Fierce competition at 2021 Kangaroo Island Sprint street quarter-mile drag race

Video footage of this year's competition

Organisers were pleased with the bigger than expected crowd and 26 vehicles racing in the 2021 Kangaroo Island Sprint event.

For about a decade now, the KI Motor Club has organised the standing-start quarter-mile sprint takes place on the closed street track on Arranmore Road just outside of Kingscote.

Event winner again was Brendan Buick finished fastest with 2001 HSV Commodore, that features twin turbos on its big block engine. This year he stopped the clock at 11.15 seconds.

Coming second again in the ongoing rivalry was Will Escabache and his 2007 FPV Typhoon, featuring in a turbocharged in-line six. He stopped the clock at 11.53.

His son Josh claimed third place in the same red Ford rocket, only 0.01 seconds slower at 11.54.

Fourth place was regular competitor and visitor from the mainland Darran Crabb, who this year brought over his GMW 3 Series BMW, stopping the clock at 11.84.

Rounding out the top five was perennial competitor Erik Trae also recorded a very respectable run with his 3-litre, all-wheel-drive V6 R32 VW Golf, recording an 11.93.

Top 10 results:

  • 1st: Brendan Buick (2001 HSV Holden) - 11.15
  • 2nd: Will Escabache (2007 FPV Typhoon) - 11.53
  • 3rd: Josh Escabache (2007 FPV Typhoon) - 11.54
  • 4th: Darran Crabb (GMW 3 Series BMW) - 11.84
  • 5th: Erik Trae (R32 VW Golf) - 11.93
  • 6th: David Connell (1969 Ford Capri) - 12.24
  • 7th: Damon Horsfall (Holden VU ute) - 12.39
  • 8th: Darky Bruce (Holden Maloo R8 ute) - 12.40
  • 9th: Andy Milne (Hanson Road Hooker hot rod) - 12.45
  • 10th: Wayne Riley (1977 Charger) - 12.75

Other vehicles of note and the only female competitor was Penneshaw's Rose Pizzaki in her brand-new V8 5.6L Nissan Patrol, who finished with a very respectable 13.72.

There was also a Lotus driven by Richard Cave that finished with a 14.36 and also a very unusual Vauxhall VX220.

KI Motor Club's Wayne Riley, who was stoked with his Top 10 finish with his 1977 Charger, said it was a great crowd and the Lions Club ran out of barbecue, having to go into town to resupply.

He thanked Peter Murray for making the land available for the spector area and Darky Bruce, who finished 8th in his Maloo R8 ute, and Ugly Dog Transport for supplying the semi trailers for stands.

The event was also made possible thanks to cooperation with the Kangaroo Island Council and SA Police.

This is the premier annual event for the KI Motor Club, which is looking for more participants for its regular, picnic car runs around the Island.

Island residents who join the club can also get discount registration on their classic vehicles.

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