The day Bishops Court on FIRE; TAKE ONE JET-POWERED TRIKE, ADD IN SOME DRAG RACING AND DRIFTING, MIX IT ALL UP AND YOU'VE GOT A FLAMING HOT CAR SHOW.
BISHOPSCOURT is a cold place at the best of times but Sunday's drifting and drag racing finale was a flaming hot affair.
The reason for this was the attendance of Colossus, a huge V8-powered trike.
This machine wouldn't look out of place on the set of a Batman movie, but what makes an already crazy invention even more insane is that as well as having a small block V8 Chevy engine, there's also a helicopter jet engine bolted on to the back to give Colossus even more power.
Small block Chevy engines are usually found in American muscle cars and they're not exactly shy on producing big bhp figures and you'd think that having a V8 engine, on what is technically a big motorbike, would be enough for some people.
But no. The current owner of Colossus, a guy called Slick, wasn't happy with just a V8 so he went one step further and took the Rolls Royce engine from a helicopter and fitted it to the back of Colossus.
Slick is a very fitting name for the owner as you can see by the pictures he looks every bit as mad as his trike - no offence Slick.
The power figures for this trike are incredible, given the fact that it is also street legal. It creates 800lbs of thrust but flick the afterburner on and this climbs to 1200lbs per square inch.
Slick was asked to estimate of what the bhp equivalent would be of all that thrust and he reckons it would work out at 6,000bhp and 8,000bhp with the afterburner on.
But Slick and Colossus weren't the only attractions at Bishops Court.
The Ulster Drift Championship and Irish Drag Racing Championship reached their conclusion on Sunday so there was plenty to keep the huge crowds happy throughout the day.
It started off with the amateur AMA drifters. Calling these guys amateurs doesn't seem fair as their skill on track is amazing as drifting isn't as easy as it looks. I know as I've tried and was pretty crap at it. I'm always telling how good a spectator sport it is but it really has to be seen to be believed.
I thought the AMA guys were going hard until the UDC came out to play.
The speed and sheer bravery from the UCD is commendable but I take my hat off to Duane McKeever who is only 14 and already a champion.
Speaking before practice, he told me he was really nervous with the pressure to do well in the final.
His car is a highly modified Nissan S13 which has a 800bhp tuned Skyline engine fitted.
How this young man manages to have the skill and bravery to slide a car of that power around a track, without crashing is beyond my comprehension. Drag racing is popular at Bishopscourt and the finale of this year's racing was always going to bring the big boys out to play.
I didn't realise how big until a huge monster truck in the form a Dodge Ram pick-up blasted down the strip.
There's such a wide variety of machines racing the 1/4mile, from a little Fiat Cinquecento right up to big horsepower Scoobies and Evos.
It's not only open to cars though, as there were a few quads giving it a go and as always the bikers were out in force with fastest times of the day.
The Ballymoney Minimoto club (MMRCI) put on a fun display of their miniature racing bikes. These little machines have only 4-6bhp but they can get up to speeds of 60mph so they are not for the fainthearted.
That's the great thing about a day out at Bishopscourt as you never know what you might see.
This time the main attraction was a jet trike with it's afterburner lighting up the night sky and who knows what event organiser Wayne Ownes has planned next.
He's been working his socks off developing Bishops Court into an event with something for everyone. But don't take my word for it, go along and see for yourself. It's a petrolhead's dream.
KING OF THE COURT RESULTS
DRIFT RESULTS: UDC
(New 2010 Champion)
Tim Smyth (New 2010 Champion)
MAD MAX Slick with his trike that's powered by a V8 engine but has a helicopter engine thrown in for good measure
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Oct 15, 2010|
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