Race­wars’ car fes­ti­val plan

Albany Extra - - News - Toby Hussey

At more than 200km/h, roar­ing V8s, whistling tur­bos and rat­tling ro­taries may next year legally scream along Al­bany’s Ma­rine Drive in a first-of-its-kind Al­bany car fes­ti­val.

That’s the dream of Race­wars car show organisers, who are eye­ing a mas­sive event ex­pan­sion in 2019 mod­elled on Eng­land’s world-fa­mous Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed.

They say they hope to lure com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors from all over Aus­tralia for a mini Good­wood in WA.

“Gen­er­at­ing some­thing unique, some­thing peo­ple will want to come to and do, the vibe and the back drop and how it makes peo­ple feel is very im­por­tant,” event or­gan­iser John Mur­ray said.

“I think we can bring that to­gether in Al­bany.”

Race­wars is a not-for-profit car show has been held at Al­bany Re­gional Air­port since 2017.

Organisers say this year’s event brought more than 9000 vis­i­tors and $5 mil­lion to the city.

Mr Mur­ray hopes an ex­panded event could lure top-level GT3 rac­ing cars, and high-per­for­mance sports cars and road cars to town.

There’s also talk of open­ing up roads to mod­i­fied cars nor­mally banned from pub­lic streets, to give own­ers a chance for a safe and le­gal cruise, and a car cul­ture event at Mid­dle­ton Beach fore­shore. The plan to turn Race­wars from a drag-strip event to a who­le­town fes­ti­val is am­bi­tious and would need the sup­port of the City of Al­bany and the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian Mo­tor Sport, but Mr Mur­ray said it had the op­por­tu­nity to be a re­gional draw­card.

“The feel­ing when driv­ing down a beau­ti­ful stretch of road in a beau­ti­ful part of the world is some­thing else. We can bring that to­gether in Al­bany,” he said.

Organisers held their first city and po­lice-ap­proved eval­u­a­tion of the road be­tween Mid­dle­ton Beach and the An­zac Cen­tre on Sun­day morn­ing, but had to hit the brakes due to noise com­plaints around 7am. Cut­ting the ses­sion was dis­ap­point­ing, Mr Mur­ray said, but he was op­ti­mistic they had enough to take the plan to the next stage.

“Noise is ob­vi­ously a larger is­sue than we thought, so we’ll have to have noise abate­ment,” he said.

“We’ve got some hoops to jump through (but) we’ll have a proper pro­posal to take to coun­cil by Oc­to­ber.”

Race­wars organisers are hop­ing to turn part of Ma­rine Drive into a tem­po­rary race­track as part of a ma­jor car fes­ti­val plan for Al­bany.

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