Racers - start Celebrating the life of Emma Bennett your engines
Official speedway racing returns on Saturday
A CELEBRATION of Life service will be held for Wandiligong’s Emma Bennett on Saturday.
Ms Bennett, who was once a chance to represent Australia at the Olympics in weightlifting, died from an infection following a stem cell transplant operation in India on Good Friday.
The surgery was to help Ms Bennett in her battle with multiple sclerosis.
The 37-year-old developed MS when just 17 but her health deteriorated rapidly about two years ago.
She had hoped successful stem cell treatment would allow her to walk on her own again and the community rallied to donate more than $45,000 towards the trip to India.
Mum Gail Bennett, who was by her daughter’s side in India, said Saturday was an opportunity to remember her life and say goodbye.
The service will be held at the Bright Memorial Arboretum in Hawthorn Lane from 1pm.
SPEEDWAY racers from the halcyon days of the Myrtleford circuit are being urged to return to the track when it resumes official racing on Saturday.
The circuit, that has lain dormant for more than a decade was given the all clear, after a club practice session last month.
The racing surface has now been widened and the walls of the circuit that carried long forgotten signage have been painted white. Working bees over Easter have put the final polish on the once revered racing circuit.
David Hogg said they wanted to have a trackside display of vintage speedway bikes and cars as part of the return to racing.
“This has created a lot of interest within the speedway community,” he said.
“The plan is to have a theme for each race day and this will be back to Myrtleford – we want people who have raced at the circuit to be at the first meeting, hope- fully with their machine and the plan is they will sign a section of the wall as part of that history.
“We will also have a match race between two former Australian sidecar champions as part of that theme on the day itself.”
Mr Hogg said racing would shutdown over the winter.
“What we had hoped to do was hold the Tom Gunson memorial, a time honoured race at the track, over Easter but we didn’t quite get there so that will be the first event in spring, the week before the show in late October,” he said.
“We’re up and running now and that is the critical issue, we’ll take a break over winter when it’s too wet and look forward to racing over the summer – bringing the people back to the speedway.”
Racing starts at 11am on Saturday. Entry is $ 5, food available.
READY TO RACE: Ray Hogg and Joel Morgan test out the speedway circuit ahead of the first official race meeting at the speedway in 13 years.