Club car ready to hit the track

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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

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