Darwin - Hidden Valley

Not the success we planned!

Darwin was not the success Reed had hoped for.  After qualifying 5th with a 5.75et he was later defeated by John Cannuli in the 1st round of eliminations. Steve accepted full responsibility for over stepping the mark by setting the car up to aggressively for the conditions. However with the disappointment, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the ongoing engine issues that have plagued the Reed Racing funnycar in the previous 2 rounds of racing, has now been rectified. The 2012/2013 season is not over yet with 1 more round of racing remaining for Sydney in November.  Steve's goal of taking out a Top Alcohol Championship have now passed (for this year at least), 2nd position will now come down to a 3 way arm wrestle with Reed, Ham and Cannuli. This strong finishing highlights the fact that if Steve had sufficient corporate backing to contest all the rounds, another championship is a very likely possibility.

Stay tuned for Sydney Dragway in November.

Trek to Darwin

This weekend Steve is set to hit the track @ Hidden Valley Dragstrip in Darwin, this is Darwin's first Top Alcohol Championship round but it is not Steve's first appearance here, the first being back in 1987.  In the 26 years since Steve has returned with the funnycar on 3 other occasions in 1988, 1991 & 2007 but seen as Steve is running a strong 2nd on the championship leader board this race is not like an arm wrestle with a fellow competitor like previous years and they have made the trek to throw everything at it.

The last couple of rounds have been 1 endless problem which has meant lots of hard work for the team to keep the funnycar on track, Steve is sure they've got to the root of this problem and will be back at the top of their game this weekend.

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Sydney May 2013

The proverbial 20c part bites again

I’m sure we’ve all heard about that cheap part that stands in the way of what would have been an awesome run & this is exactly what happened to Steven Reed in his Allstar Batteries Top Alcohol Funnycar, last weekend for the Nitro Champs @ Sydney Dragway.

The 1st run off the trailer for Q1 showed a great 5.59 E.T on the scoreboards but in the pits that run left a trail of destruction after a piston was torched. The team got in and did the hard yards to do a complete engine change. Motor change complete & after Q2 Reed still held position No 1 & so the decision was made that the 1st run would be their only qualifying pass. Qualifying complete & the 5.59 was good enough for the 2nd position.

With race day came a few upsets for Top Alcohol, one being Brett Whites dragster out running the Allstar Batteries funnycar when the air line fitting failed not allowing to shift gears & Steve had to idle as White sped past. That ended the weekend for the Reed team, but not far from their minds is the Winternationals in just 5 weeks, Reed says “Being my home track I'd love to take out this event for the 2nd time in a row, Steve Ham has set the bar high with a record breaking 5.46 E.T & we'll be doing our best to chase that down at the Winternationals.”

After this meeting Steve Reed remains 2nd on the championship leader’s board.

If you missed all the action from Sydney Dragway be sure to tune into SBS on 2nd June for all the coverage of Top Alcohol.

Adelaide February 2013

If Drag Racing isn’t fighting against the rain it’s a battle against the heat & when the temps hit the high 30’s this past weekend, that’s exactly what the teams had to do @ Adelaide International Raceway.

Top Alcohol had 9 cars enter for a 8 car field going into eliminations. Qualifying was hot & tough. Steve got the Allstar Batteries funnycar out there clocking a 5.05 ET over the 1000’ line.  For session 2 & 3 Steve laid down two 4 second passes, 4.96 @ 218mph & 4.92 @ 222mph which at the end of qualifying the Reed team were in position #2.

Round 1 of eliminations paired up NT’s Yak against Reed, this time the Reed funnycar took the win lights but no official 1000’ time was recorded. They then advanced into round 2 meeting Wayne Newby. Unfortunately,  before half track the ignition failed and shut down the Reed funnycar, allowing Newby to slide past and on into the finals. After round 3 of the championship series, Steve is well in the running, now 2nd with 6 rounds to go in the 2013 season. 2013 is going to be Reed Racing’s year.

Welcome aboard Royal Wolf & Thank You also to all our crew, family & associate sponsors. Check us out on track again over the Easter weekend @ Willowbank Raceway.

 

News Alert

Reed Racing has the pleasure of announcing a new sponsorship deal with Royal Wolf Trading.

The team had a very successful end to last season and already kicked off the 2013 season with a win @ Sydney Dragway in November. Royal Wolf join the Reed Racing team with a sponsorship deal for the current season kicking it all off in Adelaide February 23rd & 24th.

Royal Wolf is the industry specialist in the hire, sale and modification of new and refurbished shipping containers. With over 17yrs of experience and 26 customer service centres across Australia and New Zealand, Royal Wolf is the largest shipping container provider in Australasia. Royal Wolf are the perfect fit with one of Drag Racing's longest running most respected teams. Steve & the crew are looking forward to welcoming Royal Wolf onboard and they join Reed Racing's other elite associate sponsors of Nulon, Jack Bros, Champion Spark Plugs , Mobile Flywheel Grinding, Hedman Hedders, Ridgecrest.

http://www.royalwolf.com.au/

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Sydney Nationals Nov 2012

Two on the trot!

Since taking the win at the season ending Winternationals, the off season was productive but time consuming and before Reed knew it, the nationals were fast approaching and time had run out to do some much needed testing prior to last weekend @ Sydney Dragway.

11 Top Alcohol funnycar & dragsters fronted to compete for the prestigious gold Christmas tree win. All 3 qualifying sessions were scheduled for Saturday and fortunately rain only delayed qualifying for very brief moments and all 3 sessions for group 1 were able to be completed.

Q1 was on the conservative side so the team could test all the changes and a 5.84 ET (elapsed time) gave them the bench mark to step it up and improve for the following 2 sessions. Changes had been made; Steve puts the funnycar down for a respectable 5.79 et after a big drive job and also broke the blower belt at the end of the run causing minimal damage to the Allstar Batteries funnycar. Q3 was yet another improvement with a 5.67 et well and truly putting Reed’s funnycar into the 8 car field in 3rd position.

Bring on race day!

The funnycar team proved to be unbeatable and gave Steve the perfect birthday present of the winner’s gold Christmas tree.

Firstly he knocked down fellow funnycar John Cannuli with a get out of jail free 5.6 after a brief snooze at the lights, 2nd battering came to Steven Ham when he was shut down with a leak on the line but Reed even with a solo ran a 5.6 et. Fellow Queenslander Jon Sting in his dragster put on a great fight but Reed’s 5.66 et was unbeatable in the finals.

You can’t start the championship season any better than a win with a very consistent car, team & driver. Thank you and congratulations to the team and for the sponsors continued support. We look forward to bringing you more success throughout this season.

Apologies to all the Reed Racing fans in Western Australia we won’t be appearing in Perth for round 2 of the championship season.