The Taco of Cash
The Queensland Formula Ford folk have come up with a novel way of enticing drivers from the southern states to their round of the national Formula Ford series.
The Queenslanders have put up $1500 to be awarded to any so-called ‘Mexican’ driver from the southern regions who is able to win all three 1600 Kent class races when Queensland Raceway hosts round three of the Australian Formula Ford Series on July 30-31.
To make the cash prize even more attractive to the visiting ‘Mexican’ drivers, it will be awarded inside a corn chip, in the form a Taco: the Taco of Cash…
For the purposes of the Taco of Cash award, the term ‘Mexican’ applies to any driver located south of an imaginary line running from Grafton, NSW, across the country to Carnarvon, WA.
In throwing out the challenge to their colleagues to the south, the parochial northerners delivered this trash-talking message in their official campaign flyer:
“If you think you are good enough, and we all know that you ALL think that you are good enough. We say, come and prove it! And to also prove that we are good sports, if you are what we call a ‘Mexican’, and it turns out that you are good enough to win all three Kent races, we will begrudgingly accept that you are in fact faster than us, or luckier than us, or took a short cut, and even more begrudgingly will then award you with the much coveted, ‘TACO OF CASH’.”
More seriously, the local Queensland Formula Ford Association representative James Corbett said: “We love our Formula Ford racing up here and this year we have really boosted our numbers and created a great friendly atmosphere among the drivers. We look forward to having our southern friends join us and to help entice them we have thrown out this challenge so they can come and experience some of our Northern hospitality.”
Despite the double blow of the introduction of Formula 4 and the loss of CAMS Australian championship status two years ago, Formula Ford continues to thrive, with Sydney Motorsport Park’s round two of the national series attracting more than 20 entrants from the combined Duratec and Kent engine classes.