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PDRF Event Report 05/26/2001
Saturday, 26 May 2001 08:00

PDRF Event Report 05/26/2001
Pictures and Article by: The Clunky Driver

article_001.jpg (36176 bytes) The PDRF put on the BEST drag racing event to date. Despite looming clouds and a short shower, when the heavens opened up, the Philippines' Quickest field of participants soldiered on.

Guests from the AHRA (Angeles Hot Rodding Association), came all the way from Angeles City with their troop of Chevrolet 1/4 mile missles. Ken Kepner with his Chevy Camaro SS qualified for the Quick 8 running an 11.285. This sent shivers down the spines of ALL the top teams! Unfortunately for Ken, this was to be his best ET of the day, plus, his top spot wasn't to last for very long.

John Rizya, also with AHRA, ran in time trials in the mid to low 11 second range. Looking very strong indeed, his Camaro looked to be one of the top contenders of the day. Another unfortunate blow to the AHRA camp came when John's transmission decided to give way. He lost 3rd gear and was done for the day.

But, not all was not lost for the AHRA team. Rob Hyde with "Viper", another small block Chevy powered Camaro, ran time trials in the mid 12's. After a quick powow with his buddy John Rizya, they determinded that his carburator may be holding him back. John's retired car became the donor of another carburator. This swap enabled Viper to leap in to the LOW 12's. 12.00 to be exact! In the final round of the Pro Class brackets, Rob broke out, turning in an 11.94 sec. ET! But since his opponent, Jet Mathay or Matonetics, broke out by a larger margin, the victory went to Rob! The AHRA took home the top spot in the Pro Class category.

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AutoPlus' Raymond Go proved once and for all, to all doubters, that HE is truly the QUICKEST man in the Philippines! Breaking his own ET record. His new mark now stands at 10.672 seconds! To drive the point home, he ran in the 10 second range all night long.

The surprise entry of AutoPlus was their Mitsubishi Eclipse. This all wheel drive wonder was shod with all kinds of high-tech hot rodding wizardry. Equipped with Mickey Thompson ET Drag slicks at all four corners, one would think traction wasn't a problem. Well, this maybe so to a lesser engine setup, but as it turns out, the AutoPlus camp squeezed out over 500HP to the wheels of this beast!!! Spinning ALL FOUR SLICKS in first and second gear, Francisco Blanco, AutoPlus' tech guru, had his work cut out for himself. The car was a REAL BEAST! During time trials, Francisco did a "shake down" run on street tires. He spun all four wheels till half track and still crossed the traps at 11.408 seconds! This was to be his best run of the day as the Eclipse's clutch went south, ending any further chance of domination.

Mato Tan of Matonectics showed with a troop of turbocharged strip warriors! The slowest of which ran in the 12 second range! Included in this foray was a Nissan Skyline and a Honda Civic Type R.

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Mato, who has been on the verge of joining Raymond Go in the 10 second club, struggled with the decision of running all out to try and run in the 10 second range or to hold back just a bit to ensure he can continue to compete for the rest of the event. He chose the latter. At one point, Mato did run in the 10 second zone with a 10.8 second run. Unfortunately for him, he wasn't able to back this up.

In the final round of Quick 8 eliminations, Mato faced off against Raymond Go. Lane choice went to the AutoPlus pilot, so Mato had to make do with the slicker left lane. In one of the best races ever, Mato gets the "hole shot". This was due to troubles of Raymond with his MSD Two-Step rev limiter. Somehow, it disengaged the "low" setting making it difficult to hold the proper launch rpm for the Silver Bullet. This made Raymond's launch off the line less than desireable, giving an early advantage to Mato. Shear brute HP and better traction in the right lane, gave the win to Raymond at the big end of the track! This was the quickest heads up race in Philippine drag racing history!

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Raymond Go piloting AutoPlus' "Silver Bullet" to win the QUICK 8 Heads-Up Category

There were 71 participants that day. A good number of them running in the 13 to 17 second range. As a whole, drag racers are getting quicker and quicker each time out! Even better than this, their driving skills are also improving. Reaction times were markedly improved from last year! There were MANY close races in the lower street brackets. One notable racer, from Team Gaspeed, running a Toyota Corolla in the 17 second bracket, ran against much quicker cars. Time after time returning as the victor. He eventually became the Street Stock champ. This just proves that you DON'T need a fast car to win at a drag race. Just ask the more modified opponents of the "ATTORNEY".

All in all, it was a very long day of exciting drag racing. The best of best were present and ran head to head. And I don't only mean the 10 and 11 second strip warriors, but also those who competed in the lower brackets. Most races were close and exciting. The hordes of spectators really got their money's worth.

QUICK 8

1. Raymond Go 10.672
2. Mato Tan 11.072
3. Ken Kepner 11.285
4. Francisco Blanco 11.408
5. Ojie Mamuric 11.456
6. Dondi Montecillo 11.792
7. Richard Go 11.981
8. Dominic Bon 12.081

The stakes have gone up! Everyone has now tasted what a true drag race is supposed to be like. I can't wait to see what's gonna happen next. I'm pretty sure cars will be quicker and the drivers more poised at the line. This day was a tough act to follow. But, as the saying goes, "there's ALWAYS some quicker..." I wonder if they'll show up next event?

C U @ D Strip!!!

 
ProSpeed Event Report 05/19/2001
Saturday, 19 May 2001 08:00

ProSpeed Event Report 05/19/2001
Pictures taken by: The Man in the Red Cap
Article by: The Burn-Out Fiend


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After attending the last few events, it was a refreshing sight to see 66 participants. The highest participation of any event this year!

The weather was HOT, aiding in the traction department. At least in the day time. People started funneling in after 2pm. Only a handful of us were eager enough to show up before 1pm. Emphasis on the eager.

Teams showed up in full force. Bagspeed, Team Bolt-On/Skunkworks, IDRC, ATI Racing, Tony Llames Racing, San Jacinto Racing, Gaspeed , Team JOMAG and MSF Autoworks just to name a few. (sorry for leaving out the others… bad memory, yah know)

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"Tech-Inspection", as its known in drag racing (NOT scruteneering), went on with little hassles. Still the most popular violation, missing battery clamps! Amazing in this day in age, considering that all cars come with battery clamps. So, for those who plan to attend events, please MAKE SURE you have yours installed properly. This will avoid delays in getting final approval to run your car. It's for your own safety and for the safety of others.

With 66 participants, most of whom were in the Pro Class C category, Eliminations went fairly slow, but quite smoothly. Last event's "traffic" problem in the burn-out area was partially solved, causing a smoother flow to the line.

Burn outs were plentiful! It was a nice thing to see. Could it be that Burny's smokey tire heating sessions had somewhat of an influence? Maybe not, but it was sure great to see all those smokey burn outs! Just the way it should be in drag racing.

Out of the Norm...

Time trials began promptly at 3pm. Everyone took turns "qualifying" for their respective Index classes. For those who are new to the ProSpeed way of drag racing, your best ET (elapsed time) determines your class or category. Since this ISN'T the usual way of running drag race events, this has caused some confusion with the more seasoned racers, and more so to the novice.

Each participant was given 3 chances to do their best ET. Another fact that eluded many, thus causing even more confusion as well as frustration. A prime example was Marvin Montecillo. He spent his 3 timed runs dialing in Redline Racing's Makinnen Evolution VI, working out some bugs. He later found out that he could no longer qualify for the Quick 8 and Pro Class A category, since all his runs were used up. Take note of this everyone. When time trials start, you ONLY have three (3) chances to qualify your car. (I made sure to clarify this since, once again, this isn't the USUAL way of running a drag race event. Normally, its up to the driver to determine which class or bracket he/she will run. Qualifying is usually done in "Heads-Up" racing, NOT Bracket Racing)

event_04.jpg (51613 bytes) San Jacinto Racing was present with their "Pro-Street" Celeste as was Tony Llames Racing with their "Yellow Jeepster", last event's best ET holder. Redline showed with a pair of Makinnen EVO VI's, to make things even more interesting.

Bagspeed had two of their Civics sidelined with damage due to missed shifts. Pistons smashed in to spark plugs, ending the day early for them.

Carlo Manuel of Team Strip Teasers battled furiously in his Toyota Cressida, to take top honors in the Pro Class D category. Eugene Santos (ECS), in the Pro Class C category, ran through the tough competition to finally emerge the victor.

See the event results for more details…

Quick ET honors went to Dondi Montecillo of Redline Racing, posting a 12.269 ET. Tuning problems kept his EVO VI from hitting the 11's. Morris Miranda, piloting Ernest Bato's Celeste (San Jacinto Racing) in to the high 12's only to be sidelined with oiling problems. Team Jomag's entry, along with Peng Diaz from Tony Llames Racing, were also casualties of mechanical problems.

It was a great night of racing. Lots of great rounds during eliminations kept the crowds of people riveted to the "win light" on the x-mas tree. ProSpeed really out did themselves, save for some out of the norm decisions. (see side bar) Drag racing is really beginning to come in to its own. Slowly but surely, racers are now learning to embrace competition on the strip. The element of danger may be considerably less than street racing, but if anything, its no less exciting! The participants are getting better off the line and reaction times are improving dramatically. This crop of "newbie" racers are now challenging more experienced ones, making for much more riveting events.

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Next ProSpeed Event: June 2nd at the Manila Harbour Centre

C U @ D Strip!!!

 
PDRF Battle by the Bay 04/07/2001 Event Report by: Chuck Montecillo (Clunky Driver)
Friday, 27 April 2001 08:00

PDRF Battle by the Bay
04/07/2001
Event Report by: Chuck Montecillo (Clunky Driver)

The Day the Lights Went Out

April 7th will remain in the memories of many as a day without lights. All over Luzon, electrons STOPPED flowing through our network of copper wires for over 17 hours in some places!!! The Manila Harbour Centre was one of the unfortunate venues to suffer the lack of voltage.

But, drag racers don't let such things bring us down. With the help from a gas powered generator from Auto Plus, the PDRF was able to push through the darkness and run a great event!

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Time trials officially began at 3pm. One of the most memorable moments of the day came from the time slips of The Silver Bullet of Auto Plus. Clicking off multiple 10 second passes, Raymond Go piloted the Silver Honda Civic EG of Auto Plus as the QUICKEST car and DRIVER in the country! I guess NO ONE can say their record run was just a fluke. Go ran a best ET at 10.650 secs. @ 135.54 MPH! Too bad he didn't have anyone to run against. Otherwise, he would've re-written the record books!

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After the participants got their fill of time trial runs, by 7pm, elliminations started. Furious racing ensued! 32 participants ran head to head in bracket eliminations in Hot Street and Street Stock.

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Traction is steadily improving at the Manila Harbour Centre. PDRF has been using VHT Track Bite for burn-outs passed the line. This enabled rubber to be laid down right on the starting line, giving tires a much better surface grab hold of the tarmac! 60' times are greatly improved among the drivers. Though, the right lane is STILL the better lane.

Quick Silver's regular pilot, Adel Ayroso entered a "new" (new to us, anyway) Honda Civic EF. Just like its counterpart,
"Tuleg", as its known, is also a tough contender in the street car category! Without divulging too much, let's just say, the car is capable of running low 15's...EASILY. Oh, did I mention the car is naturally aspirated? Well, it is.

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A large group from Baguio came down for the race. I didn't get to meet them (it was really dark! No lights outside the perimeter of the timing tent), but I'm pretty sure one of the teams present was BAGSPEED. Man, their cars were flying! These guys KNOW how to build and drive their cars! They clicked off more than respectable ET's all day long.

Here are the TOP finishers of the day:

Hot Street
1st- Nikki Jamiana
2nd- Jerek Jarlego
Street Stock
1st- John Chua
2nd- Jose Marie Ramirez
Best RT
Carlo Talal (.500---TWICE!!!)

New stickers from the PDRF, featuring their sponsor, Monster Radio RX 93.1, were given away to all the participants. It's a KEWL way to represent! I'm sure you can get hold of these stickies at the next event.

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Despite the heat and lack of electricity, the PDRF ran a great event. Eliminations were run in under 2 hours! That included 2nd chance brackets in both classes! I guess the years of running events is beginning to take a turn for the better. Great Job, PDRF! I'm sure your participants are VERY greatful.

Next PDRF event: April 21

C U @ D Strip!!!

 
Event Report: ProSpeed 03-31-2001
Saturday, 31 March 2001 08:00

Event Report:

ProSpeed

Manila Harbour Center
03/31/2001

reported by: Chuck Montecillo

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March 31st was another great day for drag racing at the Manila Harbour Centre. The morning was dedicated to running the continuation of the cancelled event from Mar. 3rd. Most of the winners, as it happens, were from Pampangga! It seems that the out of towners gave the "locals" a little taste of "Northern Style" drag racing.

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In the afternoon, the second event of the year for ProSpeed commensed around 4pm. The organizers tried to delay the start of the event, in the hope that more participants would show. Unfortunately, only 20 official entries were present.

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Time trials ran smoothly. Well, for most participants, least. Team Bolt-On's silver Civic EG broke an upper engine mount. Most teams would've packed up and gone home if this happened to them. But not Bolt-On. Some how, they were able to get the damge repaired at local welding shop and continued to run the car during elliminations. Talk about determination!

The Redline Racing Civic EG was sidelined during the morning race, when their number two spark plug decided it was time to meet its counterpart piston! SMACK!!! End of story. Though, Marvin Montecillo was designated to drive a Mitsubishi Lancer, owned by one of the team's customers. This car was also suffering from the case of bad racing luck since its engine was unable to reach its true redline (ironically). Marvin drove his heart out, right in to the semi finals, where he was summarily dispatched by one of the GoodWrench Racing drivers.

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There were many attractions at this event. One of the most 'tasty" were the Velocity Girls from Shell. They gave out Velocity stickers to all the racers as they entered the burnout area. Check out our upcoming Photo Gallery for more details!
Complimentary magazines were also handed out to the participants and spectators. Probably part of a sponsorship deal with ProSpeed, Emerald Headway Distributors, Inc. was offering a 20% discount, plus 5 complimentary magazines if you subscribed to any of the numerous titles that they handle. For more information, head to www.emeraldheadway.com.ph

Of course, there are the sporting t-shirts from Shell Racing, given to all participants of the event.

All in all, the event went on with out much drama. For some reason, though, there was some delay between time trials and elliminations. I did not expect this considering there were only 20 participants and no second chance rounds.   Hopefully, future events can be run a bit more quickly, especially during times when there are hardly any competitors running. For 20 cars, the event should have lasted no more than 2 hours. At least the day was trouble free.

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Next ProSpeed event is on April 28, 2001. See you there!

 
Event Report: PDRF Manila Harbour Center 03/24/2001 reported by: Dondi Montecillo- P.A.D. Chairman
Saturday, 24 March 2001 08:00

Event Report: PDRF
Manila Harbour Center
03/24/2001

reported by: Dondi Montecillo- P.A.D. Chairman

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HERE ARE SOME EXCERPTS FROM WHAT HAPPENED ON PDRF'S BATTLE BY THE BAY YESTERDAY.

AS USUAL PMA CHRISTMAS TREE WAS INSTALLED IN THE MORNING, THE AMBULANCE WAS PRESENT AND SO WAS THE FIRE TRUCK. TEAM AUTOPLUS HEADED BY RAYMOND GO WERE THE EARLY BIRDS. THEY CAME IN BEFORE LUNCH GIVING THEM THE CHANCE TO TEST AND TUNE THEIR CARS BEFORE THE RACE. TWO TOP GUN CARS WERE ON THEIR TEAM, NAMELY THE FASTEST CAR ( HATCHBACK) AND THE EVOLUTION 5 OF VIC PENA. ALSO THEIR TWO IMPORTED TUNERS WERE PRESENT.

NOT UNTIL AFTER LUNCH AT ABOUT 3PM THE OTHER TEAMS STARTED TO ARRIVE. WE ARRIVED AT ABOUT LUNCHTIME WHERE ONLY AUTOPLUS AND A FEW OTHER INDIVIDUALS WERE PRESENT. ANYWAY A TOTAL OF 36 CARS ENTERED THE EVENT. THE ORGANIZERS FOR SOME REASON DECIDED NOT TO RUN THE QUICK 8. SO THEY WENT ON WITH THE BRACKET RACING. IN AN EFFORT TO ACHIEVE ANOTHER TEN SECOND RUN, TEAM AUTOPLUS' CIVIC HATCHBACK USED THE 26" M/T SLICK TIRES WHICH RESULTED TO A BUSTED AXLE AND SOME OTHER MECHANICAL GEARING PROBLEMS THAT FORCED THEM TO RETIRE EARLY. TEAM MATONETICS WERE ALSO PRESENT WITH THE JUST TWO AND THREE CIVIC TURBO HATCHBACKS, TURBO SIR OF WILLY CHUA, AND SOME OTHER ALL MOTOR HATCHBACKS AS WELL. OUR ENTRIES WERE A COUPLE OF ALL MOTOR CIVIC HATCHBACKS, ONE A STREET CAR AND THE OTHER ONE THE BLACK FULL RACE RECORD HOLDER DRIVEN BY MARVIN.

TIME TRIALS KICKED OFF AT ABOUT 4PM, IF I REMEMBERED RIGHT. MATO TAN AS EXPECTED BESTED THE FIELD WITH A TIME OF 11.2 ET FOLLOWED BY OJIE MAMURIC WITH THE JUST 3 HATCHBACK AT 11.5 ET. I'M NOT TOO SURE WHAT AUTOPLUS BEST TIME WAS BEFORE THEY RETIRED. MARVIN GOT A 12.9 ET DURING TIME TRIALS, JUST ENOUGH TO QUALIFY HIM FOR THE PRO CATEGORY. OUR RED ALL MOTOR HATCHBACK BEST TIME WAS 13.9 GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE SPORTSMAN CATEGORY. ONLY 2 CARS AND 1 JEEPSTER QUALIFIED FOR THE SPORTSMAN CATEGORY.

THE CHAMPION FOR THE PRO CATEGORY WAS VIC PENA ON AN EVO 5 WITH MARVIN AS RUNNER UP ( BROKE OUT). THE JEEPSTER CHAMPION AND ME RUNNER UP ( BROKE OUT TOO.). I CAN'T REMEMBER THE TWO OTHER LOWER CLASSES.

AT THE FUN CLASSES I GOT THE ALL MOTOR CLASS. VIC PENA FOR THE ALL BLOWN. AN SIR FOR THE ALL HONDA. I CAN'T REMEMBER THE OTHERS.

MARVIN AGAIN BROKE HIS RECORD WITH A TIME OF 12.7 ET AND BACKED UP BY 12.686ET AND 12.565 ET@105.88mph WHICH IS NOW NEW ALL MOTOR HONDA RECORD.
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