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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
38 RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 Queensland Mustang Spares Drag Car WO2 Neil Murphy 2011 has been a relatively quiet year for the Queensland Mustang Spares Drag Car. After the terrible 2010 year, time was taken out to put the car back together, making some minor changes to the chassis and to the engine. 1st Signals Regiment's Spanner Club held in March 11 gave the South East Queensland members an up close and personal look at the new car, as seen in the photos in the last Craftsman Mag and taken by one of our own, WO2 Jason McKeown. Soon after, WO2 Murphy started spending more time out bush than at home, making it hard to get to a race track. With the constant trips away, it was decided to strip the engine and put the car away until work commitments slowed down. The 2011 Winternationals was looming, and Darryl Woods (who helps Neil out immensely with the car on and off the track) needed a car to pilot, while Neil had a car in need of a pilot..... In went Darryl's engine and transmission to make the Mustang a Sainty 512 cubic inch powered missile. The car fronted for the first qualifier and ran 7.121 at 200.83MPH. Second qualifier saw the car run a 6.947 at 204.51MPH and Darryl into Eliminations against Nathan Peirano. The Mustang ran home with a 7.051 at 199.58MPH to Nathan's red light and into the second eliminators. Round two of the eliminations saw Darryl matched up against Josh Fletcher. Whilst going through the routine after the burnout and back up, the air system for the transmission was not purged fully. The car launched in top gear and still managed to run 7.428 at 200.26MPH, but not quick enough to catch Josh. Once again the car was returned to its stable to wait for the next race. The RAEME birthday was to be the car's next appearance, however it was decided by the powers to be that a rehearsal parade held a higher priority than the birthday celebrations. This was a bit of a disappointment, not only not to have the car there, but the deploying members were not allowed to attend the celebrations. Even though the car was back in storage, and Neil away, development work on the Team was still happening. Darryl Woods was bitten by the racing bug again, and has put some long hours into getting his Sainty powered EB Falcon finished and licensed. With a bit of good luck and consistent racing should see Darryl do well at the 2012 Winternationals, to be held on the Queens Birthday long weekend. There are plans afoot to run a second car- possibly a dragster or funny car if there are sufficient engine parts "left over". This will mean three cars will run at a meeting, including Darryl's Falcon. If you have an interest in Drag Racing, or would like to lend a helping hand, drop WO2 Neil Murphy an email at neil.murphy1@defence. gov.au or drop in at the pits when he is next at the track. With the addition of the new car there will be a need for more crew, from helping on the start line to tow car driver to taking footage from the stands.