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seemed ev­ery­one wanted to go drag rac­ing in the early 1990s as the sport sim­ply ex­ploded. In 1992, with a new Can­berra track in op­er­a­tion, Eastern Creek Race­way kick­ing goals ev­ery month and the Tam­worth DRA knock­ing out its an­nual events, there couldn’t be said to be many va­can­cies in the cal­en­dar of rac­ing in NSW. But that didn’t stop the Shoal­haven Drag Rac­ing Club from kick­start­ing rac­ing on the main run­way of Nowra’s HMAS Al­ba­tross naval air sta­tion.

A co-op­er­a­tive of­fi­cer in charge, who ac­tu­ally pro­moted the idea, and an en­er­getic club made the run­ning of events over an eighth-mile pos­si­ble. The first event was held at the end of 1992, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to char­i­ties and a pro­posed mo­tor­sport and driver-train­ing com­plex planned to be built be­hind the air base.

Plans were ini­tially to hold four to six events per year, sub­ject to other ac­tiv­i­ties at the sta­tion, but events be­came a bit patchy through un­til Jan­uary 1997. Shortly af­ter this a new com­man­der-in-chief was ap­pointed who im­me­di­ately de­cided that he was run­ning a naval air base and not a mo­tor­sport precinct and the drag rac­ing at Nowra came to a sud­den halt.

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