FOUR Warrnambool dragsters will be a part of history when they race at a reopened Calder Park on Saturday.
Glenn Wooster, Tony Frost, Steven Griffin and Andrew Johnston are among 168 drivers who will take to the raceway, 30 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.
Competitive drag racing has not featured at Calder Park since 2001, 12 years ago, when it was in the hands of Bob Jane.
But a change of ownership in December 2012 sparked an agreement with Australia National Drag Racing Association to return racing to the famous track.
Calder Park will host Nitro Thunder, the penultimate round of the ANDRA season.
Wooster will contest the group one pro stock motorcycle class on his Suzuki GSX TL1000.
Griffin and Johnston race in the group three super sedan class — Griffin in his Holden LJ Torana and Johnston in his Holden VX Commodore.
And Frost is aboard his Kawasaki ZX10 in the group three modified bike class.
Only the top fuel, top bike and pro stock motorcycle classes are part of their respective national series.
Frost said the Victorian drag racing community was rapt to have Calder Park hosting meetings again.
He said there were just two quarter-mile (400m) tracks in Victoria, at Calder Park and Heathcote.
But the Heathcote track is not suitable to host large-scale national meetings.
“It’s a big deal. It’s good to see racing finally back in Victoria,” Frost said.
“There are a fair few businesses around the metropolitan area that rely on drag racing.”
Frost said having Calder Park available again would mean fewer interstate trips.
He said south-west fans and sponsors were also making the trip to Calder Park.