December 1, 1997 Cannon goes drag racing 'Down Under' BRISBANE, Australia -- Five-time IHRA Pro Modified World Champion Scotty Cannon will tour Australia this winter as a competitor on the Australian Top Doorslammer Circuit. The Lyman, S.C.
December 1, 1997
Cannon goes drag racing 'Down Under'
BRISBANE, Australia -- Five-time IHRA Pro Modified World Champion Scotty Cannon will tour Australia this winter as a competitor on the Australian Top Doorslammer Circuit. The Lyman, S.C. racer will drive a supercharged 1953 Studebaker, constructed by noted Australian race car builder Murray Anderson.
Cannon left the United States on November 10 and was scheduled to begin the season this weekend in Perth. Among Cannon's top challengers will be Victor Bray, driver of the Castrol 1957 Chevy and defending Australian Top Doorslammer champion. Cannon will lease his engines from Bray during the three month tour.
Bray is known as the driver of the quickest doorslammer on the planet, covering the quarter-mile in a record elapsed time of 6.25 seconds. Cannon has ran as fast as 6.27 seconds utilizing a helix supercharger in non-IHRA trim, and holds the current IHRA world record at 6.40 seconds.
Bray and Cannon are expected to duel for the title of quickest doorlammer on the planet in a variety of races all over Australia. Cannon, a five-time member of Car Craft Magazine's All American Drag Racing Team, says he's looking forward to the experience and owes much of the credit to Bray for making the arrangements for the doorslammer battle to take place.
"It's a tribute to the competitor and friend that Victor is, that shows a lot of sportsmanship and respect that I'm here," Cannon told Dragster Australia Magazine. "It shows that he's a keen racer that wants to compete with me. I've actually run a combination very similar to what I'll be running here, but with Oldsmobile engines and not Hemis. There'll be a learning curve there. I'll just have to put myself in the hands of Victor in terms of advice, and we'll see how we go."
Cannon had a disappointing 1997 IHRA season, finishing eighth in Pro Modified points after struggling with a new nitrous combination. His best finish was a runner-up effort against eventual world champ Shannon Jenkins at the season-opening IHRA Winter Nationals. At that race Cannon competed with a supercharged engine.
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