School’s a drag

Herald Sun - Motoring - - What’s On -

CALDER Park is do­ing a good job get­ting young driv­ers off the streets and to their fort­nightly pub­lic off­street drag races.

But they’ve also iden­ti­fied that many of these young driv­ers have lit­tle un­der­stand­ing of the sport.

That’s why Calder Park has in­tro­duced a ‘‘drag school’’ to give new com­peti­tors an un­der­stand­ing of how to set a swift and safe quar­ter-mile pass.

Long­time drag racer Ge­orge Had­dad is run­ning the classes, with help from Calder Park of­fi­cials.

The first school starts to­mor­row at 11am, two hours be­fore the pub­lic drags open.

Stu­dents will be able to have a les­son and then use their new skills on the drag track. In the Ru­bi­con Val­ley near Eil­don. Hosted by Alexan­dra and District Mo­tor­cy­cle Club with sup­port from the DSE and Parks Vic­to­ria. All mo­tor­cy­cles must have full or recre­ational reg­is­tra­tion. Noisy bikes tested. All rid­ers must be li­censed. The course is two 70km loops. More than $7000 in prizes on of­fer. CRAN­BOURNE SWAP MEET This event at Cran­bourne Race­course caters for all makes and mod­els of vin­tage, vet­eran and clas­sic ve­hi­cles. Also new per­for­mance equip­ment, new and used tools and au­to­mo­tive mem­o­ra­bilia. Ar­eas for dis­play ve­hi­cles and ve­hi­cles for sale. Sell­ing sites $35 un­der­cover (booked) or out­door $25, avail­able from 7am. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $10 be­fore 8am and $5 af­ter 8am. Ph: 9585 6567 or 0428 394 249.

MAY 28

BE­NALLA TOUR A mo­tor­ing tour of the Be­nalla district will as­sem­ble at 9am at Be­nalla Art Gallery. The tour will end with a show ’n’ shine dis­play out­side Be­nalla Civic Cen­tre from 3-5pm. De­tails at www.his­toricwin­ton.org

MAY 29-30

NAGAM­BIE SPEEDWAY A 69-lap crash ’n’ bash is the high­light of the week­end’s rac­ing at the Heath­cote Rd, Nagam­bie, cir­cuit. Sup­ported by Mod­i­fied Sedans ,Open Saloons, Stan­dard Sedans, Ladies, Ju­niors and Dirt Karts. Gates open at 8am. Fam­ily $50 for two days or $40 a day, adults $25/$15 kids 13-16 $15/$10, pen­sion­ers $15/$10. Ph: 5821 6150.

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