Can you out drag the 5-0?
You pull up at the lights, a police car pulls up next to you, you look at each other and nod revving your engines, this time, you won't get a ticket
On any given Wednesday between September and May, rev heads unite for the Formula Tech Performance Whoop Ass Wednesday event at Kwinana Motorplex in Perth, Western Australia which brings illegal street drag racing to a legal and safe environment.
Racing at radial night / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
Each week has a different theme such as car and bike brand nights, style of cars and more. There are some basic requirements for cars and bikes and all competitors must wear basic safety wear allowing this event to be open to pretty much anyone with a license.
The bonus of this kind of loose requirements to get racing off-street and legal? You can take a mate with you down the 1/4 mile!
Now that you're all ready to go racing, your opponents are generally chosen at random, you might end up against a car that massively out performs yours, our under-performs you, you might also end up lined up against one of the Beat the Heat cars.
Beat the Heat car Tango 2 in action at Kwinana Motorplex / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
Beat the Heat History
Beat the Heat can be tracked back to 1984 in Jacksonville, Florida where the local police started the program to get the local street racers off roads and onto a track where they could go up against police cars. In 1990 it expanded to Dallas, Texas then across to Duncanville and Sulpher Springs, Texas in 1991.
Meanwhile in Western Australia, the Tango 1 Police Drag Racing team was formed, this ran out of Ravenswood Raceway, which was closed down when the Kwinana Motorplex opened, they ran with the backing of the West Australian Police Force until 2005 which also meant the longest running police drag racing program in Australia.
The first official Beat the Heat team in Australia was based out of the Northern Territory in 2003, but spread across Australia with teams now operating out of the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.
All teams in Australia are run by off duty police officers who donate their time to look after the cars, race them and help educate the wider public about the misconceptions of these events.
The two cars the night I visited were the Tango 2 and Tango 5 designated cars. The cars have been donated by Holden Australia to Beat The Heat for use.
Tango 2 - '04 Pontiac GTO Coupe LSA Supercharged 6.2L Engine
Beat the Heat Tango 2 / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
Tango 5 - '11 VF SS Commodore LSA Supercharged 6.2L Engine
Beat the Heat Tango 5 / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
You can find out more about Beat the Heat (WA) by or for those in the USA you can visit the USA website.
Do you have a local Beat The Heat organisation? Have you raced against one of these cars? How did you go? Let us know in the comments below!