Rain holds off for first race event of the year
WITH much anticipation for a new racing year, drivers from the Douglas Shire Motor Sports Association lined up for the first event of 2017 last Sunday.
A huge effort on Friday afternoon and most of Saturday from Heath, Beeker, Baldie Northy and Stuart Yendle saw the track transformed from an overgrown, rutted out mess to something that resembled a racetrack.
Having already been postponed several times due to wet weather, all eyes were on the horizon and any looming cloud mass. Despite the weather bureau forecasting an 80 per cent chance of showers the day began under clear skies.
Alas by 11am and with not even two runs completed, clouds snuck over the hill from the west. The subsequent rain that followed made the track impassable and the event was called off early. Of all the days for the bureau to actually get the forecast right!
By the time I left the track at around 2pm there was 22mm in the gauge and it was still raining.
Seven things I learned from the shortened day.
1. The new paint job on Heath’s Micra hasn’t slowed down the defending club Champion one bit.
2. Despite being our most senior member at 70 something years old, Dunko is showing no signs of slowing down either.
3. For the first time in a long time, there were more rear wheel drive cars than front wheel drive and nearly more V8s than 1600s.
4. Steve’s now LS1-powered Nissan 200SX is quick and sounds good too. Pity he didn’t put a real engine in it.
5. Old Lasers never die they just go faster, and in some cases too fast for the rotor button.
6. New club member, but previous competitor Graeme Colls is going to be hard to beat this year in his four wheel drive Subaru.
7. Carl’s Fairlane still has a magnetic like attraction to witches hats.
The Association would like to give special thanks to local cane farmer and harvesting contractor, Frank Coultard for lending the club the necessary machinery to clean up the track. The Clubs next event is planned for April 2.