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The Battle of the VW Beetles heads to Warwick

VOLKSWAGEN VARIETIES: Rod Penrose will be one of the top drivers to look out for at the VW Warwick meeting at Warwick Dragway this weekend.
VOLKSWAGEN VARIETIES: Rod Penrose will be one of the top drivers to look out for at the VW Warwick meeting at Warwick Dragway this weekend. Gerard Walsh

DRAG RACING: This year will be the tenth anniversary of the VW Warwick, an all VW drag racing weekend meet.

Over the last decade the event has grown into Australia's premier VW motorsport weekend.

Craig Hughes from VW Magazine is expecting the anniversary to be the biggest event yet for VW Warwick.

"We have 110 entrants for this weekend, which is the most we've ever had for any round," Hughes said.

"The event should give people a really broad appreciation for what kind of VW cars can race and what can compete.

"Look out for David Richardson who will be racing a very fast buggy called Fillmore."

Fillmore is a very unusual split-window Kombi van, named after the character in the animated Disney movie, Cars. Unlike the Cars character, this Kombi has no trouble going fast, thanks to a turbo-charged Porsche engine.

Hughes said Fillmore was sure to be a crowd favourite.

"It's pretty insane for what it is, you've got to watch out for it," he said.

The program begins on Saturday morning with a street parade and static display at Leslie Park.

Hughes said the parade was a great opportunity for all VWs, competing or spectating, to showcase their cars to the Warwick public.

"Most of the cars that will be competing at the dragway will be on display right through to people's daily drives," Hughes said.

The parade and display will start at 9.30am and run until 11am.

Scrutineering and briefing will begin at the Warwick Dragway from 11am until noon and will include a demonstration for first-time drivers on the how the lights and staging process works.

Practice runs and qualifying will follow the briefing from 1pm until 5pm.

On Sunday a round robin featuring four rounds of competition will lead up to the final.

Also on the Sunday will be the VW Big Push, show 'n' shine, swap meet and trade displays to entertain the spectators.

Held during the Sunday lunch break, the VW Big Push pits teams of four against each other as they attempt to push a VW Beetle along the Warwick Dragway track.

Made up of one driver and three crew members, each team must push their own street-registered VW Beetle down the 1/8 mile track.

Hughes said the event was "just for giggles and tickles" and the real enjoyment would be in seeing the competitors comatose for the rest of the weekend. "There will be one driver to steer and stop and the other three to produce the 'power'," he said.

Entry to the event is free and $200 is up for grabs for the winning team.

General admission costs $10 a day and includes entry to the swap meet, show 'n' shine and trade stalls

Camping tickets cost $30 for an adult.

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