Silverline Tools’ drag racing event a success

Annual power tool drag racing fun day attracts big names, including Toolstation and Makita, as well as Channel 5’s The Gadget Show.

Silverline Tools' drag racing event a success

The fun event, organised by Silverline Tools and held on September 13, saw teams engineer hand held power tools into drag racing “mean machines”.

There were two categories – ridden and non-ridden, with a ‘funny car class’ held outside the track that allows competitors to utilise items such as chainsaws and leaf blowers to create custom machines.

The competition in the funny car class was whittled down to four finalists, although Toolstation’s go kart was the winner on the day, crossing the line in 8.9 seconds.

Makita UK’s Scott Thompson said of the event: “It’s been a fantastic, action-packed day – I’ve had a brilliant time. The drag racing has been really great fun and some of the entries are really awesome. Anyone who has an interest in engineering, power tools or drag racing would be well placed here and I’d urge them to take part in next year’s event.”

James Goddard-Watts, CEO of Silverline Tools’ parent company Toolstream said: “The 2009 Silverline Power Tool Drag Racing event has been a massive success, everyone has had a fantastic, fun filled day. The amount of effort competitors have put into making their dragsters is highly commendable and there have been some truly awesome engineering triumphs here today. I am certain the 2010 event will bring a whole host of even more amazing entries, its an exciting prospect and I am very much looking forward to it.”

To take parting next year’s event, either on your own or as part of a team, visit

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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