Steve Badcock, of Hagley, and son Andrew, of Brisbane, with the drag bike that they are building. Picture: SCOTT GELSTONTASMANIA’S only Australian pro-stock motorcycle drag racing champion, Andrew Badcock, will this year again be part of the action.
But the 2009-10 champion and 2010-11 runner-up will be wielding spanners rather than twisting the throttle in the 2011-12 season.
The pilot will be his father Steve, who runs a garage at Hagley and last raced drags in 2008 in the comp-bike class.
Steve said that he had started upgrading his 2008 bike to compete in the top-bike class, but was sidetracked when he started competing in historic road racing.
Plans to reinvent the Hagley-built bike went on the back burner.
“When team owner Trevor Birrel sold the bike Andrew rode at the end of the 2010-11 season, we decided to finish my project,” said Steve, who will again also contest the Tasmanian Motorcycle Club historic road racing championships in which he finished second last year.
Andrew said that the idea was to get the bike running as fast as they could for the final two rounds of the 2011-12 season at the nitro champs in Sydney on May 4-6 and the Winter Nationals in Brisbane in June.
“Dad did 7.6 seconds for the quarter mile at 278km/h when he last rode the bike and our aim is to get into the low sevens by the end of the season,” he said.
“It only had a standard crankshaft in it and we damaged a connecting rod which then put a hole in the crankcases.
“We’ve gone to a big after-market crankshaft now and it will take a lot more horsepower – we’ve also fitted different pistons and a race-pack data-logging system to record everything the bike does.
“Dad will do the last couple of races and then we’ll reassess our effort after that.
“We’ll add lots of gas – our aim is have the first six-second run by a nitrous-oxide assisted bike in Australia. But we’ll keep this motor as a spare, all set up and ready to bolt in if needed.”
The Badcocks hope to give the bike its first run in February or March at a regional race in Brisbane.
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