READY to smoke up the tyres at Indy are Ben Bray, left, with his dad, drag-racing legend Victor Bray, and their 57 Chev.
READY to smoke up the tyres at Indy are Ben Bray, left, with his dad, drag-racing legend Victor Bray, and their 57 Chev.

From outlaw to the great entertainer

DRAG-RACING legend Victor Bray spent his past trying to out-run the police, now he's paid to entertain the boys in blue and crowds by the thousand at events like this weekend's Indy. "It's funny you know, 20 years ago I was trying to out-drag the cops, now they come up and want my autograph. Geez it's funny how times change," Bray said yesterday during a quiet moment relaxing at Peppers Resort at Salt. Bray was part of a pre-Lexmark Indy 300 promotion with his son Ben and the boys from the Super Cheap Auto Racing V8 Supercar team, Paul Dumbrell and Cameron McConville. (Dumbrell and McConville's fight to make their mark at Indy is in tomorrow's Daily News.) Bray is excited about joining in the action of the annual street carnival. "Indy is a great party," he said. "Mine and Ben's job is good during the festival. Basically we roll the cars out of the truck and go around the streets in Surfers doing burnouts. "By the way, we get paid to do that. "It's a real opportunity to meet and entertain the thousands of fans who come to see us when Indy's on." And these days the police are some of his biggest fans. "Some of them are my biggest fans. "I guess I've had my fair share of getting speeding tickets ... now the police treat me like I'm one of them," Bray said. I've got to say they do a great job and I'm more than happy to support them, anytime. "Yeah, I've had some interesting times over the years with police all over Australia.I'm probably yet to meet one policeman who isn't interested in drag-racing." Bray, 50, started racing at the age of 18, mainly on the street because there were no organised track meets at the time. Now he boasts six Australian Top Doorslammer championships as well as a selection of race records in Australian and world motorsport. He has contested 162 rounds of racing with a win/loss record of 108 wins to 56 losses. He rates his career best performances as recording a top speed of 395.52 kph, which is still the current world record for his class. He has won the Australian Championship in six of the 10 years that it has been contested. "This sport's been pretty good to me," Bray said. "Now, I always want to win and even though Ben's racing I get to the start line and still want to, and have to win." Ben, 23, also a dual Australian Top Doorslammer champion, says nothing fires him up more than competing against his legendary father. "It's really something I enjoy doing, racing against dad all the time," Ben said. "I'm lucky to race with dad...it's pretty cool getting to do what I do - it's awesome." The Brays will fire up their 1957 Chevrolet-800 horsepower machines every day during Indy



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