Racewars 2019 & Albany's Hillclimb Sprint
What started off as a humble ‘bragging-rights’ drag racing event among a few mates and a couple of local car clubs has grown into a headline event, with a genuine presence on the national motorsport stage. We’ve covered Racewars events a few times over the years, and I know a few of our readers have competed, but for the uninitiated, we like to think of Racewars as the definitive motorsport event for WA.
Despite its rapid success, Racewars has remained independent and kept that grassroots motorsports spirit alive. Over the weekend, ticket sales for next year’s event went online, so we thought we’d revisit some of the highlights and preview what’s to come for #RW19.
Attracting competitors from all walks of life, last year saw an influx of Exotic and Vintage competitors itching to discover the limits of their vehicles. Overall, Racewars sees such an eclectic mix of vehicle, nothing ever seems out of place. Blown HQ Holdens do battle with 800HP Nissan Silvias, with GTRs, Muscled-Up Americans and Classic European Exotica watching on.
The headline event, which is held at Albany airport over the March public holiday weekend, is a series of standing-start and roll on drag racing battles, covering 400m and 800m, with the Sunday’s 1000m standing-start top speed run - a crowd and competitor favourite where the fastest machines come together to do battle for record-breaking runs.
It’s the only place in WA you can truly indulge in the possibility of a VMAX showdown, with Albany’s 1800m runway offering a facilities impossible to replicate on most modern circuits. 2018’s event came within a few KM/Hs of beating the national record, with improved surface conditions for 2019 almost guaranteeing Racewars to play host to a brand new national record.
2019 marks the third year since the Racewars event Albany revival and next March will see the Long Weekend’s biggest event yet. It’ll be the introduction of the Racewars Sprint - think a Goodwood Festival of Speed style hill-climb, with over 100 competitors traversing the 3KM climb along the treacherous Marine drive to finish atop Mount Adelaide in the heart of Albany’s town centre.
The sprint will take place on the public holiday Monday immediately following the weekend’s antics at Albany Airport and will offer spectators the chance to take part ultimate closing event for the best weekend of motorsport in WA, alongside the show-n-shine, and street cruise events you won’t find anywhere else.
Racewars 2019 promises to be a spectacular event taking place over the long-weekend of March 2nd-4th 2019, with a celebration of distilled automotive culture taking place both on and off track.
Competitor tickets are selling fast, but as of Nov 1st, standard competitor entry and VMAX entry is still available at the link below.
We’ll be back in Albany next March to cover the weekend’s fun in full.
Take a look at our gallery below for a recap and get a taste of what’s to come.