DRAGS: BATTLE FOR THE CROWN + VIDEO
date: 28 February 2015 | Words & photos: RaceMasteR J | Killarney
Excitement was at an all
time high when we got news that Quentin Boylan was making his
way down to Killarney to challenge long time friendly rival Bradley
Van Rooi in the Pro-Fit K-addy bakkie. Now for those of you who
don’t know, Quentin is the owner of the gorgeous yellow
Honda Civic drag car which graced the covers of last month’s
Speed and Sound Magazine.
What makes it so interesting is that it’s a 10 second naturally
aspirated front wheel drive car. At the time of the article in
SnS, it was the fastest N/A FWD car in the country, until Brad
came along in his N/A FWD K series Honda powered VW Caddy bakkie
and smashed that record with a time of 10.2 seconds over Killarney’s
Now this battle wasn’t new as it was going on for quite
some time and it seemed it was far worse on social media platforms,
worse in a good friendly way. What we mean is that it never got
dirty, which was great! But egos and friendliness aside it was
time for Quentin to retake his title as Drag King, fastest N/A
FWD car in all the lands. It was going to be an epic sight to
see these two go head to head for once.
It started off looking positive for Quentin because if he could
do those times up in Joburg, surely he could better it down at
the coast? But would added power solve his royalty issues or make
things worse for suspension setups? Only time… about 10
seconds of it, would tell. Some people even said he would run
a 9 second here at Killarney. But that’s easier said than
The rest of the day was pretty much calm and relaxed. The number
of cars weren’t what I expected being the first MSA event
of the year. I thought the guys would be itching to get back onto
the strip after the December break. There weren’t even any
bikers present; they all went to a bike rally. Oh well, bikers
will be bikers! On the up side it meant that there was a lot more
track time available for competitors…
Which these two made the most of. I actually got tired of watching
them pull up to the starting line and pull 11 second passes all
day long. But it seemed I wasn’t the only one who got tired
of it, the cars eventually said enough is enough and they had
to call it a day. That’s what happens when you let the computers
No high tech million dollar tech here though. Don’t get
me wrong, management systems are not cheap, but at least they
don’t tell you when you need a change of underwear. And
it was the same case here as they went on and on, and on and on
in the pursuit of happiness; trying to better their times. But
no such luck unfortunately.
It seemed Jason James had all the luck on his side as he improved
his personal best time from an 11.8 to an 11.5. That’s a
jump of about 4 spots on our drag
list. Well done Jason! It’s always great
to see guys getting quicker and quicker.
The great thing about events like this is that you get to see
crazy match ups like these. David VS Goliath. A 4 cylinder Mk1
Golf taking on a mighty Chevy V8 and the Mk1 wins… up to
a certain point.
MSA Drag events are a great place for newbie drag racers to hone
their skills. Plenty of time with plenty of runs. No pressure,
except for the crowds cheering you on.
Chatting to one of the Killarney marshals, he mentioned how amazing
it is to just tweak here and put a little bit of software there
and see new cars like this A45 AMG do 12 second runs all day long.
It’s not even point and squirt. It’s just squirt,
that’s how easy it is to run a 12 in today’s day and
This sexy Veilside RX7 made an appearance out of the blue (gold
So back to our title fight, the battle of who would be crowned
Drag King once and for all. Well, there’s no easy way of
saying this. But the Pro-Fit K-addy… broke! More specifically,
the gearbox broke. Yes, that’s racing! I just hope Brad
kept his receipt for that gearbox… But wait, it didn’t
end there. The fuel pump on Quentin’s Honda gave up too!
So he was also potentially out for the day. How sad!
Brad and his team from Pro-Fit came to the rescue by offering
Quentin the fuel pump off the K-addy, even though it was their
last one, they said Quentin could have it, how sweet! Sounds like
the start of a bromance to me!
Make way! Drag Cartel coming through!
So it wasn’t a complete wasted trip for the Drag Cartel
boys after all. They managed to get a good few runs in on the
day even after fighting with traction issues. But would they beat
the standing record of 10.2 set by Brad? No, they didn’t.
They came close though crossing the line in 10.3 seconds. Brad
managed to hold onto his title by the skin of his teeth.
So at the end of the day Bradley Van Rooi was left standing by
his car and not racing it, watching on as the yellow Civic tried
to beat the 10.2 record without success. I have a feeling this
won’t be the last time we see Quentin and his crew. This
isn’t over, not by a quarter mile it isn’t!
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