If things go according to plans this season – Burlington Ontario’s Glen Vardy will be a very busy drag racer….
Vardy, whose primary focus has in recent seasons been with a very creative Top Dragster class car run primary within the Quick 32 Sportsman racing series in Eastern Canada, is a Canadian racer that for sure is not following the mainstream.
His Top Dragster engine program is a very unique one – a 509 CID Chevrolet motor that combines alcohol fuel with a single barrel carb. During 2014 that produced some very impressive results – including a 6.05 secs elapsed time and a 231 mph terminal speed – both recognized as world records for that type of motor/dragster configuration.
After first introducing and experimenting with his motor design in an older chassis a couple of seasons ago – last season Vardy swapped that drive train into a more state-of-the-art 265 inch Mike Bos dragster which was previously raced by Mike Hindbest. That move has allowed him to (more safely) turn up the wick for his engine’s potential – which he rates at an amazing 2500+ HP.
“For sure there are not a lot of people trying to do what we are doing,” said Vardy. “Our motor and drive train has a lot of self design and we engineer many of our own parts. That has put us into some uncharted territory and it’s expensive if something happens to break. But we enjoy the challenge and that’s a big part of the attraction for us.”
In his 5th season in the T/D class, Vardy had good success, placing 4th in points in the 2014 Q32 chase and notching his first series win at last year’s season opener at Grand Bend. That car is crew chiefed by Steve Vardy and maintained by Shane Cuthbertson, Brian Vardy and Jackie Hill.
But for Vardy’s racing program going forward — the story certainly does not end there.
In recent times he has announced a couple of new and very interesting horizons. Not only does Vardy plan to continue racing his Top Dragster in the Ontario-based series, he plans to dip his toes too into the ultimate drag racing category — Top Fuel.
Vardy has confirmed some plans to get into the Leverich Racing Top Fuel Dragster this year, and hopes to get his Top Fuel licence with that Michigan-based team this coming spring.
And if that’s not enough, he will be heading up an effort for girl friend Colleen Cook to compete in the Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS) and spend time with his son Gavin who will enter his rookie year in Junior Dragster. In the PBSS, a companion series to the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, Vardy is preparing a Yamaha Viper Top Sled entry for Colleen Cook to compete.
“I will be upgrading the skis, track, and making other performance modifications,” he said of the Yamaha. “It will be highly modified with a Volvo turbo and capable of making 400 horsepower. I will be starting her out in the high nines and stepping it up to 8.50’s at around 155-160 mph.”
And along with his efforts with the two dragsters and the Cook Pro Sled, Vardy will be showing his son the sport this year as eight-year old Gavin steps into a Junior Dragster for his rookie year.
Vardy realizes he will be busy, but is looking forward to the upcoming season which starts May 15-17 for Mayhem at the Bend at the Grand Bend Motorplex.
“Oh yes I am going to be busy – but it’s going to be worth it,” he said. “My goal is to win in two classes in one weekend – and run for the season Quick 32 championship.”
Glen Vardy is funding and using his racing endeavours to help promote his very success Dial-A-Bottle company which is a call centre for beer and liquor delivery services all across Ontario.
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Posted with files from Bruce Biegler & Tim Miller