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Victor Bray is a six-time Australian Top Doorslammer Champion, racing in his '57 Chevy. He has a large race team including his son, Ben, who has also been the Australian Champion in Top Doorslammer and Top Alcohol. The team is based in Queensland. Eurodragster.com caught up with Victor at the Veidec Nitro Festival at Mantorp Park in July 2007.
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Eurodragster.com: How do you view the racing scene in Europe?
Victor Bray: This is my first time in Europe and it's great here. I met Håkan Nilsson who is an idol of mine. I followed him in Pro Mod for many years before he ever raced a Top Fuel Car year and he did some phenomenal work to win the Top Fuel Championship in his first year.
Eurodragster.com: How have the facilities improved so much in Australia?
Victor Bray: The model of Western Sydney International Dragway shows how the sport can be progressed. Previously we ran drag racing at multi-purpose facilities such as Eastern Creek. We persuaded the Government to get involved as racing would keep kids off the streets. Because of that support, we were able to invest tens of millions into the project. On the back of improved track facilities we have been able to greatly increase the numbers of competitors at meetings and at major events we are now seeing 500-600 competitors. This helps the image of the sport and the competition.
Eurodragster.com: What other developments are you seeing in Australia?
Victor Bray: The latest development has been the management group led by Shane Gore and his brother, known as WPS Racing (co-owners of Team Australia racing in major circuit series) who have come up with a proposal to be 'category managers' for Group One. This move should be in the interests of the drivers who have been left behind financially – in spite of the development of facilities, racers have not moved forward in their rewards in the last thirteen years.
Eurodragster.com: How large is your racing operation?
Victor Bray: I run two Top Doorslammers, three Top Alcohol Funny Cars and two demonstration vehicles, which makes seven blown alcohol-burning cars. I have won six Championships in Top Doorslammer and my son Ben who is twenty three years old has won two Championships in Top Doorslammer and one in Top Methanol Funny Car. I am a true believer in the next generation getting involved as early as possible in racing which is one of the things that will help the sport move ahead.
Eurodragster.com: What brought you to Europe?
Victor Bray: It wasn't the weather you've been having recently! The one reason we're over here is to look at the feasibility of us racing in Europe. What I am thinking of is a team of myself, Ben and two others placing our cars in containers to run alongside European racers. I want there to be an international Pro Modified series run to IHRA rules – the main change we Australians basically would need to make to run in Europe or North America would be to switch to Roots-style blowers. There should be international competition because the class is so strong in Europe, Australia, and North America.
Eurodragster.com: Tell us about your major sponsorship with Castrol.
Victor Bray: I am lucky to have had a long relationship for almost twenty years with Castrol and are proud to call them my major sponsors.
Eurodragster.com: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and we wish you success in your racing ventures in the future.
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