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  VALE: Des Curnow (Blackjack Racing)

IHRA Australia are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Des Curnow owner of the retired Blackjack Racing Team. We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to his wife Helen and sons Brett and Darren and to Des's family.
Des started of Drag Racing back in the early 90's with his Black VL Commodore in which Grant Watt drove for a number of years.
Des then purchased a Chevy Camaro which was run for a season or two, before making a deal with Ex Pro Stock Racer Hans Van Dyke, and then taking ownership of the VN Commodore Pro Stock vehicle with Hans taking ownership of the Camaro. With son Brett getting itchy feet Dad put Brett in the VL to get a feeling before stepping into the VN. With the VL being sold son Brett was put behind the wheel and never looked back.
In 2005 Tim Nielsen had one of many stints behind the wheel of the VN helping with some R & D testing on some Smart Carbies in which longtime friend and crew chief Bruce (Shrinker) Robinson had manufactured.
With Sydney up and running in 2004 it was all systems go, with the Blackjack entrant being present at almost every event. Longtime friend and Crew Chief Bruce Robinson (Shrinker) was bought up from SA for each meeting. Bruce had made his own carburetors (Smart Carbies) in which Des let Bruce use the Blackjack VN as a test bed for R & D.
The VN was sold in December 2012. Son Brett had purchased a Harley VRod Destroyer in which he formed FRENZY Racing which Des got involved in, with Brett and the whole family enjoyed for a number of years. With Des retiring Des focused on being on the Board of Sydney Dragway for a number of years before moving up to Gosford with his wife Helen.
Des was a True Gentleman and will be missed by all who new him. RIP
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