Club car ready to hit the track
THE Douglas Shire Motor Sport Association recently received a $1500 grant from the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) to rebuild the engine in its junior club car.
The car, a Ford Festiva was donated to the club several years ago by Alan and Robyn Townsend and has been used by the junior members who are new to the club and don’t have a car of their own.
Since 2010 the club has run a junior motorkhana specifically aimed at 12 and 13 year olds. A motorkhana is single vehicle, timed event run on a dirt track. It is a great way for children to learn to drive in a safe and controlled environment under adult supervision.
With many kilometres on the clock, the old engine was getting pretty tired and blowing a lot of smoke so the Association applied for and received a grant from CAMS under their Club Development Fund.
Along with the CAMS grant the club also contributed $1500 towards the rebuild.
Shawn Fitzgerald from CAMS said: “The CAMS Club Development Fund was launched in 2015 to assist CAMS-Affiliated Sporting Car Clubs in growing participation in both their clubs and also motor sport generally. The CAMS Club Development Fund funded more than 30 clubs across Australia in 2015, including metropolitan and regional Queensland.
“The fund continues to support clubs in offering participation opportunities in grassroots motor sport for people of all ages, with many clubs receiving funding for the first time in 2016,” he said
The engine was rebuilt by the team of mechanics at Burmack RACQ in Mossman. Owner Luke McMullen said he was only too happy to help the club out. “Both my kids were members of the club and learnt to drive out at the track,” he said.
“The skills they learnt and the confidence they gained certainly made them better drivers when they got their car licence” he added.
With the engine now back in the Festiva and firing on all four cylinders the club is looking forward to testing it out at its next event this Sunday (weather permitting) at its Reef and Rainforest Track at North Mossman.
Club spokesman Shane North said he was hoping for some new junior members to come along and try out the new engine this Sunday.
“They don’t even need to have ever driven before” he said “We teach them from the very basics and the car is specially modified with a kill switch so that if they get into trouble the instructor can cut the engine straight away”.
“Of course the club caters for the big kids too,” Northy said.
More information about the club and this Sunday’s event is on the clubs website www.dsmsa.com.au
Luke McMullen and Shane North