The Mooneyes Dragster will be heading down to Australia this year, scheduled to make an appearance in both Victoria and New South Wales. The replica racer has been admired at hot rod shows and nostalgia drag racing events all over the world and this will be its first time ever to Australia.
The dragster is a replica of the original car built in 1959, raced by Dean Moon and used as a showcase for Mooneyes products. The bright yellow colour and traditional ‘Mooneyes’ graphics made it a standout visually among competitors in its day, and it even achieved some race success in 1962 by winning Middle Eliminator at Pomona with a 9.52 ET at 153mph. The original Mooneyes dragster currently resides in the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Florida.
Hard core racing fans will be able to see the dragster in action at the first annual Vintage Drag Races at Bairnsdale Dragway this Easter. The two day meeting is scheduled for March 30 – April 1 and open to hot rods, classics and race cars which meet a very specific set of criteria, with the goal to create a truly authentic nostalgic vibe at this grass roots, 1/8 mile regional race track.
Bairnsdale Dragway is located around 300km east of Melbourne. For more information on the event, visit www.kustoms.com.au.
From there, the vintage digger will receive a spit and polish in preparation for the Hot Rod and Custom Auto Expo in Sydney on May 26-27. This two day indoor/outdoor show is the best at showcasing Sydney’s hot rodding culture and the perfect platform for Mooneyes fans to get up close and personal with a small slice of drag racing history, plus meet some of the Mooneyes team.
The expo is held at Rosehill Racecourse, further details can be found at www.hotrodandcustom.com.au.
Go With Moon!