Chopped 2014

Chopped 2014 has been run and won, well not really won because thats not the aim of the weekend, the aim is to have three days of fuel powered fun with heaps of likeminded people.

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After visiting last year I had to return with something to ride.

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That was the sole reason I built the TS185 into what it is today.

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It was the most fun I had had in a long time, launching off the start line next to some pretty serious machinery.

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The dirt drag strip was pretty bumpy but had plenty of run off near the end.

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Anyone could run anything, if it passed the styling check apon entry it could run on the strip.

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It was surprising how well the TS185 handled the competition, its all smiles and laughter when you return to the startline though.

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As you exit the strip you enter a vast open paddock.

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What else would you want to do? Keep it pinned and tip those pre 65 classics into a powerslide that often ended up the other way around.

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There was one guy who continually wanted the track to himself, and for good reason, the “spats on spats” pickup was always putting on a show.

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Some guys just needed some breeze after the long night and hot morning inside the tent, theres nothing better than an open face helmet and a some country air to cure a hangover.

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Mopar power!

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Believe it or not I couldnt really hear anything else other than my own bike, it was so loud, ill be wearing ear plugs next time.

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But I am sure the other guys new I wasnt far behind them.

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Pretty sure the starter needed a shower every hour, it was super dusty.

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It wasnt just guys in the drivers seat, the girls knew how to party aswell.

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Power down.

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4×4 tyres were a good choice, the extra downforce from a popped boot also cuts the ET.

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There were a lot of nice Triumphs around, this early hardtail was a consistent runner.

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They are all smiles!

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Making noise and making dust.

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Some cars were too clean for the strip, but thats what separates this show from the others.

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Classics proving they can stand the test of time.

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Im not really even sure whats going on here, thats a long way to the seat!

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This 65 Falcon lined up, I sat behind it waiting for a run, the starter signalled him to go, all hell broke loose and the blown V8 turned those huge tyres and carved two lines into the strip, moments later it slid left and then right, then rolled in the infeild. I raced off after it to see if the driver was ok, his passenger pulled him out, the car was a mess, there was a lot of blood but the driver seemed ok.

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Harley from Fat57Customs brought the Hooker Gasser down for a few runs.

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The stance of gassers make every photo look like they are hooking up and hauling!

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Open topped roadsters required helmets but didn’t stop the smiles.

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Good to see this Econoline pickup, I cant wait till mine arrives home from the USA.

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Whoever takes the lead always lets the other driver know.

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Grudge match!

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Where show cars come to get down and dirty.

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Big cubes and chunky tires FTW

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Rollin down the strip.

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The infield had an oval track specifically for the early speedway cars, they had some pace around it!

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Making clouds of dust.

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In the late afternoon after the track closed everyone moved to the mudpit, an unofficial event was held.

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It was entertaining for everyone.

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Even these passengers.

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Not sure if thats mud or beard? Either way Ryan is doin it!

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The lowest cars didnt fare too well, more often than not they ended up being bogged.

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As the sun set the ring of fire lit up.

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That concluded the day, we went home to pack for QLD but I would have loved to stay, I had so much fun, its a great event, get building for next year!

Big thanks to Dean Walters for the images.

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