Speedway carnival to end season
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