Veteran jet dragster driver Chuck Haynes has been no stranger to high speed shenanigans, with the Billings, Montana driver having raced around the world for decades.
Even the 300mph barrier (482kph) has been a common achievement for Haynes, that is until recently.
The driver of ‘Volcano’ admits there has been a monkey on his back when it comes to that speed lately and he is going to do all he can to rectify that at the Night of Fire tonight at Perth Motorplex – with some personal consequences.
Haynes has been growing a moustache since the last time he ran 300mph and he said he is not letting himself shave it off until he hits that mark again.
“I was pretty upset with myself over the car’s performance last year,” he said. “So I decided to keep the moustache going until things were running better and 300 seemed like a good benchmark.”
Haynes will not be the only one looking to give high speeds a go tonight, with Rhiannon Allison keen to assert her jet prowess over father Craig while South African Pieter De Wit aims to show his experience racing dragsters throughout the Southern Hemisphere will pay off.
The epic showdown will be bookended by freestyle motocross and a monster fireworks display.
It might be a hot day in Perth today, but the jet dragsters will first be out at 7pm, giving the temperature plenty of time to cool down so you can head to Perth Motorplex for a hot summer night of jet dragster mayhem.