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    Just got home from the Perth Motorplex (Speedway).

    Tonight was the 4th running of the 'MagicMan 34' Speedcar Classic and was contested by 2 American drivers, 1 NZ driver and several interstate stars.

    But the real star was American Davey Ray in the NZ built (Now Perth Owned) 2.4litre Kawasaki V8. (2 x 1200cc Kawasaki 1200cc in line 4 cylinder, stock standard motor cycle engines on a common crankcase in a 'V' formation.

    Starting from position 10, in the 20 car field, Davey Ray steered the Kwaka V8 to the front by lap 9 and was never headed from there, holding the lead for the remainder of the 34 lap journey.

    It was the second year running that Davey Ray has flown out from USA, specifically to drive this car in the annual 'MagicMan 34' event, and taken out the $12,000 prize purse.

    Second tonight was Rick Geneve, Cousin of the late Michael Figliomeni, in who's Honour this event is run, Rick and Michael both being Grandsons of the late and great Mick Geneve, who lost his life at Caversham racetrack in the late 1950's, when behind the wheel of a homebuilt Chevrolet Corvette powered racecar.

    That Kwaka V8 is a delight to see and hear and is a credit to it's NZ designer/builder.

    If ever Davey Ray comes racing in your town in that Kawasaki V8, do yourself a favour and go see the TWO of them perform.... It's awsome... I reckon Davey Ray must be the 're-incarnation' of the late and great Bob 'two-gun' Tattersal.... and the Kwaka V8 is the re-incarnation of the might Offenhausers...That dominated Speedcar Racing back in the 1950- 60's era!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Slater View Post
    Just got home from the Perth Motorplex (Speedway).

    Tonight was the 4th running of the 'MagicMan 34' Speedcar Classic and was contested by 2 American drivers, 1 NZ driver and several interstate stars.

    But the real star was American Davey Ray in the NZ built (Now Perth Owned) 2.4litre Kawasaki V8. (2 x 1200cc Kawasaki 1200cc in line 4 cylinder, stock standard motor cycle engines on a common crankcase in a 'V' formation.

    Starting from position 10, in the 20 car field, Davey Ray steered the Kwaka V8 to the front by lap 9 and was never headed from there, holding the lead for the remainder of the 34 lap journey.

    It was the second year running that Davey Ray has flown out from USA, specifically to drive this car in the annual 'MagicMan 34' event, and taken out the $12,000 prize purse.

    Second tonight was Rick Geneve, Cousin of the late Michael Figliomeni, in who's Honour this event is run, Rick and Michael both being Grandsons of the late and great Mick Geneve, who lost his life at Caversham racetrack in the late 1950's, when behind the wheel of a homebuilt Chevrolet Corvette powered racecar.

    That Kwaka V8 is a delight to see and hear and is a credit to it's NZ designer/builder.

    If ever Davey Ray comes racing in your town in that Kawasaki V8, do yourself a favour and go see the TWO of them perform.... It's awsome... I reckon Davey Ray must be the 're-incarnation' of the late and great Bob 'two-gun' Tattersal.... and the Kwaka V8 is the re-incarnation of the might Offenhausers...That dominated Speedcar Racing back in the 1950- 60's era!
    Rod,
    Correct me here but, I believe the rather staid US speedcar authorities do not permit motorcycle engined cars in their competition?

    Almost like Nascars are only permitted pushrod engines in their race cars.

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    Sorry Wilder but i have no idea re current US rules, as since USAC is no longer the SOLE regulating body for Speedcars in the USA, things are a little 'blurred'.

    But certainly no problem with this Kwaka 2.4 litre V8 racing in both NZ and Australia.... In fact it has won National Titles both sides of the Tasman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Slater View Post
    Sorry Wilder but i have no idea re current US rules, as since USAC is no longer the SOLE regulating body for Speedcars in the USA, things are a little 'blurred'.

    But certainly no problem with this Kwaka 2.4 litre V8 racing in both NZ and Australia.... In fact it has won National Titles both sides of the Tasman.
    Rod,
    A visit today by a friend who has just returned from the USA. He follows the speedway over there so who better to put my question re the eligibility of the V8 Kwaka.

    The majority of speedcar events are covered by USAC with their seemingly restricted rules.
    The only exception being the "Chilli Bowl" indoor races. This being the only track permitted to run the V8 Kawasaki engined speedcar.
    The USAC regs do not permit V8 engines at other race venues.

    Most of the engines sourced are variations of US factory built ie the shortened V4's effectively a V8 cut in half. In line 4 cylinder engines from half of a V8 and others. The popular Eslinger engine is now owned by Ford, an all alloy version of the Ford Pinto [Cortina]

    It can be seen the influence bearing on USAC by the Big Three.

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