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Published on Friday, 21 June 2013 Written by Mark Read « Back to news articles

Rosco, Cheryl and some of the team were kindly invited to attend the Kwinana Motorplex on Saturday the 16th Feb for a “Night of Fire” with jet dragsters from the USA and South Africa, as well as Top Alchol dragsters.

drags01We were guests of our long time sponsor and supporter John Di Candilo and experienced great hospitality and a night with action packed drag racing.

John and his crew at Di Candilo Steel City have worked tirelessly to supply us with materials for the construction of Aussie invader 5R and everything from our recent transportation boxes for the Sydney Motor Show to Aussie Invader 3′s display stand. Thanks John.

For Rosco is was familar ground as he cut his teeth in the 70′s & 80′s driving everything from V8 bikes, Funny Cars, Rocket Bikes, Jet Dragsters and Rocket Go-Karts (he still holds the world record of 253 mph over the 1/4 mile for a Go-Kart), only cutting short his Drag Racing career in 2002 to concentrate on the World Land Speed Record and the design and building of Aussie invader 5R.

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The night did not pass without incident as on the last race of the night the jet dragster Gravity Storm driven by Pieter De Wit suffered a high speed racing incident.

drages03After completing a 5.7 sec run and travelling at approximately 440 kilometres per hour De Wit experienced parachute issues with the Dragster. As a result the Jet Dragster hit the sand-trap and safety net area at high speed causing significant damage to the vehicle.

De Wit was trapped in the car for a period, but was extracted by emergency crews with no life threatening injuries. During this period, De Wit responded alertly to all safety crew in attendance and was communicating with them until he departed the venue.

At this time De Wit remains in hospital under observation with a fractured kneecap and a burn to his back. We wish him well.

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