FLEX­ING MUS­CLE

Fans await green light for time tri­als

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BOB AN­THONY

THERE’S go­ing to be a show of mus­cle on the Tweed in 2021 but there won’t be a bar­bell in sight.

This mus­cle comes on four wheels and is set to give motoring en­thu­si­asts and race fans a huge buzz through the streets of Mur­willum­bah’s in­dus­trial precinct early next year.

Known as Mus­cle@mur­willum­bah, the event will show­case ex­cel­lence in au­to­mo­bile per­for­mance, style and con­trol with a short course road time trial.

Be­ing put to­gether by

Track Ac­tion

NSW, a lo­cally owned com­pany with its base in Mur­willum­bah and headed by long time afi­cionado and rac­ing en­tre­pre­neur John Tet­ley, the event is de­signed with en­thu­si­asts in mind, to fill a gap in the re­gion for a mod­ern event, fea­tur­ing late model cars with tonnes of ap­peal.

Mr Tet­ley hopes to see a vast se­lec­tion of clas­sic, mod­ern, elec­tric and everything in be­tween in ac­tion and on dis­play, al­low­ing motoring fans to get up close and per­sonal with some brutes of the race­track

and the road.

Event co-or­gan­iser Dion An­drews said Mus­cle@mur­willum­bah was striv­ing to be a clas­sic event for con­tem­po­rary times.

“We are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing all op­tions to make the event a ‘carbon neu­tral’ event and have been con­sult­ing with en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­perts to de­velop this event as a mod­ern, sus­tain­able event with sig­nif­i­cant

and prac­ti­cal carbon off­sets,” An­drews said.

“Track Ac­tion NSW is en­deav­our­ing to show­case the evo­lu­tion of cars, from the clas­sic mus­cle car to the ecofriendl­ier ve­hi­cles of today.

“The track test was ac­tu­ally con­ducted in a fully elec­tric Tesla and we will have cat­e­gories in the event for elec­tric/ hy­brid cars.”

In an at­tempt to of­fer the event to spec­ta­tors for free and to help make the event carbon neu­tral, Track Ac­tion NSW have sup­plied a sub­mis­sion to Tweed Shire Coun­cil for spon­sor­ship for 2021.

Event co-or­gan­iser Michael Sim­mons said it was clear that a broad sec­tion of the lo­cal com­mu­nity sup­ported mo­tor­sports events - from Show and Shines, to ma­jor events like Win­ter­sun 2.0, Cooly Rocks

On and Roger Ea­land’s orig­i­nal Speed on Tweed - have pro­vided a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic boost to the re­gion.

“In pre­vi­ous dis­cus­sions with Tweed Shire Coun­cil, they had pointed us in the di­rec­tion of the in­dus­trial es­tate as be­ing a prime lo­ca­tion for this style of event,” he said.

“Our vi­sion is to de­liver a con­tem­po­rary mo­tor­sports event that bal­ances pos­i­tive eco­nomic out­comes for the area and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.”

Track Ac­tion are also in dis­cus­sions with Des­ti­na­tion NSW and lo­cal videog­ra­phers, to see how the event can be streamed live on so­cial media as a re­gional tourism event, fur­ther high­light­ing the re­gion with not only the race be­ing shown, but also fea­tur­ing the nat­u­ral beauty of the re­gion.

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