Speed­way car­ni­val to end sea­son

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY MARK COWIN

Another suc­cess­ful Hor­sham Mo­tor­sports Club sea­son will draw to a cli­mac­tic end this Queen’s Birth­day long week­end.

Af­ter a long sea­son of club, state and na­tional ti­tles, Satur­day and Sun­day com­pe­ti­tion will harken back to the early days of speed­way, with a two­day meet­ing fea­tur­ing many of the classes that have been the back­bone of speed­way in the re­gion and the sport.

Win­g­less sprint­car driv­ers will be sure to put on a heated bat­tle as they strug­gle to keep their V6 pow­ered machines grounded with­out the aero­dy­namic ad­van­tage of their winged brethren.

Af­ter battling among them­selves this sea­son, the lim­ited sports­man driv­ers will be look­ing to close out their com­pe­ti­tion, with the Baker boys try­ing to re­deem them­selves.

Af­ter watch­ing Mark Mac­don­ald take the Kevin Baker Chal­lenge tro­phy and Dil­lon Siely the Vic One, it is sure to be a hard-fought week­end of racing.

Street stocks will have a lot on their minds with the Street Stock 1000 pay­ing $1000 for the win and prize­money paid down to 20th po­si­tion in five heats.

With an A and B main over the two days of racing, the al­ways com­pet­i­tive ‘streeties’ will be sure to push their cars to the limit, with a long off-sea­son ahead to re­pair any dam­age.

Three Litre Saloons will make a fi­nal ap­pear­ance for the year with a fea­ture that will show­case some of the best of the class try­ing to end their year on a high, af­ter a sea­son of door slam­ming action through­out the state and a group of club stal­warts still show­ing the younger driv­ers a clean pair of heels.

SSA classes will be putting their best ef­forts for­ward with the ap­pear­ance of open sedans, ladies and the up-and-com­ing class of to­mor­row, the SSA Ju­niors, who are sure to put on a great show at the start of their speed­way ca­reer.

V8 trucks will again be clos­ing out their sea­son at their home track, with the big wheels of Redda try­ing to once again ride the top groove and lead­ing the grow­ing field of trucks in their al­ways en­ter­tain­ing way in this class that is unique to the ‘Track in the Pad­dock’ at Kal­kee and a crowd favourite for many years.

Tak­ing the al­ways ap­pre­cia­tive crowd back to the fu­ture will be the spir­ited demon­stra­tions of the vin­tage heavy hotrods and sedans.

These cars date back to another time in the his­tory of speed­way when it was known as hotrod racing and was an out­let for young men com­ing back from over­seas bat­tles and need­ing an out­let for their en­ergy.

These cars were built from car wreck­ing yards and put to­gether in sheds and ser­vice sta­tions in an ef­fort to see whose handy work was bet­ter on the tracks and short cir­cuits of the area.

The ma­jor­ity of the cars on track this week­end will be cars that were raced ‘back in the day’ and were then aban­doned in tips and back pad­docks be­fore be­ing res­cued and lov­ingly re­built by their new own­ers to run again on tracks around the state in a pure demon­stra­tion of the way it was.

Also as a throw­back to the pic­nic race meet­ings of old, the week­end will fea­ture me­chan­ics races, where those who ‘know’ will put it all out there to show the ‘nor­mal’ driv­ers that the cars can ac­tu­ally go faster than they drive them, usu­ally with dra­matic and sur­pris­ing ef­fect.

With the sea­son changing, fans are re­minded to get to the track early to se­cure a spot on the hill to park and en­joy the view from their cars or bring a comfy chair and a blan­ket to watch what will surely be two days of great action to close out the sea­son at Blue Rib­bon Race­way, the Track in the Pad­dock, at Kal­kee.

BAT­TLE: SSA Ju­niors al­ways push their lim­its out on the track, and be­low, win­g­less sprint­cars are sure to en­ter­tain the crowd at Blue Rib­bon Race­way’s speed­way car­ni­val at the week­end. Pic­tures: M&L SPEED­WAY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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