Gisbergens Co driver for the up coming enduros was unavailable due to commitments overseas. Russell has not driven a Supercar since Gold Coast 600 in 2016.The session will be live on Fox Sports from 10.10am Friday Morning (Melbourne time)
Update- Well done to Russell who completed the session in 14 position with 20 laps under his belt and a best lap time of 1:10.4434 (on lap 10) overall the session went to Garry Jacobson Co driver for the Nissan Altima no 15 of Rick Kelly with a time of 1.09.6257 from his 12 laps.
Round one of the 18/19 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series, Nitro Up North.14th-15th July 2018
Round one of the 18/19 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series, Nitro Up North, has concluded in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Drag Strip this evening. Hoisting ANDRA Christmas Trees at the end of the two-day event were Jake Berias (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster), Mark Tattingham (Modified Bike), Theo Karamanidis (Super Street), Peter Tzokas (Super Sedan), Jess Voigt (Modified), Mark Hunt (Supercharged Outlaws) and Jason Arbery (Top Sportsman). Runners-up were Aiden Abel (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster), Heath Costello (Modified Bike), Craig McGregor (Super Street), Dave Todd (Super Sedan), Glenn Bull (Modified), Paul Stephen (Supercharged Outlaws) and Rick Smith (Top Sportsman). For full results from this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series round at the Hidden Valley Drag Strip.
for more info and results head over to -ANDRA.com
Picture - Jason Arbery - South Coast Raceway 2018
Supercar legend Craig Lowdes Announces his retirement from fulltime Racing. July 06 2018.
Craig Lowndes has announced he will retire from full-time Supercars competition at the end of the 2018 season. The 44-year-old - a three-time series champion and six-time Bathurst winner - will step away from his full-time drive with Triple Eight Race Engineering following November's season-ending Coates Hire Newcastle 500. He will continue as a co-driver for his Autobarn Racing Team and Triple Eight, who he has been with since 2005.
Lowndes burst onto the scene back in 1994 as a 20-year-old, when his audacious pass on John Bowe late in that year's Bathurst 1000 caught the attention of the racing community. He won the Australian Touring Car Championship in his first full-time season in 1996, and won the Sandown and Bathurst classics in the same year. Lowndes would add series titles in 1998 and 1999 following a stint in Europe in 1997, when he attempted to pursue his Formula 1 dream in International Formula 3000. However, he wouldn't add to his Bathurst tally until 2006 alongside Jamie Whincup - just weeks after the sudden death of mentor and friend Peter Brock.
Maguiars Motor Ex Melbourne Show Grounds 26th May 2018
Had the Pleasure of shooting the Meguiars Motor Ex this year in Melbourne. Great to see so many cars on display and even caught up with the guys from showtime fmx with riders Kain Soul & Robbie Marshall put on a great show...and the one and only from Erebus Motorsport V8 Supercar driver and 2017 Bathurst winner David Reynolds.
Meguiar’s MotorEx is the largest and most prestigious car show of its kind in Australia. Each year Meguiar’s MotorEx attracts Australia’s best custom and modified cars, which travel from all over the country to create an amazing visual spectacle of colour, chrome and individual style. Covering over 28,000 square metres, it features 400-plus vehicles with a collective value of over $40 million dollars along with the countries best automotive businesses showcase the industries newest and most exciting products. For more info on the event head to-
Meguiars Motor Ex
Round two of the Dewalt SXS Australian Championships
Stephen Henry tamed the wet and slippery conditions in his #96 CanAm to win round 2 of the DEWALT SXS Australian Championship held at Monza Park near Ballarat today. Nailing the holeshot in the grand final, Henry battled with Evans and Comiskey before timing the joker lane perfectly to seal the SXS Turbo Class win and his first outright victory in the championship. Fresh from taking second at the in the BITD Silver State 300 in USA last weekend, Brett Comiskey continued his good form to finish second outright today in his #51 CMS Racing CanAm. Rounding out the outright podium in third was Simon Evans, who revelled on the greasy track in the #360 Team RZR Polaris. Keeping the SXS Turbo's honest, #17 Tim Liston dominated the naturally aspirated SXS Sport Class to take the win ahead of Stephen Gregory, who drove the #41 Young Veterans Polaris into second in just his second event. Despite a roll in the grand final, Tom Evans locked in third in the SXS Sport Class in his #44 Polaris.For more info on the SXS Australian Championships head to Grunt Global
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May 2018
Winton Super Sprint Race 13 Wrap Up
Rick Kelly Racing for Nissan MotorSport finished first, amid the news that his racing team would not have the backing from "Nissan" after the current race season.Kelly crossed the line clear of Scott Pye who finished second on the podium racing for Walkinshaw Andretti United and just ahead of Shane Van Gisbergen Racing for Tripple Eight Race Engineering in third place
Winton Super Sprint Race 14 Wrap Up.
Fabian Coulthard Wins Race 14 of the Winton SuperSprint. Fabian Driving for DJR team Penske started from second place on the start grid but after the 200Km race managed the victory by over 11 seconds to Shane Van Gisbergen driving for Tripple Eight Race Engineering who finished second on the podium and in third place Scott Mc Laughlin driving for DJR team Penske who started from Pole Position on the grid but had a poor start to the race.
Western Region Round Three Moto X From Monza Park Ballarat Wrap Up.
Round 3 of the Western Regions was definitely an event for the ladies with the largest turn out of female participants in the Western Series’ history! 16 ladies took to the track to compete in the largest contingent of female riders for the Ladies Clubman class. Taylor Zeestraten and Nicole Hatton enjoyed the comfort of their home track, knowledge of the track paid off for these ladies taking out the day, first and second respectively. Jessie Dreger took out third place overall with a great performance. Zeestraten on a KTM 150, Hatton on a Yamaha 250 & Dreger on a KTM 350 were a close pack leading the race, they certainty challenged each other to strive for peak performance. Dreger coming back into the Western Regions after getting the all clear on a broken wrist that she scored racing the first round of the Victorian Championships. The junior girls also put on a good display and gave the boys a run for their money with Emily Lambert placing 9th and Nia Salleh placing 14th in the 65cc C-grade out of a field of 22! In the 85cc Big Wheel C-grade Bianca Carter put in a phenomenal effort placing 12th, followed by Maggie Stacey coming in 14th and Gemma Parsons placing 15th in a field of 16 competitors! Ellie Beecroft was the only female in the field for the 125cc C-grade class and placed 6th overall. for all results and Motorcycling Victoria calendar head to - Motorcycling Victoria
Cams Australian Rally Championships - Eureka Rally 2018
Harry Bates and John McCarthy gave the Toyota Yaris AP4 its maiden CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC) round victory at The Courier Eureka Rally. Bates took out heat wins on both Saturday and Sunday to claim 11 of 15 stages, finishing heat two 28 seconds ahead of Contel Communications’ Steve Glenney and Michael Potter. Steve Glenney made a stellar return to the ARC as a driver after a ten-year absence, claiming second for the round with a string of fast and consistent stage times. Tankformers Eli Evans and new co-driver Ben Searcy rounded out the podium in their first event together, finishing Sunday’s heat in fourth position behind Glen Raymond and Kate Catford but with enough points from heat one to claim third for the round. In the ARC 2WD championship, reigning champions Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penny took out the round win by just one point from Jason Lennae and Amanda Ramia. Haowen Chu and Xinan Mao claimed third. 2018 THE COURIER EUREKA RALLY PODIUM 1. Harry Bates/John McCarthy – Toyota 2. Steve Glenney/Michael Potter – Subaru 3. Eli Evans/Ben Searcy – Mini
For up to date info and news on the ARC and VRC head to - Rally.com
Print Coverage Of our Image Gallery from Andra Summit Sportsman Series.
Thanks to Luke and the guys at Drag News Magazine who ran 6 page article on the
Andra Summit Sportsman Series SouthCoast 660 featuring all of our images in Issue
30 of Drag News Magazine..Great Magazine for all info and events from Australia and abroad for the drag racing enthusiast.Click the link below to check out drag news magazine and the online gallery..Dragnews Magazine
The seventh round of the Andra Summit Sportsman Series From South Coast Raceway.
The South Coast 660 played host to more than 170 racers for what was the largest ever meeting for South Coast Raceway, with plenty of action unfolding over January 20 and 21 for what was round seven of the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series. Anthony Panetta (Super Gas), Baillie Ponton (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster), Mick Piscioneri (Denso Super Street), Gordon Crawford (Modified Bike), Chris Lioulios (Super Sedan), Craig Baker (Modified), Darren Nichele (Top Sportsman), Jason Keily (Supercharged Outlaws) and Jim Ioannidis (SuperComp) all took out victory in their respective classes. Runners-up were Graeme Spencer (Super Gas), Tommy Turic (Summit Racing Equipment Junior Dragster), Des Jeffree (Denso Super Street), Jake Hamilton (Modified Bike), Steve Hunt (Super Sedan), Matt Czerny (Modified), Jason Arbery (Top Sportsman), Justin Russell (Supercharged Outlaws) and Shane Baxter (SuperComp). While all of the winners were proud to accept their accolades, two felt especially honoured in receiving perpetual awards introduced at the event – the Phil Parker Memorial Trophy in Modified Bike and the Chris Stewart Memorial Trophy in Supercharged Outlaws. Each year, the winner of Supercharged Outlaws will also have their name inscribed on a special Chris Stewart memorial shield housed at the Raceway’s HQ.
Picture - Gordon Crawford (Modified Bike)