THE sound of engines revving and burning rubber last Friday and Saturday was great news for Cootamundra with more than 100 people at the airport for the filming of the latest instalment from Motive DVD.
Motive DVD is a brand incredibly popular with car enthusiasts and a few years ago film producer Andrew Hawkins discovered Cootamundra Airport as a perfect venue for his GTR Challenge and Drag Battle.
As well as the easy access of Cootamundra mid-way between Sydney and Melbourne and close to Canberra, the real beauty of the airport is the runway surface. Rather than the clinical conditions of a racetrack the runway provides similar conditions to street racing for drivers – and that is where the motorsport game gets interesting.
The GTR Challenge and Drag Battle, sponsored by Castrol Edge, is big news in the car world and as word has spread, more and more people have jumped on board.
This year was the biggest event ever with 38 drivers, some committed returnees who never fail to make the trek to town and some experiencing Cootamundra for the first time.
Everyone involved is incredibly positive not only about the event but about Cootamundra as a town.
A number of different makes and models of cars were represented across the weekend including Silvias, Supras, WRXs and even a couple of Commodores.
Anyone who has watched the original Fast and the Furious movie may recall Vin Diesel saying “I live my life a quarter mile at a time”.
This motto epitomises the group of car enthusiasts who made their way from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Western Australia and all points in between with some of the slickest, fastest machines around to be part of the weekend.
Arriving on Friday the drivers and a large number of crew and spectators were greeted by rain so practice was canned and instead they set to work doing interviews and taking photos.
With rain an issue all day Friday Hawkins thanks Masling Industries for the use of their hanger space.
More rain overnight meant drivers were greeted with a wet track on Saturday morning however around 50 cars got out on the runway driving up and down to dry the surface ready for competition.
Throughout the morning heat from the cars and a small amount of sun dried the track allowing some very impressive times to be set down.
Harking back to the Fast and the Furious, that film was all about 10 second cars (cars that can travel the quarter mile in 10 seconds or less) but Motive DVD has raised the bar and all the talk prior to the weekend was about those cars that could go sub nine seconds.
All of the action from the weekend will be the newest Motive DVD to be released later this year.