Join me in the front seat of the Belmont wagon with Carolyn O'Brien as we talk cars, Summernats and more cars.
She is a 25 year Summernats veteran and will be a part of the Meguiar's Pavilion judging team at Summernats 33.
This lady is a rock star drag racer who gets hand on on the tools building her own cars.
Carolyn started drag racing in 2006 and won the first event she entered.
She competed in the Australian Pro Street Association (APSA) series in “true street” class and travelled the whole East coast of Australia to events. As far North as Benaraby and south to Portland drag way. Carolyn came runner up at the Sydney meeting in November 2013 and got runner up in the series that year also.
2014 she competed in the first Drag challenge event run by Street Machine. Drag week style involves driving to 5 different tracks over 5 days and competing without assistance from a tow vehicle or anyone outside the event, totalling 1500 kms. Got runner up at that event in the radial tyre aspirated class. Raced that car for another 2 years with a PB of 9.77 (full weight air conditioned street car, aspirated.)
Since 2016 she has been building her new car.
“I’m very hands on with my cars. I love working on them myself and have a hand in building my engines, with supervision from Mark. Tuning and data acquisition is what I’ve been working on learning the last 3 years with Marks race car and I’m loving the challenge of learning it all.”