DRAGULA RACING GP-7
Owner: Tom Heffernan
Driver: Tom Heffernan
Crew: Mick Craddock, Phillip
Norrish, Paul ‘Frog’ Norrish,
Jeff ‘Wombat’ Heggaton,
Hull: Dragula / Staudacher
Hull Built By: Dragula Hydroplanes Australia – Tom Heffernan
Hull Construction: Marine Plywood, Douglas Fir & Fibreglass Safety Cell
Engine: Chevrolet 454ci Supercharged, Fuel Injected, Fuel - Methanol
Engine Builders: Tom Heffernan & Mick Craddock
Gear Box: Argo Z Drive
Propellor: 13 x 22 Mercury
Knox International - Australia
Tom then decided to sell his winning 4.2 Litre Hydro and build his current Grand Prix Hydro. While building the GP, he found that he wasn’t a very good spectator and decided to purchase a half-share in a 1.6 Litre Hydro called ‘Frenzy’. The ‘Frenzy Team’, enjoyed success in the 1.6 Litre Class, with State and Australian Championship wins.
When the GP was complete, it was time to move into the GP Class. The first couple of years were used as a learning curve. With engine problems now sorted, the ‘Dragula GP-7 Racing Team’, started seeing progress for all the hard work that had been put in over the years. 2004 saw the team take out 1st Place in the ‘Inaugural Benalla Rural City Grand Prix Hydroplane Trophy’ and qualifying 6th fastest in the E.C. Griffith Cup and then finishing 4th in the final.The Dragula GP-7 Team will be looking to further build on the success of the 2004 Race Season in the coming seasons.