Plenty of race ac­tion

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - By Tyler Ma­her

Rac­ing fans will cram into Un­dera Park speed­way like sar­dines in a tin next week for one of the big­gest events the track has seen.

Lo­cal le­gends An­drew Cleave and Dave Power are the head­line act and the rea­son for the jam­packed night of ac­tion, with the event a tes­ti­mo­nial to the con­tri­bu­tion the pair has made to lo­cal — and na­tional — side­car rac­ing.

The lure of rac­ing along­side and against the duo has been too much to ig­nore for a num­ber of other vet­er­ans, while the cur­rent and next gen­er­a­tions will also be show­cased in a meet­ing which is set to take place across seven hours.

‘‘We’ll have 16 of the best riders in the coun­try right now and 16 who started when Cleave started; a lot of them haven’t raced for 30 years,’’ track cu­ra­tor Alan Jones said.

‘‘All of these riders are giv­ing up their time to come out and show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for (Cleave and Power’s) work over the years.

‘‘Their names have been a mas­sive draw­card.

‘‘We’ll also have one of the best ju­nior meet­ings as well, with the stan­dard prob­a­bly even higher than the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships.’’

With so much to fit into one event, fans are en­cour­aged to get down to the track early on Satur­day in or­der to se­cure prime po­si­tion to catch all of the ac­tion.

‘‘We’ve got nearly 60 races to get through, so it’s about twoand-a-half meet­ings in one,’’ Jones said.

‘‘We’ll start it at 3.30 pm and go through to about 10 pm, so even if peo­ple can just catch a few hours they’ll see plenty of rac­ing.’’

Cleave and Power were recog­nised in last year’s in­au­gu­ral in­take to the Greater Shep­par­ton Sports Hall of Fame among the 27 ini­tial in­ductees.

The duo was the first to claim two Aus­tralian Grand Slam ti­tles, and also snared eight state ti­tles and 14 plac­ings in Aus­tralian ti­tles.

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