Tam­worth

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again 1991 was a piv­otal year for drag rac­ing and, un­der the en­er­getic guid­ance of racer Ross Free­stone and the newly formed Tam­worth Drag Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, the sport sprung into life on a sec­tion of road de­signed as ac­cess to the lo­cal abat­toir.

The first event on the makeshift eighth-mile track was staged in Septem­ber ’91 with a crowd of over 7500 and a strong com­peti­tor turnout from both NSW and Queens­land, in­clud­ing some of the top stars of the day. En­try num­bers were so sur­pris­ingly high that it was found im­pos­si­ble to com­plete the pro­gram of events, so sub­se­quent events were con­verted to in­vi­ta­tion only.

Events be­came an an­nual af­fair, with solid spec­ta­tor turnouts of up to 8000, un­til 1993 when industrial de­vel­op­ments around the site fi­nally stopped its use.

The sport didn’t go away, how­ever, and ac­tiv­i­ties moved to Gunnedah and Glen Innes where they still con­tinue on the lo­cal air­fields four to five times per year. In Tam­worth there has long been talk of a mo­tor rac­ing com­plex to in­cor­po­rate a drag strip, as well as a cir­cuit for the lo­cal sport­ing car club. How­ever, noise tests – the bane of drag rac­ing’s life – have cre­ated on­go­ing ob­sta­cles for the drag rac­ers and the sport­ing car peo­ple have re­cently pulled out of the 50/50 deal with the drag races and in­stead gone with an ex­ten­sion of fa­cil­i­ties at the go-kart track which is al­ready on-site. This has made the cost bur­den for the drag rac­ers much higher.

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