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The State of Funny Cars in the (Australian) West

By Allan & Cheryl Greene

The Greene Machine from Down Under on a hard launch! Photo by the Greenes

We own the Greene Machine nitro funny car in Perth, Western Australia, and were just browsing the list. The owners are Allan & Cheryl Greene and the hometown is Carlisle, Western Australia. Allan Greene is Crew Chief. The Driver is Allan Dobson from Quinns Rocks, Western Australia. You might like to check out the progress on our new local strip (combined drag racing and speedway) which is currently under construction at http://www.motorplex.com.au/

We don't get the chance to race much in Australia -- the powers that be have decided to eliminate Nitro Funny Car from competition and we can now only match race. Also, as we live in Western Australia our next nearest strip is 1,780 miles away, so it's not that easy to make it. Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world. Lucky for us our promoter is a funny car lover so we get some opportunities. 

We match raced the top fueler of Robin Kirby last Boxing Day, and at Ravenswood's final competition meeting, after the top fuelers of Robin Kirby and Rachelle Splatt finished their final run, we had the honor of doing a 3/4 track burnout and THE FINAL RUN -- quite an emotional event. That was on April 8. We are now looking forward to completion of the Kwinana Motorplex in November this year. All is going according to plan. We are also in the process of putting together a web page for the Greene Machine which currently lives at http://donald.webtec.net.au/~nitro/. I've also attached a photo.

There are only two nitro Funny Cars in Western Australia -- the other is owned by Graeme and Lloyd Jones, but we both blew our engines on the same run some 18 months ago, and they have not rebuilt yet. In fact, in Australia at the moment there are probably only three running nitro floppers a very sad state of affairs. Also, the top fuelers seem to be dropping off as well. Rachelle Splatt is taking an indefinite break -- her last run will be at the Winternationals in Queensland -- and it's also rumored that Charlie DiFillippo is also taking a break.

There is talk of Chicago Shoot Out match racing between funny cars and top fuelers -- but this will all be in the Eastern States if it eventuates -- and for us to travel that far costs a lot more than we could earn. Also, we don't have a major sponsor, so we have to run to a very tight budget.

So, it looks like we'll just stay in Western Australia and be ready for when our promoter needs us -- hopefully the first meeting at the new Kwinana Motorplex. NITRO IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO, and it has even been suggested that we should step down to Alcohol F/C.

But as Allan (Greene) said to Dragster Australia, "I didn't buy a nitro Funny Car to convert it to alcohol. I'm not impressed at all. It's a huge investment to be relegated to a lower category without anyone asking you first, though I understand that it's hard to run a bracket when there's only five cars in the country. As long as we get to race our cars I suppose it doesn't matter too much, but at the moment there's only one promoter who is willing to give us a run, and that's here at Ravenswood."

Here are the times from when we raced against Gary Densham in our debut:

Track

Date

React

60'

660'

mph

kph

ET

MPH

KPH

R'wood

12/26/95

0.658

1.145

4.265

188.75

303.76

6.45

182.55

293.78

R'wood

12/26/95

0.432

1.123

4.025

202.84

326.43

5.947

245.23

394.65

R'wood

12/26/95

0.479

1.007

3.852

200.73

323.04

5.779

260.86

419.8

Cheryl & Allan Greene, AA/FC
Carlisle, Western Australia

 

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